Retreat from life as usual for a couple of days and feel completely cosseted here by the lovely team and superb cooking. The creative kitchen team do good things with fish, pheasant and venison – all local produce. The menu is varied enough that you can tuck into pub classics or something more elaborate depending on your mood. Bring a party and eat in the bright dining room.
Pull on your boots and head out for a stomp – there are great walks from the door: join the Wayfarers Walk or the Test Way; The Kennet & Avon Canal (hop on in nearby Hungerford); and the Wessex Ridgeway, which takes you past the mystical Avebury Stones.
Once you’ve blown the cobwebs away settle down in front of the roaring wood-burner; on fine days sip your G&T on the terrace at the back. Stay the night in pretty bedrooms (antique furniture, velvet headboards, peaceful views) and savour a whisky nightcap. Dogs are welcomed with open arms too – find treats on the bar and beds and bowls for those that stay over.