Best UK vineyard stays
For walks with verdant views, picnics amongst the vines and bottles of local brut, take a trip to one of the UK’s ripening crop of vineyards, from Sussex to Cornwall and Wales
Looking for vineyard stays in the UK? Want to go on an English vineyard tour? We've found the best English vineyards and Welsh estates where you can stay over in hotels, cabins and smart rooms. Enjoy English wine tastings and vineyard tours in the UK before putting your feet up on a private terrace overlooking the vines. If you're also a gin lover, why not check out our guide gin holidays.
English wine is enjoying a boom but still underrated, and travelling abroad to Provence and Tuscany is trickier in these times, so it's a great time to visit some of the UK's vineyards and be the first of your friends to try the best bottles. The UK is gaining a particular reputation for sparkling wines – the best of which compares well to the quality of some champagnes (though often come with price tags to match). Check out our pick of the best English sparkling wines here.
Best English vineyard stays in the UK
Hush Heath Estate and Winery, Kent
From £69 per night, check availability at booking.com.
A great vineyard tour in Kent. Dedicated to making world-class sparkling rosé, Hush Heath centres around a Tudor-frame manor house with gorgeous gardens and acres of ancient orchards and woodland. Visit the winery shop to enjoy a self-guided exploration, or book for a full estate tour and tasting from £45-£65.
What to eat: A spring dish of charred asparagus with crispy Kentish hen's egg, lemon oil mayonnaise, pea purée and parma salt at the estate’s own Goudhurst Inn.
What to drink: Balfour Brut Rosé 2018.
Where to stay: Stylish, airy doubles at the Goudhurst Inn start from £69.
Kingscote, West Sussex
From £293 per night, check availability at booking.com
This is one of the best wine tasting breaks in the UK. Not just a vineyard but a full-on countryside experience founded by the late Christen Monge, Kingscote promises walking and fishing, as well as vineyard tours and tastings. Book a vineyard tour with seasonal lunch for £30.
What to eat: There’s a tiny coffee shop serving Kingscote’s own coffee in the on-site wine and artisan food store. For a full meal, visit nearby Gravetye Manor where a set three-course lunch is £65.
What to drink: The Silvan Bacchus 2019, a creamy, lightly oaked white.
Where to stay: Doubles at Gravetye Manor start at £293.
From £150 per night, check availability at booking.com
Established in 1986, Denbies wine estate in Surrey offers indoor and outdoor winery tours. The former explores the working winery along with a cellar tasting, while the latter takes you on a 50-minute toy train tour of the vineyard, showing off panoramic views of the North Downs.
What to eat: A gallery restaurant looks over the 265-acre vineyard. Order Sussex confit pork belly with savoy cabbage, pan-fried halibut with roasted romanesco, or, on a Sunday, the Surrey Farm roast beef with rosemary-roasted potatoes.
What to drink: A glass of the award-winning Cubitt Blanc de Noirs 2014, full-bodied and replete with notes of baked pear and rose petal.
Where to stay: The on-site Denbies Vineyard Hotel has 17 en-suite rooms with views across the estate and surrounding hills. Price start from £150.
Rathfinny Estate, East Sussex
From £100 per night, check availability here.
It may be young, but Rathfinny Estate in the South Downs is still one of Britain’s most beautiful wineries. Vines are separated by rows of wild flowers, there are glimpses of the Sussex heritage coast throughout, and visitors can stay overnight in a stylishly converted 1860s barn.
What to eat: Head chef Chris Bailey has curated lavish picnic hampers to enjoy in a quiet spot on the vineyard with a glass of Sussex sparkling wine.
What to drink: Rathfinny's range of vintage Sussex sparkling wines includes a Classic Cuvée 2018, Blanc de Noirs 2016, Blanc de Blancs 2017 and Rosé Brut 2018.
Where to stay: Rooms at the Flint Barns are simple but have expensive bathroom fixtures, quality bedsteads and access to a luxurious communal living room. From £100 for a double.
Jabajak, Whitland, Carmarthenshire
From £108 per night including breakfast, check availability at booking.com
This family-run vineyard restaurant-with-rooms makes for an idyllic base to explore the coastal paths, mountains and beaches of Pembrokeshire National Park. Since their first harvest in 2014, Julian and Amanda Stuart-Robson have produced award-winning white wine and sparkling rosé using grapes grown on the south-facing slopes of this former droving farm.
What to eat: The owners grow a substantial amount of seasonal produce on site, including fruits, herbs and shoots. The locally inspired menu features rock salt-roasted Welsh lamb rump with port and cranberry jus, and local grilled smoked mackerel with marinated beetroot and apple salad.
What to drink: Try the award-winning White House white and sparkling rosé.
Where to stay: From the simple doubles in The Annex to the more secluded Grainstore and Garden suites, the eight differently sized bedrooms cater for all.
From £105 per night, check availability at booking.com
Just over an hour's drive from London, this Kent vineyard produces sparkling wines. Choose between three types of tour and explore the vineyards followed by a tutored wine tasting, or discover how to pair wine with food.
What to eat: For those that want to delve deeper into the world of wine, the estate tour includes vineyard visits before a three-course seasonal lunch with paired wines in the modern tasting room. Or opt for a picnic of locally sourced produce and a bottle of Brut Reserve while you soak up the surrounding views.
What to drink: Golden-hued 2017 Gusbourne Brut Reserve is fresh and fruit driven.
Where to stay: Head to the sleepy Kent village of East Brabourne – just a 30-minute drive away – and stay at The Five Bells Inn (Read our full review here)
Old Walls Vineyard, Bishopsteignton, South Devon
From £192 per night, check availability at booking.com
Well positioned for the many attractions of the glorious South Devon coast, Old Walls Vineyard offers tours, tastings and, if you time your visit for mid-autumn, there’s even a chance to pick the grapes for the next vintage.
What to eat: Hearty dishes like Devon sausages and mash, and shepherd's pie tartlet with butternut squash purée, come drizzled in jus made from the vineyard's own red wine.
What to drink: The best-selling wines are the Palace Red or White Priory Dry, although the Bishop’s Blush rosé is the way to go on a balmy summer’s evening.
Where to stay: Available for short stays or the whole week, there are six two-bedroom luxury lodges overlooking the vineyard, each with a veranda and private BBQ area.
Three Choirs, Gloucestershire
From £165 per night, check availability here
A lovely wine tasting break in the UK. You can taste, trek, eat and sleep at Three Choirs near Newent, one of the longest established English vineyards. Most visitors book ahead for a guided tour with tastings.
What to eat: Take a seat among lots of local regulars to eat the likes of smoked wood pigeon, Springfield Farm chicken and Clonakilty black pudding terrine with spiced pear followed by roast sea bream, buttered samphire, crushed Cornish new potatoes and lobster oil.
What to drink: The Noble Harvest 2015, a dessert wine fragrant with lychee aromas.
Where to stay: Eight bedrooms in a red-brick block, from £165, have pretty views over the vines, but the nicest accommodation is in the glass-walled, timber-framed lodges with verandas, from £185.
Llanerch Vineyard, Wales
From £90 per night, check availability here
A farmhouse hotel, restaurant, cookery school and vineyard in South Wales. Guided tours and tastings show guests how Llanerch’s Cariad wines are made, and how the local terroir affects the taste of each vintage.
What to eat: Celebrating seasonal produce grown, caught or reared in the region, try dishes such as curry spiced mushroom fricassee, roasted Welsh lamb cannon and rib, and pan-roasted stone bass with shellfish bisque in the fine-dining restaurant overlooking the vineyards.
What to drink: Try the sweet Cariad sparkling brut.
Where to stay: Hotel rooms vary in size, from superior doubles to suites. Standard double bedrooms start from £90.
Lympstone Manor, Exmouth, East Devon
From £395 per night, check availability at booking.com
Overlooking the Exe Estuary, Lympstone Manor is part of chef Michael Caines’s growing South West empire of restaurants and hotels. The vineyard, with its 17,500 vines, is open for guided tours every Wednesday from May to September. The tour includes a tasting of English wines and a four-course lunch.
What to eat: With meat and game from local estates, and fish direct from Brixham, try salted Newlyn cod with lemon purée and Lyme Bay crab, or Darts Farm Ruby Red beef fillet with celeriac and smoked bone marrow.
What to drink: You'll have to wait until at least autumn 2023 for the release of the first Lympstone Manor Cuvée. In the meantime, explore the extensive 600-bin list which showcases many English wines.
Where to stay: Set in 28 acres of rolling countryside, the hotel boasts a range of rooms and suites, many with estuary views.
Tinwood Estate, West Sussex
From £225 per night, check availability at tinwoodestate.com
Want to do a wine tasting in Sussex? Back in 1985, Dutchman Tukker bought 200 acres of land here to grow iceburg lettuce. 10 years ago, Tukker’s son, Art, took on the land for his own project – growing vines for English wines. Art and his wife Jody have worked, manicured and nourished the land and now 100,000 champagne variety vines flourish in their 65 acres of chalky, flint-topped soil. Book a vineyard tour with the optional extras of a cheese platter for two or a canapé selection.
What to eat: A classic afternoon tea with plenty of Tinwood fizz – think fresh baked scones, Cornish clotted cream, sarnies and sweet treats.
What to drink: Tinwood's appley, refreshing Blanc de Blancs.
Where to stay: Double lodges at the Tinwood Estate start from £225 per night for a double room.
Chapel Down, Kent
From £50 per person, check availability at Virgin Experience Days
One of the best-known English vineyards, Chapel Down recently expanded its site to a huge 325 acres of prime Kentish wine country. It’s open all year to visitors, and offers packages and gift experiences with tutored tastings. Alternatively, just go and have a look and pick up a treat from the terrific wine and fine food shop.
What to eat: Prawn tartare with chive crisp, then Romney Marsh lamb chop with confit potato, artichoke purée and lamb stock jus.
What to drink: Chapel Down's first-ever pinot noir rosé, full of red fruits.
Where to stay: Sissinghurst Farmhouse, home to Chapel Down’s CEO, is also a charming B&B with brass beds and rural views, from £160.
Oxney Organic, East Sussex
From £100 per night, check availability at oxneyestate.com
An organic vineyard with holiday cottages in East Sussex. The estate produces organic sparkling and still wines using pinot noir, pinot meunier and seyval blanc and chardonnay grape varieties. Winery and tasting tours take place every Saturday 11am and 2pm. Wander through the vines, learn about the estate’s approach to winemaking and end with a tasting.
What to eat: Tuck into a post-tour picnic of local cheeses, charcuterie, bread and, of course, wine.
What to drink: Try the toasty 2018 Oxney Classic.
Where to stay: A farmhouse cottage sleeps 10, three barns sleep 14 between them, while cosy wooden shepherd’s huts complete with a double bed and fire-pit start from £100 per night.
Wyken Vineyards, Suffolk
Wyken has been established as a vineyard since 1988, and is energetically tended by Mississippi-born Lady Carlisle, who, as a girl, trained at Chez Panisse and loves the ‘raciness of English wine’.
What to eat: The menu at the estate’s Leaping Hare restaurant/café/shop, housed in a 14th-century barn, might include the likes of mussels in Wyken Good Dog Ale, or Suffolk venison fillet with roast quince.
What to drink: Wyken Moonshine, a sparkling wine made with pinot noir and auxerrois grapes.
Where to stay: Camomile Cottage, an arty Suffolk longhouse where you’ll breakfast in the garden room on full English or eggs benedict with home-baked bread. Doubles from £89. camomilecottage.co.uk
Sharpham Wine and Cheese, Devon
From £596 for two nights, check availability for cottages at sykescottages.co.uk
One of the best vineyard tours in the UK, Sharpham is a great experience. In the same hands for more than 35 years, Sharpham is a serious producer of more than a dozen wines, as well as unpasteurised cheeses that are sold internationally. It's set to unveil a brand-new visitor centre at its new home in Sandridge Barton this summer. Visitors to the site can enjoy guided tours as well as self-guided tasting flights.
What to eat: New restaurant Circa uses foraged, estate and vineyard produce in dishes such as Sandridge Barton beef carpaccio with black garlic and fermented celeriac remoulade; and Brixham day boat fish with seaweed butter and foraged sea herbs.
What to drink: Sharpham Pinot Noir, crammed with wild strawberry, cherry and cranberry flavours.
Where to stay: The Bathing House is a well-appointed holiday cottage within the Sharpham Estate, sleeping two from around £596 for two nights.
Ryedale Vineyards, North Yorkshire
There’s no visitor centre, shop or café at one of England’s most northerly commercial vineyards, rather a tiny winery set in a listed cowshed. Here Stuart Smith conducts tastings, once his wife Elizabeth has guided guests around the entirely unmechanised site. Tours and tastings take place between April and October.
What to eat: Head to nearby foodie hub Malton, home to a famous food market, and restaurants, cafes and pubs galore.
What to drink: One of Ryedale’s award-winners, such as a bottle of Yorkshire’s Lass, a delicate dry white.
Where to stay: In one of two cosily outfitted rooms in Ryedale's farmhouse, from £130 a night.
Words by Mark Taylor, Sophie Dening, Ellie Edwards and Alex Crossley
Photo credits: Paul Winch-Furness, Ian Forsyth, Helen Dixon
First published August 2015, updated May 2019