Cosy Autumn Breaks
10 October 2016
The Lister Arms, Malham, North Yorkshire
Be quick and book one of the comfortable rooms at this 17th-century inn deep in the Dales, as it’s the perfect autumn retreat for jaw-dropping views and stunning moorland and valley walking. Explore the paths around Malham Cove & Tarn, then settle down in front of the roaring fire with a pint and a plate of warming food. Skipton and Harrogate are within striking distance if you are in need of some retail therapy.
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The Kings Head, Bledington, Oxfordshire
The honey-coloured stone, the village green, a little brook, wandering ducks – the Kings Head is a Cotswold idyll before you cross the threshold. Inside, the rustic bar, roaring fires, local real ales, honest British food and country-chic rooms add to the quintessential charm of this 16th-century inn. The perfect bolthole for rural rambles, shopping in Stow-on-the-Wold, and a visit to the farm shop at Daylesford Organics just down the road.
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The Roebuck, Mobberley, Cheshire
Looking for a peaceful retreat close to Alderley Edge (walking), Knutsford (antiques) and Tatton Park (stately pile), then look no further than this boutique bistro-style inn in sleepy Mobberley. Revamped in rustic French style, it offers the best drinks list for miles, a Mediterranean inspired menu and six very special and quirky bedrooms. Book a room with an open fire for a very cosy time.
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The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk
Expect the unexpected at this stunningly restored inn close to the north Norfolk coast. Be wowed by its 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, head to pretty Holt for shopping, Holkham Beach for a memorable coast walk, or Norwich is just a short drive away. It may be a mission to get to but it’s so worth the effort.
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The Talbot, Mells, Somerset
Timeless village setting deep in the Somerset hills for this spruced up inn. Don your boots, explore fascinating feudal Mells and surrounding footpaths, visit Frome’s amazing artisan market (first Sunday of month), or spend the day in glorious Bath, returning to crackling fires in the cosy candlelit bar and rambling dining rooms. Eat seriously well and retire to a super comfortable room upstairs.
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Halfway Bridge Inn, Lodsworth, West Sussex
Set back from the A272, this lovingly restored old inn is much more than a roadside pit stop for weary travellers. Peaceful rooms are housed in a stunning converted barn hidden down a track, the pub is a warren of little rooms and cosy corners with real fires and candlelit tables, and the food is good, honest and makes sound use of local ingredients. A cosy Sussex retreat close to Petworth (antiques), Cowdray Park and the South Downs.
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