Six Boltholes For Winter Weekends

20/10/2016
Short days, grey skies and plummeting temperatures can make the next few months seem long ones, so why not take yourself off for a weekend break to recharge your batteries? And where better to stay than a great British pub, where you can enjoy traditional hospitality and a drink or delicious meal just a few short steps from your bedroom.

Many pubs now have accommodation on a par with the best boutique hotels, combining modern levels of comfort with rain showers or flat screen TVs and traditional luxury with four-poster beds, roll top baths. And pubs can be found in some of the most beautiful parts of the British countryside, making them the perfect base for bracing walks or invigorating cycle rides. Fill your lungs with fresh air, bring a glow to your cheeks and then unwind back in the bar with a pint of local ale.

Stay In A Pub lists close to 1,600 pubs across the UK, stretching from the Scottish Highlands to the tip of Cornwall, and from Norfolk to west Wales. Many are family- and dog-friendly, and all are people-friendly, with the great British pub offering a warmer welcome and more personal experience than budget hotels.

There’s nowhere better for a weekend getaway, so take inspiration from our ‘six of the best’ luxury winter boltholes below, or find your perfect pub on the easy-to-search website www.stayinapub.co.uk

Snowdonia: Cross Foxes, Dolgellau

Award-winning, Grade II listed pub with restaurant and rooms located just outside the historic town of Dolgellau, the Cross Foxes is a great base for exploring Snowdonia. Climb nearby Cadair Idris to work up an appetite for the pub’s exceptional food, most of it prepared using Welsh produce. The six bedrooms are all individually designed with features such as traditional stone fireplaces and views across the stunning countryside. Two suites can be adapted to cater for families

Lake District: Punch Bowl Inn, Crossthwaite

In the heart of the unspoilt Lyth Valley, this luxury, 5 AA-star rated pub has nine individually furnished rooms and suites, including two with four-poster beds. Delicious food is served in both the restaurant and bar and a complimentary Punch Bowl cream tea is included in the room rate to provide sustenance before or after a brisk walk in the surrounding countryside or a cruise on Lake Windermere, just 4 miles from the pub. 

Cotswolds: Red Lion, Long Compton

Grade II listed pub in the idyllic village of Long Compton, this former coaching inn offers five individually styled bedrooms with all the mod cons you’d expect from a boutique hotel, while retaining traditional Cotswolds charm. Dine or grab a snack in the cosy bar with inglenook fireplace or in the adjoining restaurant, which both serve delicious, fresh food to enjoy with a pint of local ale or wine from their extensive list. History-lovers will want to explore the 13th century village church St Peter & Paul’s, and the nearby Neolithic Rollright Stones. 

Scottish Highlands: Loch Ness Inn, Inverness-shire

Stunning landscape surrounds this beautiful inn with rooms sited just 15 miles from Inverness and close to the Great Glen Way, the coast to coast walking route through the Highlands. The 12 bedrooms offer contemporary comfort blended with local touches such as west coast weaves and tweeds in the furnishings, while two family suites offer roomy accommodation. Food is sourced locally wherever possible; fish from the nearby village of Mallaig and wild venison from the hills above Loch Laggan. The small, welcoming Brewery Bar is perfect for unwinding with a pint of local ale. 

Somerset: Holcombe Inn

A pub, boutique hotel and restaurant located in the heart of the Somerset countryside, with miles of unrestricted walking. The building dates back to the 17th century, and has eight individually designed bedrooms with touches of luxury including four-poster beds, gold-painted roll top baths and rain showers. The pub has recently added new accommodation in Barlake Lodge and Edford Lodge, both dog friendly with dedicated bed area and doggy treats. 

Suffolk: Angel Inn, Stoke by Nayland

This traditional, Grade II listed coaching inn dates back to the 16th century and retains much of its historical character with open log fires and oak beams. Six spacious bedrooms offer spacious accommodation blending modern comfort with antique furniture. Enjoy breakfast in your bedroom, or in the dining room downstairs, where lunch and dinner are served, offering a regularly changing menu of seasonally influenced dishes. Sited in the heart of Constable country, the Angel is a perfect base for visiting the artist’s haunts including Flatford Mill, where he painted his famous ‘Hay Wain’.