As British wine continues its rise in popularity and status, many wineries in the UK are welcoming visitors to their vineyards. You can take a tour, sample some wines, soak up new knowledge, and even stay the night. No need to worry about how many of these amazing wines you can try when your bed for the night is right there on site.
You can stay in cottages, huts, apartments, and hotels on the grounds of some stunning wineries in the UK. To get you started, here are nine beautiful UK wineries where you can spend the night.
1. Hencote, Shropshire
Hencote is much more than a vineyard. It’s an estate. This sprawling Shropshire vineyard offers wine tours, an on-site restaurant with incredible views over the countryside, award-winning English wines, and a choice in luxury accommodations — visitors can stay in The Grange, a beautifully restored Georgian farmhouse that sleeps 12, or the glamping village, which is a series of luxury lodges.
Hencote is the first vineyard in the UK to have won two gold awards in the International Wine Challenge for two still red wines. This is a huge achievement, as many experts had considered the vineyard to be too far north to produce award-winning reds.
2. Terlingham Vineyard, Kent
This beautiful, garden-style English winery in Kent runs weekly wine tasting with vineyard tours. Take a guided walk around and learn about how the wine is grown and made at Terlingham.
After you’ve toured the vines and wines, relax in one of the rooms, which are just a short walk from the vineyard. The bed and breakfast, Rooms at the Winery, is made up of three spacious en-suite rooms. There is onsite parking for each room. As part of your stay, a continental breakfast hamper is provided daily, which includes pastries, cheeses, yogurt, and fresh fruit.
When you book your room, add a note to say you’d like a bottle of the winery’s wine, and one will be waiting for you in your room when you arrive.
3. Wythall Estate, Herefordshire
Deep in rural Herefordshire, Wythall Estate is a vineyard with a historic manor house that has two self-contained accommodation options. Set within the west wing of the manor house, you can choose between the cottage-style apartments that sleep two or four people.
Before you head to bed, indulge in a fascinating tour of the estate’s vineyard with expert guidance, and sample their award-winning wines. Tours are available from February right through to December. You can also enjoy the peace and quiet of the idyllic grounds, freshwater lake, and ancient woodlands.
4. Adgestone Vineyard, Isle Of Wight
Adgestone Vineyard is a winery on the Isle of Wight, and it’s probably one of the most interesting and unique wineries you’ll come across in the UK. One of the oldest continually 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, which is part of the farmhouse, or venture into the vineyard to the secluded shepherd’s hut known as Violet. If you stay in Violet, you’ll feel like you really are a part of the vineyard experience.
As one of the most unusual vineyards you’ll ever encounter, it should be no surprise that Adgestone offers something a little different. The vineyard hosts a packed calendar of live music events through July, August, and September. It’s almost like a festival in a vineyard.
5. Crouch Ridge, Essex
Enjoy an unforgettable wine county stay at Crouch Ridge Estate. Crouch Ridge Vineyard is located on gentle, south-facing slopes overlooking the River Crouch in Althorne. The long hours of sunshine and relatively little rainfall in the area make it an ideal location for growing vines and making top-quality still and sparkling wines. You can soak up some fresh air with a walk around the vineyard or take a private vineyard tour or indulge in a wine tasting or sparkling afternoon tea.
Its converted holiday accommodations were originally part of the dairy, which was rebuilt in 2005 into six self-catering, two-bedroom cottages, each sleeping four people.
6. Carden Park, Cheshire
Guests can take a stroll around the grounds of Carden Park, where you’ll come across the 3-acre onsite vineyard, the largest commercial vineyard in Cheshire. This is a vineyard within a sprawling country estate that also houses a golf course, a fully-equipped spa, and even an art park. The vineyard here began its life in 1988, when the majority of vines were planted. By 2008 the vineyard had waned, but the 4,000 vines were eventually reinstated at the estate and grown back to 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 fall months of October or early November, the grapes are harvested by the estate’s team. They work closely with Half Penny Green winemakers of South Staffordshire, who put the grapes through a fermentation process and produce the bottles of Carden Park Estate Reserve. This country estate has luxury suites 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 the other wineries with rooms. The focus isn’t entirely on the vineyard here, but you can still stroll around the vines and enjoy a glass of wine. The wine is available throughout the hotel restaurants and bars, one of which is named The Vines. And, of course, you can buy bottles to take home.
7. Llanerch Vineyard, Wales
Wales’s oldest vineyard is owned by the young entrepreneur Ryan Davies. Llanerch Vineyard Hotel, Wales’s only vineyard hotel and a 5-star one at that, is a mix of rooms for every occasion. Each has a spectacular view across the Welsh countryside.
Llanerch Vineyard is the premier vineyard in Wales, producing award-winning Welsh wines. The 22-acre Llanerch Estate is set in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan with its lovely villages and market towns, yet it’s only a 15-minute drive from the center of Wales’s vibrant capital city, Cardiff. With woodland walks, vineyard tours, and wine tastings, guests can work up an appetite for lunch or a traditional afternoon tea with a local flavor at the exceptional Cariad Bistro, while food lovers can indulge in an inspirational course at the property’s cookery school run by renowned chef Angela Gray.
Towards the end of October each year, the grapevines at Llanerch are at their peak sugar and acid levels and are ready to be picked and processed into wine. This is always a fun event, and people are invited to help with the grape harvest. Help out, and in return you will be fed with homemade Welsh cawl and a few glasses of wine — and a local band will play for you to dance away the afternoon.
8. Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking
Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking is England’s largest single-estate vineyard. With 265 acres currently under vine — that’s 10 percent of the UK’s 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 grape growing at Denbies.
Forward thinking and environmentally conscious, Denbies manages its 635-acre estate to the highest environmental standards and works with national and conservation bodies to promote local wildlife, trees, and plants. Denbies is also a leader in wine tourism in England and runs vineyard and winery visits year round. In 2019 they opened England’s first carbon-neutral vineyard hotel. They also have two restaurants, the Gallery and Vineyard Restaurant, and a café and shop.
Denbies hosts a varied program of tours and events at its state-of-the-art winery. The hotel was originally a farmhouse built in the 1850s, and it sits right in the heart of the vineyard.
9. Tuffon Hall, Essex
When you stay at Tuffon Hall, you’re staying in a farmhouse on a working farm and vineyard. But don’t worry, you won’t be expected to work. The farmhouse sleeps 12 people in six bedrooms, and it’s exclusively yours for your stay. Included in your stay is a large welcome hamper with cupboard essentials and extra treats, including a bottle of the vineyard’s award-winning Classic Cuvée.
The farm brings you a real outdoorsy feel. You can toast marshmallows on the firepit, feed the ducks on the private pond, collect eggs from the farm’s hens, play tennis on the private courts, or open something from the “Not So Mini Bar,” which is well stocked with Tuffon Hall’s very own range of award-winning wines.
The emphasis is on the farm and the farmhouse stay here. You can include a vineyard tour and wine tasting experience, but that’s to be booked in addition to your stay.
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