10 of the Best: Pubs with Luxurious Bathrooms
15 January 2018
Pubs are no longer just about eating and drinking, but sleeping too, and with an ever-growing number very much in tune with today’s leisure aspirations and lifestyle, pubs with rooms are fast becoming our new breed of country house hotel. Gone are the days of cheaply furnished rooms and basic shared bathrooms at the end of dimly lit corridors. Instead, todays pub rooms ooze comfort and style, and beautiful bathrooms are kitted out with deep freestanding baths (some by the bed..!), storm showers, fluffy bathrobes, under-floor heating and luxurious naturally made soaps and lotions such as those by Bramley Products.
So, why not kick off 2018 with Inn Places and beat the January ‘blues’ with an escape to the country to eat, sleep and be truly pampered at some of our top inns. Below you will find 10 of our top recommendations for particularly luxurious bathrooms although you will find many more at www.innplaces.co.uk.
Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms/The Artists Residence,
South Leigh, Oxfordshire
Charlotte and Justin Salisbury, owners of the gorgeous Artist Residence hotels in London, Brighton and Penzance, snapped up this quintessential 16th-century thatched pub and opened their first country outpost in May 2017; the result is stunning. Tucked away under the thatch are five gorgeous rustic-chic bedrooms, all beautifully designed in bohemian style with fabulous bathrooms with walk-in showers and deep tubs, bathrobes, Bramley Products, and a host of goodies in the room to ensure a memorable stay. Read more
The fortunes of the rambling 16th-century Bell Inn were fully restored in 2014 following a painstaking refurbishment that put this fine old coaching inn back on the map. The eleven rustic-chic rooms are hugely individual and have been designed to make you smile, each has a beautifully dressed Somnus bed, a silver birch trunk rising from planked floors, rich fabrics, random and quirky light features, and even an open fire and the odd dentist’s chair. Bathrooms are in jazzy, funky fashion, with vibrant upside-down tiles, luxury ‘Love & More’ soaps and lotions, and some have huge copper tubs to sink into. Read More
Roebuck Inn, Mobberley, Cheshire
Rescued from closure and refurbished with style, panache and a huge dose of quirk in 2016, expect a totally relaxed and informal atmosphere at the Roebuck with menus brimming with Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and six hugely individual bedrooms that 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. Each have stunning bathrooms, four with freestanding copper tubs; all have double sinks, bathrobes and posh Orla Kiely lotions and potions. Read more
Punchbowl Inn, Crosthwaite, Cumbria
Richard Rose’s handsomely renovated, rambling stone building has been transformed into a chic rural bolthole for city weary folk, where invigorating fell walks radiate from the front door. The nine bedrooms are individually designed and the big bathrooms are bang-up-to-date with heated limestone floors, Molton Brown toiletries, walk-in monsoon showers and roll-top baths. Noble is an impressive suite, its twin baths (for couples who are truly inseparable) enjoying fabulous valley views. Read more
Standing in timeless Blanchland, the Lord Crewe Arms is a stunning blend of old and new with two restaurants, 21 bedrooms and an atmospheric vaulted bar. Bedrooms are dotted around the original building and neighbouring cottages and are kitted out in contemporary country-house style, with supremely comfortable beds topped with the finest linen and down. ‘Champion’ rooms or suites have vast bathrooms with bathrobes, Noble Isle toiletries and both claw-foot baths and walk-in showers. Read more
Take the gravel drive off the A149 and expect the unexpected – a chic, hunting lodge-style inn set within a stunning 1,000-acre country estate where deer roam freely. Gorgeous bedrooms ooze country-house style, with rich fabrics, antique furnishings, feature fireplaces, and comfortable beds topped with Egyptian cotton. Brilliant bathrooms have marble-tiled floors, old washstands and posh Noble Isle smellies, the biggest and best having deep tubs and separate walk-in showers. Read more
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, with no expense spared in the design, furnishings and detail touches. Inn rooms have a big wow factor, with spacious bathrooms with tubs and walk-in showers; blue-painted Folly has a roll-top bath at the end of the bed; while Coach House rooms have under floor heating, walk-in showers, and all offer bathrobes and Suffolk-made Pevonia bathroom products. Read more
The creeper-covered former coaching inn certainly cuts a dash in sleepy Northleach, with the smart, country-style good looks of the bar and dining areas matched by 14 glamorous bedrooms each decorated in a stylish and contemporary manner. Bathrooms really up the glam stakes; some feature roll-top baths, others have trendy modern showers, and all come stocked with bathrobes and handmade 100-Acres toiletries. There’s an on-site treatment room if you really want to be pampered. Read more
Set within an ancient cobbled courtyard, the 15th-century Talbot oozes genuine charm and character and fits perfectly into its feudal village setting. Eight 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. All have bath and shower (apart from room 5, which only has a shower), and two feature roll-top baths parked quirkily by the bed. Pamper yourself with the Talbot’s own Bramley natural bath and body products and make good use of all the thoughtful extras. Read more
Lost down lanes in peaceful north Hampshire countryside, this former hunting lodge has been wowing local diners for the past decade thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of owners Jason King and Simon Page, who continue to work wonders with this rural gem. The four fabulous bedrooms are supremely comfortable with rich fabrics and furnishings and great attention to detail throughout, whilst the gorgeous bathrooms feature rain showers, bathrobes, Aesop toiletries and under floor heating. Read more
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