Some travelers seek out England's pubs for ales and beers. Some seek out pubs for their beds.
The reason? Travelers find that a country pub may be the only lodging in tiny villages dotting the English countryside.
Which is how my husband and I ended up staying a couple of nights at the Wheatsheaf in Wilton, not far from Salisbury and a 15-minute car ride from Stonehenge.
And it is how, during a visit to Hook Norton in Oxfordshire, we ended up chatting with a pub-stay connoisseur who lodged at the Pear Tree Inn a short walk from the Hook Norton Brewery.
A country pub, of course, can be quite different from a boisterous city pub or a theme pub. It often is the heart of a village, with locals as its proprietors — good resources for sightseeing and pub-walk tips (because pub walks that involve hiking along marked footpaths from pub to pub are popular pastimes). Some pubs are run by breweries, others are independent ("free house"). They offer character — and characters — you won't find at a standard-issue hotel.
Check Web sites (www.stayinapub.com or lookupapub.co.uk) to find out where a pub is in a village and whether children are allowed.