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.
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.
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.
Nestled in the heart of the pretty village of Nettlebed, this delightful, red-brick coaching inn dates back to the 14th century.
A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.
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.
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.
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.
Firmly established right at the heart of the community, The Milk House has a lovely aspect in the centre of this picturesque village with views across hop fields and The Weald.
Ideally placed in the centre of this beautiful village opposite the church, the White Hart is a free house with origins dating back to the 1550s.