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Live Out Your Bridgerton Fantasies at These 5 Hotel Properties


Round two of Bridgerton has descended, an embossed invitation for the masses to swan dive into the scrumptious pomp and scandal-laced circumstance surrounding “coming out” season in Regency-era England.

Once again, the ton flit from modiste to balls and then back to gilt-edged drawing rooms to craft marriage strategies. Love triangles materialize; verbal sparring captivates, alliances are formed and bosoms heave from bodices so tight that one aggressive hiccup could trigger a wardrobe malfunction.

The aristo-antics are terrific. But, the splendor of the 19th century is the true star. It shines so brightly that even Bridgerton-themed holidays are in demand. Travel advisor Sam McClure of Small World Travel is fielding requests for visits to frieze-filled country estates that offer experiences similar to those featured on the Netflix show.

“Clients are looking for punting, falconry, and horse riding, even an afternoon at Royal Ascot,” McClure says. “This is combined with time in London visiting the palaces and a fancy afternoon tea.” If formal gardens and wisteria-kissed Georgian mansions are on your radar, these five properties will serve up old-school grandeur in spades—no corsets required.

The Newt in Somerset, Somerset, England

This Georgian limestone manor house is certainly classic; the country estate was built in 1687 and later expanded by the Hobhouse Family who spent centuries cultivating the 800-acre estate and woodlands. Reborn as the Newt in 2019, the gardens and 23 luxuriously pared-back rooms were an insta-hit with travelers who want to wander the grounds—a labyrinth of 460 apple trees, bathing ponds, Victorian glasshouse, and stunning landscaped lawns (one is tricked out with jumbo rattan “nests” by South African sculptor Porky Hefer) where native deer make frequent cameos—and then kick back in elegant but unfussy rooms. For a grand country estate, this one feels approachable. Cornices, moldings, and original fireplaces are tempered by an up-to-date color palette and modern furnishings from Moroso, Ames, Tom Dixon, and Moooi.

Workshops that explore the bounty of Britain’s West Country are another draw. Offerings include horticulture courses, blossom pressing and mounting, bee safaris with resident beekeeper Paula Carnell, and cider-making classes.

The Newt in Somerset.

Photo: Courtesy of The Newt in Somerset


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