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Stay in the most welcoming hotels and savour the tastiest local cuisine
We are renowned for our family-run hotels of character and we hand-pick those places where the owners extend a genuine welcome and take time to engage with you to help you get the most out of your holiday. As we specialise in holidays for individuals rather than groups, we can offer quite small hotels, and those in our selection range from intimate guesthouses where you dine round a large table with your hosts and other guests, to elegant 4-star hotels with swimming pools and saunas.
Many hotels have featured in our programmes for years, and over this time we have built strong relationships with the hoteliers, meaning that as an Inntravel guest you enjoy particularly attentive service.
As we tend to include dinner in our arrangements unless there is a good choice of restaurants locally, another consideration for us when choosing a hotel is the standard of its cuisine. Naturally, the style of the cooking will reflect the style and location of the accommodation – perhaps a hearty game stew in a mountain inn or a delicately flavoured seafood dish in an acclaimed restaurant on the coast – but wherever you stay, you’ll be treated to flavoursome regional cuisine incorporating the best local produce. Our detailed documentation usually includes information on traditional local dishes (and the best local wines) so that you can be sure to sample them over the course of your holiday.
Inspiring Inntravel hotels
An iconic landmark
Spectacularly located amid reed beds and saltmarshes on the edge of the village of Cley-next-the-Sea, the 200-year-old Cley Windmill is a guesthouse with a difference. It is one of the enduring images of North Norfolk, with a long and interesting history and a starring role in a nationwide advertising campaign from the 1990s (remember that BBC balloon?). Inside, the bedrooms are comfortable, cosy and quirky, and are split between the mill and its converted outbuildings. Our included rooms are in the mill itself, from where the views are outstanding. View holiday >
Neither a hotel nor a guesthouse
Paço de Calheiros is one of Portugal’s finest 17th-century manor houses and the seat of Francisco, Count of Calheiros. It is located amid 13 acres of vineyards and orchards and has mature landscaped gardens, a tennis court, open-air swimming pool and even a small herd of red deer. Dinner in the grand banqueting hall consists of traditional Portuguese cuisine with ingredients from the garden and wine from the estate, and is often hosted by the Count himself, who has a real propensity for anecdotes – one of his favourites being the time his son won a Prince William lookalike contest… View holiday >
The magnificent Wiesenhof is, deservedly, one of our most popular Austrian hotels, and earns consistently high levels of praise throughout the year. Owner Hansi Entner and his family have worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to create a convivial atmosphere in which everyone is warmly welcomed and well catered for. Dating from the 18th century, the building has been in the family for generations, gradually evolving into a superb 4-star superior hotel of the highest quality. View holiday >
Converted from a 19th-century water mill and located by the clear, rushing waters of the River Sorgue, the Hotel du Poète is an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Outside, chairs and tables are scattered invitingly in shady spots, and loungers line the small pool. Inside, the elegant, individually decorated bedrooms are painted in warm, earthy colours which complement the beautiful furniture. One Inntraveller captured everything we feel about the hotel when she commented, “We found the Hôtel du Poète to be quite magical.” View holiday >
A real find
The traditional town of Innerleithen is the definition of a hidden gem: barely known outside the Scottish Borders, it is the home of the country’s oldest sports meeting – St Ronan’s Border Games – and offers a vibrant high street and outstanding countryside vistas from its nearby Iron-Age hillfort. Situated a few minutes’ walk from the town centre is another little-known treasure – Caddon View, an award-winning guesthouse housed in a handsome Victorian lodge. With engaging hosts Steve and Lisa Davies at the helm, you can be sure of a genuinely warm welcome and generous, home-cooked food. View holiday >
A boutique hideaway
Space and tranquillity are guaranteed at the Hotel Plesnik – it is the only hotel to be located within Slovenia’s Logar Valley, considered to be one of the most beautiful valleys in Europe. Besides its opulent spa and wellness facilities – which include the services of an Ayurvedic master, an outdoor swimming pool with firepit, and yoga sessions on the lawn, the hotel boasts stylish contemporary décor, achieved using natural materials. As you might expect from a hotel set beside a waterfall, the views are also superlative. View holiday >
Pride & passion
“We have yet to meet anyone as passionate as they are about what they are doing and what they wish to achieve.” commented one satisfied Inntraveller, after his stay with Lucy and Ángel at La Posada de San Marcos. This Andalucian guesthouse is the perfect place to immerse yourself in rural Spanish life, and its owners certainly do all they can to ensure guests experience the best of the region: towards the start of each holiday, Ángel leads a guided walk, giving a unique insight into the area’s nature and culture; Lucy, meanwhile, is an excellent cook, and her traditional Spanish recipes feature much fresh local produce. View holiday >
A perfect blend
Located in the picturesque South Tyrolean village of Certosa, the Hotel Goldene Rose Karthaus combines style and understated elegance with cosiness and intimacy. Besides the restaurant serving delicious, well-crafted cuisine, what makes this hotel memorable is the fantastic hospitality of personable owners Paul and Steffi Grüner, who exude passion for and knowledge of the area and are more than happy to provide recommendations for extra walks or excursions, should you need any. View holiday >
One man's dream
In the heart of the Troodos Mountains, clinging to a steep hillside in Cyprus’ highest inhabited valley, is the extraordinary village of Kalopanayiotis. Dating back to Hellenistic times, the village has a rich Byzantine heritage with a frescoed monastery, several chapels and a museum. Sadly, by the late 20th century, it had become neglected, and its population had dwindled. But thanks to the vision of civil engineer John Papadouris, who was born and raised in Kalopanayiotis, the village has been restored and is now home to Casale Panayiotis – a cluster of beautifully renovated houses which provide visitors with high-quality and extremely characterful accommodation. View holiday >
It’s always a pleasure to receive our customers’ feedback on the Elia Traditional Hotel in western Crete, as each review confirms just what a special place the hotel really is. Surrounded by olive groves, Elia has been carefully converted from a 200-year-old farmhouse and affords expansive views across the rolling hills to the sea. There is a pervading atmosphere of peace and calm; from your initial friendly welcome to the restful seating areas that have been created in the lush gardens amid fragrant herbs and towering mulberry and lemon trees. View holiday >