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Forss House
Thurso, Scotland


Country house,
bright rooms,
salmon fishing nearby

Wish you were here?

Casa Rural Finca Las Encinas
Andalucia, Spain

Stunning grounds,
rustic rooms,
outdoor activities nearby

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Gliffaes
Powys, Wales

Large country house,
high standards,
lovely views

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In this section – Switzerland's Northern Cantons – we lump together places to stay in five cantons in the north of Switzerland, mostly bordering Germany. They are: Basel and its surrounds; Solothurn; Aargau and Zurich.

 Basel has one of the best small hotels our inspectors have ever seen, Zum Ochsen while Zurich has fine hotels to cater for international businessmen. Both Basel and Zurich have excellent shops and museums, old architecture and a rich cultural heritage. Another gem in this region is the well-preserved town of Solothurn.

 As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in the Northern Cantons of Switzerland offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses, restaurants with rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

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Belvoir

Saumerstr, 803 Ruschlikon-Zurich 37 ZH, +41 (01) 7046464
Well-run, business traveller friendly suurban hotel

Landgasthof Adler

Dorfstrasse, 4303 Kaiseraugst 35 AG, +41 (061) 8111111
Full of old world charm

Teufelhof

Leonhardsgraben, 4051 Basel 47/Heuberg 30 BS, +41 (061) 2611010
City hotel combined with mini arts complex

Zum Ochsen

Eremitagstr, 4144 Arlesheim 16 BL, +41 (061) 7065200
Well-run inn, founded 1692, in suburban Basel
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