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 $86
    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 $153
    Exclusive offer  -  The Winter Escape
    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 $172
    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 characterful rooms. Hearty British food served in cosy surrounds. Ideal walking and cycling country. A fine country escape.

    19 rooms from $126
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  The rural, rugged dales provide miles of walking territory
    Back to Nature  -  Situated in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales
    Local markets  -  Centred between several small market towns
  • 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. The gourmet pub food has gained a reputation for Sunday Roasts, inspired menus and a breakfast fit for a king.

    4 rooms from $146
    Foodies  -  Locally sourced, responsibly reared meats, veggies from the back garden, homemade pork pies, scotch eggs and relish- heaven!
    Families  -  Child and dog friendly, with kids menu, highchairs, crayons, and plenty of fun countryside activities.
    Great walks  -  They will show you where to go, supply you with wellies, umbrellas and picnics- so get out there and explore!
    Local markets  -  Towns of Shaftesbury and Gillingham both have markets to explore.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • Sun Inn

    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.

    11 rooms from $131
    Local exploring  -  Great base for exploring both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
    Great walks  -  Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.
    Inn  -  Authentic market town pub
    Sights nearby  -  Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale
    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 $159
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
Written by  Fiona Duncan, posted Wednesday, 17th February 2010
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