Wish you were here?

Cuq-en-Terrasses
Cuq-Toulza, France

Hilltop location,
stunning gardens,
peaceful atmosphere

Wish you were here?

Hotel Santa Maria
Rome, Italy

Near the river Tiber,
cheerful staff,
great breakfast

Wish you were here?

The Queen's Head
Penrith, U.K.

Village pub,
recently refurbished,
great for walkers

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Our selection of places to stay in England's Midlands includes sections in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland. Click on these for our summary listings of hotels in each county. Our remaining places to stay in the Midlands can be found below.

The Midlands covers a huge variety of scenery, threaded by the M1 and the A1. From flat, plain farmland in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire to terrific rolling moorland in the Peak District, there's huge variety. The heavy industry that blighted the landscape in the 19th century is gradually fading away: only the remains of slag heaps and their modern successors, the wind farms, remind us of once-industrial counties.

The Midlands is not the best region of Britain for charming small hotels, but we keep finding new ones that impress us.

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Castle House

Castle Street, Hereford, HR1 2NW, England, 01432 356 321
Impressive hotel in Hereford city

Hampton Manor

Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull B92 0DQ, 01675 446080
Elegant manor house

The Lansdowne

Clarendon Street, CV32 4PF, Leamington Spa, 01926 450505
Good value, warm welcome

The Peacock at Rowsley

Bakewell Road, Rowsley, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2EB, England, 01629 733518
Welcoming sportsman's country hotel
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