As British wine continues to grow in popularity and status, many UK wineries welcome visitors to their vineyards. You can take a guided tour, taste wines, learn new skills and even stay overnight. No need to worry about how many of these incredible wines you can try when your bed for the night is there.
You can stay in cottages, cabins, apartments and hotels on the grounds of stunning UK vineyards. For starters, here are nine gorgeous UK wineries where you can spend the night.
1. Hencote, Shropshire
Hencote is much more than a vineyard. It is a domain. This sprawling Shropshire vineyard offers wine tours, an on-site restaurant with incredible countryside views, award-winning English wines and a choice of luxury accommodation – visitors can stay at The Grange, a beautifully restored Georgian farmhouse that can accommodate 12 people, or the glamping village, which is a series of luxury lodges.
Hencote is the first UK winery to win two gold medals at the International Wine Challenge for two still red wines. This is a great achievement, as many experts considered the vineyard too far north to produce award-winning reds.
2. Terlingham Vineyard, Kent
This beautiful garden-style English winery in Kent hosts weekly wine tastings with wine tours. Take a guided walk and learn how wine is grown and made in Terlingham.
After touring the vineyards and the wines, relax in one of the rooms, a few steps from the vineyard. The bed and breakfast, Rooms at the Winery, is made up of three spacious en-suite bedrooms. There is on-site parking for each room. As part of your stay, a continental breakfast basket is provided daily, consisting of pastries, cheeses, yogurts and fresh fruit.
When you reserve your room, add a note to indicate that you would like a bottle of wine from the cellar, and a bottle will be waiting for you in your room when you arrive.
3. Wythall Estate, Herefordshire
In the heart of rural Herefordshire, Wythall Estate is a winery with a historic mansion that has two self-catering accommodation options. Located in the west wing of the mansion, you can choose between cottage-style apartments that can accommodate two or four people.
Before bed, treat yourself to a fascinating tour of the estate’s vineyard with expert guidance and taste their award-winning wines. Tours are available from February to December. You can also enjoy the peace and quiet of the idyllic grounds, freshwater lake and ancient woods.
4. Adgestone Vineyard, Isle of Wight
Adgestone Vineyard is a winery on the Isle of Wight, and it is probably one of the most interesting and unique wineries you will come across in the UK. One of the oldest continuously worked vineyards in the UK, this is a winery with character. Everything is grown and produced on site, and their best-selling Something Blue is the UK’s only blue wine. Yes, that’s right, blue wine!
You can stay at Ye Olde Cellar Door, part of the farm, or venture through the vineyard to the secluded shepherd’s cabin known as Violet. If you stay at Violet you will feel like you are truly part of the wine experience.
As one of the most unusual wineries you’ll come across, it’s no surprise that Edgestone offers something a little different. The vineyard hosts a busy schedule of live music events in July, August and September. It’s almost like a party in a vineyard.
5. Crouch Ridge, Essex
Enjoy an unforgettable wine stay in Crouch Ridge Estate. Crouch Ridge Vineyard is located on gentle south-facing slopes overlooking the Crouch River in Althorne. The long hours of sunshine and relatively low rainfall in the area make it an ideal location for growing vines and crafting premium still and sparkling wines. You can soak up the fresh air as you stroll through the vineyard or take a private vineyard tour or indulge in wine tasting or sparkling afternoon tea.
Its converted holiday accommodation was originally part of the dairy, which was rebuilt in 2005 into six self-contained two-bedroom cottages, each sleeping four people.
6. Carden Park, Cheshire
You can walk in the area of Carden Park, where you will encounter the 3-acre on-site vineyard, the largest commercial vineyard in Cheshire. This is a winery set in a sprawling rural estate that is also home to a golf course, fully equipped spa, and even an art park. The vineyard here began life in 1988, when the majority of the vines were planted. By 2008, the vineyard had declined, but the 4,000 vines were eventually returned to the estate and regained their former glory. The vineyard now produces up to 6,000 bottles of Carden Park Estate Reserve sparkling wine each year from the two grape varieties grown, Seyval Blanc and Pinot Noir. In the autumn months of October or early November, the grapes are harvested by the estate team. They work closely with the winemakers at Half Penny Green in South Staffordshire, who put the grapes through a fermentation process and produce the Carden Park Estate Reserve bottles. This country estate offers luxury suites that you can stay in. There’s so much to do here – it’s like a mini holiday village.
This one is a little different from other wineries with rooms. Here, the focus is not entirely on the vineyard, but you can still walk through the vines and enjoy a glass of wine. Wine is available in all of the hotel’s restaurants and bars, one of which is called The Vines. And, of course, you can buy bottles to take home.
7. Llanerch Vineyard, Wales
Wales’ oldest vineyard is owned by young entrepreneur Ryan Davies. Llanerch Vineyard Hotel, Wales’ only winery hotel and a 5 star to boot, is a mix of rooms to suit all occasions. Each has a spectacular view of the Welsh countryside.
Llanerch Vineyard is Wales’ premier winery, producing award-winning Welsh wines. The 22-acre Llanerch estate is located in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan with its charming villages and market towns, yet is only 15 minutes drive from the center of Wales’ bustling capital, Cardiff. With woodland walks, vineyard tours and wine tastings, guests can work up an appetite for lunch or a traditional afternoon tea with local flavor at the exceptional Cariad Bistro, while Foodies can indulge in an inspiring class at the property’s cooking school run by celebrity chef Angela Gray.
Towards the end of October each year, the vines of Llanerch are at their peak of sugar and acid and are ready to be picked and turned into wine. It’s always a fun event and people are welcome to participate in the harvest. Help out and in return you’ll be fed a homemade Welsh cawl and a few glasses of wine – and a local band will play to get you dancing in the afternoon.
8. Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking
Denbies wine estate in Dorking is the largest vineyard in England. With 265 acres currently under vines, or 10% of UK plantings, it has a production capacity of 450,000 bottles. The first vines were planted on the estate in 1986, and 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of viticulture in Denbies.
Forward-thinking and environmentally conscious, Denbies manages his 635-acre estate to the highest environmental standards and works with national and conservation organizations to promote local wildlife, trees and plants. Denbies is also a leader in wine tourism in England and organizes vineyard and cellar tours all year round. In 2019 they opened England’s first carbon neutral wine hotel. They also have two restaurants, the Gallery and Vineyard restaurant, as well as a cafe and shop.
Denbies organizes a varied program of visits and events at its state-of-the-art wine estate. The hotel was originally a farmhouse built in the 1850s and sits right in the heart of the vineyard.
9. Tuffon Hall, Essex
When you stay at Tuffon Room, you are accommodated in a farmhouse on an agricultural and wine-growing farm. But don’t worry, you won’t be expected to work. The farmhouse sleeps 12 in six bedrooms, and is exclusively yours for your stay. Your stay includes a large welcome basket with essentials and extra goodies, including a bottle of the vineyard’s award-winning classic cuvée.
The farm brings you a real outdoor feeling. You can roast marshmallows on the fire pit, feed the ducks on the private pond, collect eggs from the chickens on the farm, play tennis on the private courts or open something at the “Not So Mini Bar”, which is fine stocked with the very own range of award-winning wines.
The focus is on the farm and the farm stays here. You can include a vineyard tour and wine tasting experience, but this must be booked in addition to your stay.
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