Thinking of a mini staycation this summer? We’ve got just the recommendation. The Bourne Valley Inn is a beautiful stay away from home, tucked into the idyllic green space of Hampshire’s St Mary Bourne. Lush green hills and rivers rich with trout surround this dreamy little haven.
There are nine cottage-esque rooms here, each differing in decor from the next. I stayed in room nine, which was styled like a log cabin. Comfy bed, cute views and a large shower head greeted our arrival. Expect calming tones of greys, creams and pale greens, too.
Leather chairs and grand wooden tables give a touch of luxury downstairs in the restaurant and it’s here where The Bourne Valley Inn really excels, as they take great pride in their food and produce. It’s traditional fare with a farm-fresh countryside twist. Fish is a specialty here and the half pint prawns are absolutely exceptional. Slightly salted and the perfect level of crunch combine for a fantastic starter. Locally sourced produce meant for me that the steak was a must and what a great decision that was! The meat was so succulent and cooked just as I wanted it. Be excited about the food! That includes the hearty breakfast the following morning.
With 600 square miles of stunning landscape to check out, ramblers and cyclists will not be disappointed. Neither will visitors keen on their fishing as fly fishing can be enjoyed on the world’s greatest chalk stream, the River Test. Book through the Epicurean Collection and they’ll create a lovely bespoke fishing experience on a beautiful private beat, which includes a gourmet riverside picnic.
Who needs to escape when so much beauty is on our doorstep?
For more information visit www.bournevalleyinn.com