After many months of hard work, recently renovated 17th century pub Hare & Hounds is celebrating a new dawn. Located in the beautiful village of Speen, it’s the type of place that suits everyone – be it for a fun-filled weekend, romantic escape or simply passing through. Plus, Newbury Racecourse is only a stone’s throw away. Dogs are welcomed with open arms, too. The 30 individual bedrooms, some with gorgeous roll-top copper bath tubs, are housed in four stylish buildings (The Stables, The Paddocks, The Hunter’s Lodge and The Coach House). Each, complete with racing-themed fabric, is packed with all the charm and character of a traditional coaching inn yet brought bang up to date with a contemporary twist. Settle down beside a crackling fire in the barn dining room or in the garden for traditional afternoon tea, or choose from the menu of farm-to-table cuisine and impressive list of cocktails, craft beers and hand-picked wines. The Sunday roast is fantastic, too, which you can walk off afterwards on the Watership Down. Other nearby attractions include Highclere Castle, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery and The Watermill Theatre.
Doubles from £125
+44 (0)1635 521152; hareandhoundsnewbury.co.uk