Take a break and visit a Stately Home
4 April 2017
It’s April, nearly Easter, and Britain’s grandest houses have opened for the season following a winter slumbering under dustsheets. Escape for a few days away at one of these fabulous pubs with rooms, all tantalisingly close to the gates of a famous stately home (or two), so perfect for enjoying a cultural guided tour of the historic house and exploring the gardens and vast estates on foot as spring comes to life. Our top spring boltholes are walking distance or an easy drive from, among others, Castle Howard, Burghley House, magnificent Blickling Hall, and Sissinghurst Castle’s gorgeous gardens. For even more options of where to stay click here.
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.
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The Roebuck Inn, Mobberley, Cheshire
Looking for a peaceful retreat close to Alderley Edge and the stately piles at Tatton Park and Dunham Massey, then look no further than this boutique bistro-style inn. Revamped in rustic French style, it offers a Mediterranean inspired menu and six very special bedrooms.
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The Bull & Swan, Stamford, Lincolnshire
The handsome Bull & Swan is Georgian Stamford’s perfect hideaway, a super-cosy 17th-century inn with log fires, interesting, stylish bedrooms and a menu to please all. Magnificent Burghley House is just a stroll away and stunning Belvoir Castle is well worth the short drive.
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The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk
Be wowed by the amazing deer park setting, the chic, country-house décor, the rustic ingredient-led cooking, and the elegant antique furnished bedrooms. If you can bear to leave, visit three stunning nearby ‘Halls’ at Holkham, Blickling (NT) and Felbrigg (NT).
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The Milk House, Sissinghurst, Kent
Rescued and stylishly revamped in 2013, the Milk House has a laid-back vibe, brilliant staff and exciting food on crowd-pleasing menus. The four very relaxing bedrooms provide the perfect bolthole for visiting Sissinghurst Castle Garden, a stroll away across fields, and Leeds Castle.
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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. Montacute House, Barrington House, and Lytes Cary Manor are just down the road.
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