Winter's fast approaching and all we really want to do is go hibernate in a cosy country pub. After all, there are few greater creature comforts than that winning formula of a roaring log fire, real ales and hearty, locally-sourced grub in a remote, idyllic setting. We've selected some of our favourite country pubs across the UK that just happen to come with rooms - so if you miss the last train home you can stay the night too. Take a look, below:
The Trout Inn, Farringdon, Oxfordshire
There are just six cosy rooms at this Cotswolds pub, which has recently been crowned AA Pub of the Year. There are roaring log fires, wood beams and daily supplies of fresh fish from the Cornish ports.
The Three Acres, Shelley, West Yorkshire
With its labyrinth of alcoves and enormous selection of real ales, this pub is the ideal winter hideaway - and a favourite with the various celebrities whose pictures adorn the walls. The bedrooms are beautiful, with standalone baths and paintings by local artists.
The Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden, West Yorkshire
This West Yorkshire pub is steeped in history - it began life as a corn mill before being sold to a brewery in 1890. The bedrooms are all individually styled with features such as roll-top baths, and the bar area, with its antlers on the walls and candles on the tables, is equally welcoming.
The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe, Cornwall
The Victoria Inn is one of Cornwall's oldest inns. Husband and wife team Stewart and Anna Eddy are the perfect hosts: Stewart trained with Raymond Blanc and Anna previously worked front-of-house at Blanc's restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. Their Labrador, Bailey, can often be found by the log fire and there's an impressive range of Cornish ales on offer. There are two rooms available for visitors staying overnight.
The White Horse Farm Inn, Rosedale Abbey, North Yorkshire
This North Yorkshire Inn can be found in the village of Rosedale Abbey, which was recently named the most romantic place in the world. With its log fire, it's the perfect retreat in colder weather and there's an extensive menu which includes local game, fish and organic meats. It's also deceptively large, with 10 bedrooms.
The Jug and Bottle, Heswall, Wirral
There are six guestrooms available at this pub, which is located on a quiet road in Heswall. The Jug and Bottle has a country pub feel while offering great access to Liverpool, and the guest rooms have stunning views over the Dee Estuary to the hills of North Wales. The hot chocolate served in the bar is also legendary - not to mention its selection of deli meat treats.
The Dolphin Inn, Thorpeness, Suffolk
The gas lanterns and framed black and white pictures on the wall of the Dolphin Inn give this pub a homely feel, and it's also the perfect place for a whisky on a cold winter's night - there's a huge range on offer alongside an enormous wine cellar and local ales. Those staying overnight in one of the three bedrooms can bring their four-legged friends and added extras such as digital radios make the Dolphin feel like a home away from home.
The Masons Arms, Odcombe, Somerset
This quaint country pub - thatched roof and all - has a truly local feel. The pub's opening was apparently announced from the pulpit by the local vicar, the paintings of a local artist line the walls, and most of the food is sourced locally. A popular tipple at this time of year is the Winters Tail ale, but there's also a huge wine list. There are six bedrooms available.
The Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria
The pubs' two watercolours by late Cumbrian artist Edward Thompson were bartered for beer, and this artwork, combined with the wooden floors, comfy sofas and log fires, makes the Pheasant Inn the perfect winter hideout. The bedrooms are equally appealing, with rocking chairs, armchairs and wrought iron beds.
The Woolpack Inn, Alresford, Hampshire
No, this isn't the one from Emmerdale, but from Alresford, a quaint Hampshire village. It's a country pub in every sense of the word, with a gun cabinet for guests who fancy bagging their own pheasant dinner, seven bedrooms named after game birds and a cosy bar where the lighting is provided by candles squeezed into wine bottles.
The Five Alls, Lechlade, Gloucestershire
On a cold winter's night, there's only one place to be, and that's the Five Alls' fireside Alpine-style snug. Stripped wooden floors and thick Persian rugs help to ward off the winter chill, and the bedrooms, which were all recently refurbished, are all surprisingly large - look out for the luxurious Bramley toiletries in the bathrooms.
The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote, Warwickshire
Even the name of this pub is appealing. Guests staying overnight in one of the bedrooms will find Frette linen, complimentary slippers and even welcome packs for their dogs. In the bar, the highlight is a surprisingly comprehensive cocktail menu which includes bespoke creations such as the Fuzzy Duck Shimmer and Cotswold Collins, and there are blankets for those who brave the outdoor area.
The Norway Inn, Truro, Cornwall
The beautiful wooden beams within the Norway Inn have more significance than visitors might think - the pub is named after the Norwegian ships which once shipped timber to nearby Perran Wharf. The wooden furniture and mismatched cushions give the place a rustic feel, and the four bedrooms are stylish and comfortable with various nods to the Norway's previous life as a coaching inn.
Felin Fach Griffin, Powys, Wales
The seven bedrooms have Roberts radios, White Company toiletries and handmade blankets, and the individual rooms in the bar below are just as inviting, whether it's the Aga room, the Library room or the Tack room. Drinks-wise, expect a wide range of ales and wines alongside some deliciously warming cider brandies from Somerset.
The Holcombe Inn, Holcombe, Somerset
Visit the Holcombe Inn for the log fires, the rare malt whiskies, huge range of ciders and one of the warmest welcomes in Somerset. Bath, Bristol, Shepton Mallet, Radstock and Midsomer Norton are all within easy reach, and the eight recently-refurbished rooms are all incredibly spacious.
The New Inn, Coleford, Devon
The New Inn typifies what a country pub should look like. There's a thatched roof, thick cob walls, a wood burner and deep window seats to curl up into. The pub's history dates back to the 1300s and it was once believed to be a stopping-off point for monks travelling to an abbey on the edge of Dartmoor.
The Old Cannon, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk
The seven bedrooms at The Old Cannon are located in what was once the brew house, which was built in 1847. Unusually, the pub has a brewery in the bar and the huge, stainless steel brewing vessels are fascinating to watch. The town's recently restored Regency Theatre Royal, old Abbey Gardens and the new Millennium Tower are all nearby.
The Applecross Inn, Applecross, Scotland
The remote Applecross peninsula lies between the Scottish mountains and the island of Skye, and the Applecross Inn is a great place to escape the bitter winds which sweep across this barren landscape. The majority of the food - including the crab, lobster and salmon - are sourced from Applecross bay, the cheese is from the West Highland dairy and the homemade puddings are impossible to resist. And, if you really can't drag yourself away, bed and breakfast costs from just £60 a night.
The Harbourmaster, Aberaeron, Wales
This beautiful Grade 2 listed building was built in 1811, and is located on the quayside. There are regular wine tasting events and book launches held at the pub, and there are 13 bedrooms for visitors planning to spend the night. For extra privacy, there's even a separate cottage which can be rented out.
The Royal Oak, Yattendon, Berkshire
Apparently King Charles dined here on his way to the Battle of Newbury, and with three log fires, old leather chairs and huge oak tables, this Berkshire pub remains a cosy retreat from the outside world. Sunday lunches are particularly impressive, with three types of roast and a huge selection of irresistible puddings. The bedrooms are all gorgeous, with slate floors and roll top baths.
The King's Arms, Rutland, Leicestershire
Don't worry if you don't have to time to visit the King's Arms' restaurant, because the homemade snacks served in the bar, which include smoked cashew nuts and biltong, are just as delicious. The homemade approach applies to the drinks menu, too, which includes sloe gin and elderflower vodka. On a cold winter's night nothing beats a glass of the pub's mulled wine, made with local berries. If you're planning on staying overnight, opt for the Bakery Suite, with its beautiful sleigh-style bed.
The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire
You won't find a cosier bedroom than the ones at the Wellington Arms. The Hayloft suite, for example, has wooden beams, exposed brickwork and a sheepskin rug. Feared food critic Giles Coren is just one fan of the pub, whose owners are truly passionate about the environment (vegetable peelings are fed to the chickens) and where the teapots come with handmade tea cosies.
Wheatsheaf, Combe Hay, Somerset
If you fancy arriving in style, this beautiful pub has its own helipad. The pub is located in the historic village of Combe Hay, which was listed in the Domesday book in 1085. It was once a farmhouse and retains a rustic but luxurious feel and has several spacious bedrooms filled with White Company toiletries and tuck boxes containing freshly-ground coffee and hot chocolate.
The Bridge Inn, Grinton, North Yorkshire
Head to the Bridge Inn for unbeatable views over Swaledale, regular live music nights and great food, whether it's locally-shot game, fresh fish or (probably not one for the vegetarians) the Bridge Inn's famous "bunny burgers." There are five bedrooms in total, with rates starting from just £14 per night.
The Three Horseshoes, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Visitors to the Three Horseshoes will spot something beautiful wherever they look, whether it's the inglenook fireplace in the bar or the magnificent vaulted ceiling in the restaurant. There's a huge selection of board games to keep visitors entertained and a menu which offers everything from a classic pork pie to steamed Cornish mussels. There are three bedrooms - if you spend the night here, make sure to take a long soak in a bath filled with the complimentary, locally-made bath salts.
The Bell, Ticehurst, West Sussex
It's worth spending the night at this quirky pub just for the breakfasts, which include
Weald smoker kippers and Eggs Benedict Royale. The seven bedrooms (one has a silver birch tree growing through it) all contain beds with handmade Somnus mattresses and downstairs in the bar, there are low beams, a roaring fire, and (apparently) a smugglers' tunnel which leads to the local church.
The Steam Packet Inn, Isle of Whithorn, Scotland
This Scottish pub has been run by the same family for 26 years, so expect a warm welcome and a family-friendly vibe. Several of the bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking views over the harbour, and the mulled wine served by the pub during the winter months is rumoured to be the best in Scotland.
Saracen's Head, Wolterton, Norfolk
This beautiful, ivy-covered pub is run by Tim and Janie Elwes, who recently returned from the French Alps, where they ran a hotel in the chic French ski resort of Courchevel. There are five bedrooms available, a huge bar area and a restaurant menu packed with winter warmers such as minestrone soup and blackberry and apple crumble.
The Bushmills Inn, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Bushmills' main bar is also known as the gas bar, due to the gas lighting which is still used. There's a roaring peat fire, a snug and an extensive list of bespoke cocktails. Regular live music nights make this one of the livelier pubs, and the bedrooms are all extremely luxurious, with four-poster beds, enormous televisions and separate living areas.
The Fox Hunter, Monmouthshire, Wales
This picture-perfect pub was once a stationmaster's house. There's flagstone flooring and log-burning stoves, and guests staying in the pub's adjoining cottage will find a fridge full of local goodies in their rooms.