Bedrooms with a WOW factor
27 April 2019
The spruced up old coaching inns and swish pubs with rooms featured on Inn Places all take the provision of quality accommodation as a serious matter – they have splashed out on the best beds, the best linen, luxurious bathrooms, added all the gadgets, home-from-home creatures comforts (and more) and quirky design and detail touches to make a stay super comfortable and memorable. However, there are some that have gone that extra mile, designing really special feature rooms with, for example, baths by the bed and wood burning stoves, while others have created amazing sleeping spaces in shepherd’s huts, luxury riverside cabins, beautiful beach huts overlooking the sea, and cosy cabins in the pub garden. So, if you’re looking for something a little different or a room with a real ‘wow’ factor, then consider booking a stay at one of the following places from our handpicked collection:
All 11 rooms at the Bell Inn have been designed to ‘wow’ and make you smile – each has a tremendous name (The Moon Wild, The Hush or Trees, Smiles of Memories), a beautifully dressed Somnus bed, a silver birch trunk rises from planked floors in the rooms above the bar, rich fabrics, random and quirky light features, flat-screen TVs in gilt picture frames, even an open fire and the odd dentist’s chair, but out back and set in a whimsical, flower-festooned garden with a giant fire pit are three truly unique shingle-clad lodges (Pretty Vacant; Between the Lines; Pour L’Amour) and most unique of all, the circular Love Nest with a private roof terrace, all perfect for a very special romantic night away.
Above: The Love Nest
Below: Between the Lines
You are spoilt for choice with 28 rooms of varying sizes (& prices) including family suites, dog-friendly rooms with terraces, and a room (17) equipped for less able guests. However, for a real celebration book either the Suite (wood-burning stove, double shower and a double-ended tub in the vast bathroom, and the private alfresco terrace) or the Signature Room (8) which oozes history and charm with a tiny door and steep staircase leading to vaulted timbered room with a fabulous bathroom and its own private roof terrace – a real surprise.
Whilst the 35 rooms at The Swan are all boldly and rightly styled as Excellent, Fabulous and Outstanding, the six Outstanding Rooms are just that – truly special – the largest rooms in the house with oodles of space and a stylish contemporary décor – lobbies, spacious lounge areas, traditional panelling, huge four-poster beds, big bay windows overlooking the square, and great bathrooms. To top your stay off, there’s a butler (or three), who will deliver your lunchtime hamper to the beach, recommend places to visit, and even pick you up from the station….!
Above and Below: Outstanding Rooms at The Swan
The Fuller’s mantra of Beautiful Bedrooms is surely borne out at the Half Moon where the twelve rooms, named after astronauts who have landed on the moon, are not just on trend with eclectic décor to reflect the history and age of the building but have endless extras and thoughtful touches including Nespresso machines, tea pigs, fresh milk & bottled water and a complimentary bottle of London Pride. For the ultimate in spacious living, book the vast top floor Grand Suite complete with large king-size bed, two sofas and a sumptuous bathroom with separate shower and freestanding bathtub – slippers, bathrobes and homemade chocolates too!
Above: The Grand Suite
Below: The Grand Double Bathroom
Named after grape varieties, the six hugely individual bedrooms at the Roebuck offer a distinct ‘wow’ factor and a feast for the imagination. Oozing charm, character and quirky detail they will make you smile throughout your stay – you won’t want to leave, especially if you have one of the rooms with an open fire or wood-burning stove. Each has a handmade mattress on an antique French bed, topped with the best linen, down, throws and big cushions and stunning bathrooms – Bobal, Pecorino, Picpoul and Malbec have freestanding baths and all have double sinks and posh Orla Kiely lotions and potions.
After dining at this glorious Michelin starred inn, retire to one of the nine fabulous bedrooms just across the lane in a stunning old stone barn; expect stone flags, monumental beams and roaring fires – and that’s just the resident’s sitting room and bar. The rooms are all completely unique and many of them quirky, one with a rope-slung bed, another has its own piano and Room 5 comes complete with a snooker table! But what they all have in common is fat mattresses, sumptuous linen and spotless, modern bathrooms – some with fabulous spa baths sunk into entirely wood-clad spaces that feel more like saunas.
Above: Room 5
Below: Bathroom with spa bath
Variety is the name of the game at this rural gem slumbering in a sleepy Oxfordshire village – with 9 rooms in total, five quirky rustic-chic bedrooms are tucked away under the thatch but for a little more lounging space, consider the Stable Suite and the Stable Room (with free-standing bathtub in the bedroom) or the stunning Barn Suite, replete with bespoke four-poster bed and a private terrace with mini-bar and log burner. For the more adventurous book the converted Shepherd’s Hut overlooking the herb garden – a quirky, cosy bolthole perfect for two with log burner, eclectic artwork and a compact en-suite bathroom with rainfall shower.
Above: The Barn Suite
Below: The Farmhouse Suite Bathroom
From eight double rooms and two suites in the main inn, to the six stylish “beach huts” and two large suites perched just above the water, plus five holiday cottages, budget permitting you’re spoilt for choice at The Cary Arms. All rooms are decked out in a contemporary coastal style with crisp white bed linen, colourful sea-themed artworks on the walls and lots of windows making the most of those views. All but one of the rooms have balconies or terraces complete with loungers for soaking up the South Devon sun. The five characterful cottages, nestled into the cliff side above the inn are luxuriously appointed and spacious, with log burners for winter stays and private gardens.
Above: Beach Huts overlooking the bay
Below: Beach Hut spacious interior
The Cartford rooms do not disappoint, each being beautifully decorated with vintage finds and many have views of the river whilst the huge penthouse room which occupies the top floor of the riverside annexe has a dashing bathroom with his and hers showers, a free-standing roll-top bath, and a private terrace with glorious rural views. However, for something really special, book one of the two stunning luxury cabins, built on stilts in a private riverside garden with fabulous views of the River Wyre. You’ll find a split-level bedroom area, a deep tub at the end of the bed, a separate swish bathroom with walk-in shower and a river view balcony to watch the sunset across the river.
Above: Luxury Cabin
Below: Luxury Cabin interior
All rooms at the Riverside are super comfortable and well equipped but for something extra special consider the spacious Hayloft Suite on the top floor of the converted stables with a wooden sleigh bed and views of the River Lugg or the three posh new cabin Garden Rooms on the terrace above the inn giving fantastic views of the river valley opposite – each featuring a double bedroom, walk-in shower, porch seating areas and in the case of Beechenbank a slipper bath in the bedroom. Secluded and quirky – perfect for a romantic getaway or simply a base from which to explore the Mortimer Trail which passes the front door.
Above: Garden Room – Beechenbank
Below: The Hayloft Suite
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