14 great British pubs with self-catering accommodation | Vacation home


Whitewell Inn, Lancashire

In the heart of the Forest of Bowland, the Inn at Whitewell has a real middle-of-nowhere feel, although in reality it’s right in the middle of the country (the nearest village, Dunsop Bridge, has a phone box which officially marks the geographical position of the center of the United Kingdom). As well as 15 bedrooms, the hostel has a self-contained gite, the Piggeries, with three double bedrooms (one en-suite), a large kitchen-dining room and a spacious living room with views over the river – plus a large garden . With plenty of walks from the door and healthy, hearty meals to come back to, it’s the perfect retreat for dogs any time of the year.
The Piggeries can accommodate six people. In high season it costs £1,740 for three nights or £2,080 to £2,740 for seven nights.

The Boathouse, Norfolk

This former pub on the banks of Ormesby Little Broad was converted a few years ago and as well as being a pub/restaurant with rooms and a wedding hall, it has lodges in the garden. Waking up by the water is a treat: the three lodges have two or three bedrooms with verandas to enjoy the view. It’s a good base for exploring the rest of the Broads National Park and the nearby coast, which has some of Norfolk’s best beaches at Winterton, Waxham and Horsey, home to one of the country’s largest colonies of gray seals.
The boathouse accommodate sleep four to eight from £135-£150 a night, breakfast from £11.95 pp

The Beamish Black Horse, County Durham

Black Horse Cottage

Within walking distance of the world’s oldest single-arch railway bridge, Causey Arch, and the Beamish Museum, this spacious country inn on the Red Row estate is a popular dining spot, with produce sourced from local farms (from steaks and masterful sticky toffee pudding are highlights of the menu). The pub has a dozen rooms plus four self-contained suites and rooms in a separate building, the Red Row Retreat (which can be rented together). A short walk away is also the two-bedroom Huckleberry Cottage, with kitchen, living room with wood-burning stove, conservatory dining room and patio.
Huckleberry Cottage sleeps five, from £85-£130 a night (two-night minimum); Black Horse doubles from £89 to £200 per night B&B

The Boat Inn, Monmouthshire

External Boat Inn

On the banks of the River Wye, a stone’s throw from England, the Boat Inn at Penallt is in an area of ​​outstanding natural beauty. Inside is small and cozy, with a timber-framed bar and wood-burning stove, but the draw is the peaceful terraced garden facing the river, which leads to a waterfall. There’s a two-room apartment above the pub: a fully equipped kitchen gives guests plenty of self-sufficiency and, although it doesn’t do breakfast, the pub serves decent food and brewed beers and ciders locally.
The Boat Inn sleep in apartments four, from £100 to £120

The Crown Inn Woolhope, Herefordshire

Crown Woolhope kitchen
Crown Woolhope kitchen

The Crown’s seven-bedroom vacation rental is connected to its pub by a secret door. Renovated in a contemporary style, it has a games room, a huge kitchen/dining room, five bathrooms and a private garden. The pub itself is a true down-to-earth local that honors its West Country location by stocking 26 ciders and perries, including the inn’s King’s cider. The food is unpretentious and delicious (with wood-fired pizzas).
The Crown Inn Woolhope vacation rental sleeps 14 people, from £40 per person per night, breakfast is available at an additional cost

The Black Swan, Cumbria

The pub has three yurts in its garden by the river

On the border between Cumbria and the Lake District and Yorkshire and the Dales, this pub is in a fabulous rural location, close enough to both national parks and yet very easy to get to (10 mins from the M6). In addition to 16 rooms, it has three independent yurts in its garden by the river. With wood-burning stoves, king-size beds, towels, bathrobes and slippers, only composting toilets and outdoor wood showers make staying in a yurt wilder than pub comfort.
The black swan has two two-person yurts from £135 to £145 a night and sleeping four from £145-£155 (all year price)

Hotel The Gin Trap Hostel

Gin Trap Cottage

In Ringstead, a mile from Hunstanton and the North Norfolk coast, this former village inn is well placed for visiting Snettisham and Titchwell Nature Reserves, Holkham Beach and stunning countryside walks. There are 13 comfortable rooms plus a few two-bedroom cottages on the grounds, with plenty of living space, contemporary fitted kitchens, and smart TVs. The pub serves excellent food (whole sea bass or crispy lamb chops can be on the menu), breakfast is included in room and cottage rates — and dogs are welcome. There is also a new outdoor seating area and a children’s area.
The Gin Trap Inn at two-bedroom cottages sleeping four from £240-£390 a night B&B

The Greenman, Herefordshire

The Green Man's Garden

When owners Sean and Sarah Mason took over and refurbished this pub in Fownhope, seven miles southeast of Hereford, they made sure locals had a designated ‘drinkers’ table’ with no food allowed. Beer aficionados started coming from miles around for sup Greenman bitters, specially brewed by Wye Valley Ales. But it’s a shame to come here and not try the tempting food too; and when complete there are 17 boutique-style bedrooms spread across the property to retreat to, including five bedrooms in the Old Cottage across the forecourt which can accommodate self-catering. One is a double bedroom with an adjoining kitchen; the others are two doubles that share a kitchen and living room (so good for a family or friends).
The Greeman offers double rooms (with shared kitchen) from £80-£100 per night B&B.

The Haughmond, Shropshire

the haughmond pub dining room

In the sleepy Shropshire village of Upton Magna, The Haughmond is a modern coaching inn, owned and run by husband and wife team Mel and Martin Board. Dog and bike friendly, it’s a wonderful place to eat (the restaurant has a three AA rosette) and the garden has views of the surrounding countryside. It has seven contemporary en-suite bedrooms and a converted barn, with a kitchen diner and lounge with exposed beams, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The barn is £360-£1,100 per week and sleep six; double from £95 to £130 per night B&B

Powis Arms, Shropshire

Powis Arms Travel Trailer

In the quiet Shropshire village of Lydbury North, this former Georgian coaching inn not only has a handful of upstairs bedrooms, but it’s also opening up a summer campsite, with space for caravans, motorhomes and tents. It is also part of the Walcot Hall Estate, just behind the pub, which also has many glamping and glamping options, from shepherds huts and caravans to cottages and apartments. The location is perfect for exploring the hills of Shropshire.
Powis Arms glamping pitches from £7.50-£14 For two adults. Double rooms from £80 per night in bed and breakfast

The Tiger Inn, East Sussex

East Dean Village Green and Tiger Inn East Sussex
Photograph: Carolyn Clarke/Alamy

On East Dean’s picture-perfect village park, lined with flint-walled cottages, the Tiger Inn’s setting is as idyllic as it gets. Just half a mile from Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters cliffs, it’s a popular stop for walkers on the South Downs Way. It has five bedrooms upstairs and eight gîtes in listed 18th century farmhouses. Each sleeps between two and six, and they are arranged around a lovely walled garden. The Inn and Cottages are managed by Beachy Head Estate.
The Beachy Head Estate Cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms, from £750 to £2,000 per week. One-bedroom cottages can sleep two people, £575-£900

The Waveney Inn, Norfolk

Waveney Glamping Pod and Family Bunk Beds
Waveney Glamping Pod Cool Pubs and Inns

This lovely pub is part of the Waveney River Centre, which has a low-key camping and glamping site, plus lodges and penthouse apartments in a less-visited corner of the Norfolk Broads. It’s a great family option with all sorts of outdoor activities: there are bikes, canoes and day boats for hire, and trails through the marshes on the other side of the river eventually lead to the extent of Oulton Broad. Rates include use of the center’s indoor pool and foot ferry on the river.
Waveney Inn apartments for four from £465 to £800 per week; also doubles from £85 to £115 per night B&B

The Royal Oak, West Sussex

Royal oak exterior

There are plenty of Royal Oaks across the UK – it’s officially the most popular pub name in the country – but it’s one of the best, a Georgian country inn with five en-suite bedrooms, a family room in a converted barn and a few very comfortable, dog-friendly two-bedroom self-contained cottages across the road – each with a kitchen, cozy living room and private terrace. To the north are the bearings; to the south, the estuaries and creeks of the port of Chichester and the fabulous beach of West Wittering. The inn is also a great option for food, with an emphasis on Sussex ingredients – local venison, fish and seafood, Southdown lamb, local ice creams and cheeses – and its own beer.
Royal Oak Cottages for four from £200 a night and doubles from £125-£190 B&B

The Clachaig Inn

Clachaig Chalet Clachaig

Following a famous massacre in 1692, you are not welcome at the Clachaig Inn if your name is Campbell. If not, you’re in luck, as this historic inn is a very comfortable base for exploring the surrounding mountains of Glencoe, with 23 guest rooms (some dog-friendly). There are also a dozen self-catering cabins, cottages and lodges (also dog friendly) at the hostel itself and in and around the village. The pub can get lively, especially in the Boots Bar, where there’s live music and over 400 whiskeys to sample – the inn has its own whiskey and gin, and holds its own tasting events from time to time. As for the food, like all good backpacker pubs, they serve all day – everything from fish and chips to haggis, neeps and tatties.
Clachaig Inn lodges sleep four, from £425-£915, or £450-£950 for five people

Selected from Cool Pubs & Inns – Britain’s best pubs with roomsavailable from Cool Places or Punk Publishing (£18.99)


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