Here's a selection of cosy countryside hotels around the UK, perfect for a weekend break that won't break the bank.
Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Denbighshire, North Wales
Unspoiled 16th Century Inn nestled in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains. Traditional aspects maintained with the original features and antiques. Rooms are cosy and unique, with modern bathrooms. Seasonal menus, daily specials and a fully stocked bar entice locals and guests alike.
A charming Cornish Inn surrounded by breathtaking countryside. A magnet for walkers, the traditional rooms are designed to afford every comfort to these weary travelers. An informal coastal gastropub serves up the best local ingredients, cooked to perfection. Simple, characterful and homely.
Orford, Suffolk, Suffolk and Essex
TV hotelier Ruth Watson's own excellent hotel in village centre, next to the castle, with seaviews on Suffolk Coast, good value with decent restaurant.
Spectacular views of the Yorkshire Dales from this convivial converted 18th-century inn. Light modern characterful rooms. Hearty British food served in cosy surrounds. Ideal walking and cycling country. A fine country escape.
Buckhorn Weston, Dorset
A reinvention of the English country pub, boutique style. Original highlights - wooden beams, inglenook fireplaces - retained, with addition of stylish, freshly designed rooms. Bar and pub is popular with locals, serving noteworthy Sunday Roasts and a breakfast fit for a king.
Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
Traditional town pub with comfortable rooms in a charming market town near the Lake District and the Dales. Popular with locals for its award winning menu. A great base for serious walking, but need a car. Dog friendly with lots of outdoor activities on offer in the surrounding area.