Tudor Farmhouse Hotel – Clearwell, Gloucestershire
In the heart of the Forest of Dean in the magnificent Wye Valley, surrounded by ancient woodland, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel is an utterly chic 20-room boutique retreat. All low ceilings, ancient wood beams and crackling fires, the 17th-century farmhouse and its converted outbuildings house luxurious rooms and particularly sumptuous beds, most with a freestanding tub. Its 14 acres of wildflower meadows are a protected site of Special Scientific Interest, due to its rare plants, and foraging trips are one of many nature activities on offer from the hotel’s expert team. Head chef Gavin Roberts champions organic and hyper-local produce – try his fantastic 20-mile menu – including vegetables and herbs from the hotel grounds. Sunday lunch is also a real draw, and breakfasts are show-stopping – a real gastronomic getaway. If all that indulgence leaves you craving some fresh air, whether its canoeing on the river Wye, local salmon fishing, visiting the nearby Clearwell Caves, endless bucolic walks, or wildlife safaris organised by the hotel, there’s something here for everyone.
Doubles from £159
+44 (0)1594 833046; tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk
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