You can ride your horse to this quirky pub-with-rooms on Helen Browning’s organic farm – just tell them to expect you. It is promoted from the Shortlist this year at the urging of inspectors, who received ‘a warm welcome from Helen’s partner, Tim Finney, and the dedicated staff, who have created a real sense of community’. Bedrooms, each named after a farm field, have a photo mural and playful rustic details. Football Field (yes, they have one, if not quite up to Wembley standard) has a smart shower room. Cuckoo Pen has ‘an Art Deco feel, silver mirrors, shiny bedroom tables’. Details include ‘trendy antler lamp fittings; an espresso machine’. Guests relax in The Wallow, with tea, coffee, table football. The bar and dining areas mix elements of tradition and wit. Food is big on ‘hearty classics’ (flame-grilled burgers, fish and chips). ‘Particularly good were beef pasta gratin and plum caramel cake.’ Breakfast brings eggs from the hens, ‘specials such as kedgeree’. Outside you’ll find ‘mismatched garden furniture, gazebos strung with fairy lights’, a farm shop, garden kitchen and picnic spots. (SO, and others)
Cues Lane Bishopstone Wiltshire SN6 8PP England
12. All in annexe, 100 yds from pub, 1 suitable for disabled.
Two-night ‘Organic Farm Safari’ Special Offer: For GHG guest bookings staying minimum 2 nights, a half price organic farm safari for two people, and a bottle of organic Prosecco in your room on arrival. Blessed with a contemporary English pub and mini luxury hotel in the middle of its own 1500 organic acres of Downland on the boundary of Wiltshire and Berkshire. Lots of space, hardly any people. The hotel’s farm safaris take in landscape, history, often amazing birdlife, free ranging pigs, woodlands and water. Zig zag across The Ridgeway, at 3000BC probably the UK’s oldest motorway, as the in-house wildlife and photography specialist gives you the full, intelligent, 2 hour works, using the hotel’s distinctive scruffy red LWB Land Rover. Take advantage of one of the beautiful private picnic spots while you’re out and about. Come home to a decent drink and the convivial gardens and bars. Offer valid for stays funtil May 31, 2022 (except Easter weekend Friday 15th-Monday 18th April). Subject to availability. Please note: there are three dog friendly rooms as well, for which the hotel charges £20 extra. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
In beautiful Wiltshire countryside, this characterful pub offers a warm welcome from a group of dedicated staff who have created a real sense of community rooted in the organic ethos of the attached farm. The outside spaces have an air of charming, almost festival-like, informality. The shared dining space had colourful photos from the farm – adding to the pub’s sense of connection with the land. The bedrooms, set around a courtyard, are carefully designed and well appointed, with a boutique feel. Food is served in the pub, where hearty classics (flame-grilled burgers, salads, fish and chips) are prepared with care and elevated by the fact that much of the organic produce comes straight from the farm
- - August 2020
We like this hotel so much we have just spent our fourth visit in the last 12 months. The comfortable rooms are very clean, and warm when necessary. The staff arr excellent and friendly. All the wine and food is organic.
- Simon Orlik - July 2019