Fresh Picks: Haute, Historic, Homey Hotels

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

“Fresh Picks” features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, we take a peek inside three hotels that feel like home. More specifically, they’re homey in that “I’m an aristocrat with a large country home” kind of way.

Ellenborough Park
This country property in Gloucestershire, England (a.k.a. the Cotswolds) dates back as far as the 1500s, but it takes its current name from later landowner Edward Law, a Tory politician in the Duke of Wellington’s 1828 government as well as Governor General of India from 1842 to 1844. There is plenty to do on the property, like snuggling in, or have a day at the races in neighboring Cheltenham.

London Syon Park
This Waldorf Astoria hotel was the country home to the Duke of Northumberland for over 400 years. Now the last surviving ducal estate in Greater London, its 137 rooms take in regular folk. Explore the sprawling property which includes the Great Conservatory—the first of its kind to be constructed of gunmetal, bath stone and glass—and forty acres of gardens. For those who like their historic places livened up with slightly more contemporary dress, this is your sort of estate.

The Manor House at Fancourt
This grand house in George, South Africa, has the most humble beginnings. Once a workers’ base established by Henry Fancourt for the construction of the Montagu Pass in 1847, it’s now a place of plush leisure. For those who do want to work up a little sweat on their brow, the 613-hectare Fancourt Estate this boutique hotel is a part of is a golfer’s oasis, with three world-class courses from which to tee off.

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