Follow narrow winding lanes down to this little thatched
gem, hidden away in the idyllic rural village of Hinton St George
on the borders of Somerset, Devon and Dorset.
The handsome 17th-century inn oozes historic character and is
set in scenic surroundings - just the kind of idyllic, relaxed
country inn that woos urbanites down from the city for long, lazy
weekends. It's part of the brilliant Beckford Group, owned by
Charlie Luxton and Dan Brod.
Unstuffy and relaxed, the imaginatively restored interior
features beams and flagstones, polished antique tables, glowing
fires and evening candles to create a classy, comfortable look. The
inner sanctum bar is the place to be in the early evening - sink
into a sofa with a pint of Otter Ale, peruse the daily papers and
soak up the timeless atmosphere of this rural spot.
The two gardens are delightful - find a table in the
French-inspired knot garden, replete with a wisteria-covered
pergola and boules piste, or venture into the English wild garden,
full of mistletoe covered apple trees, hammocks, love seats, and
even an unusual Basque Pelota wall. With fabulous food, excellent
walking right outside the front door, and the Jurassic Coast just a
short drive away, there's plenty to keep you at this civilised