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Best UK Country Hotels for a Budget Getaway

Here's our Guru’s selection of the UK’s best budget country hotels, perfect for a weekend break that won't break the bank. From B&Bs to charming country house hotels, via rather a lot of funky inns, these are the sort of places you can ring up on a whim on a Friday afternoon and be down in time for a cosy supper!

From Cumbria to Cornwall, our Gurus have searched up and down the country for the best budget country hotels and now we've got it covered!

The Best Budget Country Hotels

Best Budget Country Hotels - The West Country

There’s so much choice in the West Country that our Gurus main challenge when creating this list of Best Budget Country Hotels was sorting the wheat from the chaff.

In Cornwall we suggest The Gurnard's Head, an informal character filled gastropub ideal for those looking to walk the coastal path. They also have a great Sunday offer if you can sneak an extra day and take Monday off! Devon offers up Nonsuch House, a delightful guesthouse overlooking Dartmouth which does gourmet dinners four nights a week, or the Masons Arms in Branscombe, just ten minutes walk from the beach.

Best Budget Country Hotels - Wales

Wales is also full of great value country hotels with fantastic food. The West Arms Hotel in Denbighshire is an unspoilt 16th century inn at the foot of the Berwyn mountain and Y Meirionnydd in the centre of Dolgellau was once the county jail, but now offers five smart bedrooms and a growing reputation for excellent food.

Best Budget Country Hotels - The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are always a popular weekend destination, but it is getting harder and harder to find a really good value country hotel in this neck of the woods. Try out the Horse and Groom in Bourton on the Hill, an informal gastropub with a great atmosphere or The King's Head in Bledington, a traditional inn with funky rooms and top notch gastropub fare.

Best Budget Country Hotels - East Anglia

If you prefer to go east, try The Pier at Harwich - it enjoys a prime spot overlooking the harbour and has a reputation for serving up great seafood. Or venture slightly further up the coast and you'll find The Crown at Woodbridge a great weekend spot full of cafes, boutiques and antique shops.

Best Budget Country Hotels for Walkers

For lovers of the great outdoors, the Sun Inn in Kirby Lonsdale should fit the bill, ideally located for both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales it is the perfect place for serious walkers. After a day out on the hills the bar, with its roaring log fire and award winning food, will provide welcome comfort.

Best Budget Country Hotels - B&Bs

Last but not least in our pick of the best UK country hotels is Brook Farm Berrington a charming B&B in rural Worcestershire. Think creaky stairs, antique filled rooms and coffee or tea in bed in the morning - sheer bliss! If that's not enough it's just down the road from Ludlow - renowned for its choice of quality restaurants.

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The Best Budget Country Hotels:

  • Gurnard's Head Hotel 7 rooms from £125

    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.

    Exclusive offer  -  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
    Hotel Website
  • Nonsuch House 4 rooms from £120

    Kingswear, NOT TO SHOW

    Charming guesthouse overlooking Dartmouth with great estuary views. The warm, elegant rooms have been lovingly decorated and boast Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy towels and award winning views. Gourmet dinners offered four nights a week and cooking lessons are available.

    Views  -  Lovely views of the river and Dartmouth
    Cooking classes  -  Guided tour with Kit to buy food from local suppliers, learn how to prepare it with a glass of wine in hand, and finally eat it!
    Great walks  -  Lovely walks along the South West Coast Path in either direction, or walk up the river Dart as far as Totnes.
    Fishing  -  Take a fishing trip out to the Skerries to catch Plaice or Pollock.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Masons Arms 27 rooms from £95

    Branscombe, Devon

    Traditional country pub in a pretty coastal village. Cosy and stylish rooms - muted tones with real wood accents and antique touches. Fine ales and classic dishes, with the beach only a short walk away. A great place to rest your head whilst discovering East Devon’s Jurassic coastline.

    Restaurant  -  Features lobster and crab landed on Branscombe beach. It has held a Michelin star for more than 10 years.
    Foodies  -  The restaurant holds a Michelin star, and they run monthly masterclasses if you're keen to learn!
    Beach nearby  -  Branscombe Beach a 10 minute walk
    Cooking classes  -  Cookery masterclasses are held on the first Wednesday of the month.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • West Arms Hotel 16 rooms from £65

    Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Denbighshire

    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.

    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.
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  • Y Meirionnydd 5 rooms from £89


    A quaint option at the heart of Snowdonia National Park. A former country jail now beautifully renovated. Rooms feature exposed stone walls, crisp white linen and comfortable beds. The intimate restaurant serves hearty food and there's a cosy bar. An ideal spot to return to after a day outdoors.

    Hideaway  -  A perfect retreat from everyday life- a charming country hotel with a cosy bar, fantastic restaurant and chic rooms.
    Great walks  -  Bring your walking boots and head out on the Mawddach trail with a lunch packed by the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  The area is dotted with ancient castles and areas of interest, ask your hosts to guide you.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Horse and Groom 5 rooms from £120

    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 smart bedrooms. Five individually designed rooms in contemporary classic style, plus award winning food - a perfect laid back base for exploring Cotswold country.

    Local exploring  -  An ideal base for exploring the beautiful Cotswolds, with charming Moreton in Marsh just down the road.
    Sights nearby  -  Moreton in Marsh, Chipping Camden, Broadway and Stow on the Wold are all close by
    Great walks  -  There is lovely walking for all abilities on the doorstep.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • King's Head 11 rooms from £100


    A cosy and characterful traditional English Inn. With simple, homely guest rooms and fine pub food - The King's Head offers guests are proper countryside getaway. Lovely scenic walks in the heart of the Cotswolds and outdoor activities available to those looking for something extra.

    Country Escape  -  A traditional inn - the inexpensive alternative to a country house hotel.
    Quirky  -  Full of junk shop finds
    Great walks  -  Beautiful country walks
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Pier at Harwich 14 rooms from £125

    Harwich, Essex

    A charming waterfront hotel overlooking the quayside at old Harwich. Contemporary rooms also capture the views over the harbour. The fish restaurant in a converted pub in the harbour is lively and popular with the locals. A great stay on the Essex coast.

    Exclusive offer  -  Stay and Sail break
    Foodies  -  Wonderful fresh seafood meets a creative chef, simply divine! Not to mention the gin library and Prosecco cocktails!
    Total relaxation  -  Sit in the suite's bay window, or indeed on the restaurant's balcony, and watch the sun set on the sea- heaven!
    Sights nearby  -  Just around the corner is the Electric Palace Cinema, the second oldest cinema in England- well worth a visit.
    Views  -  Great views over the busy harbour and the Stour and Orwell estuaries.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Crown at Woodbridge 10 rooms from £125


    Well known, chic Woodbridge gastropub with rooms, close to Sutton Hoo, in a charming Suffolk village of cafes and boutiques. Good food and local ales.

    Restaurant  -  Gastropub food
    Sights nearby  -  Sutton Hoo treasures are two miles away
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Sun Inn 11 rooms from £99

    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.

    Local exploring  -  Great base for exploring both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
    Sights nearby  -  Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale
    Birdwatching  -  RSPB’s reserve at Leighton Moss
    Great walks  -  Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Brook Farm Berrington 2 rooms from £85

    Tenbury Wells, NOT TO SHOW

    A delightful haven of calm in rural north-west Worcestershire, a perfect rural b+b in a quirky farmhouse with a pretty garden, stream and roaring fires in winter.

    Garden  -  Cottage garden, woodland and an orchard.
    Sights nearby  -  Historical sites around
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
    Hotel Website


Written by Sarah Empson

posted Wednesday, 17th February 2010
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