The West Arms, close to Llangollen
The picturesque village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, within the distant Ceiriog valley, is dwelling to this inn in a farmhouse courting again to 1570. It’s a group hub but in addition does uncommon connoisseur meals (fish with Menai Strait mussels and sauteed sea greens, maybe). This little bit of north Wales has luggage of allure and fascinating spots embody dramatic Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, the idiosyncratic city of Llangollen and the 13th-century Chirk Castle, with an enormous parkland that’s superb in autumn, and Erddig House, with Christmas events akin to walks and breakfasts with Santa from the top of November. You’re near Snowdonia, too.
• Doubles from £135 B&B, mains from £17, thewestarms.com
Milebrook Home Lodge, Powys
James Sheehan and Zoe Carter purchased Milebrook on the finish of 2018 and have wasted no time placing their mark on it. Parquet flooring gleam, enormous home windows exhibit the views and good artwork pulls every thing collectively. Sit down in entrance of the fireplace within the vigorous bar for a G&T earlier than dinner. Native chef, Christina, cooks trendy British fare with an emphasis on seasonal Welsh produce. Ten peaceable bedrooms are large enough to sit down and browse or watch TV. There’s croquet, badminton, boules and desk tennis within the gardens; and you may be a part of the Offa’s Dyke path in close by Knighton or hike within the Shropshire Hills on the doorstep.
• Doubles from £90 B&B, mains from £15, sawdays.co.uk
Llys Meddyg, Pembrokeshire
This stunning, small Newport resort packs a punch, with eight stylish bedrooms, a cellar bar for cocktails earlier than dinner and a classy restaurant with Welsh artwork on the partitions. Menus may function home-smoked salmon or slow-cooked lamb and caramelised pear with blue-cheese ice-cream. The bedrooms in the primary home have cool colors, huge beds and fancy loos, whereas these within the mews have a country really feel and backyard views. It’s effectively positioned for exploring Pembrokeshire’s hills, the coastal path and sandy seashores.
• Doubles from £100 B&B, mains from £14.50, sawdays.co.uk
Escape Boutique B&B, Conwy
Although a part of the brand new faculty of gorgeous B&Bs, Escape isn’t the sort of place the place one worries about leaving a cushion misplaced. Life inside this Victorian Llandudno villa is completely relaxed. Of 9 distinct rooms, greatest for winter is both the platinum Quantity 3, full with an enormous roll-top copper bathtub, or wooden-floored #1, the place orange swivel chairs, a big bay window and patchwork woollen quilt enliven gray hues. For a time out, begin at Llandudno pier, the longest in Wales at 700 metres, then transfer on to Snowdonia, Conwy Castle and the Nationwide Belief gardens at Bodnant. First, although, come the B&B’s acclaimed breakfasts – together with porridge and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.
• Doubles from £105 B&B, escapebandb.co.uk
The Harp, Powys
It’s the views of the broad Radnor valley and the welcoming environment that make this down-to-earth pub a winner for winter walkers, and it was not too long ago named within the high 10 of the Good Pub Guide’s Country Pub of the Year for 2020. Within the village of Outdated Radnor, this venerable Welsh longhouse (by a notable medieval church on the finish of a cul de sac) is an idyllic spot with vintage high-backed settles tucked into crannies, slate flooring and a woodburner, plus Ludlow Gold and Betty Stoggs on hand-pump. If it’s too blustery to hike, have a mosey across the bookshops of close by Hay-on-Wye. The 5 bedrooms are easy however spick and span, one with a four-poster.
• Doubles from £115 B&B, mains from £10.50, harpinnradnor.co.uk
The Bridge Inn, close to Edinburgh
Anybody hitting Edinburgh for festive buying or exhibits might decide to remain within the peaceable village of Ratho, seven miles west of the town centre, the place the intimate Bridge Inn has 4 cosy rooms overlooking the Union Canal and a beautiful line in Scottish pub classics akin to crispy haggis, venison and cullen skink. House-bred pork and greens grown within the pub’s personal walled backyard provide the kitchen, and the elegant rooms are all completely different, with both a four-poster, a chandelier or a slipper tub.
• Doubles from £105 B&B, mains from £11, bridgeinn.com
Kildrummy Inn, Aberdeenshire
Discover the Grampian mountains and Cairngorm national park, observe Aberdeenshire’s castle trail linking 14 fairytale castles, or heat up with some whisky tasting within the native distilleries whereas staying on the Kildrummy Inn close to Alford. The principle lounge seems Christmassy all 12 months spherical, with its purple and inexperienced tartan carpet, woodburner and burgundy leather-based sofas, whereas the restaurant is overseen by David Littlewood, who received Scottish Chef of the Yr in 2013-14 (strive the halibut fillet with crab risotto and salmon scotch egg). Anglers will need to come on the tail finish of winter, as a result of the pub has its personal 4 miles of salmon and trout fishing within the River Don, good from March or April.
• Doubles from £79 room-only, two programs £28, kildrummyinn.co.uk
Mhor 48, Highlands
The gifted group behind the lochside Monachyle Mhor have remodeled this previous roadside inn close to Lochearnhead into one of many coolest motels within the land. Exterior, the glen slopes all the way down to Loch Voil, with mountains to climb and bike tracks to observe. Inside, stylish white minimalism mixes with heat Scottish custom. Fires roar, cake stands bulge and the meals is fabulous: maybe porridge with honey for breakfast, sourdough and hummus for lunch, Scotch rarebit, Tyree lobster and plum crumble for dinner. Seven easy bedrooms have white partitions, modern artwork and small armchairs.
• Doubles from £70 room-only, breakfast from £4.50, three-course dinner from £25, sawdays.co.uk
The Pottery Home, Highlands
There’s a shortage of lodging proper on Loch Ness, however there are advantageous views over the water from two of the three rooms on the Pottery Home, which is 10 miles south of Inverness. The B&B is on the quieter, wooded north-eastern shore, away from the busy A82, and an excellent restaurant, the Dores Inn, is a five-minute stroll away. Different good causes to remain embody common purple squirrel sightings, breakfasts with do-it-yourself jams, just-baked rolls and eggs offered by the backyard’s hens. And the Falls of Foyer, which must be in full spate presently of 12 months, are only a brief drive away.
• Doubles from £95 B&B, potteryhouse.co.uk
One Shore Avenue, County Down
The port city of Donaghadee is 20 miles east of Belfast on the Ards peninsula, an unspoilt panorama of quiet villages, castles, seashores and abbeys. Going through its lighthouse is that this upmarket seafront B&B, which opened this 12 months. The 5 teal-and-white rooms have natural smellies, sea views and cashmere mattresses on super-king beds. Handily, two alcohol-themed sights are inside strolling distance: Grace Neill’s, which purports to be amongst Eire’s oldest pubs, and the gin and malt whiskey Copeland Distillery.
• Doubles from £140 B&B, closed 4-19 January, oneshorestreet.co.uk
The Outdated Inn, County Down
Individuals have been sipping ale within the cosy characterful confines of the Outdated Inn because the reign of Elizabeth I; it was frequented by CS Lewis and lies on considered one of Northern Eire’s oldest highways, to close by Bangor. Whether or not you’re taking afternoon tea in entrance of the fireplace within the parlour bar, scoffing an Ulster fry for breakfast or supping pints beneath vibrant purple partitions and fits of armour, it’s a spot to really feel toasty once more after a windswept stroll alongside the North Down Coastal Path or an evening out in Belfast (a 20-minute drive away). Interiors are castle-like, with panels of stained glass, whereas the bedrooms are relatively grand, with fires, uncovered beams and four-posters.
• Doubles from £80 B&B, mains from £9.95, theoldinn.com
The Kirkstile Inn, Lake District
Favorite Lakeland pub of many a hill-walker, the unfussy Kirkstile’s higgledy-piggledy lounges with fires make it the best place to gap up after charging over the fells, for pints of Loweswater Gold from its personal brewery and implausible, filling pub fare (steak and ale pie, lamb shank, vegan curry). It’s solely a mile to each Crummock Water and Loweswater, and Buttermere and Ennerdale are additionally close to for crunchy wintery walks alongside the water’s edge, as is household favorite Whinlatter Forest, which has a Christmas wreath-making workshop on 25 November. The pub’s 11 bedrooms have been not too long ago smartened up, with pheasant-pattern wallpaper and four-posters.
• Doubles from £112 B&B, mains from £10, kirkstile.com
The Roebuck Inn, Cheshire
A Grade II-listed constructing within the village of Mobberley courting again to 1708, the Roebuck was introduced again to life in 2016 after an extended closure. It’s a welcoming bistro-cum-classic previous English inn, serving an fascinating mixture of dishes from stone-baked pizza to sharing platters, or mains of rotisserie hen and tempura monkfish – and the Sunday roasts are top-notch, all with roasted duck fats potatoes. There are six boho-chic model bedrooms, with vintage furnishings, lavish materials, wood flooring and authentic paintings. Fairly Cheshire countryside to discover is correct on the doorstep – download the pub’s walk leaflet; the route winds by way of 4 miles of rural bliss. Mobberley is 20 minutes’ drive west of Macclesfield.
• Doubles from £125 B&B, mains from £14, roebuckinnmobberley.co.uk
Shibden Mill Inn, West Yorkshire
Gentleman Jack, the BBC TV drama, introduced consideration to the agricultural setting of the Shibden Valley close to Halifax, and particularly to Shibden property, dwelling to diarist Anne Lister, whose life was portrayed within the present. At its coronary heart is the inn, transformed from a corn and spinning mill right into a pub in 1890, and now with 11 luxurious and vibrant rooms, advantageous eating and a comfy fire-warmed bar. Discover the Calderdale Valley, go to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the retailers and lights of Leeds (a half-hour drive away) and naturally stunning Shibden Corridor, courting to 1420, the place there’s a winter craft honest on 16 November.
• Doubles from £95 B&B, mains from £14, shibdenmillinn.com
The Fleece Inn, Lancashire
On the western fringe of the Forest of Bowland, the place winter walks take you over moors, by way of wooded valleys and alongside rivers, the village of Dolphinholme is dwelling to the love-worn Fleece, an actual group pub with a village store and rooms. The inside is mild however heat feeling, with flagstone flooring, high-backed wood settles, oriental rugs and actual fires, whereas the 9 bedrooms are easy and trendy, with tartan materials, thick wool carpets and uncovered beams. Dine on typical pub fare and don’t really feel too responsible in case you don’t handle to pull your self from the fireplace to hike into the Trough of Bowland and the forest: it’s hibernation time.
• Doubles from £90 B&B, mains from £7.95, fleeceinn.co.uk
Rose and Crown, County Durham
In a beautiful nook of Higher Teesdale, the ivy-covered Rose and Crown, by Romaldkirk’s Saxon church, is a superb bolthole for these exploring this less-visited area of the north. Clamber across the partitions at Barnard Castle, browse its antiques retailers, and find time for the magical Bowes Museum, which hosts a Santa’s Grotto in December. Beautiful quiet rambles will be created from the door to the Teesdale Way footpath. The snowy moors make for romantic winter strolling, and Low and Excessive Drive waterfalls are close by. Are available a gang and e-book the non-public oak-panelled eating room, or sit within the ancient-feeling bar, with stone flooring, benches draped in fur and vintage knick-knacks on the partitions.
• Doubles from £120 B&B, mains from £16, rose-and-crown.co.uk
The Yan, Lake District
This not too long ago opened transformed farmhouse is a mile outdoors Grasmere, with its William Wordsworth associations, reward retailers and eating places. The breakfast menu is fascinating: halloumi and beans, courgette and herb frittata, full Cumbrian, do-it-yourself muesli and yoghurt. Lunch and dinner is trendy European with a twist. Seven unfussy en suite bedrooms have sofas and views of the fells. There’s a visitor sitting room to take your tea in after days out. Ambleside is barely three miles away and Helvellyn, Windermere, Coniston Water and Ullswater are additionally close by.
• Doubles from £90 B&B, mains from £12.95, sawdays.co.uk
Beck Corridor, Yorkshire Dales
Sitting proper within the centre of Malham, a mecca for hill-walkers, this resort and restaurant is a pleasant base from which to discover the Dales. That is a number of the most beautiful countryside within the UK and it’s nice for biking in addition to mountaineering. The 21 comfy bedrooms are all very completely different, fantastically furnished and dog-friendly, too – beds, mats and bowls will be offered to your hound. The streamside restaurant specialises in seasonal, native meals akin to Wensleydale cheese croquettes, seasonal pot pie and Dales beef.
• Doubles from £75 B&B, mains from £11.95, sawdays.co.uk
Tickton Grange, East Yorkshire
This advantageous Georgian manor home close to Beverley, surrounded by 4 acres of formal gardens, parklands and fields, is now a 21-room family-run resort. There’s meticulous consideration to element, for instance dinner of cured pigeon or salt-aged hogget served on specifically commissioned Royal Crown Derby china; drinks afterwards within the fashionable library; dressing robes, slippers and eye masks in your room, plus handmade truffles in your pillow. Go to Beverley or Hull, be a part of the Hockney Trail, return for a day tea to rival the Ritz – dainty truffles and scones with champagne or a G&T (the bar has 45 sorts of gin).
• Doubles from £120 B&B, two programs £38.50, sawdays.co.uk
Nanny Forehead, Lake District
Who says the Lake District is only for summer season? Its frosty flanks and snow-dusted banks make for advantageous, crisp winter stomps in case you don’t thoughts a little bit of mud – and also you’ll have them largely to yourselves, too. Simply outdoors Ambleside and simply north of Windermere, Nanny Forehead is an Arts and Crafts gem that includes interval wooden panelling, advantageous plasterwork and carved oak fireplaces. Among the 14 rooms and suites even have views up Langdale and breakfast – from recent fruit salad to Lakeland fry-ups – can be spectacular. Maps, packed lunches and flask-filling drinks will be organized, and drying amenities imply you possibly can exit and get moist once more the subsequent day.
• Doubles from £130 B&B, nannybrow.co.uk
St Cuthbert’s Home, Northumberland
This B&B in a 200-year-old chapel in Seahouses seems suitably festive, and its six snuggly bedrooms are an amazing base for forays alongside a coast that’s most dramatic in winter. Begin days with kippers from the city’s smokehouse, then stride out to lengthy seashores, huge skies and castles. In winter, gray seal pups will be noticed on boat journeys across the Farne Islands. The friendliness and a focus to element of the hosts have received them awards from the Good Lodge Information and Go to Britain.
• Doubles from £130 B&B, stcuthbertshouse.com
The Solar Inn, Essex
Get a little bit of the winter vibe at this Essex teaching inn within the village of Dedham – it’s certain to heat the cockles with its vibrant yellow facade and mustardy inside of oak-panelled snugs, beamed ceilings and roaring fires. Earlier than dinners of pork cutlet with girolle mushrooms or pear and artichoke gnocchi, hike to Flatford Mill, depicted in a number of of Constable’s work (and see considered one of his originals within the village church), go vintage buying at Lengthy Melford, and take bracing seaside walks at Frinton-on-Sea. Brinkhaus pillows, Vispring mattresses and enormous showers increase the attraction of the seven bedrooms.
• Doubles from £150 B&B, mains from £12.75, thesuninndedham.com
The Spouse of Tub, Kent
Providing a style of northern Spain within the Kent countryside, this restaurant and tapas bar with rooms is a refreshing bolthole – a Grade II-listed constructing within the village of Wye marrying wood-beamed historical past with punchy decor. Owned by chef Mark Sargeant of Rocksalt Restaurant in Folkestone, the meals is the main focus with excellent Galician fare (from an eight-course tasting menu that includes spiced crab with apple or rabbit with chorizo to small plates on the bar). The six bedrooms are comfortable and characterful, with gray partitions, wrought-iron beds and vibrant paintings. Breakfast is an occasion, too, with hampers delivered to rooms or a Spanish cooked breakfast within the restaurant. Wye is a picturesque place for a wander, and Canterbury is a brief prepare trip away.
• Doubles from £105, £38 for 2 programs, thewifeofbath.com
The Pheasant, Berkshire
There’s a great deal on Sunday nights by way of winter on the Pheasant, a coolly styled pub of green-grey partitions, bookshelves and darkish wooden antiques: eat within the restaurant and spend greater than £100 (simply achieved with a tempting menu of cauliflower, almond and truffle oil soup, duck breast with celeriac, a vegan menu and good wines) and so they’ll provide you with one of many 11 relaxed, modern bedrooms for the night time without cost. There’s a Christmas craft market on 27 November, and dwell music following the Newbury Races on 30 November. The pub is 4 miles north of Hungerford, near the gorgeous North Wessex Downs and the Ridgeway.
• Doubles from £115 B&B, mains from £14, thepheasant-inn.co.uk
The Half Moon, West Sussex
You’d suppose a pub opened by a supermodel could be all low-calorie salads and bling, however Jodie Kidd’s Half Moon is correct, serving essentially the most fascinating and best-presented meals for miles round. A poshed-up inn reverse the village church of Kirdford, close to Billingshurst, with half-timbered partitions, classic wallpapers, copper lights and woodburners, it’s helpful for winter occasions at Goodwood Home or frosty rambles alongside the South Downs. Seasonal menu corkers embody rabbit saddle or truffle macaroni; there’s additionally a six-course vegetarian tasting menu (£45pp), and domestically produced dinners referred to as RH14, after the pub’s postcode, the place substances are foraged. The upstairs vacation house is equally fashionable.
• Residence for 2 from £156 on Airbnb.co.uk, mains from £15, halfmoonkirdford.co.uk
The Ram Inn, East Sussex
There’s an open fireplace lit daily by way of winter in every of the three fundamental rooms of the 500-year-old Ram Inn, painted in deliciously darkish shades and with low lighting, candles and snuggly nooks. Sport comes from the native Firle Property and meat from close by farms for artistic dishes akin to leg of lamb with butternut squash puree and cashew dukkah. Close by, Charleston, a home as soon as used as a retreat by the Bloomsbury Group, has winter occasions together with a woodcut Christmas card workshop on 19 November. The pub’s 5 rustic-chic bedrooms are polished however pared again.
• Doubles from £100 B&B, £150 at weekends, mains from £12. From February, there’s a particular supply of £50 a room on Sunday night time, raminn.co.uk
The Pot Kiln, Berkshire
Set in a conservation space in West Berkshire, the 300-year-old Pot Kiln, tucked among the many bushes of the Yattendon Property, has good walks at hand and specialises within the sort of meals you’d need to eat presently of 12 months, with a concentrate on sport and wild meals. The autumn menu brings a pavé of fallow deer, muntjac shoulder with greens, and Szechuan poached pear with ginger and rhubarb ice-cream. A current extension has added three visitor bedrooms. The property will likely be promoting sustainable Christmas bushes and internet hosting a Christmas market from the top of November.
• Double rooms open in January 2020, from £95 B&B, mains from £15, potkiln.org
Daisybank Cottage, New Forest
At this stylish Arts and Crafts home, pony-littered tramps or cycles throughout the heathland and woods will be adopted by pre-dinner nips from the honesty bar earlier than dinner at one of many many eating places and pubs (and tearooms) close by. Breakfast options a variety of choices showcasing Hampshire producers, whereas eight spacious bedrooms have robes, bathtubs, Bramley toiletries and espresso machines; 4 even have moist rooms. To seal the deal, do-it-yourself cupcakes are allotted by the pleasant house owners upon your arrival.
• Doubles from £110 B&B, bedandbreakfast-newforest.co.uk
The Nice Home, Suffolk
The facade could also be Georgian, however elements of this historic home date from the 14th century, and it’s chock-full of character. Overlooking the market place of Lavenham, the Nice Home is primarily a chic French restaurant, headed by chef patron Guillaume Dericq; candle-lit at night time and heat and welcoming when it’s chilly outdoors. Easy, trendy delicacies could also be roasted duck breast with purple carrot puree or vegetable tartlet on a each day altering menu. There are 5 bedrooms, together with romantic attic room, Versailles, with its Jacobean mattress, and Elysee, with sitting space and house for a household. Medieval Lavenham is a jumble of slender streets with half-timbered homes with loads of artwork galleries and vintage retailers – and exquisite Suffolk countryside on the doorstep.
• Doubles from £99 B&B, two-course lunch £22.50, dinner mains from £24, thegreathouse.co.uk
The Dial Home, Norfolk
Within the Queen Anne constructing that dominates the market sq. of Reepham, this can be a stunning, buzzing foodie resort. A pleasant eccentricity prevails, from a library of vinyl for the fabulous eight rooms, to a grand piano friends can play. Uncover Reepham’s secret lanes and its two church buildings constructed a number of ft aside, or set off with a hamper to the Norfolk Broads. Return to a Norfolk-sourced meal – roast hake with clams or a sharing roast on a Sunday, served beneath a classic chandelier. And don’t miss the afternoon tea.
• Doubles from £130 B&B, mains from £9, sawdays.co.uk
The Mill, Suffolk
There are two luxurious, accessible bedrooms at this former mill’s restored cottage close to Sudbury: the open-plan Melford room, with gigantic brass-and-nickel tub and its personal patio going through stately dwelling Melford Corridor; and the snugger Backyard room with cast-iron slipper tub, walk-in bathe, woodburner and personal backyard. Breakfast comes with eggs from the resident chickens. Lengthy Melford’s village pubs are a saunter away, and free bicycles are offered to discover beautiful Lavenham and the banks of the River Stour.
• Doubles from £135 B&B, themill-longmelford.com
Russell Home, Northamptonshire
Free cake. That’s what you get on arrival at this wisteria-swathed ironstone home in Flore village, setting the tone for a decadent keep. Tea is served on squishy sofas by the drawing room’s log fireplace, ringed by antiques and gilt-framed portraiture. Issues are equally Georgian within the eating room, the place breakfast of toasted bagels or do-it-yourself kedgeree is served, and upstairs within the Brampton bed room – all beams and burgundy curtains. The opposite two bedrooms are extra modern – the duck egg-blue Atkinson is especially engaging. Petrolheads will likely be most content material: it’s near each the British Motor Museum and Silverstone.
• Doubles from £90 B&B, no under-18s and no canines (they’ve acquired their very own), russellhouseflore.com
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The Cott Inn, Devon
In Dartington, between the coast and Dartmoor, the thatch-roofed Cott Inn is a homely family-run pub that’s been round since 1320. Low-beamed ceilings and log fires make it a comfy selection for winter, and with dwell music within the bar on Wednesday and Sunday nights the environment will be crackling. The menu focuses on native Devon meat and each day fish specials, with Sunday lunches drawing locals and guests (so e-book forward). Upstairs, the 5 en suite bedrooms are vibrant, trendy and comfy. The Dartington property and gardens are nice for a wander and it’s a reasonably stroll, partly alongside the River Dart, to Totnes.
• Doubles from £125 B&B, mains from £13, cottinn.co.uk
Quantity One Bruton, Somerset
Bruton, already a hotspot because the arrival of Hauser & Wirth gallery and stately resort The Newt, is gaining an thrilling new restaurant-with-rooms combo on 22 November. Set in an previous forge, Osip is by Merlin Labron-Johnson, who snaffled a Michelin star at Portland Restaurant on the age of 24. Right here he’s indulging his ardour for native natural, biodynamic greens and dedication to low waste by reintegrating plant and animal trimmings. With set and á la carte menus that embody winter heaters akin to wild duck and partridge pie and upmarket vegan fare, it pays homage to the county’s produce. You possibly can stagger out of Osip and into the eight eclectic rooms at Quantity One Bruton, opening the identical day. They’re dotted with items contributed by locals artists, from photographer Don McCullin to equipment designer Invoice Amberg.
• Doubles from £130 B&B, numberonebruton.com. Mains from £15, osiprestaurant.com
The Swan, Somerset
Between November and February, the skies in some elements of the UK bear witness to a dramatic occasion, when starling murmurations sweep their whirling patterns throughout the heavens. The Somerset Ranges are among the finest locations to see it, the place the Swan within the village of Wedmore, in all its festive loveliness, makes an excellent base. It’s an hour from Tub and 10 miles from the extensive seashores of Burnham-on-Sea and Brean. For a Somerset tipple, pub workers can organize a cider tasting at a number of breweries and farms. The seven rooms are easy with roll-top baths, whereas gastro-pub fare is cooked by Tom Heralds, previously of River Cottage: count on dishes akin to vegan chickpea burger, and pumpkin lasagne.
• Doubles from £70 (e-book direct without cost breakfast supply), mains from £13.50, theswanwedmore.com or on i-escape.com
Luttrell Arms, Somerset
You get a triple whammy right here: spectacular Dunster Fortress, its stunning property village and this medieval teaching inn on the excessive road – the view from the terrace throughout to the fortress is sweet for the eyes. Inside, a current refurbishment has introduced in a heat model, together with a stupendous restaurant serving dishes like smoked haddock chowder, braised shin of beef and chocolate and raspberry tart; a sexy sitting room for afternoon tea; a high-ceilinged bar with an open fireplace; and a boot bar for sleeping canines and a sport of cribbage. Twenty-eight bedrooms are scattered about, some with village views, others overlooking the property, and 4 are enormous with grand four-posters. The Luttrell Arms can be an excellent base for exploring Exmoor and the north Devon and Somerset coasts.
• Doubles from £110 B&B, lunch mains from £12.95, sawdays.co.uk
The Lion & Pheasant, Shrewsbury
In a 16th-century constructing in Shrewsbury’s historic centre, this resort has had a full makeover in and out, combining authentic options with cool, recent interiors. There’s a bar serving nice cocktails and quite a few gins, and an enormous open fireplace within the eating space. The 26 upstairs bedrooms are filled with character and environment, with slipper tub tubs, cavernous walk-in showers and views of the stone bridge and river. Lunch and dinner are seasonal and alter all through the week, with dishes like Shropshire lamb with wild garlic and asparagus, and heat tomato consommé on the vegetarian/vegan menu. Discover the Stretton Hills and Long Mynd on foot or rent canoes on the River Severn.
• Doubles from £109 B&B, mains from £16, sawdays.co.uk
The Ollerod, Dorset
Beaminster – or Emminster in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbevilles – sits in a lush Dorset valley. From the hills above, you drop by way of superb nation, rolling all the way down to this previous market city, the place the church tower soars heavenward. This beautiful resort, which opened late final 12 months, is in a 13th-century priest’s home and comes with authentic trimmings: stone flags, mullioned home windows, previous beams and large inglenooks. It’s intimate and deeply comfy, with one thing stunning at each flip. 13 bedrooms, together with two household rooms, are individually styled from cool trendy to traditional English. Proprietor Chris Staines is in cost within the kitchen and makes use of greens from the backyard within the advantageous vegan menu, alongside the superb seafood and gamey mains on the á la carte.
• Doubles from £99 B&B, mains from £17, sawdays.co.uk
The Outdated College, Cotswolds
As soon as a Victorian faculty, this stone home in Little Compton is now a comfy B&B. Its quartet of en suite rooms are pleasant, with fluffy robes, hot-water bottles and Egyptian cotton sheets on king-size beds. The upstairs lounge has church-style home windows and a woodburner, and the advantageous meals ranges from cooked breakfasts (together with grilled halloumi and domestically cured bacon) to lemon-drizzle cake for afternoon tea. The pleasant Cotswolds countryside throughout is gloriously tourist-free in winter, and it’s inside attain of Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.
• Doubles from £145 B&B, theold schoolbedandbreakfast.com
Blackmore Farm, Somerset
A fan of a while journey? Grade I-listed, this medieval manor home close to Bridgwater retains its authentic low stone archways, beams and 15th-century garderobes, whereas breakfast is served within the nice corridor on an extended carved oak desk beside mullion home windows and an enormous, crackling fire. All three chambers are not any much less venerable, particularly the west bed room with its four-poster mattress. It faces the ramble-friendly Quantock Hills; nearer nonetheless is the house owners’ working cattle farm and cafe/store, whose pork pies and Mars-bar cheesecake make advantageous picnic additions. A lot of native Nationwide Belief homes open year-round, as do the Cheddar Gorge caves.
• Doubles from £120 B&B, blackmorefarm.co.uk
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