Cosy boltholes


Hunker down at these cockle-warming boltholes, as suggested by Guardian travel editor, Jane Dunford

The Rose, Deal

The Rose, Deal


Sign of the Angel, in Lacock

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15 miles / 30 minutes from Bath
Slap bang in the middle of the National Trust village of Lacock; this coaching inn was built in 1480, and aside from a lick of paint, not much has changed. Arrive by horse and you’ll still get right of way! Complete with inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams and ancient wooden staircases – it doesn’t get much cosier than this. The pub with rooms keeps things traditional, offering top notch food and drink and a place to collapse afterwards. Beers and ciders are all from the local area. Double rooms from £110 to £150 on a B&B basis.

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The Bull, in Fairford


45 miles / 1 hour 15 minutes from Bath
This is pure Cotswolds. In the cobbled market town of Fairford, two 15th-century coaching inns have been knocked together and refurbished to fabulous effect. Owners Sebastian and Lana Snow worked with BAFTA-winning set designer Corina Burrough (Downton Abbey) to transform the collection of 21 bedrooms into a dark green and copper winter hideaway. Look out for the giant bull’s head hanging over one of the fireplaces. And bring a rod, The Bull has fishing rights to a stretch of the River Coln. Rooms from £100.


The Rose, in Deal


200 miles / 4 hours from Bath
Winter beach weekend? Sure. The Rose, which re-opened this year, is an inviting bar and restaurant with eight rooms (some equipped with a record player and a selection of vinyls). Fancy a bracing walk? You’re only a two-minute walk from the beach and Deal Pier. The once run-down boozer has been restored to Victorian splendour by its owners – one of whom is a relative of the original owners. Enjoy a hearty Sunday lunch and breakfast on the toothsome Scandi plate. Rooms from £90 per night including breakfast.


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