Country pubs with accommodation can offer a peaceful retreat that enables you to switch off from the everyday pressures of life while fully appreciating picture-postcard surroundings. Expect your hosts to greet you with a smile and try their best to make you feel at home; in contrast to some hotels that can sometimes seem impersonal. After a strenuous day of sightseeing enjoy a satisfying evening meal, then settle down with a nightcap — in front of a roaring log fire in winter or outside under the stars on a balmy summer’s evening — before retiring to a comfortable bedroom. And then, when you wake the next morning, tuck into a hearty traditional English breakfast.
If you are intending to stay at a Great Country Pub, bear in mind that if you want an early night noise might be a problem. If you talk to your hosts they will normally oblige by giving you a quieter room at the back of the property or out of the way. Always book your country pub hotels in advance at weekends or during peak times as pubs often only have a few bedrooms, which do get booked up; be aware some establishments might not take credit cards. Breakfast is generally included in the price but check when you book.
This ivy-clad pub comes in the form of a listed Georgian coaching inn, with high ceilings and open fires, dating back to the 1830s.
A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.
This is horse-racing country and it’s not just the stables that house pure-breeds; this picturesque 18th-century inn is as authentic as they come.
It’s a wonderful treat to find such a good, traditional country pub, where good beer takes centre stage. This is first and foremost a drinkers’ pub.
The Greyhound is a great example of a proper English village inn, where community comes together and all visitors from near and far are made to feel welcome.
Truly beautiful nestled in the historic surroundings of Nether Westcote the Feathered Nest has ale in its blood – its roots having grown from a Cotswold stone malthouse dating from around 1665.
Standing opposite the village green, The Roebuck will leave a lasting impression – painted bright yellow and green on the outside and full of quirky character inside.
Formerly a medieval hall house, The Cat’s tile-hung exterior fronts a delightfully pubby atmosphere buzzing with locals who are proud to share their hidden gem with visitors.
Set in the picturesque hamlet of Playhatch close to Henley-on-Thames and Maidenhead, this charming 16th-century coaching inn is the perfect place to get away from it all.