In brief: A charmingly traditional coaching inn nestled in the unspoilt Northumberland countryside.
Our highlight: Their lounge bars, with original beams and cosy roaring fires, are just what the doctor ordered on a dark winter night.
Insider guide: The Pheasant offers eight comfortable ensuite bedrooms, tastefully decorated and furnished. The food in the restaurant is very hearty and homemade, celebrating the wealth of fresh, seasonal produce available. Prefer a bit of privacy? The Garden Cottage is a real retreat, with space for up to four guests.