Forest of Bowland, Lancashire Charlie Bowman is the third generation of his family to run this charming 23-bedroom inn. Their taste for antiques is evident, with an eclectic mix, from Victorian bathing machines in some bathrooms to the pictures and prints that line the bedroom walls. With roots in the 14th century, the inn is full of character; bookcases groan with travel and cookery books for sale, while the reception doubles as a well-stocked wine shop. Modern day pampering has not been forgotten, with a new SkinSense treatment room. The unfussy food, from head chef Jamie Cadman, now in his 21st year there, is locally sourced. Bar meals are served in the spacious sitting room, while, in the elevated restaurant, the window-seat views are so compelling that it’s almost impossible to maintain a conversation. The road leading to tiny Whitewell descends through the wild, steep-sided Trough of Bowland, and into a natural amphitheatre of meadows and hills, with the River Hodder, where fishing is available, running by.
Doubles from £137
+44 (0)1200 448222; innatwhitewell.com
Visit Browsholme Hall, the beautiful 16th-century home of the Parker family.
A feast of venison carpaccio and freshly caught fish in the hotel’s dining room. Save room for some delicious homemade puddings too.
A Japanese massage at the hotel’s spa.
CLAIM TO FAME
Her Majesty the Queen owns the hotel and we had the pleasure of her last visit in 2006. (Or you could mention “The Trip” was filmed here in 2010 with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon…you choose!)
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