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10 Great UK Country Inns

As hotels become more expensive, visitors look for good value alternatives. Coaching inns are natural candidates, so here’s our Guru’s collection of top 10 great UK country inns.

Our great UK country inns are all surrounded by wonderful, unspoilt countryside, and most have been welcoming travellers since the days of horse-drawn carriages.

10 Great UK County Inns

Great UK County Inns for Walkers

The Felin Fach Griffin in the Brecon Beacons, not far from charming Hay on Wye, is a a great, seven room gastropub surrounded by excellent walking and some very decent fishing opportunities. Or there’s the Wasdale Head Inn, a famous climbing inn just below Scarfed Pike! The food is hearty, as needed, and the views are magnificent.

Great UK County Inns to Escape to

The West Arms Hotel in Denbighshire, North Wales is in the foothills of the beautiful Berwyn Mountains, and offers superb food and 15 charming, traditional rooms, or, if you’d prefer to escape to the coast there’e the Gurnard's Head Hotel, a seven room gastropub surrounded by spectacular views and excellent walking. Or there’s the atmospheric, four room Tower Bank Arms, a mile from Lake Windemere and right next door to Beatrix Potter’s former home.

Great UK County Inns for Families

The White Swan Inn in Pickering, Yorkshire is an imaginatively updated 16th Century coaching inn with 21 comfortable, modern rooms and a decent bistro, and you’re close to the North Yorkshire Moors, Castle Howard, Buncombe Park and Helmsley Walled Garden.

Great UK County Inns for Great Value

The Kingham Plough in Chipping Norton is a traditional pub with five boutique-y rooms and an acclaimed restaurant, which has a room rate starting from around £90 a night, or, in the same price bracket there’s the Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton St. George, Somerset, which has just four quirky rooms and a delightfully eclectic, rustic feel.

Great UK County Inns for Relaxing

The Star Inn in Harome, Yorkshire, is a relaxed, eight room pub with plenty of charming features - like a thatched roof and beamed ceilings, but they also have a Michelin star. If the idea of fine dining takes your fancy you might also like the Yorke Arms, near Harrogate, which is a cosy but elegant spot right by the rolling Yorkshire Dales.

If you haven’t spotted your idea of the perfect country inn on our Guru’s list of 10 Great UK County Inns you could:

10 Great UK County Inns

  • 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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  • Felin Fach Griffin 7 rooms from £135


    An award winning gastro pub in an outstanding location. Ideally situated for all manner of country pursuits. Feather soft beds welcome weary walkers. The rooms are cosy and traditionally dressed. The restaurant serves up excellent food with locally sourced produced. A real winner.

    Exclusive offer  -  Winter Escape
    Foodies  -  Enjoy the award winning food, crafted from local produce and whatever comes out of their veggie garden- nothing better!
    Country Escape  -  Situated in the pristine landscapes of the Brecon Beacons, with roaring fires and a charming bar to welcome you.
    Great walks  -  Wedged between the Black Mountains and the Beacons makes for excellent walking options.
    Fishing  -  The hotel organises salmon and trout fishing.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays, Fodors
    Hotel Website
  • Tower Bank Arms 4 rooms from £93

    Ambleside, NOT TO SHOW

    Classic and atmospheric Lakeland village inn, next to Beatrix Potter's former home. Good local food and ales, just four rooms, fine walks from the door. A mile from Lake Windemere.

    Fishing  -  Top trout fishery on nearby Esthwaite Water
    Inn  -  Authentic village inn
    Pet friendly  -  Dogs stay for free!
    Great walks  -  Good walking from the door, as well as a good base for walks further afield
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  • 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
  • Wasdale Head Inn 12 rooms from £59

    near Gosforth, Cumbria

    Famous climbing inn at the head of Wasdale, spectacularly sited below Scafell Pike with magnificent views. Satisfy your stomach with hearty pub food or enjoy the finer things in the wood-panelled Dining Room. Rooms are simple but extremely comfortable and all boast breathtaking views.

    Great walks  -  Miles from anywhere, this Inn has some of the most unspoilt walking in England.
    Views  -  All bedrooms have stunning views of Wasdale
    Climbing  -  At the foot of England's highest mountain
    Sights nearby  -  The Smallest Church in England, St Olaf's at Wasdale Head.
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  • White Swan Inn 21 rooms from £159

    Pickering, Yorkshire

    Traditional Georgian coaching inn, overlooking the market square, with creaky floors and low ceilings, a smart dining room and a choice of traditional or contemporary bedrooms. Great location and a genuinely friendly Yorkshire welcome.

    Value chic  -  A charming and characterful spot with chic interiors, warm and heartfelt service and gourmet cuisine, at a reasonable price.
    Back to Nature  -  A warm a cosy spot to retire to after a tiring day exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Moors.
    Great walks  -  North Yorkshire Moors on the doorstep with miles od spectacular walking and breathtaking views.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Castle Howard, Hovingham Hall, Duncombe Park or Helmsley Walled Garden
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Star Inn 8 rooms from £150

    Harome, Yorkshire

    Michelin-starred gastropub-with-rooms in a peaceful farming village, close to the North York Moors. Comfortably rustic rooms in hunting-lodge style, free-ranging hens plus warm, friendly service create a genuinely relaxed atmosphere.

    Foodies  -  A north Yorkshire restaurant through and through which holds one Michelin Star
    Great walks  -  Circular walks from the pub or longer hikes
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the medieval Hemsley Castle
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Yorke Arms 15 rooms from £345

    near Harrogate, Yorkshire

    Michelin-starred food at this superb traditional village inn in the rolling Dales. Cosy, traditional rooms, some with mahogany four poster beds. An outstanding location for trekkers or 'view admirers' alike. Food to impress even the harshest of critics. A rural abode in full perfection.

    Restaurant  -  Held one Michelin Star since 2003
    Great walks  -  Build an appetite on a long walk starting right from the hotel door
    Restrictions on children  -  Allows 'young adults'
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Fodors
    Hotel Website
  • Kingham Plough 5 rooms from £90

    Chipping Norton, NOT TO SHOW

    Traditional village pub in rural countryside. Boutique en-suite bedrooms. Acclaimed restaurant. Garden and terrace.

    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Lord Poulett Arms 4 rooms from £85

    Hinton St George, NOT TO SHOW

    Quirky country pub with rooms. Characterful and eclectic interior decor. Bistro-dining flare. Delightful rustic ambiance.

    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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posted Monday, 22nd February 2010
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