Ten Budget Countryside Getaways

Here's a selection of cosy countryside hotels around the UK, perfect for a weekend break that won't break the bank.


  • West Arms Hotel

    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.

    16 rooms from $92
    Sights nearby  -  Chirk Castle built in 1310 includes a dungeon and tower.
    Great walks  -  Explore the Chirk Aqueduct along the River Dee.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Gurnard's Head Hotel

    Zennor, Cornwall

    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.

    7 rooms from $163
    Exclusive offer  -  Sunday Sleepover
    Restaurant  -  Excellent locally sourced food
    Great walks  -  Take part in the interesting and informative foraging walks with Caroline Arkley.
    Surfing  -  Sennen Cove is the best known beach in the area, and very popular with surfers.
    Views  -  Sweeping coastal views
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Crown and Castle

    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.

    18 rooms from $184
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 4, not under 8 in restaurant
    Views  -  You can choose seaviews or castle views
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Charles Bathurst Inn

    Arkengarthdale, Yorkshire

    Spectacular views of the Yorkshire Dales from this convivial converted 18th-century inn. Light modern rooms, hearty food, great walking and cycling country.

    19 rooms from $153
    Great walks  -  In the middle of the Dales
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Stapleton Arms

    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.

    4 rooms from $127
    Local markets  -  Towns of Shaftesbury and Gillingham both have markets to explore.
    Great walks  -  Maps, wellies and picnics can all be provided.
    Back to Nature  -  Heart of the stunning country of Dorset.
    Lively  -  Buzzy in the evenings and at weekends.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • Sun Inn

    Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

    Characterful and ancient town pub with rooms in 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.

    11 rooms from $140
    Local exploring  -  Great base for exploring both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
    Inn  -  Authentic market town pub
    Lively  -  Popular with locals
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Horse and Groom

    Moreton in Marsh, The Cotswolds

    Informal restaurant with rooms cum gastro pub in the now familiar mould - towny style, a buzzing bar and restaurant, and a small number of stylish bedrooms.

    5 rooms from $170
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
Written by  Fiona Duncan, posted Wednesday, 17th February 2010
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