A 17th-century Cotswold inn on the banks of the Thames; pick up a pint, drift into the garden, watch the world float by. Inside you find all the trimmings of a lovely old pub: timber frames, exposed stone walls, a wood-burner to keep things toasty, local ales on tap at the bar. Logs are piled high in alcoves, good art hangs on the walls, old flagstones lead to the bar where delicious food ranges from classics to posh nosh, perhaps fish and chips, chargrilled rainbow trout, or liquorice glazed ox cheek. Finish with a hazelnut nougat parfait. Bedrooms at the back are away from the crowd; three open onto a small courtyard where wild roses ramble. You get smart fabrics, trim carpets, monsoon showers (two rooms have a claw-foot bath), DVD players and flat-screen TVs. Sleigh beds, brass beds, smartly upholstered armchairs… the suite has a roof terrace. You can watch boats pass as you indulge in a leisurely homemade breakfast with local teas and coffee. Oxford’s cultural delights are a stone’s throw away, there are maps for walkers, and you can even get married, riverside, in the garden.