Manor hotels and country estates are experiencing a surge in popularity, thanks to the recent success of TV shows like Bridgerton and Saltburn. These historical properties offer guests a chance to step back in time and experience the grandeur and elegance of a bygone era. Michelle Maguire, CEO of Ireland’s Blue Book, notes that these buildings have a magical appeal, from the luxurious interiors to the sprawling gardens.

While some may find these properties to be too formal, Lucy Jackson Walsh, co-founder of Lightfoot Travel, believes that it is precisely this level of formality that adds to their allure. These manor houses offer a sense of exclusivity and prestige, allowing guests to experience personalized service and thoughtful experiences.

For travelers looking to live out their aristocratic dreams, Maguire and Walsh recommend some of the best manor hotels and country estates in the U.K. and Ireland. These include Ballyfin Demesne in Co. Laois, Ireland, Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland, Cashel Palace in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, Heckfield Place in Hampshire, U.K., Castle Leslie Estate in Co. Monaghan, Ireland, Marlfield House in Co. Wexford, Ireland, and The Newt in Somerset, United Kingdom.

Each of these properties offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern luxury, making them ideal destinations for travelers seeking a taste of the aristocratic lifestyle. From luxurious interiors to sweeping grounds and exclusive amenities, these manor hotels and country estates provide guests with an unforgettable experience.

Whether you’re looking to dress in period clothing for a dinner at Ballyfin Demesne or enjoy a private horse riding tour at Adare Manor, there is no shortage of grand experiences to be had at these historical properties. So why not indulge in a bit of luxury and elegance on your next vacation by staying at one of these exquisite manor hotels or country estates?