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, pretty conservatory, private dining room in the library or quiet sitting room, with log fire, sofas and table piled with books and magazines. You eat well: pickled quail’s eggs and homemade sausage rolls at the bar, hearty but imaginative lunches and dinners, peerless breakfasts. You sleep well too: owners Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton have thought of everything for the sophisticated guest, from luxurious beds to woolly hot water bottles, digital radios with iPod docks, pretty throws, garden flowers, great DVDs 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 framing views of romantic Fonthill and its lake.
Doubles from £95
+44 (0)1747 870385; beckfordarms.com
Go fishing on Fonthill Lake, where some of Chocolat was filmed.
At the restaurant. If you are lucky enough to catch anything fishing, they’ll serve it for you.
Stop by The Beckford Bottle Shop in nearby Tisbury, which stocks over 350 wines.
CLAIM TO FAME
In 2011 a ‘moonshine still’ was found in the drainage system, probably dating back to when the inn was a popular hangout for American fighter pilots in WWII.
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