The spruced-up Pheasant is still a cracking old pub with a big reputation, thanks to its young owner Jack. Choose from the 50 gins and 30 whiskies in the well-stocked bar, often bustling with locals and jockeys, and sink into a deep armchair in the cosy snug with open fires and board games.
Bedrooms are country-style, others contemporary, with carefully chosen art, padded ottomans and paisley headboards. All have en suite bathrooms with Bamford soaps; five have balcony doors to views across the fields; three are dog-friendly and open onto the lawn.
The food is classic British with a regularly changing menu and good vegan options. Breakfast on local eggs and apple juice, bacon, Laverstoke black pudding, pastries and home baked bread. Fill your days with woodland walks at Welford Park (four miles), antique shopping in Hungerford (a seven-minute drive) and Newbury races (11 miles).