The Merry Harriers, south west of London, claims to be the only inn in England offering llama picnic treks.
The Merry Harriers might look like a regular, if particularly charming, English pub, complete with an open fireplace, award-winning local ales and dog-friendly credentials.
But the 16th-century pub — in the village of Hambledon in Surrey Hills — has a point of difference that goes well beyond its recently refurbished interiors and prominent owner (the entrepreneur Peter de Savary).
Indeed, it lays claims to being England's only inn offering llama picnic treks.
Among its range of experiences with Surrey Hill Llamas' herd of nine llamas are a picnic trek, a winter morning trek including lunch at the Merry Harriers, a luxury champagne picnic trek and even a children's party trek.
The Merry Harriers also has seven guest rooms, including four new ensuite rooms and three ensuite rooms in a converted barn in the garden.
Each has a modern shower room, Egyptian-cotton bed linen, tea-and-coffee-making facilities and a flat-screen TV, and comes with breakfast served in the pub, garden or your room.
If you'd prefer to just stop in for a meal, the menu includes pub staples such as Sunday roasts along with seasonal specialities such as wild mushroom and Hambledon nettle risotto.
- Bed and breakfast double rooms are from £125 ($220) per night, singles are from £100 per night.
- Llama trekking is from £70 per adult and £40 per child (minimum age eight).
- A Bed and Breakfast Trek Package, including a half-day trek with lunch and a three-course dinner, is from £320 per couple.
- For more, go to merryharriers.com and surrey-hills-llamas.co.uk.
You may also like
Podcast: The Pod Well Travelled Episode 4
Australia's bush fire crisis and the Federal government's $76 million tourism recovery package throw into relief the relationship between caring for our unique flora and fauna and maintaining an industry central to helping sustain and promote them. In our latest podcast, Will Yeoman talks to Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield about Australia's "brand" in a competitive international tourism market. They also discuss overrated holiday destinations, travelling vicariously through telling stories, the rise of the holiday selfie and more...
STEVE McKENNA checks out one of the Square Mile’s newest boutique offerings
Podcast: Talking Travel 2020: what's coming up
In their first Talking Travel podcast for 2020, Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield and his team look ahead to a New Year packed with stories, tours, events, workshops and more