It’s a pretty, steep drive up Ankerdine Hill from the Teme Valley and the wide country views may have you reaching for your walking boots and/or itching to nurse a Wye Valley Ale out under the spreading cherry tree.
Smiling staff set a ‘no problem’ mood and everywhere the attention to detail makes you feel properly looked after; you’d trust them with your wedding party; immaculate bedrooms are well sound-proofed; winter fires burn brightly.
The inn’s 21st-century renovations sit well with its 17th-century origins and the barn, with its lofty beams and nautical nods to the Admiral, is where you dine on much local produce beautifully cooked. The stops are pulled out for breakfast too: porridge with whisky and brown sugar, gently poached haddock and egg. Everything is fresh and seasonal.