Championing the best of the British countryside, The Sybarite has picked out the most luxurious of rural sanctuaries where guests can savour home-grown produce, drink local ciders or fine wines and relax in utmost tranquility. Set within the most inspiring landscapes, these inns offer a wealth of country sporting activities, all dog friendly and are situated near the UK’s leading shooting schools.
The White Horse, Chilgrove is nestled at the foot of the stunning South Downs, where luxury and excellence presents itself in the form of dining and private cottage rooms; steamer trunks, iconic mid-century furnishings and architectural four-poster beds are set amidst sheepskin rugs, wool throws and exposed wood beams, while the outdoor hot tubs in the private patios of the ‘Stag’ rooms offer supreme luxury. All game and fish is brought by the local suppliers – from the exquisite venison, straight from the nearby estates such as nearby Goodwood and prepared on site, to the Chilgrove wood pigeons, rabbits and trout, plucked from nearby rivers and fields that morning.
The White Horse, 1 High Street, West Sussex, PO18 9HX near Apsley Shooting grounds.
Once the stables of the original King’s Arms in the 17th century, their two spacious self-catering cottages are ideal for families and larger parties looking for their own private country hideaway. Carefully appointed with dark wooden beams, claw-foot bathtubs and brown leather sofas, our cottages have been designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Book to stay with your dog and they’ll have a comfy bed and doggy treats waiting in the room along with a bottle of (non-alcoholic) Snuffle Dog beer.
The Kings Arms, The Street, Gloucestershire GL9 1DT, located near Ladyswood Shooting School.
The Yew Tree Inn is a delightful 17th century country house with excellent dining situated moments from Highclere Castle. Offering eight cosy, cottage-style rooms designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Dogs are more than welcome and facilities such as dog beds and water bowls are available on request. All rooms feature king size beds and are handsomely decorated with William Morris print wallpaper, timber beams and warm tartan blankets for that quintessential country cottage feel. Sink into sumptuous Feather & Black bedding, unwind beneath calming rain showers and enjoy luxurious handmade bathing products from Bramley. Two gun cabinets are available for the convenience of guests staying as part of a shooting party, while the expansive garden is also able to accommodate arrival by helicopter.
The Yew Tree, Hollington Cross, Nr Newbury, RG20 9SE, located near the Royal Berkshire Shooting School
Nestled deep within the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, The Trout Inn is a riverside inn that celebrates the very best of British country life. Surrounded by fields and with the river Thames flowing just outside our door, their menu makes the most of fresh fish and local game while the cosy bar and boutique rooms (designed to give a real home-from-home experience with vintage furnishings, rain showers or claw-foot tubs and large brass beds) for the ultimate in Cotswolds comfort.
The Trout at Tadpole Bridge, Buckland Marsh, Oxfordshire SN7 8RF, based near The Oxford Gun Company.