10 Cosy Inns Ideal for an Autumnal Fireside Break
28 September 2018
With the nights drawing in and the first frosts on the horizon, it’s time to think about escaping to a cosy country inn for a few days to make the most of the glorious autumnal weather we have been enjoying in recent weeks – long may it last…!
Hunker down by blazing fires in beamed bars and rest and refuel having explored local towns and markets, or a stately pile, or following an invigorating country walk. To whet your appetite, here are some super-cosy inns to consider for that all-important country escape.
A renovated 17th-century corn mill hidden in the folds of the wooded Shibden Valley, overlooking the babbling Red Beck (yet just a stone’s throw from busy Halifax), the Shibden Mill Inn is a truly peaceful spot, an ideal place to forget your troubles for a day or two and lose yourself in luxurious comfort. Roaring logs fires, top notch food and supremely comfortable bedrooms – you will be well looked after here!
Lovingly refurbished rural gem slumbering in a sleepy Oxfordshire village that oozes a quirky, cool and individual style (think flagstone floors strewn with rugs, candles on simple wooden tables, blazing winter log fires), a chilled vibe and sublime seasonal food. Bedrooms are the icing on the cake, super comfortable with big beds, fat lamps, fabulous fabrics and furnishings. Don’t miss the stunning Barn Suite, replete with bespoke four-poster bed and a private terrace with mini-bar and log burner.
Expect the unexpected at this stunningly restored inn close to the north Norfolk coast. Be wowed by its amazing deer park setting, the chic, country-house décor, the rustic ingredient-led cooking, and the elegant antique furnished bedrooms. If you can bear to leave, head to pretty Holt for shopping, Holkham Beach for a memorable coast walk, or Norwich is just a short drive away. It may be a mission to get to but it’s so worth the effort.
Set in sleepy Ickham in the stunning Stour Valley, just 20 minutes from Canterbury, the Duke has long been an iconic Kentish country pub, particularly popular for its food. Although spruced up, the Duke retains its traditional authenticity (still very much the village local with a lively community vibe), all stripped beams, acres of oak floor, long cushioned settles (some with furry throws), and deep leather sofas fronting a crackling log fire. Blackboards champion local suppliers, while the central bar groans with local ales, boutique gins and local juices for drivers. Four charming upstairs rooms complete the picture.
The Felin Fach Griffin shines like a beacon in the Brecons. The isolated spruced up old hostelry is firmly on the Welsh culinary map (the food is sublime) and renowned as a destination inn for those looking for a brilliant bolthole in the Welsh borders. Inside, the ground floor rambles through several cosy rooms, with flagstone floors, open fireplaces, and leather sofas to sink into following an invigorating mountain ramble. Bedrooms are warmly simple and dogs are welcome.
Beautifully restored, this ancient inn stands in a timeless village in wild and remote country close to Derwent Reservoir. A stunning blend of old and new, with two restaurants, country-smart bedrooms (“Champion” rooms have vast bathrooms with claw-foot baths) and a candle lit vaulted bar, it’s a gorgeous, cosy and atmospheric place to hunker down on wild winter nights after exploring waymarked walks around the village and along the Derwent valley. Special indeed.
Set on the banks of the river Hodder, amid the wild and breathtaking beauty of the Trough of Bowland, this ancient hostelry oozes warmth, personality and a pleasing quirkiness – in fact the whole place is wonderfully relaxed, laid-back and mildly eccentric. Seven rooms have peat fires to make those autumn evenings a little more cosy, while big bathrooms boast incredible Victorian bathing machines, and in-room holistic beauty and massage treatments can be arranged.
This 15th century inn is a cracking place with a wonderful, laid-back feel throughout, filled with beams, exposed stone, oak floors, flickering candles, jugs of fresh flowers on rustic wooden tables, cosy deep blue hues, and blazing log fires in big stone fireplaces. Stunning shabby chic bedrooms have top quality beds with luxurous linen, locally-made throws from the Cotswold Woollen Weavers and posh toiletries by local Wold Garden. A perfect base from which to explore the gorgeous Cotswolds.
Set within an ancient cobbled courtyard, this 15th-century inn oozes genuine charm and character and fits perfectly into its feudal village setting deep in the Somerset hills. Don your boots, explore fascinating feudal Mells and surrounding footpaths, visit Frome’s amazing artisan market (first Sunday of month), or spend the day in glorious Bath, returning to crackling fires in the cosy candlelit bar and rambling dining rooms. Eat seriously well and retire to a super comfortable room upstairs.
The Cat stands opposite the parish church in a beautiful rural village setting in the glorious Ashdown Forest. Rejuvenated, without spoiling the period charm, the bar boasts two large fireplaces ideal for curling up after a walk in the Ashdown Forest. The four bedrooms, offer a winning combination of period charm and contemporary mod-cons and your canine companion is welcome to stay too.
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