Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 28th April 2021

Pub Stays With A Difference

If a pint a pillow and a jacuzzi are to your fancy then why not consider a UK ‘pub’ stay with a difference?

Stay in a Pub has rounded up its top five alternative pub stays all offering something a little different to your classic traditional inn.

So, whether you’re after a 5* boozer and spa on the beach front, or a glass of wine while soaking in a hot tub in the Yorkshire countryside, check out our top five picks below:

Crab and Boar, Newbury, Berkshire
Who’d have thought you could enjoy a glass of bubbles while in the hot tub at your local? Well at the Crab and Boar you can. But not to fear – this is far from plastic fantastic; this is an authentic rural English staycation. Nestled in the wonderful West Berkshire countryside, experience the true taste of the great British outdoors with a stay in one of the fourteen beautifully designed rooms - each with its own individual country charm. Enjoy an evening ‘wining and dining’ on the pub's al fresco terrace overlooking the beautiful Berkshire countryside, before heading back to your private jacuzzi, bubbles on tap and home-made treats, awaiting your return.

The Gamekeeper’s Inn, Nr Skipton, North Yorkshire
The Gamekeeper’s Inn is certainly a pub with a difference. With a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym, you can enjoy all the best elements of a spa, alongside the best parts of a cosy and welcoming pub. Set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Parkland and surrounded by woodland walks and wildlife, The Gamekeeper's Inn offers delicious homemade food, guest ales, cosy interiors and beautiful accommodation. Rest your head after a long day walking and wake up to a delicious home-cooked Yorkshire breakfast, alongside fresh juice and pastries, followed by complimentary use of the leisure facilities (including a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym).

Cary Arms, Torquay, Devon
Picture this - a classic English Inn, on the beautiful seafront, with a luxurious coastal spa in tow – why stay anywhere else other than Cary Arms this summer? The ultimate coastal chic retreat, Cary Arms fuses together the values of a great British pub with the style and comfort of the best luxury hotels in Devon. With elegant sea-facing rooms, restored fisherman’s cottages and brilliantly quirky deluxe beach huts and beach suites, Cary Arms is the perfect romantic getaway. Unwind and relax in the pubs glass faceted 5* sea-facing spa with facilities including a waterfall hydrotherapy pool, relaxation area, steam room, sauna and sunbathing terrace for those warmer summer days.

The White Horse, Chilgrove, Chichester
Kick off your walking boots, sink into your private bubbling tub on the outdoor terrace and experience the best of the great English countryside at The White Horse. Named the ‘best pub in the South East’, The White Horse certainly doesn’t disappoint with its unique cottage style accommodation combining rustic elegance with contemporary design. Epitomising modern pub chic, not only does this hotel have rooms with private terraces and outdoor hot tubs, but they also welcome four legged friends, making it the perfect dog-friendly retreat.

The Oak Tree Inn, Helperby, North Yorkshire
The Oak Tree Inn, Helperby, may look like your typical village pub on the outside, but step through its doors, no matter the day of the week, and prepare to be amazed. This rural bolthole is the ideal stay for couples, families, friends and even those beloved four-legged pals. After exploring nearby attractions such as the stunning Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden or Newby Hall, retreat to one of the individually styled bedrooms, each carefully designed and furnished to provide a tranquil and luxurious space in which to escape. At the end of a long day in the country, guests can then also opt for the ultimate relaxation, with the choice of their very own jacuzzi bath.

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