Great British Boltholes: The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour

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  • This ultra-chic B&B covers all bases

    Why go: This stylish B&B has just undergone a major refurbishment and the results make it well worth a romantic weekend visit. Set in a handsome Georgian building in a Warwickshire town close to the boundaries of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, there’s loads of beautiful surrounding countryside to roam through and work up an appetite for dinner.

    Best for: A chilled-out weekend away with BAE (whether that’s currently your boyfriend, your Mum or your best pal).

    The look: At dinner, the amused Maitre D told us that since The George had reopened a lot of locals had been popping in to order a single coffee so they could have a nose around. We don’t blame them, the whole building is serious #interiorsgoals, from the dark blue bar with its tile surround and beaten-up leather sofas, to the cool geometric wallpaper and copper lamps in the bedrooms.

    I’m hungry: As far as ‘locally sourced’ goes, The George puts its money where its mouth is by buying beef and pork from the award-winning Todenham Manor Farm just four miles down the road, and serving G&Ts at the bar made with locally distilled gin. In a menu that mostly sticks to classic British gastropub fare, the twice-baked cheese souffle is a must.

    While you’re there: You’re a short drive from Stratford-upon-Avon if you want a Shakespeare-themed day out (and do stay here if you want to make a Warwickshire tour of it), or you can always go for a gin tour at the nearby Cotswolds Distillery.

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