Best Country House Hotels – 2019 Platinum List Nominees

Vote for your favorites through June 30, 2019

March/April 2019
SHARE

These majestic properties offer guests refined luxury in breathtaking settings, combing exquisite dining, unique recreational opportunities and unparalleled history. Help us determine the best in luxury travel for the 2019 Celebrated Living Platinum List Awards. Your vote will help select the top properties. Voting ends June 30. Read about the winners in our Platinum List Awards issue, on planes September 1.

Vote

Ballyfin

Ballyfin, Ireland

Set on 614 acres in the center of Ireland, this fully restored 19th-century Regency mansion features only 20 guest rooms. Magnificent gardens, a lake and ancient woods surround the house, and formal reception spaces recreate the elegance of a bygone era.

Vote

The Fife Arms

Braemar, Scotland

Sometimes when traveling, the journey is as important as the destination. A drive through the rugged landscape of the Scottish Highlands, past electric-purple heather moors, dark pine forests and salmon-filled rivers, is an experience of breathtaking beauty. It’s this scenery that inspired the influential Swiss art dealers Manuela and Iwan Wirth to buy the Fife Arms in Braemar and transform it into one of the world’s most exciting hotels. 

Built in 1856—the year Queen Victoria completed the neighboring Balmoral Castle and made Scotland a sought-after destination—the Fife Arms originally served as a grand hunting lodge. At the behest of the Duke and Duchess of Fife, it was remodeled in the late 19th century by renowned Scottish architect Alexander Marshall Mackenzie. Over the decades, however, it devolved from a coaching inn into a dilapidated hotel before the Wirths committed to restoring it to its original architectural glory, complete with a multimillion-dollar contemporary art collection, two restaurants, cocktail bar and tearoom. 

To read more about The Fife Arms, click here.

Vote

Hacienda AltaGracia

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Built as a family retreat and coffee plantation, this expansive resort in the mountains of Pérez Zeledón is now operated by Auberge and features a series of suites and casitas. The restaurants use produce from the property’s 20-acre farm.

Vote

Heckfield Place

Hampshire, England

This Georgian estate, situated on 400 acres in Hampshire, is surrounded by ancient heather, gardens and meadows. Rooms feature bespoke English oak furniture and handwoven mats, and an on-site farm offers seasonal produce used in the property’s chef-driven restaurants. 

Vote

Rumene Manor

Kandava, Latvia

Built in 1876, this neo-Gothic manor offers regal rusticity amid 17 parklike acres. The main house, stable and other structures have been converted into luxe lodgings.

Share

Recent Features

Local Takes: San Juan

Brazil's Parintins Folklore Festival Rivals Rio de Janeiro's Carnival

Colorado Ski Slopes You Probably Haven't Tried

These Bakers Are Leading the Artisanal Bread Revolution