Let us inspire you for the 12 Days of Christmas
19 December 2018
If Santa Claus has brought you an Inn Places Gift Card this Christmas, the hardest part is going to be choosing where to book – use our 12 Innspire Me categories (one for each day of Christmas!) to help you choose or consider our suggestions below to get you started.
Families can expect a big welcome at this boldly revamped Cotswold inn on Stow’s square – the family bunker room is perfect for kids – they have their own space with bunk beds, TV and a games console. ‘Great Rooms’ have space for an extra bed (£10) and travel cots are available. There’s a kid’s menu and the Library area has a good range of games.
Ponies wander past this classic New Forest inn, refurbished in country-chic style and perfect for long walks, exploring the miles of off-road cycle trails that cross-cross the unique landscape of ancient woodland and open heathland and a cracking round of golf next door.
Beth Chatto’s inspirational garden, the RHS Hyde Hall Garden near Chelmsford, and the 17th-century walled garden at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford are all within easy reach of this historic inn set in the picture-book village of Dedham close to the River Stour and Flatford Mill. Expect delicious Italian-inspired food, matched with a decent wine list, and charming, recently refurbished period rooms.
Ease into this grand old town centre inn, run by the Buchanan family for decades, with its quirky, immaculate rooms and fabulous food and wine, then explore the Yorkshire Moors and spend time at magnificent Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall (NT) or Hovingham Hall.
The Club Room at this cool country inn is a lavish and flexible space, perfect for hosting a private dinner, a key business meeting (full multimedia facilities), or an intimate wedding celebration – expect to find innovative cookings, gorgeous interiors and chic bedrooms.
The Plough is a civilised roadside inn and a great M6 stopover if travelling long haul to or from Scotland. It has the kind of pared-back authenticity that feels timeless, alongside feel-good food with bold flavours, a warm hospitality from hands-on owners, and genuine warmth to the six country-house style bedrooms.
Nestling by a babbling stream at the bottom of a steep-sided valley, deep in Exmoor’s Brendon Hills, this lovingly revamped 14th century inn is in a fabulous rural spot close to moorland and coastal walks; worth finding for seasonal food, country-smart rooms and its timeless bar.
Dogs are more than welcome at this striking old inn in the heart of rugged Teesdale, renowned for local produce and quirky, country-house style bedrooms. Return from an invigorating muddy walk through the Teesdale valley and take advantage of the in-house facilities for washing down and drying resident canines.
Handsome riverside property, lovingly transformed into a stylish inn serving good modern food all day, with quirky, fun rooms. The railway station is a stroll away, so explore the ancient alleyways in the fascinating town or walk or cycle the canal towpath to Georgian Bath and return by train.
Be wowed by the eclectic décor, the quirky bedrooms andthe hearty seasonal food at this 16th-century bolthole in a thriving Sussex village. Outback in a whimsical, flower-festooned garden are three truly unique shingle-clad lodges including the circular Love Nest, perfect for that special romantic night away.
Expect sublime cooking, a buzzy atmosphere and funky rooms with a wow factor at Nick and Mary Galer’s informal modern-day inn to be found in a pretty riverside village, just a stroll from the Thames Path and smack between the Chilterns and the Berkshire Downs – a tremendous weekend retreat.
Perched on the rocks in a stunning location right beside the sea on the beautiful English Riviera, the Cary Arms & Spa is a soul-soothing hideaway offering luxury chic accommodation (all rooms have breathtaking views across Babbacombe Bay to the Dorset coast) and some solid modern British cooking.
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