On a working organic farm on the edge of the Wiltshire Downs, this quirky, affable pub-with-rooms reflects the vision of food ethics pioneer Helen Browning.
In the Vale of the White Horse guests enjoy ‘delicious’ food, ‘exceptional’ accommodation, and a ‘fine welcome’ at this 18-century country pub with ‘a lovely beer garden’.
Popular with the racing fraternity and couples in search of a weekend escape, this old sheep drover’s inn is on the village outskirts, with wide views over the Berkshire Downs.
In ‘a gorgeous village hidden away on the banks of the Thames’, this 17th-century inn is owned by Sebastian and Lana Snow, who also have the Five Alls, a stroll along the Thames Path at Lechlade (Shortlist).
Quirky and sophisticated, an 18th-century Cotswold dining pub-with-rooms.
‘A village within a village.’ An enclosed collection of restored 17th-century farm buildings, houses and cottages has been unified by founder Caryn Hibbert over 15 years into a quintessentially English country retreat.
Sigrid Grawert is the warm hostess of this inviting B&B on the edge of a pretty village, eight miles from Oxford.
Facing the market square, a stone-built 15th-century building which has variously hosted a monks’ chanting-house, a post office and a coaching inn.
The Cotswolds outpost of Justin and Charlotte Salisbury’s small boutique hotel collection, this 16th-century hub-of-the-village pub-with-rooms is now a charming, bohemian bolt-hole.
A ‘delightful, friendly place’, this ‘extraordinarily good-value’ 17th-century mellow stone coaching inn has recently been refreshed, yet retains its authentic country air.
‘What a setting!’ On the banks of the River Coln, a busy former 17th-century coaching inn (Cotswold Inns and Hotels), in a quaint village William Morris described as the most beautiful in England.
A wisteria-festooned arch frames the entry to this prettily refurbished hotel, in a hilly Cotswold town.
On a quiet side street in this photogenic town on the River Windrush, the Lamb has been receiving guests since the 1750s.
There is ‘a romantic air’ to this Cotswold stone mansion, built in the 1690s and extended in the 1820s. Today a hotel and spa, it is part of the Calcot Collection (see entry for Calcot).
The hub of a pretty Cotswolds village, this mellow stone pub-with-rooms (Calcot Collection) is liked for its stylish accommodation and relaxed nature.
Close to the Ridgeway path (Europe’s oldest pathway), a small, friendly pub serving cask ales from local and micro breweries, and tasty food. The original well can be viewed through a glass panel in the restaurant floor. Comfortable accommodation is in an annexe; pets are welcome in ground floor rooms. 3 miles N of Marlborough.
Within its own lovely garden and grounds, an immaculate B&B in a Grade II listed house, where arriving guests are greeted with tempting tea-time treats. Part of a working farm, much of the food for breakfast (home-made granola, banana bread, jams and marmalade, fresh fruit salad, honey) comes from just a few steps away. A full English Wiltshire breakfast is cooked on the Aga. Supper trays may be pre-ordered; local pubs and restaurants are nearby. Cookery workshops are held. In a little hamlet, 2 miles from Swindon.
Inside a Georgian town house, an elegant bar, restaurant and hotel, overlooking the high street of a charming market town. Some of the ‘high’-dubbed bedrooms retain an antique fireplace and have an eye-catching feature wall. Evening menus in the modern restaurant include European dishes such as chicken and mushroom Stroganoff or king prawn and crayfish risotto. A wide choice of light bites, sharing boards, burgers is available at lunchtime; roasts on Sundays. An enclosed, sunny courtyard has tables, chairs and parasols. Six miles N-E of Swindon town centre.
Bedecked with hanging baskets, a friendly local on the high street. It is owned by Wadworth, an independent brewer based in Wiltshire. Comfortably furnished bedrooms (quieter at the back) have restful tones and some original features. Real ales at the bar; pub dishes (sausage and mash, pie of the day) are sered in the characterful wood-panelled dining areas.
Once the village blacksmiths, the 16th-century building is now a peaceful B&B with a TV, fridge, hairdryer, radio alarm, and tea- and coffee-making facilities in contemporary bedrooms. For breakfast, local and homemade produce is served in a large open-plan kitchen. A picnic area at the front is set beside the river bank where the Kennet flows past. In a small village, 5 miles W of Marlborough.
Last updated: June 15, 2019