The rolling green hills provide an unspoilt landscape as far as the eye can see, the only contrast being the stone walls separating the agricultural land. By Shanie Dover.
In what feels like the middle of nowhere, but not too far from Clitheroe, The Inn at Whitewell stands proud and prominent as it has done for centuries.
I was lucky enough to spend a night experiencing the delights on offer and the service you find when you stay.
The best way I can describe the Inn, is for you to imagine a truly rural country stop offering a warm, genteel and traditional welcome.
On entering the Inn I was greeted by an open fire and a relaxed room with weary walkers catching rest.
The Inn has a bustling bar area offering a family-friendly room leading to the outside seating, with a view to admire.
The picturesque valleys and stream offer a relaxed backdrop to enjoy the delicious food on offer or maybe a spot of afternoon tea.
My room was surprisingly spacious with dark wood traditional décor and plenty of furniture including a dressing table and desk to pamper yourself before dinner.
Apart from the spacious modern bathroom with bath, my favourite thing about this room was the perfectly-placed seat in front of French double doors. I could sit for hours listening to the sound of the stream admiring the unbelievable view.
Once I had got to grasp with how lucky we were to be staying in such a room – and after being inspired by the undiscovered landscape – I brushed off the old walking boots and went for a hike.
The Inn is in a superb location for nature lovers, with pheasants roaming the nearby land and so many hikes and walks to be found, you would need a good excuse not to.
We also took the opportunity while in the area to hike up the famous Pendle Hill. Starting in the small village of Barley you can be up and down in around three hours depending on the route, you can pick up your route map from any of the cafes or restaurants in the village.
If you make time, or prefer a walk around town instead, you could take a drive to Clitheroe and head up to Clitheroe Castle, there is a small museum with a shop and the town itself is beautifully quaint with plenty to do.
In the evening we ate in the Inn’s dining room, which offered a much-needed relaxed yet formal atmosphere to enjoy the delectable hand crafted dishes on offer.
I had three courses and was not disappointed, and with the hotel also having a remarkable reserve of wine you will find a wine list like no other.
The Inn’s head chef Jamie Cadman uses all locally sourced ingredients, which I think makes a great difference, and eating here you will receive only the freshest dishes served by pleasant and professional staff.
The same can also be said for breakfast which offers you a rounded selection of hot and chilled food to choose from.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and felt utterly rejuvenated afterwards, I also felt as if I had been reintroduced to the great outdoors.
What beauty we can find so close to our own doorsteps – and only around an hour’s drive away. It’s safe to say I will be visiting the Inn again whether that be for another night or just a treat for lunch.
If you would like more information or to reserve a room for yourself you can find everything you need at www.innatwhitewell.com