10 Country Boltholes Close to London

10 September 2018

With the kid’s back to school, the roads less crowded and the promise of an Indian Summer, then why not escape London for some fresh country air and a relaxing couple of days at a fantastic pub with rooms. Take a look at these recommendations within 90 minutes drive of the capital, where you can expect to find a comfortable room with cossetting extras and smart bathrooms, imaginative menus brimming with local produce, a cosy bar serving tip-top beers and eclectic wines, and great walks from the front door.  For many more choices click here.
Royal Oak, Yattendon, Berkshire

Gorgeous village setting for Rob McGill’s historic inn that draws a discerning crowd for good food and wine, classic country-chic rooms and its walled garden – alfresco heaven.
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16th-century pub with sleek, ultra-modern makeover – be wowed by the glitzy Riva Bar (drinks galore), the vibrant artwork and the rather swish and funky rooms.
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Three Hills, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire

Village local rescued and restored in 2018 and transformed into a cool rural bolthole with stylish interiors, inventive food and six cosy rooms.
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Bell Inn, Ticehurst, East Sussex

Be wowed by the eclectic décor, the quirky bedrooms and the hearty seasonal food at this 16th-century bolthole in a thriving Sussex village – book one of the amazing garden lodges.
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Bell Inn, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex

Legendary 600-year-old Essex hostelry offering first-class hospitality; traditional bar, delicious modern food, timbered rooms to contemporary smart suites with Thames views.
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The Thomas Lord, West Meon, Hampshire

Rustic, authentic village gem close to the South Downs Way – fabulous stop-over for cracking pub food, cool cabin rooms, and great pizzas in the stunning summer garden.
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Banyers House, Royston, Hertfordshire

Grand Georgian rectory transformed into an elegant and stylish destination venue; quirky rooms, great cocktails and a crowd-pleasing menu. Family and dog-friendly too.
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Barrow House, Egerton, Kent

Seek out this spruced up 16th-century pub for the beautiful hilltop village setting, the eclectic, crowd-pleasing menus and three cosy rooms; great walking too.
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Miller of Mansfield, Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Expect sublime cooking and funky rooms with the wow factor at Nick and Mary Galer’s informal modern-day inn just a stroll from the River Thames
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The Swan Inn, Chiddingfold, Surrey

Flagship Upham Pub within easy reach of Petworth and Guildford; noted for innovative pub food, cool and contemporary rooms, and a secret terrace garden for summer alfresco imbibing.
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