Cosy Winter Warmers

Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa

Mount Somerset Hotel,
Lower Henlade,

01823 442500

If tranquility, relaxation by open log fires or pampering in a luxury spa along with superb food is what you desire, then why not enjoy a post-Christmas break at the newly-refurbished Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa.

All of the bedrooms are beautifully proportioned and individually decorated in a classic style with a sumptuous modern edge. Exquisite fabrics and chic wallpaper, elegant furniture and comfortable beds complete the experience of total luxury. Most rooms feature en-suite bathrooms with stunning roll-top baths and wet rooms with power showers to complement the decadent feel. All rooms also benefit from large flat screen TVs with digital freeview and complimentary wireless internet access.

There is lots to see and do for all of the family and The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa is the perfect base to explore Somerset, its dramatic coastline and stunning English countryside including the Somerset Levels and Exmoor.

Why not take a trip on the West Somerset Steam Railway or visit the array of historic sites, gardens, museums, wildlife centres and retail outlets Somerset has to offer. Taunton is also home to Somerset County Cricket Ground and the Brewhouse Theatre.

Once back at the hotel, relax and indulge in the beautiful new spa and enjoy dining in the Somerset dining room. Highly acclaimed head chef, Stephen Walker, cooks honest food using honest ingredients from the abundance of fantastic produce available in the South West. Exmoor lamb and beef, their own smoked salmon, Somerset ham hock, Somerset cheeses and Brixham lobster and crab feature regularly. A well-chosen wine list completes a truly delightful experience.

Rates start from just £199 per room per night based on two people sharing. This includes accommodation in one of the refurbished bedrooms, a three-course fine-dining dinner, full English breakfast and full use of the spa facilities.

Rates are subject to availability and valid until 31 March 2012 excluding Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day. Please quote flavour magazine when making your booking.

The Inn at Fossebridge

The Inn at Fossebridge,
Fosse Way
GL54 3JS

01285 720721

At the bottom of a steep-sided valley beside the River Coln in the pretty hamlet of Fossebridge, you will find The Inn at Fossebridge, an enchanting early 17th-Century former coaching inn.

Acharming Cotswold retreat, The Inn at Fossebridge offers nine individual en suite bedrooms, and is equipped with roaring log fires and flagstone floors. The Inn – which is set in a stunning riverside garden of four acres – serves local ales and excellent food.

The Inn at Fossebridge was a finalist in this year’s The Taste of Gloucestershire Food & Farming Awards, in the Best Pub Food category, showcasing the quality of the cuisine there. The Inn at Fossebridge is the ideal winter destination; after a wander in the exquisite grounds, settle down by the fire in the residents’ drawing room with an indulgent Fossebridge cream tea, or a glass of wine or whisky from the inn’s excellent selection.

As well as the winter à la carte dinner menu and the winter lunch menu, The Inn at Fossebridge’s award-winning head chef is running a sumptuous set dinner menu during the winter months in the new Bridge Restaurant. The menu is very affordable at only £14.95 for two courses or £17.95 for three courses.

The Inn at Fossebridge is offering a very special bed and breakfast deal throughout January and February. Stay in one of the well-appointed en suite guest rooms for only £60 per night Sunday to Thursday or £75 per night Fridays and Saturdays. A night at The Inn at Fossebridge is the winter break to beat those winter blues.

The Rectory Hotel

Rectory Hotel,
SN16 9EP

01666 577194

As the very definition of relaxed Cotswold living, The Rectory Hotel is the laid-back country house experience done properly.

This charming destination is situated in the beautiful Cotswold triangle of Tetbury, Malmesbury and Cirencester, 100 yards across the road from its sister business, The Potting Shed Pub. The Rectory offers the perfect country escape coupled with a real foodie treat. The dining room is at the heart of The Rectory’s oeuvre.

A glamorous dining experience is executed under the creative direction of head chef Peter Fairclough. His menu offers local, organic and foraged produce direct from The Rectory doorstep. The hotel’s dining room and adjacent conservatory are also available for private hire, perfect for making that special occasion just a little more distinctive!

Why not begin dinner with a Rectory Cocktail by a cosy fire in the bar or enjoy three acres of beautiful Victorian walled gardens, the perfect place to relax and unwind before dinner! It’s certainly worth your while to make a night of it in one of 12 bedrooms at The Rectory, all of which are individually designed, featuring an eclectic mix of antique finds and updated with more contemporary pieces. All rooms come with Roberts retro radios, iPod docking stations, TV/ DVD players and organic Bamford products.

The Rectory is a wonderful winter getaway – escape the hustle and bustle of the city in a quintessentially rustic fashion.

The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms,
Somerset BA3 4PW

01761 241301

This is Somerset at its very best, for all to enjoy with preparation as close to perfect by the staff, along with a fresh taste that sees customers leave with an unforgettable experience.

The beautiful Kings Arms in Litton is nestled at the foot of the Mendip hills and the entrance to the wonderful Chew Valley and it reflects both sophisticated and simple food choices, all sourced locally and organically and many bought directly from the farmers themselves.

Just sit back in either the historic surroundings of the 591-year old 14th-Century pub or move to the contemporary surroundings of the Litton dining restaurant and just soak up the flavours and get lost in the tantalising array of choices.

Taste real 12 to 14-month-old Cheddar cheese and enjoy the beef and lamb born and bred on the Mendips. All is fresh, zesty and carefully prepared – simply a delight to enjoy. The Kings Arms complements all their food, wine and beer with very high levels of service and when the sun shines, it does so into the beautiful gardens that cascade gently downward towards the gurgling and splashing River Chew, rushing busily through the grounds.

Five star quality

The Kings Arms at Litton has opened six luxurious double bedrooms in its adjacent 15th-Century cottage, matching the same high standards as the pub itself. Guests can opt for bed and breakfast, a full hotel room service or use the facilities next door.

Owner Findlay Hobbs said: “What we are trying to do is extend the charm of coming here, so that people can now wine, dine and sleep – and enjoy the local walks, the local food and everything else that the Mendips have to offer.” He and co-owner Luis Duarte have overseen the work, using oak throughout to maintain the character of the 1420 building, but with contemporary facilities like wi-fi and everything else you would expect from a five-star hotel.

Guests will also have the use of three private garden terraces, leading to the herb garden, which supplies the pub’s kitchen. Prices range from £75 to £135 a night. Owner Luis Duarte says he feels very proud of the quality they have achieved so far and looks forward to a fantastic 2012.

The Arundell Arms

Arundell Arms,
Fore Street,
PL16 0AA

01566 784666

The Arundell Arms is the perfect getaway during the winter months.

Not only does the hotel enjoy an unrivalled sporting reputation for shooting and fishing – it also offers real log fires, well-appointed bedrooms and award-winning cuisine cooked up by master chef of Great Britain Steven Pidgeon and his culinary brigade. The hotel sits in the ancient village of Lifton, which looks over The Dartmoor National Park.

The Arundell Arms is officially the number one fly fishing school in the country and even has 20 miles of private waters for guests to fish on, as well as a three-acre stocked lake for trout fishing all year round. During the summer months guests can fish for brown trout, sea trout, rainbow trout and also salmon.

Throughout January, February and March the hotel is running a fantastic special offer called the ‘Winter Warmer’. In this deal guests can stay for only £78 per person per night, which includes dinner, board and breakfast.

Mellstock House

Mellstock House,
Combe Martin,
Devon EX34 0AR

01271 882592

In the stunning north Devonshire seaside village of Combe Martin sits Mellstock House, a four-star Edwardian guesthouse with a wealth of warmth and character.

The rooms here are well-appointed and comfortable, boasting lovely views of the sea and surrounding countryside.

Mellstock’s cosy lounge bar is the ideal place for you to unwind with a relaxing drink whether afternoon or evening. Great meals offer a variety of delicious home-cooked food using local produce where possible. A gem in the heart of a beautiful part of the world; Mellstock House is a great place to unwind.

Quote FL1 for extra 2.5% discount.

The Fox & Hounds

The Fox & Hounds, 9 High Street,
Chippenham SN14 8DB

01225 744847

The Fox and Hounds is a warm and cosy traditional country pub; built in 1725 as blacksmith’s workshop.

The owners have created a wonderfully pleasant experience here for all to enjoy.

The pub strives to create exceptional food, using only local and British ingredients. All the meat comes from small independent farmers specialising in their produce. Behind the pub there is a fully refurbished function room, totally independent from the main pub, complete with its own bar and toilet facilities.

This cosy tavern is a great destination for drinks, events or a tasty meal.

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