The Yew Tree
Set within a 17th Century country pub, Yew Tree Inn offers a real rural retreat just an hour from London. This charming getaway location has a reputation for its high quality, fine-dining restaurant and excellent standard of service making it a destination for those in pursuit of a little peace, quiet and luxury. Earthy leather sofas and traditional tartans adorn the hotel creating a homely, quintessentially English ambiance throughout.
In the summer months, Yew Tree Inn’s parasol-peppered terrace provides the perfect sun trap and is a great spot for a post ramble cocktail or spritzer. Highclere Castle – the filming location of Downtown Abbey – and its 5000-acre estate are nearby for a slice of the area’s history that can be enjoyed whatever the weather.
Click here to book a stay at Yew Tree Inn from just £72 a night
The Bell in Ticehurst
This is how you do boutique. Situated in a sweet village in the heart of rural East Sussex, The Bell in Ticehurst is an old coaching inn reborn as an utterly original hotel and restaurant. The bedrooms are individually styled, some with freestanding copper claw-foot tubs, some with exposed brick walls; all with authentically scuffed hardwood floors and a signature silver birch tree. Comfort is paramount, with handmade Somnus mattresses and luxury bedding, as well as chic en-suite bathrooms that you may well be tempted to sleep in.
Not just an interesting place to crash, The Bell in Ticehurst serves fine ales and features an acclaimed English restaurant (The Independent have paid homage to its patriotic menu).
Click here to book a stay at The Bell in Ticehurt from just £169 a night
The Barsham Barns and Quakerhall Barns are two groups of private and luxurious self-catering barns. Five of the barns are located in beautiful North Barsham, Norfolk, just a short drive from the North Norfolk Coast. The two ‘Quakerhall Barns’ can be found in Haveringland, near Aylsham, they’re within easy driving distance of the North Norfolk Coast, the Norfolk Broads and the city of Norwich.
The barns sleep between 4-14 people and are all individually designed with masses of space, seriously stylish design that blends just the right amount of cosy farmhouse style with bright, modern colour and luxurious furnishings. Think exposed beams, divine kitchens, an eccentric mixture of print and wood burning stoves.
Click here to book a three or four-night stay at Barsham Barns from just £91 a night
Named AA Hotel of the Year for 2013-2014, and winner of the Conde Nast Johansens Best Countryside Hotel 2014, Gravetye Manor‘s bulging trophy cabinet is a testament to it’s intoxicating charm. Nestled amidst 1,000 acres of picturesque woodland, yet just an hour away from London’s bustling streets, this enchanting five-star hideaway – Part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group of hotels – offers the best of both worlds.
Once owned by William Robinson and described by The Guardian as being “traditional without being stuffy”, this Elizabethan stone mansion with creaky floors and crackling log fires is the perfect place to cosy up and embrace the crisp winter chill.
Click here to book a stay at Gravetye Manor from just £175 a night
The White Hart
Set against the wooded hillsides of the Chilterns, near the royal regatta town of Henley-on-Thames, The White Hart is a 14th century country inn that prides itself on old-school hospitality, with a modern helping of four-star amenities. Here exposed original beams and wingback chairs jostle playfully with designer lighting, high-speed Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.
This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 winning hotel is everything a country inn should be. After a rousing day of roaming the Chiltern Hills (an Area of Outstanding Beauty no less) or navigating the famous Thames waterways of Henley, retire to a roaring log fire, uncork a fruity number, and cosy up for hearty pub grub of the highest order, courtesy of The Tailor Made Dining Company.
Click here to book a stay at The White Hart from just £95 a night
Eagle Brae Log Cabins
If you’ve ever wanted to get off the grid but have a fear of sacrificing your creature comforts, here’s a wilderness experience with a difference. The luxurious Eagle Brae is the stunning result of eight years of work and is ready to welcome you in on its remote, peaceful hillside just a 30-minute drive from Inverness.
Eagle Brae offers just seven Canadian pioneer-style log homes featuring high pitched ceilings, mezzanine floors and awe-inspiring terraces with views. In Strathglass’s indigenous birchwoods, your cabin cum home puts you right in the middle of nature, where the only thing making a sound is the tranquil breeze.
Click here to book a seven-night stay at Eagle Brae Log Cabins from just £120 a night
Located in the rurally beautiful Eckington, just a 25-minute drive from Worcester, Eckington Manor sits within 260 acres of scenic farmland. A quintessentially English affair, with locally-sourced cuisine and views of rolling hills, this luxuriously renovated farmhouse also offers traditional cookery lessons.
Beautiful and oozing a rustic elegance, the Eckington Manor’s traditional features have been lovingly restored to complement the hotel’s more modern touches. Complete with antique furniture, a 12th century hall and unrivalled views, this charming Manor is the perfect countryside retreat for a little escapism.
Click here to book a stay at Eckington Manor from just £89 a night