10 Recommendations for an Easter Holiday Break
18 March 2019
With the Easter Holidays nearly upon us and the spring days getting longer, whether you are looking to entertain the children or simply to take advantage of the long Easter bank holiday weekend, then consider a stay at a pub with rooms. You can expect to find a comfortable room on a bed and breakfast basis with cossetting extras and smart bathrooms, imaginative menus brimming with local produce, and a cosy bar serving tip-top beers and wine – in many cases both children and dogs are welcome too.
Here are 10 of our top recommendations for a fantastic Easter holiday break, with a taster of what you can see and do in the area during your stay.
The Sign of the Angel, is a truly unspoilt 15th-century pub with modern food and 5 cosy rooms nestled in the timeless National Trust village of Lacock. Lacock, considered by many to be the quintessential English village, with all of the character and atmosphere of medieval England, is famous not just for its 13th century Lacock Abbey and ancient streets but as a filming location. It has been featured in Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince, Downton Abbey, Pride & Prejudice, Wolf Hall and most recently Fantastic Beasts: Crimes Of Grindelwald.
The Bull Hotel is a rambling Georgian coaching inn situated in the centre of the Dorset town of Bridport and close to the dramatic Jurassic Coast with its invigorating cliff walks and stunning beaches. Of the 19 individually designed bedrooms (some of which are huge), many are particularly well suited to families with cleverly designed ‘cabin rooms’ giving an element of additional privacy. You’ll find classic British food (great pizzas) and a lovely courtyard ideal for alfresco dining. As well as being ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast and fossil hunting on Charmouth beach, it is a great base for visiting Forde Abbey for its Easter events.
The Peat Spade is a fabulous redbrick and gabled Victorian fishing and shooting inn in the heart of the stunning Test Valley and just yards from the famous chalk stream. It’s relaxing yet classy with the series of cosy dining rooms following fishing and shooting themes. Seasonal menus offer classic English pub food and there are 9 super bedrooms and a private dining room. It is perfect for walking the Test Way (find time to admire the views from Danebury Hillfort) and visiting Longstock Park Water Gardens and a short drive through the lovely Test Valley will bring you to Mottisfont Abbey (NT) with its famous rose gardens.
Over looking the main street of a handsome, small Cotswold town, the Bull Inn in Charlbury is a relaxed, stylish and cool place to stay. Aside from the relaxed vibe and cosy interior, you will find modern British food and brilliant individually designed bedrooms where children are very welcome. The Bull Inn is ideal for exploring the Cotswolds or spending some time at Blenheim Palace and partaking in their Easter activity programme.
The Arts and Crafts-era Anchor Inn has a prime spot just a stroll from the sand dunes and beach in the smart village of Walberswick on the East Suffolk coast. It is a food and drink destination with the benefit of having 10 bedrooms (6 of which are eco-chalet rooms). If you can tempt yourself away from the food and drink, it is the perfect spot to go a crabbin’ on the quay or visit Snape Maltings where you will find outstanding concerts and events, distinctive independent shops, cafés, galleries and walks – all set against a breathtaking expanse of reeds, water and sky.
The Titchwell Manor Hotel is a former Victorian farmhouse situated in a stunning location on Norfolk’s glorious north coast where you will find innovative cooking, stylish family-friendly rooms (some with hot tubs) and fabulous saltmarsh and sea views. With the RSPB Titchwell Marsh nature reserve just along the road, invigorating coastal walks close by and the vast sandy beach of Holkham, it is a favoured base for discerning twitchers and families escaping to this idyllic and unspoilt stretch of coastline. Holkham Hall is also nearby with plenty of Easter holiday attractions on offer.
The black and white Tudor exterior of the White Swan in Stratford upon Avon makes for a striking building and very much in keeping with its location in the heart of the town of Shakespeare’s birthplace. Fabulous ‘character’ rooms oozing period charm and fresh traditional pub food make this a great base for those exploring the Shakespeare Trail – the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is just a 10-minute walk away. A number of the bedrooms can accommodate extra beds for children too.
Set below beautiful Box Hill and opposite the church in pretty Mickleham, is the 16th-century coaching inn, the Running Horses. Sympathetically refurbished by Brakspear, the pub retains it traditional charm and period character but now offers hearty food, excellent ales & cosy bedrooms. On Mickleham’s doorstep is a vast network of footpaths and bridleways taking you into the Surrey Hills and the North Downs making this a popular venue with walkers & cyclists (the Running Horses has a bike shed which you can use if booking a room) and the National Trust’s Polesden Lacey is nearby too.
A stones throw from Halifax, settled in the fold of a wooded glen by the babbling Red Beck, the Shibden Mill Inn is an ideal spot to forget your troubles for a day or two and lose yourself in luxurious comfort. You’ll find innovative pub food, a lovely sheltered patio garden for alfresco dining, a cosy interior and 11 unique super comfortable bedrooms. There are plenty of good walks on Shibden’s doorstep but for something a bit more adventurous, there’s the Calderdale Way, a 50-mile circular long-distance trail that can be joined at any stage and completed in day-long chunks or spend some time visiting the Grade 1 listed Piece Hall in Halifax with its wide array of events, shops and activities.
Well off the beaten track in a pretty village, yet easily accessible from the M6 (J17), is this rather grand-looking and vibrantly refurbished 19th-century Inn. Despite the grandness, there is no pomposity and families and dogs are welcome. The 17 bedrooms are all slightly different, with designer fixtures and fittings, funky fabrics, contemporary art and wallpaper. Some have country views, others overlook the church and the executive and superior rooms have sofa beds too. The Bear’s Paw is an ideal base from which to explore Tatton Park and Jodrell’s Bank with their extensive Easter holiday activity programmes.
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