The Inn at Whitewell, Lancashire
Deep in the Forest of Bowland, the Inn at Whitewell feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, although in reality it is right in the middle of the country (the nearest village, Dunsop Bridge, has a telephone booth which officially marks the center of the United Kingdom). In addition to 15 rooms, the hostel has an independent cottage, the Piggeries, with three double bedrooms (one en suite), a large kitchen-dining room and a spacious living room with a view of the river – as well as a large garden. With plenty of walks from the front door and healthy, filling meals to return to, this is a perfect, dog friendly retreat any time of year.
The Piggeries can accommodate six people, in high season it costs Â£ 1,740 for three nights or Â£ 2,080 to Â£ 2,740 for seven nights
The Boathouse, Norfolk
This old pub on the shores of Ormesby Little Broad was transformed a few years ago and in addition to being a pub / restaurant with bedrooms and a wedding venue it has lodges in the garden. Waking up at the water’s edge is a treat: the three lodges have two or three bedrooms with verandas to enjoy the view. It’s a good base for exploring the rest of Broads National Park and the neighboring coast, which has some of Norfolk’s best beaches at Winterton, Waxham and Horsey, home to one of the largest gray seal colonies in the country.
The boathouse the lodges sleep four to eight from Â£ 135 to Â£ 150 per night, breakfast from Â£ 11.95 per person
The Black Horse Beamish, County Durham
Within walking distance of the world’s oldest single-arch railway bridge, Causey Arch, and the Beamish Museum, this spacious country inn on the Red Row Estate is a popular dining spot, with produce from local farms (from steaks and masterful sticky caramel pudding are menu highlights). The pub has a dozen rooms as well as four suites and self-catering rooms in a separate building, the Red Row Retreat (which can be rented together). A short walk away is also two bedroom Huckleberry Cottage, complete with kitchen, living room with log burner, screened porch, dining area and patio.
Huckleberry Cottage sleeps five, from Â£ 85 to Â£ 130 per night (two night minimum); Black Horse doubles from Â£ 89 to Â£ 200 per night B&B
The Boat Inn, Monmouthshire
On the banks of the River Wye, at a rocky edge of England, the Boat Inn in Penallt is set in an area of ââoutstanding natural beauty. The interior is small and cozy, with a half-timbered bar and wood-burning stove, but the appeal is the peaceful terraced garden facing the river, which leads to a waterfall. There is a two-room apartment above the pub: a fully equipped kitchen gives guests a great deal of autonomy and, although it does not have breakfast, the pub serves decent food as well as beers and beer. locally brewed cider.
The Boat Inn’s sleeping apartments four, from Â£ 100 to Â£ 120
The Crown Inn Woolhope, Herefordshire
The Crown’s seven-bedroom vacation rental is connected to its pub by a secret door. Renovated in a contemporary style, it has a games room, a huge kitchen / diner, five bathrooms and a private garden. The pub itself is a true down-to-earth local that honors its location in the west of the country by stocking 26 ciders and perries, including the hostel’s King’s Cider. The food is unpretentious and delicious (with wood-fired pizzas).
Crown Inn Woolhope vacation rental sleeps 14 people, from Â£ 40 per person per night, breakfast is available at an additional cost
The Black Swan, Cumbria
On the border between Cumbria and the Lake District and Yorkshire and its Dales, this pub is in a fabulous rural location, close enough to both national parks and yet very easy to reach (10 minutes from the M6). With 16 rooms, it has three independent yurts in its garden by the river. With wood-burning stoves, king-size beds, towels, bathrobes, and slippers, only composting toilets and outdoor showers in the woods make a yurt stay wilder than pub comforts.
The black swan has two yurts for two people from Â£ 135 to Â£ 145 per night and one for four people from Â£ 145 to Â£ 155 (price all year)
The Gin Trap Inn, Norfolk
In Ringstead, one mile from Hunstanton and the North Norfolk coast, this former village inn is well placed for visiting Snettisham and Titchwell Nature Reserves, Holkham Beach and stunning country walks. There are 13 comfortable guest rooms as well as a few two-bedroom cottages on the grounds, with plenty of living space, contemporary fitted kitchens, and smart TVs. The pub serves excellent food (from whole sea bass or crispy lamb chops can be on the menu), breakfast is included in room and cottage rates – and dogs are welcome. There is also a new outdoor area and a children’s area.
The Gin Trap Inn To two bedroom cottages for four from Â£ 240 to Â£ 390 per night B&B
The Green Man, Herefordshire
When owners Sean and Sarah Mason took over and renovated this pub in Fownhope, seven miles south-east of Hereford, they ensured that locals had a designated ‘drinkers table’, with no food allowed. Beer lovers began to come from miles around to supper the Greenman bitter, specially brewed by the Wye Valley Ales. But it’s a shame to come here and not try the mouthwatering food too; and when completed, there are 17 boutique-style rooms spread across the property for retreat, including five rooms in the old cottage across the forecourt that can accommodate independents. One is a double bedroom with an adjoining kitchen; the others are two doubles which share a kitchen and living room (so good for a family or friends).
The Greeman offers double rooms (with shared kitchen) from Â£ 80 to Â£ 100 per night B&B
The Haughmond, Shropshire
In the sleepy village of Upton Magna in Shropshire, The Haughmond is a modern inn, owned and managed by husband and wife team Mel and Martin Board. Suitable for dogs and bikes, this is a splendid place to eat (the restaurant has a three AA rosette) and the garden offers views of the surrounding countryside. It has seven contemporary en-suite bedrooms and a fully fitted barn, with an open-plan kitchen-diner and lounge with exposed beams, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The barn costs between Â£ 360 and Â£ 1,100 per week and sleep six; double from Â£ 95 to Â£ 130 per night B&B
The Guns of Powis, Shropshire
In the peaceful village of Lydbury North in Shropshire, this former Georgian inn not only has a handful of bedrooms upstairs, it opens up a summer campsite, with spaces for caravans, motorhomes and tents. It is also part of the Walcot Hall Estate, just behind the pub, which also offers plenty of accommodation and glamping options, from shepherd’s huts and Gypsy caravans to cottages and apartments. The location is perfect for exploring the Shropshire Hills.
Powis Arms glamping pitches from Â£ 7.50- Â£ 14 For two adults. Double rooms from Â£ 80 per night B&B
The Tiger Inn, East Sussex
On the green of the perfect village of East Dean, lined with flint-walled cottages, the setting of the Tiger Inn is as idyllic as it gets. Just half a mile from Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters Cliffs, it’s a popular stop for walkers on the South Downs Way. It has five bedrooms upstairs, and eight independent lodgings set up in listed farm buildings from the 18th century. Each can accommodate between two and six people, and they are spread around a lovely walled garden. The inn and cottages are managed by Beachy Head Estate.
The Beachy Head Estate Cottage sleeps six in three bedrooms, Â£ 750 to Â£ 2,000 per week. One bedroom cottages sleep two people, from Â£ 575 to Â£ 900
The Waveney Inn, Norfolk
This charming pub is part of the Waveney River Center, which has a low-key camping and glamping site, as well as penthouse lodges and apartments in a less visited part of the Norfolk Broads. It’s a great family option with all kinds of outdoor activities: there are bikes, canoes, and boats for hire, and the trails through the marshes across the river ultimately lead to the expanse of Oulton Broad. The rates include the use of the centre’s indoor swimming pool and the ferry to cross the river.
Waveney Inn apartments for four from Â£ 465 to Â£ 800 per week; also doubles from Â£ 85 to Â£ 115 per night B&B
The Royal Oak, West Sussex
There are plenty of Royal Oaks in the UK – it’s officially the most popular pub name in the country – but it’s one of the best, a Georgian country inn with five en-suite bedrooms, a family room in a converted barn and a few very comfortable bedrooms, independent two bedroom dog-friendly cottages across the road – each with a kitchen, comfortable living room and private terrace. To the north are the descents; to the south, the estuaries and coves of Chichester harbor and the fabulous West Wittering beach. The Inn is also a great option for food, with an emphasis on Sussex ingredients – local venison, fish and seafood, Southdown lamb, local ice cream and cheese – and its own beer.
Royal Oak Cottages for four from Â£ 200 per night and doubles from Â£ 125 to Â£ 190 B&B
The Clachaig Inn
Following a famous massacre in 1692, you are not welcome at the Clachaig Inn if your name is Campbell. If not, you’re in luck, as this historic inn is a very comfortable base for exploring the surrounding mountains of Glencoe, with 23 guest rooms (some dog-friendly). There are also a dozen self-catering chalets, cottages and lodges (also dog friendly) at the hostel itself and in and around the village. The pub can get noisy, especially at Boots Bar, where there is live music and over 400 whiskeys to taste – the hostel has its own whiskey and gin, and occasionally hosts its own tastings. As for food, like all good walker pubs, they serve all day long – from fish and chips to haggis, neeps and tatties.
Clachaig Inn lodges sleep four people, from Â£ 425 to Â£ 915, or Â£ 450 to Â£ 950 for five people
Selected from Cool Pubs & Inns – Britain’s best pubs with rooms, available from Cool Places or Punk Publishing (Â£ 18.99)