BRITAIN’S BEST INNS FOR PAMPERING
15 April 2016
Eat, Sleep and be Pampered!
Fed up with this miserable winter weather? Why not recharge your batteries by treating yourself to a relaxing stay at one of our top inns for pampering.
Inn at Whitewell
Set on the banks of the river Hodder, amid the wild and breathtaking beauty of the Trough of Bowland, this ancient hostelry oozes warmth, personality and a pleasing quirkiness – in fact the whole place is wonderfully relaxed, laid-back and mildly eccentric, with a lived-in country-house feel. Seven rooms have peat fires to make those winter evenings a little more cosy, while big bathrooms boast incredible Victorian bathing machines, and in-room holistic beauty and massage treatments can be arranged.
The Wheatsheaf Inn
Cosy, creeper-clad Cotswold inn that cuts a dash, with the smart, country-style good looks of the bar and dining areas matched by glamorous bedrooms. Posh bathrooms feature roll-top baths or trendy modern showers and all are stocked with handmade toiletries. It’s the kind of place you can squirrel yourself away and spend all day – there’s even an on-site treatment room offering holistic Swedish massage, waxes, manicures and make-up lessons, if you really want to be pampered, and room service during restaurant hours.
The Pipe & Glass
Expect high standards across the board at this handsome 17th-century country inn out in the East Yorkshire Wolds. Splash out at the chef’s table or curl up by one of the roaring fires after a walk, with a pint and a plate of Yorkshire rarebit, then retire to one of the gorgeous rooms – they’re the last word in stylish glamour. Bathrooms – some with huge walk-in showers, others with marble-walled wet rooms – are spaces you’ll be reluctant to leave. Talking of which, why not indulge in the ultimate treat: breakfast in the comfort of your room.
The Beckford Arms
A country pub reinvented for the 21st century, its chill-out atmosphere, great food and easy-going service making it the perfect weekend bolthole for city escapees. Rooms are simple, unmistakably modern, handsomely kitted out and feature a raft of cossetting extras. Book one of the two stunning estate lodges and a relaxing, pampering in-room massage – utter bliss.
The White Horse
A slick seaside inn with stunning saltmarsh views, innovative menus favouring seafood, and sea-breezy modern bedrooms. Book the ‘Room at the Top’, a split-level space high in the eaves, with French windows, a panoramic balcony and a telescope for gazing out piratically to sea and watching the winter geese flock. Pamper yourself with an in-room facial, aromatherapy or a ‘Russian honey massage’, and order room service following an invigorating coast path ramble.
The Village Pub
A casual offshoot of swanky Barnsley House across the road, this self-proclaimed ‘village pub’ in picture-postcard Barnsley certainly lives up to its name. Stone floors, rustic timbers and earthy colours set the tone, and open fires blaze away merrily in the bar. Smart bedrooms are a cut above the pub norm and prettily decorated in boutique style, so why not book the pub & pamper deal – B&B plus two 25-minute spa treatments at Barnsley House.
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