You’re on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, lost in blissful country, with paths that lead up into glorious hills. Tumble back down to this super inn, where every square inch has been refurbished, making the place shine. Expect airy interiors, a sober country feel, a sun-trapping terrace and a fire that crackles in winter. Originally a foundry, it opened as a brewery in 1859 and, when beer proved more popular than horseshoes, the inn was born. You’ll find three local ales on tap and great wines too. As for the food, it’s as local as can be: slow-braised red Devon beef pie with mash and vegetables; twice-baked Westcombe cheddar cheese soufflé; Earl Grey tea panna cotta with chocolate and hazelnut biscotti. Contemporary country bedrooms, three in the Coach House, are the final treat. Some are bigger than others but all come with modern fabrics, padded headboards, crisp linen and super bathrooms (one has a slipper bath). In summer, a terraced lawn gives views over a couple of rooftops onto the woods. A perfect spot.