Stay in a traditional inn for an age old welcome that retains its charm and appeal to this day.
Often attached to a pub, restaurant or somewhere of a similar sort, you can enjoy great food or a drink in cosy, relaxed surroundings and get top tips on what to do in the area from local hosts - even if you don't need to stable your horses these days.
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92 € guestroom, 119 € guestroom, 125 € guestroom per night incl breakfast, 660 € selfcatering apartment per week
From £99 per night based on 2 people sharing
Studios £150-£175; Suites £175-£200
From £95 for two
doubles from £120 including breakfast
Max 37 sleepers. £55 single, £65 doubles & twins, £75 four posters family sleeps 3 £75, family sleeps 5 £90 family sleeps 6 £95
From £115 for 2
Double/Twin £75.00 per night; Single occupancy £65 per night; 3 people sharing £85 per night. Winter Special Offer: 3 nights for the price of 2.
All our double rooms are priced at £65 per room per night, with a full Continental Breakfast included the next morning.
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Low / High season £234 / £402 for 3 nights to £390 / £670 for a week.
From £100 for 2; single occupancy from £75; family cottage £130 for 2. extra children £15 per night
From £85 for 2
doubles from £70 including breakfast
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The Queens Arms
A much-loved local pub whose new owners have breathed life back into it. Staff and produce are all ‘locally sourced’ and the four rooms have a charming rustic quality – think pine furniture, wood beams and low windows. The daily changing menu makes the most of what’s on the doorstep and local beers feature heavily in the bar.
The Cresswell Arms
This village inn, built in the 1800s, has ten newly renovated en-suite bedrooms around a shrub-filled courtyard. With good home cooking and guest ales, a real fire in the restaurant and all mod-cons in your bedroom, including free wi-fi, digital radio and kettle, this traditional inn makes for a homely and comfortable base from which to explore the area, perhaps by bike? There is secure bike storage and you could take your bikes on the train to Malton, just three miles away. From £85 per night.
The Fairfax Arms
With its oak bar and wooden beams, open fire and streamside garden, this is an inn replete with traditional village charm but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in fun. On a weekend stay, it’s more than likely that you’ll meet the locals and enjoy a lively evening of music and merrymaking before toddling off to collapse on your comfortable bed. The rooms are all newly renovated and include a (wheelchair accessible) suite with Jacuzzi bath and walk-in shower. There are homemade biscuits, filter coffee and Taylor’s of Harrogate tea in all rooms. From £95 per night.
This 16th-century pub seems to have it all: behind a graceful façade you’ll find an award-winning restaurant, a lively pub with plenty of olde-worlde charm, and sumptuous bedrooms upstairs. Dine on delicious, seasonal fare – such as roasted belly of Gloucester Old Spot or aged Chew Valley steak – conjured up by former River Cottage chef, Tom Blake, and retreat to your gorgeously elegant bedroom: claw-footed tubs, crisp linen, walls painted in stone or grey, splashes of colour and deep pile bathrobes. And if getting away from it all is what you're after, you'd be hard pressed to find a better village to do it – historic Wedmore has been a market town since the 1500s and is full of lovely architecture and quiet, quintessential Englishness.
The nearest railway station is Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea. From there, you can arrange a taxi to take you to the accommodation. A list of local taxi firms is avaialble at TrainTaxi. The area is also very accessible by bicycle; local routes include Routes 26, 33 and 3 on the National Cycle Network.
The Exmoor Forest Inn
A country inn in the true sense, the bar of this convivial pub in Simonsbath is a warm, snug bolthole and is decorated with reminders of sporting pursuits, with hunting photos and deer antlers adorning the walls. Food is hearty and proudly local, with fish, meat and game from nearby suppliers, served with ales from Devon breweries. The Two Moors Way walking trail passes through Simonsbath, while cycling, horse-riding and Exmoor wildlife-watching safaris are popular activities in the area. Most of the comfortable en-suite rooms overlook the Barle Valley – fly-fishing for trout and salmon is available. Doubles from £89.50 B&B
The closest railway station is Umberleigh. A list of local taxi firms is available at TrainTaxi.
The Angel Inn
The Angel Inn is a lovely, traditional country pub in Stoke by Nayland, in the heart of the Dedham Vale AONB. There are six boutique bedrooms, all with en-suite and beautifully styled to reflect the history of this Grade II listed, 16th-century building. After a good night’s sleep in an extremely comfortable bed, enjoy a newspaper delivered your room and tuck into a delicious breakfast of farmhouse sausages and bacon, free range poached duck egg, fresh fruit and organic, and fair trade tea and coffee. Just a short walk from the inn is the 14th-century St Mary’s Church, famous for its 120ft tower and which appears in several of Constable’s paintings. There are also two 18-hole championship golf courses nearby, and if you feel like heading off on a long walk, the staff will happily provide a packed lunch stuffed full of local delicacies.
The nearest railway station is Colchester. From there, take the 84 bus to Stoke by Nayland. Also nearby are Routes 1 and 13 on the National Cycle Network.
The Timble Inn
Looking for a romantic place to stay? Check in to the Timble Inn – an 18th century Grade II listed coaching inn that marries old world charm with modern comfort.
There are nine spacious rooms, with lots of lovely touches to make them feel particularly special, from top-quality Egyptian cotton linen to White Company toiletries. The restaurant focuses on using the finest locally sourced ingredients in its creative menu, all served in decadent surrounds – expect crisp white linen, sparkling silverware and candlelight at night (the Sunday lunch is a particular draw). Perfect for a romantic weekend away.
For location and views across the Yorkshire Dales, the Wellington Inn is hard to beat. A pub with restaurant and 12 rooms, it’s a great base for exploring this beautiful region. The restaurant – think polished wooden floors, faded rugs and warm colours – is renowned for its use of local produce and delicious homemade fare, while locals and visitors enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the pub with its inglenook fireplace. Stay in one of the super-clean, simple rooms and you can enjoy a hearty full-English breakfast – sure to set you up for a day in the great outdoors.
Exmoor White Horse
A warm refuge plumb in the middle of the national park at Exford, this substantial 16th-century inn is the epitome of a village hostelry – just the kind of place you long to arrive after a day out on the moor. Bedrooms – 28 of them, all en-suite – are elegantly furnished in rich fabrics and dark woods; some have four-posters. West Country game, lamb and cheeses fuel the kitchen, along with fish and seafood from Ilfracombe and Exmoor ales. And the bar – well, with crackling fires and a hundred or so malt whiskies to sample, don’t expect a visit to be brief. £80 per person B&B (reductions for stays of more than one night).
The nearest railway station is Umberleigh. A list of local taxi firms is available at TrainTaxi.
The Rest and Be Thankful Inn
If the name isn’t enough to entice you to Wheddon Cross, the jovial, country-pub ambience should be: honest, home-cooked fare and well-kept ales are popular with locals and ramblers alike. Bedrooms in the 200-year-old inn are furnished with crisp cotton sheets, soft white bathrobes and a whiff of hotel-standard luxury – mini bar, safe, high-quality toiletries; all five are en-suite, three with dramatic views of the moor and Dunkery Beacon. When the day’s hiking or cycling is done, pop your boots in the drying room or your bike in the secure store, and settle in by the crackling fire for a pint and perhaps a game of skittles in the bar’s alley. Doubles £85 B&B.
The Usk and Railway Inn
Plumb in the middle of Sennybridge village, the recently-refurbished Usk and Railway Inn offers locally-sourced meals, a wide range of drinks and ales, and gorgeous contemporary bedrooms upstairs. An unassuming exterior gives way to a sleek, modern bar and restaurant, where you can feast on classic dishes such as steaks and pies, soups and paninis.