The Bath Arms at Longleat – Horningsham, Wiltshire
This is the latest venture by co-owners Dan Brod, Charlie Luxton and Matt Greenlees, whose portfolio of successful country pubs with rooms also includes The Beckford Arms in Fonthill Gifford. Here, the trio has reinvented an 18th-century inn on the edge of the Longleat Estate, adding 16 simple yet stylish rooms in the main building and stable block. Countryside-inspired interiors feature a muted colour palette, cosy blankets on the beds and sink-into armchairs; the biggest also come with modern four-posters and roll-top baths. Local is a priority so there is gin from nearby distilleries and beer from artisan breweries (they also have their own Horning Ale), as well as wine from the Beckford Bottle Shop in Bath, all served at the wood-panelled bar. In the kitchen, chef Jack Chapman (he cut his teeth at The Beckford Arms) cooks up comforting, unpretentious favourites such as dry-aged Wiltshire steaks, hearty Sunday lunch and apple crumble to share. And during the summer, there’s nothing more lovely than tucking into wood-fired pizza on the sun-trap terrace looking out across the fields.
Doubles from £100
+(0)1985 844308; batharmsinn.com
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