The best way to reward a country stroll is to warm up in a cozy pub – and it’s even better when it’s a pub with bedrooms, to settle in for the night.
THE BEST BEDROOM PUBS IN GREAT BRITAIN
From traditional pubs with just a handful of rooms to historic coaching inns, spending a night in a pub will give you the perfect base to explore some of the country’s most beautiful rural destinations, whether you want to stop somewhere near the Cornish coast or see a slightly less explored part of the northwest, just outside the Peak District.
Gin lovers should head straight to the Swan Inn in a traditional Cotswold village, where you can spend your time sampling the drink, touring a distillery, and even creating your own version.
Or book into Britain’s best pub, which has nearly two acres of grounds, a beer garden (also an award-winning) and six bedrooms, so you can spend some time exploring the Norfolk coastal region of France. ‘exceptional natural beauty.
Face the ghost of a Scandinavian lumber merchant as you travel to Shropshire’s Bear Inn, which has an underground maze of caves and tunnels once used as a smuggling route and to hide priests.
Read on to discover the best pubs in the countryside with rooms to visit in 2022 …
The Arms of Duncombe, Derbyshire
Close to the Peak District, the Dove Valley offers new and equally scenic hiking trails for seasoned hikers in the popular Northwest National Park. It’s on the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire, with walks that captivate the imagination – parts of the countryside have been nicknamed ‘Dragon’s Back’, for their resemblance to a certain mythical beast and imaginative sorts believe that ‘ there are dragons hiding in these hills.
Once you’ve dodged all fiery breaths, there are few more refined places to cool off than the warm and welcoming pub with the rooms The Duncombe Arms, which serves heartwarming classics like truffled celeriac and bisque. lobster, with its sourdough made on site.
The Swan Inn, Cotswolds
If you enjoy indoor activities more than outdoor activities, then you’ll love the Swan Inn in the village of Ascott-under-Wychwood in the Cotswolds, a 16th-century coaching inn with eight rooms. Protected activities include enrolling in his gin school, where you’ll make your own gin, as well as excursions and tastings at the Wood Brothers Distillery.
For those who wish to enjoy the fresh air, the pub staff can help organize shooting evenings in the neighboring areas, with feasts for up to 14 people in the dining room on the way home. And you can also go for walks or bike rides.
The Brisley Bell, Norfolk
Officially Britain’s best pub by some 2021 awards, Norfolk’s Brisley Bell has also been praised for its beer garden. It is over the common village of Brisley, with views over the surrounding countryside and those famous Norfolk high skies.
The location means you’ll be between Norwich and the county’s spectacular coastline, which includes the northern stretches which are an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The pub is set on just under two acres of land, which means there is plenty to stay in if you spend the night in one of its six bedrooms.
The Double Red Duke, Cotswolds
The decor of this Oxfordshire pub with bedrooms effortlessly mixes old and new: wooden beams, trendy wallpaper on one wall, eye-catching headboards, black slipper tubs, and squeaky window frames. Dishes include great classics from British pubs such as Dublin Bay scampi with lemon mayonnaise and cow pie with mash and gravy, plus more modern additions: pea fritters wood-fired harissa and eggplant chickpeas with miso and sesame. Unsurprisingly, the hearty dish is well suited to feasting for groups of eight or more.
The cozy Double Red Duke might be calling, but guests can also fly-fish for wild trout in the local streams and lakes, or take a trip to Kelmscott Manor, the summer retreat of William Morris and Blenheim Palace.
The Pheasant Inn, Berkshire
This historic inn near the village of Shefford Woodlands and the Berkshire Racehorse Valley has been a haven for people for 450 years, having housed the herdsmen who herded the cattle between Wales and London. The Pheasant Inn has since had a facelift, of course, with smart TVs, Egyptian cottons, and colorful, contemporary upholstery in each of its 14 rooms.
Go on an antique hunt in Hungerford, visit the market town of Marlborough or drive the 20 minutes or so to Downton Abbey itself (Highclere Castle). You’ll also be right at the edge of the North Wessex Downs AONB and all of its beautiful hiking trails.
The Bear Inn, Shropshire
In the village of Hodnet in Shropshire, this 16th century inn has served guests for centuries now and is more part of the local community than ever before. It is opposite the Norman church and the village’s Hodnet room, whose name means “peaceful valley”.
Underground, old tunnels and cellars once hid monks and formed a smuggling route for tax-avoidant tax collectors. The Bear Inn also once had a bear pit and is apparently haunted by the ghost of a Scandinavian lumberjack. These days it’s a much more tame affair, with Shropshire beers on tap, cuts of the owners’ cattle, produce grown in a 200-year-old walled garden, cozy fireplaces and charming rooms.
The Punch Bowl Inn, Lake District
In the Lyth Valley, overlooking damsons and orchards, the Punch Bowl Inn offers hikers returning from hikes in the hills. It is equipped for all seasons, with a fireplace to warm the winters and a terrace to enjoy in the summer.
The pub, in the sleepy village of Crosthwaite, dates back to 1829, when it was also a smithy. Windermere is a 15-minute drive away, but first you have endless rolling hills to explore – the area is famous for its plums and the particularly beautiful shade of green in its countryside.
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Cotswolds
Surrounded by Gloucestershire countryside in the attractive (even by Cotswolds standards) village of Northleach, this traditional inn has landscaped gardens, a private dining room for six, an outdoor pizza oven and a heated marquee for the months the hottest.
The 17th-century Wheatsheaf Inn, covered in creepers, perfectly mixes the old and the new: fires and flagstone floors are present and correct, with pop art portraits and repurposed retro chairs adding a modern touch. There are circular trails for hikers to take just outside, with excellent, seasonal British pub food awaiting you on your return – expect twice-baked cheddar soufflés, Cornish mussels and game and daily pies.
The Old Success Inn, Cornwall
Cornwall might not be short of stunning shores, but Sennen Cove, where you’ll find the Old Success Inn, is certainly one of them. The inn’s maritime heritage, usefully highlighted by the nautical souvenirs on the walls, spans several centuries. Expect pub food to feature Cornish catch of the day, shepherd’s pie croquette, and beetroot whipped goat cheese, plus extensive seafood sharing platters.
Guests can hire a boat to explore the coast, take a surf lesson, or just stay on the deck and enjoy this view, which may or may not include mermaids. You’ll be close to the Coastal Walks, Land’s End and the Minack Theater, with a Cornish beer by the fireside to get back quickly.
The White Buck, New Forest
The New Forest is full of cozy places to hide, but few can match the White Buck, a Tudor-style mansion with leather armchairs, tasseled curtains, and wood-paneled walls near Burley. Its legacy includes a spell as a popular music venue, with artists such as Gerry and the Pacemakers once taking the stage.
There are 20 rooms to choose from, some of which have rolling tubs. Design details cover polished wood floors and cheery patterned wallpaper. Even the pet stations are stylish, with mats, balls, towels, and treats laid out to make your dog feel as welcome as you do.
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