By Angela Youngman
As the ‘Ginaissance’ shows no sign of slowing down, hotels are getting in on the act and offering a range of gin experiences.
From distillery tours and gin tastings to making your own bespoke bottle, these are the best gin hotels in the UK.
Best Gin Hotels In The UK
The Distillery, London
Billed as ‘the UK’s first gin hotel’, The Distillery on London’s Portobello Road is one not to be missed. Spread over four floors, the hotel has two bars, a restaurant serving up dishes like Dirty Martini Mussels, and three boutique bedrooms which come with vinyl record players and fully stocked gin minibars.
But it’s the in-house Ginstitute, home to Portobello Gin, where the magic happens. Discover the history of gin from its Dutch origins to the Golden Age of cocktail making and the modern day ‘Ginaissance’. Next, you’ll create a bespoke bottle of gin in the Blending Room (£120pp).
Cocktail masterclasses and an immersive five-course James Bond Experience is also available.
Book a room at The Distillery from £125 a night
Harbour Hotel, Salcombe
A Devon coastal town on the shores of an idyllic estuary, Salcombe has been home to the award-winning Salcombe Gin since 2014. Turn a Gin Lesson into a gincation by booking a stay at the Harbour Hotel just a 10-minute walk away.
Learn the art of distilling in this laboratory for adults as you take charge of your personal mini copper pot still. Once you’ve made your own 70cl bottle of gin, name and label it to take home.
If you’d prefer just to sample the signature gin cocktails, book a Taster Session at the distillery’s Boathouse bar which has views across the water, or carry on the gin drinking back at the hotel.
Book a room at Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa from £175 a night
Book a Gin School Lesson at Salcombe Distillery. Prices start at £110 for one and £160 for two
The Talbot, Malton
Malton is the foodie capital of Yorkshire and now the area has its very first gin school, Rare Bird Distillery. Gin is produced on site in their 300-litre copper still named Florence. Their signature bottle is a luxury London Dry Gin and they make a sugar-freeRhubarb & Ginger flavour.
Tour the distillery, learn to distinguish the tastes of different botanicals while sampling complimentary G&T’s, then make your own bottle of gin to take home.
Pair your visit with a stay at the 17th century The Talbot, which is literally across the road and is one of the best hotels in the region. Malton is also the UK’s most dog friendly town if you’ve got a four-legged friend in tow.
Book a room at The Talbot from £140 a night
Book a Gin School session at Rare Bird Distillery from £89pp
Penrallt Country House Hotel, Aberporth
The coastal village of Aberporth is home to the Penrallt Country House Hotel, which has access to two sandy beaches. Bottlenose dolphins can often be seen playing in Cardigan Bay.
Turn your holiday into a gincation by booking a Gin Making Experience at In The Welsh Wind Distillery, less than a 10-minute drive away.
All the gins here are premium and made using botanicals native to, or synonymous with Wales. You can even Tailor Your Gin online for £50 a bottle. Choose your spirit base, add three botanicals and the distillery will make it for you.
Book a room atPenrallt Country House Hotel from £206 a night
Book a Gin Making Experience at In The Welsh Wind Distillery, £145 for two
Torrisdale Castle Estate, Argyll
Scotland is better known for its whisky, but the beautiful Torrisdale Castle Estate is home to the Beinn An Tuirc distillers, producers of Kintyre Gin. This unique gin is totally sustainable and made using renewable hydro-electric energy sourced from the estate on the hill, after which the distillery is named.
Some of the botanicals are sourced here, like Sheep Sorrel and Icelandic Moss. A short walk through the grounds leads to the distillery, where you can learn how the gin is made and do tastings.
Luxury self-catering accommodation, from a cosy two-person cottage to the Servants’ Quarters castle which sleeps six and has a riverside sauna and hot tub, is available. The estate even has its own private beach.
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