2 May 2017
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. Famous Sissinghurst Castle Gardens is worth the short drive, as are the exciting and colourful gardens surrounding historic Great Dixter, or visit Ticehurst’s stunning Pashley Manor Gardens, noted for its tulip and rose festivals.
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The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Cornwall
Gutsy, seasonal food, a chilled vibe throughout the rambling dining rooms, a stunning garden leading down to the sea, and rustic-chic rooms with wonderful views await at this spruced up coastal inn. Perfect in spring for visiting nearby Trengwainton Gardens and Trewidden Gardens, noted for magnolias and rhododendrons, and a trip to St Michael’s Mount for its superb subtropical garden.
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The Sun Inn, Dedham, Essex
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.
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The Devonshire Arms, Long Sutton, Somerset
Innovative food, cosy rooms with village views and stylish interiors draw a discerning crowd to this former hunting lodge on the edge of the Somerset Levels. It’s a comfortable base for seeking out some of Somerset’s treasure gardens – Lytes Cary Manor (NT) along the road (literally), the intimate and beautiful gardens at East Lambrook Manor, Barrington Court and Tintinhull Manor, or the grand splendour of the Stourhead Estate (NT), which is at its most magnificent in autumn.
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Old Stocks Inn, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
Expect the unexpected at this boldly revamped Cotswold stone inn on Stow’s beautiful square – super comfy rooms, modern British cooking, a secret terraced garden with pizza oven, and a cool café next door. Just a short drive from the stunning Arts & Crafts garden at Hidcote Manor (NT), the glorious interconnecting gardens at Kiftsgate Court, and Bourton House Garden at Moreton-in-Marsh.
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Angel Inn, Hetton, North Yorkshire
An elegant, ivy-clad 18th-century drover’s inn set in the glorious Dales renowned for it’s rustic French/Yorkshire menu, imaginative wine list and sophisticated, comfortable bedrooms with rural views. A cosy bolthole for garden lovers who are spoilt for choice, the formal and woodland gardens at Parcevall Hall, the landscape gardens at Fountains Abbey, the restored gardens at Newby Hall, and the magnificent RHS Harlow Carr gardens at Harrogate are all close by.
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Kings Head, Letheringsett, Norfolk
An impressive manor-like pub set in extensive grounds close to Holt, with a spruced up country-chic interior, seasonal menus, cracking Norfolk ales, and four cosy bedrooms. If you can prize yourself away, the beautiful gardens and estate surrounding Blickling Hall (NT), the fine walled gardens at Felbrigg Hall (NT) and Houghton Hall, and the little-known but fine garden at Mannington are on the doorstep.
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