Run by: Charles Lowther
Now open with a restaurant spread through three rooms, 15 bedrooms (15 from 2016) with a spa and outdoor heated pool, gardens and café open to the public and a converted party barn. Its style? A luxurious, intimate, unpretentious home from home which is up-to-date, full of charm and somewhere you can relax after a hard day's cycling. This is a foodlover's haven: chef Richard Swale worked for Michelin 3-star Marc Veyrat in Annecy, France and John Burton Race in London. He also did a stint at NOMA, the world's top-rated restaurant. Beef and pork are home raised and herbs and veg are grown in the gardens. Staying here is like being a house guest at a country home. Flawless. Now in the Good Hotel Guide and the Michelin guide.
Run by: Simon Brown
Splendid old coaching inn in one of the most scenic places along the route. This is a big place with lots of rooms and a great selection of beers plus a bustling business in upmarket but reasonably priced pub food. With six rooms, the Punchbowl is ideal for small groups, and has free wifi as well as a secure storage area for bikes.