Two doggy favourites with glorious gardens and rural views, set in rolling Hampshire and Somerset countryside. Stay at one or stay at both. This pair provides perfect bases for exploring the surrounding area. Driving time between the inns is 1 hour 24 minutes.
Pairing notes: Dogs, Off the beaten track, Chic, Active outdoors, Country, Great food, Romantic, Cultural
Recently renovated historic pub with 11 bedrooms, bar, casual dining area, restaurant and English garden on tranquil Faccombe Estate.
The Jack Russell is located in the highlands of Hampshire and offers unpretentious luxury in a tranquil countryside setting. 11 contemporary bedrooms - three in the pub and eight in a bespoke courtyard lodge - are perfectly designed retreats for rest and relaxation, with indulgent touches, such as generously sized walk-in rain showers, espresso machines and super-comfy king-sized beds, designed to make you feel a little spoilt.
Worth finding for its secret valley setting, stunning summer terrace, country-chic decor, good food and rustic-smart rooms.
The Wheatsheaf is tucked down twisting narrow lanes in a hidden valley just 15 minutes south of Bath and perched on a hillside looking across the village, the 16th-century Wheatsheaf at Combe Hay is as pretty as a picture.
Admire its cream painted façade adorned in flowers, 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.
Located in the "highlands of Hampshire", Faccombe Estate is a great base for incredible walks, including its own 4.5km Estate Walk, or exploring the wider area, including historic churches, castles - such as Donnington Castle which was built in the 14th century and is now managed by English Heritage - and perfectly preserved villages.
For Downton Abbey lovers, visiting Highclere Castle whilst you're here is a must (pictured above). It's only a 16-minute drive from The Jack Russell. Explore the castle exterior and gardens, as well as the Egyptian Exhibition housed in the cellars. Inside the castle, which was designed by Sir Charles Barry in 1842, you will find gorgeous state rooms resplendent with rich silks, baroque ceilings and magnificent paintings.
Bath is a fabulous city for walking, with a compact centre and some hills if you want more of a challenge. There's the canal path for the Kennet & Avon Canal which quickly takes you out ion to rolling fields and pretty countryside. For those looking to enjoy the valley views, don't miss The Bath Skyline Walk - six miles of way-marked footpaths, beech woodlands and limestone-rich valleys full of flowers, interspersed with extensive views over Bath and towards the Blackdown Hills.
Or, head to the pretty town of Frome and potter around the Frome Independent Market - a justly famous and very fashionable weekly market celebrating local, independent producers, designers and craftspeople. Or explore Frome's 'artisan quarter', St Catherine's, where you'll find designer-makers, vintage specialists, and people selling arts and craft supplies.