This 17th-century manor house was built by a master cutler from Sheffield to bolster his credentials among the English gentry. Today, it cuts it with elegant rooms and a spa housed within a pair of Edwardian cottages.
Middlethorpe Hall, Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 2GB (01904 641241; middlethorpe.com). Doubles from £199, B&B. Treatments from £25.