No Car Needed

14 August 2016

Let the train take the strain this summer and travel in comfort to one of these
top town and country inns for a short break away, all located within walking
distance or a short taxi or bus ride from the railway station. With much to see
and do on the doorstep, from shopping and exploring fascinating museums, to
enjoying relaxing country walks, you’ll not miss having the car with you.
Many more can be found here.

Lion & Pheasant, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Spread across several buildings at the bottom of Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury’s famous
street lined with independent shops, the striking Lion & Pheasant hides a historic
16th-century heart behind an early 18th-century façade – old certainly meets new
throughout this beautifully renovated building. With attractive riverside walks,
boats trips, a fine Abbey and Castle, great shopping, and hundreds of listed buildings,
this historic market town has plenty to offer for a short break. The inn is just a short
taxi ride or an easy walk from the railway station.
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Judges Lodging, York, North Yorkshire
The stunning Grade I-listed townhouse dates from around 1730 and retains
many original features – the entire building is shot through with period charm,
from the flagstone floors in the cellar bar and the wood panelling in the gracious
dining room to the monumental fireplaces in the ‘Character’ bedrooms. So
kickback and take your time, before striking out to explore the magnificent city
– the famous Minster, Yorvik Viking Centre, National Railway Centre and
excellent shopping are on the doorstep. Walking distance from York railway station.
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Bull & Swan, Stamford, Lincolnshire

Stamford is England’s consummate Georgian coaching town, and the Bull & Swan
is its perfect hideaway: a low-slung tavern from 1624, complete with honey-stone
gables and mullioned windows. The location is perfect: just a five-minute stroll from
the railway station, high street shops and the grounds of Burghley House. Inside,
it’s super-cosy, with guttering lamplight, a log fire every four paces and walls dangling
with vintage artefacts. Spend time perusing the bookshops and neighbouring St
Martins Antiques Centre, packed with curious booty.
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Timbrell’s Yard, Bradford-on-Avon, Somerset

Timbrell’s Yard is a stunning riverside property, lovingly transformed into a
very stylish inn and one that combines traditional features with contemporary
design. There’s a passion for local food and drink producers, good modern food
is served all day, and comfortable rooms are quirky and fun – the best have river
views. The railway station is a stroll away, so spend time exploring the ancient
alleyways in the fascinating town, seeking out the 14th-century tithe barn, or
walk or cycle the canal towpath to Georgian Bath and return by train.
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The Kingham Plough, Kingham, Oxfordshire
Emily Watkins has firmly established the Kingham Plough at the forefront of
the Great British food scene. Having previously been Sous Chef at Heston
Blumenthal’s world-famous Fat Duck, her truly innovative modern British
menu has transformed the pub into a thriving food-driven inn. Take the train
from Paddington to tiny Kingham station and hop on the waiting bus for the
final mile to the Plough’s door and savour this fantastic Cotswold foodie
destination. Stride across fields to Daylesford Organics or take the bus to
gorgeous Stow-on-the-Wold.
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The Royal Oak, Swallowcliffe, Wiltshire

Lost down lanes in the gently rolling Nadder Valley, the Royal Oak is the perfect
rural hideaway, a spruced up whitewashed and part-thatched pub set in a peaceful,
picture-book village. Lovingly restored, you can expect hearty, warming food and
cosy modern bedrooms. Just a two-mile taxi ride from Tisbury station, come for
the glorious walks from the pub door, notably a memorable circuit through the
Nadder Valley, or hop on a bus at Swallowcliffe church to visit nearby Salisbury.
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