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Modern Manors, UK
From the outside they all evoke The Importance of Being Ernest - all manor houses set in impossibly manicured gardens made for a stroll, or gin and tonic at sunset. Yet today, their insides are resolutely chintz-free, revved up with Jacuzzis, beauty spas and a contemporary take on the classic English country home.
 
 Hilary Doling, 29/3/10
Barnsley House, Glousestershire
Barnsley House, Glousestershire
Carved in stone above the garden gate is the date 1697 with the initials 'B.B", Brereton Bouchier, squire of Barnsley, who built the original house of locally quarried Cotswold stone.
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Calcot Manor, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Calcot Manor, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
The rooms in the main house at Calcot Manor are for adults only; they manage to combine old wooden beams and exposed stone with contemporary styling.
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Carrington House, Norfolk
Carrington House, Norfolk
The opposite of chintz doesn't have to be minimalism, as this over-the-top example (and we mean that in the best possible way!) shows.
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Cotswold House, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
Cotswold House, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
Ok, this isn't a manor house; so much as it is a refined regency town house in the Cotswolds.
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Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire
Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire
The volume has been turned up on colour at Cowley Manor. Citrus green, pinks and puces in a mix of mid-20th century designs.
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Hipping Hall, Lake District, Lancashire
Hipping Hall, Lake District, Lancashire
Hipping Hall is well, hip. Common spaces and the renowned restaurant have an almost high-ceilinged baronial feel.
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Hurst House On The Marsh, Laugharne
Hurst House On The Marsh, Laugharne
Originally a 16th century dairy farm, the hotel's main building and restaurant overlook acres of marshland. Inside however is about as far from harsh faming land as you can get.
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New Park Manor, New Forest, Hampshire
New Park Manor, New Forest, Hampshire
We love the Zebra stripped sofa in the lounge at New Park Manor and the funky red stripped seats in spa.
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The Grove, Hertfordshire
The Grove, Hertfordshire
Close to London, The Grove has travelled the centuries from being the pre-Elizabethan home to a line of Earls of Clarendon through to the weekend retreat for media darlings and execs.
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Whatley Manor, Wiltshire
Whatley Manor, Wiltshire
Situated near Bath, it is the Aquarias Spa in Whatley Manor that has drawn award-winning attention.
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