9 cosy hideaways with large log fires

As the nights draw in and the air turns crisp, there's nothing more appealing than a cosy country hideaway offering roaring log fires, comfy armchairs you can sink deep into, hearty roasts filled with fresh local ingredients, and luxurious snug bedrooms full of character and charm. Add glorious surrounding walks on top of this and you've got the perfect autumn and winter escape.

Our invite-only Collection of the best pubs with rooms across Britain offers just this. To give you some ideas, here we've picked nine which have huge roaring log fireplaces. For more autumn inspiration, make sure to also check out these other articles:

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Expect to find glowing fires and candles throughout this idyllic foodie destination in the Cotswolds - ideal surroundings in which to while away a lazy afternoon.

Head Chef Jonny Pons continues the pub's legacy of championing local artisan produce and local sourcing of the very best fresh, seasonal ingredients for both the all-day bar menu and à la carte menu.

The six luxuriously finished bedrooms are sympathetically decorated to complement The Kingham Plough's delightful rural setting, with floral feature wallpapers, antique furnishings, and all the creature comforts to make you feel at home.

 

Dating from the 1700s, this former coaching inn stands opposite the church in Hindon, a beautiful Georgian village in the most rural part of Wiltshire.

A warm welcome awaits in The Grosvenor Arms' stone-flagged bar, where a log fire burns in the huge brick fireplace and the rustic-smart adjoining dining rooms. Here you'll find rugs on wooden floors, an eclectic mix of old dining tables and chairs, and interesting paintings on the walls. The glow of evening candlelight enhances the cosy atmosphere and draws you in on cold winter nights.

 

One of the architectural gems in the timeless National Trust owned village of Lacock, the timber framed Sign of the Angel is a 15th-century wool merchant's house and former coaching inn.

The inn retains the impressive original doorway and medieval layout, exuding historic charm. Push open the vast oak door to find logs glowing in grates, flickering candles on old dining tables, rugs on stone floors and heritage hues on freshly plastered walls throughout the three dining rooms.

The atmosphere is still relaxed and informal with a great seasonal lunch menu, and there are five cosy beamed rooms to choose from upstairs.

 

Tucked down narrow lanes in a hidden valley just 10 minutes south of Bath and perched on a hillside overlooking the village, the 16th-century Wheatsheaf Inn is as pretty as a picture.

Step inside and be surprised to find a very contemporary-smart interior with whitewashed beams, painted stone walls, statement wallpaper and high-backed Lloyd Loom wicker dining chairs in the stripped-back bar area.

The raised log fire in the old stone fireplace hints at the inn's age. Make sure to bag one of the squashy sofas beside the flames and peruse the papers with a pint.

 

The unassuming Queens Head stands at the heart of pretty Askham on the edge of the Lake District. Deeply rooted in and connected to the Askham Estate, this stylish hideaway is a unique place to eat, drink and sleep, with much of the produce reared on the land and grown in the kitchen garden.

In each of the six pretty rooms expect statement hand-made wallpapers, bespoke fabrics, bold colours, antique furnishings from the family collection, and huge, luxurious beds.

 

Step inside and be wowed at the rambling 15th-century Farmhouse at Redcoats, an informal hotel with a magnificent barn set in four acres with stunning views across rolling Hertfordshire countryside.

Oozing period charm, the original farmhouse boasts characterful and stylish upstairs bedrooms and the opportunity to experience genuine farm-to-fork dining in the Old Kitchen, replete with a vast fireplace, tiled floor, and laden dresser.

Guests can also relax in one of the former panelled sitting rooms or choose the light and airy conservatory restaurant with views across the beautifully landscaped garden.

 

Find The Hawk Inn nestled in the sleepy thatched village of Amport in the peaceful Pin Hill Brook valley. Expect a spacious, light and airy feel throughout with wood floors, exposed brick walls, shelves lined with books, jugs of fresh flowers, and candles galore in the evening.

The rambling bar and dining areas radiate around the central bar servery with sofas and old leather chairs by the fire for relaxing with the papers, and cosy corners for intimate dining.

Add nine contemporary rooms, modern pub food, cracking beers and much to see and do in the area, and The Hawk Inn is undoubtedly an ideal weekend destination from London.

 

Discover the creeper covered Rose & Crown in Teesdale country, settled in the historic village of Romaldkirk beside the village green and 12th-century church of St Romald.

There's a rugged charm to the place, with its narrow passages, beams and stone walls, logs sparkling in the fireplace in the bar, and a touch of refinement in the lounges and oak-panelled restaurant.

The menu is as rooted in the environment as the pub itself, focusing on authentic local flavour and fabulous fresh produce grown in the kitchen garden at Headlam Hall, the nearby sister hotel.

 

The most coveted address in Bedford is De Parys Avenue, a wide, tree-lined street with grand Victorian villas in a peaceful location within walking distance of the river and the town centre.

Housed in one of these charming and charismatic buildings is d'Parys, an impressive inn where period features successfully combine with a cool and contemporary design. So expect the unexpected and a dose of quirk throughout the building - note the ceiling made of colourful doors.

Each of the bedrooms have been beautifully refurbished and have their own unique style. Most are located in the original Grade II-listed Victorian house, the constraints of which has resulted in some interesting layouts, especially in the smaller rooms, where bathrooms are incorporated into the room.

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Last updated: 15.10.21