Alan and Angela Harper originally envisioned Palé Hall—which had been converted into a hotel in 1980—as a home for themselves. But when Alan, a one-time Vodafone executive, and Angela, a former head teacher, toured the estate in 2015, they had a change of heart. Using Alan’s busness savvy and Angela’s eye for decorating, the couple transformed the outdated property into a truly luxurious boutique hotel. Today, the Harpers live just up the road—and it’s not uncommon to see them chatting with guests or making martinis during cocktail hour. “We wanted to create a hotel that felt like a home with five-star service,” says Angela.