Best Country House Hotels – 2019 Platinum List Nominees
Vote for your favorites through June 30, 2019
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.
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.
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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.