In 2014, this wonderfully characterful and historic inn was bought and superbly revamped by one of the best small hotel groups in the country, The Calcot Collection. In the honey-stoned medieval village of Blanchland, amid the gorgeous countryside of the North Pennine moors, this posh pub-cum-hotel dates back to the 12th century. Even before you walk through the door, you’ll find yourself smiling thanks to the warm welcome from Richard, aka ‘The Beard of Blanchland’, who’s as much of a hit on Instagram as he is with guests. The hotel’s 26 bedrooms range from cosy doubles to suites (five of which were added last year), with relaxed eating areas displaying baronial and monastic touches as befit the building, originally part of Blanchland Abbey. The look throughout is spot on: English country calm mixed with cosmopolitan beat and pace. As for the honest, robust food, it’s in the excellent hands of Emma Broom. The restored 15th-century Gatehouse is now a slick spot for special events, culinary demos and private gatherings of up to 30 people. In short, a truly delightful haven in one of the loveliest spots in the country.
Doubles from £174
+44 (0)1434 677100; lordcrewearmsblanchland.co.uk