The Beckford Arms – Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire
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On the Fonthill Estate, founded by the eccentric William Beckford in the 18th-century, the stylish yet immediately welcoming Beckford Arms combines country pub, restaurant and comforting place to stay in equal measure. Eat in the animated bar, elegant dining room or pretty conservatory; there’s also private dining for 12 in the homely library or for 24 in the quiet sitting room, with its crackling log fire, comfy antique chairs and table piled with books and magazines worth reading. You eat well: pickled quail’s eggs and homemade sausage rolls at the bar washed down with their own Beckford Phoenix ale, hearty but imaginative lunches and dinners, peerless breakfasts. You sleep well too: co-owners Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton have thought of everything for the sophisticated guest, from luxurious beds to woolly hot-water bottles, pretty throws, garden flowers and Chloë Luxton’s lovely Bramley bath products. There’s an outdoor pizza oven and boules piste, and the garden rambles delightfully towards the stone arch that frames views of romantic Fonthill with its lake and rolling parkland.
Doubles from £95
+44 (0)1747 870385; beckfordarms.com