A huge range of invigorating activities are at your disposal, from walking, cycling and golf to horse riding and water-based activities.
Following a day of strenuous exercise let a pub take the strain; just sink back into a warm bath and soft comfy bed, and feel those weary muscles slowly relax, refreshed and ready to burn off a few more calories the next morning.
Several long-distance trails transverse the regions, many with a friendly pub to hand. In the Test Valley you will find the Bear & Ragged Staff at Michelmersh, convenient for the Test Way Long Distance Footpath.
The New Forest in Hampshire is also a wonderful place for walking, as well as horse riding and cycling, boasting excellent pubs with accommodation right on the doorstep, pubs like The Drift Inn near Lyndhurst.
Many Great Country Pubs huddle around the South Downs. The Kings Arms at Fernhurst (West Sussex) is a perfect retreat with the amazing South Downs National Park at your disposal.
Inland rivers, which are dotted with picturesque riverside pubs, provide a playground for canoeists, boating enthusiasts and fishermen.
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.