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Robb Recommends: The Bradley Hare

It’s easy to see why generations of poets, painters and novelists have flocked to the English countryside over the centuries. Here, in a seemingly timeless landscape suffused with nature and beauty in every line of forest, lake and down, each moment, every season, is a quiet invitation to create, rest and be inspired. And nowhere are these qualities more charmingly evident than in the tree-laced haven of Maiden Bradley in south-west Wiltshire. 

Martin Morrell

At the heart of this out-of-time 12th-century village, set within the expansive grounds of the Duke of Somerset’s ancestral estate, is The Bradley Hare: a 12-bedroom country inn that artfully blends bay windows, crackling fireplaces and modern artwork with antique Persian and Kilim rugs, African textiles and eclectic period furniture. 

In such an uncompromisingly rustic setting, long walks through the countryside of rolling hills, market towns and historic gardens – muddy boots and gambolling dogs and all – alongside cosy evenings curled up with a fat book and glass of sherry are de rigueur. As is, perhaps, a long overdue session at the nearby The Potting Shed where spa therapists wield vegan and organic beauty products with soothing effect. 

Martin Morrell

And so, especially, after these exertions, is a timely return to the Bradley Hare for a pub lunch (or dinner, if you lost track of time) featuring seasonal fare and local produce that head chef Nye Smith – a Michelin Bib Gourmand laureate for three years running during his stint at the Medaille de La Ville de Paris – pairs with local beers and wines. 

And if one still needs a reason to check in and linger awhile, consider perhaps greeting the morning from beneath white clouds of Egyptian cotton sheets and Siberian goose-down duvets. That, and staying on for just another day.

Around £200 per night for premium double room “The Nest” (see main picture)

 

Martin Morrell

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