Opening buds, nesting birds sitting on a leafy twig, ducklings waddling behind their mother, new born lambs, cherry blossom on the trees, the smell of freshly cut grass - ahhh the joys of spring!
A short break in spring is the perfect opportunity to experience these joys first hand. The South and East of England boast a wealth of fauna and flora amongst the diverse countryside. Spring gardens are carpeted with flowering bulbs and colourful rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias.
Visit a Great Country Pub and you will be in pole position to experience nature as it wakes up. The Peacock Inn at Thame in Oxfordshire sits at the edge of the Chiltern Hills, surrounded by nothing but nature.
Nature lovers will appreciate the Kings Arms near Haslemere in West Sussex, which nestles in the beautiful South Downs with just the birds to taint the silence, and the food is pretty good too.
Among the small towns and villages of Kent, pubs like the White Hart in Newenden are the ideal antidote after the harsher winter months, and your dog will also be very welcome.
The Rising Sun at Clanfield in Hampshire is only a short distance from the South Downs Way National Trail. The owners organise group walks twice a week and offer a pick up and drop off service. There is secure storage for cycles and equipment during your stay, and dogs are also made to feel welcome.
Dream away those lovely spring days in the sprawling gardens of the Royal Oak, near Marlow in Buckinghamshire: glance above and you might spot a red kite often seen soaring over the pub.
Whatever region, every Great Country Pub is in an idyllic spot for discovering the joys of spring.
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.
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.
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.
A white picket fence is what catches the eye on approach to this quaint 17th century village watering hole, located in the delightful village of East Clandon.
In a quaint village setting perched on the banks of the River Wey, the Stag is a perfect example of the very best that a Great British Pub can offer.
An enchanting grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century with a very distinctive eyebrow roof. Inside, it remains delightfully unspoilt retaining original features such as the inglenook...
Following a much welcomed refurbishment by the new hosts, this historic country pub in the woods at Stoke Row now has a new lease of life. You just have to turn into the car park to see the...
A whitewashed Georgian gem’ is the best way to describe this sophisticated village pub set in the stunning Sussex countryside.