A bathtub in the bedroom!
12 January 2019
It’s not for everyone but even in our beloved country inns there is a growing trend to finding a bathtub in the bedroom – for those who love it, it gives the room a sense of luxury, it’s ideal for chatting, relaxing, taking time to unwind and look at the view – for others, not so, but if a bathtub by the bed is your idea of heaven, then take a look at these top recommendations below.
Informal inn within a grand house deep in the New Forest; A haven for country lovers this informal inn within a grand house deep in the New Forest has 20 beautifully presented bedrooms. For a really special stay, book super indulgent Holmehurst and soak in the round tub in the bay window.
This timeless Cumbrian gem in a stunning setting overlooking the secluded Winster Valley is a wonderful base from which to explore the Lakes – offering tip-top beers, good food, and a fabulous alfresco terrace, hoose from a cottage, or a suite and book Strawberry Bank for the bathtub by the bed.
Expect the unexpected at this boldly revamped Cotswold inn on Stow’s square – modern British cooking, a secret garden, the cool café next door and 16 stunning rooms with super comfy beds, a host of detail touches and claw-foot baths in the ‘Amazing Great Rooms’. Many have lovely views across the Square to the church.
Seek out this timbered riverside inn close to foodie Ludlow in glorious walking country for its kitchen garden, innovative cooking and comfortable, well-equipped rooms which are split between the inn, the converted stables and three posh new cabins or garden rooms on the terrace above the inn.
For great food and great comfort you can’t go wrong at Emily Watkin’s classic Cotswold Inn. At the forefront of the great British food scene and overlooking the green in the pretty village of Kingham, there are comfortable rooms above the pub as well as a choice of newly created rooms with independent access.
Remote, country-rustic downland pub owned by a local organic farmer, renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, delicious organic food, and now for its smart rooms. Twelve spanking new rooms were added in 2017 in a separate annexe – all the rooms face a sunny shared courtyard and each room is named and themed after a field on Eastbrook Farm – book Kate’s Folly for the bathtub by the bed.
A pub for over 500 years, the Ram Inn at Firle is very much a part of the community. A great base for walking, this rustic-chic pub in a feudal South Downs village has four smart rooms, where Bloomsbury is the pick of the bunch, situated in the Georgian part of the building, with a roll-top bath just by the bed.
Moulton resident Philip Turner lavished money on his neglected village local in 2012 and created a very cool country inn. The eight individually designed rooms ooze quality, comfort and style and the Coach House rooms have bathrooms with underfloor heating, walk-in showers, bathrobes, and Suffolk-made Pevonia bathroom products; blue-painted Folly has a roll-top bath at the end of the bed.
Set within an ancient cobbled courtyard, the 15th-century Talbot oozes genuine charm and character and fits perfectly into its feudal village setting. The stunning bedrooms offer the quality, comfort and attention to detail to be found in a top hotel, but with the informal charm and character of an inn and two feature roll-top baths parked quirkily by the bed.
There is much to love about this renovated riverside coaching inn with menus reflecting Lancashire’s celebrated food culture, its own TOTI shop and 15 stunning rooms. The Penthouse occupies the top floor of the Riverside annex, whilst the two new luxury studio cabins both have a bathtub at the end of the bed.
Other inns with bedside bathtubs include:
The Bell Inn (Ticehurst), The Artists Residence, The Shibden Mill Inn, Timbrell’s Yard, White Hart (Somerton), The Grosvenor Arms, The Royal Hotel (Kirkby Lonsdale), The Joiners Arms, The Beckford Arms, The Frogmill, The Holcombe Inn, The Northgate, Red Lion Freehouse, The Roebuck, The Royal Oak (Tetbury), The Fox Inn, The George at Rye, The Wykeham Arms. The Chequers Inn (Thornham)
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