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The Wellington Arms, Stratfield Turgis, Hampshire
The Duke of Wellington features strongly in the quirky artworks and fun sketches of this 18th-century characterful inn, the 12th public house from Surrey-based Red Mist Leisure. Each of the 25 luxuriously-appointed bedrooms features king- or super-king-sized beds with duck-down bedding, fluffy towels, bathrobes, fragrant Espa products, coffee machine and welcome ale. Décor is in dove greys and greens in keeping with the countryside all around. Food is locally sourced and dishes expertly executed. If you're looking for a relaxing escape in beautiful countryside, this historic pub located on the Wellington Estate is the perfect bolt hole - and your four-legged friend is welcome here too.
We loved the Wellington Farm shop which offers an amazing array of cheeses - thankfully tasters are offered too.
The hotel is located on the Wellington Estate, which has 7,000 acres of parkland and woodland to explore.
By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from Bristol, 2 hours from London and 4 hours from Manchester. Free parking available.
By train: direct trains to Hook station from London Waterloo take 1 hour. The hotel is a 15-minute drive away. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits business travellers, families and anyone wanting a relaxing break close to lots of attractions and beautiful countryside. We loved the innovative Duke of Wellington sketches on the walls - they're very entertaining.
Service & Facilities
The crackling fire in the bar and wood-burner in the restaurant are perfect for cosying up on chilly winter nights. Your four-legged friend is welcome in selected rooms for a £15 supplement per night.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Mallavelly 1799 Room had huge bedside lamp shades which were as heavily patterned as the cavernous bathroom with Victorian floor tiles. We loved that Espa's bergamot and jasmine scent pervaded the room - absolutely gorgeous.
Room, Family Room, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, desk, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Local craft ales and wines include a sparkler from Hattingley Valley in Hampshire. The walnut-crusted goat's cheese crottin with pear and mustard dressing was creamy, nutty and absolutely yum.
The Wellington Arms: intimate, elegant restaurant. Pub classics, local and seasonal produce. Mains include chicken & ham pie, pork belly and grills. All-day menu, open daily. Saturday brunch served 10am-3pm.