“A boutique inn-with-rooms in a picture-perfect Cotswold village, offering excellent food, a great night’s sleep and a relaxed vibe”
Accessed via a staircase by the bar, the 4 ensuite guest rooms are beautifully decorated in neutral tones and accessorised with quirky details such as vintage travel trunks, old photos and interesting paintings. The dreamy beds are cocooned in duck-down duvets and cloud-soft pillows, and the headboards are covered in fabric from Cotswold Woollen Weavers, located in the village. Bathrooms are limestone-tiled with big walk-in rain showers (no tubs) and plenty of indulgent Bramley toiletries.
We stayed in Room 1, the largest of the lot, which is located at the front of the building. We slept like logs (no mean feat when you’re 7 months' pregnant, as I was at the time!), and only the promise of a hearty breakfast could drag us from our slumber come morning. We loved the salvaged framed mirror, and the subtle accents of red in the armchair, blanket and cushions were perfectly offset by the calming grey walls.
Also at the front overlooking the very quiet road are the slightly smaller Room 2, with its equestrian-themed paintings, and the pretty off-white and duck-egg blue Room 3. Set at the back of the building, with a step down (tall people will need to watch their heads), is Room 4. It has the smallest bedroom, but its bathroom is the biggest and there’s a cosy love-nest feel. It’s also the only room with hanging space, albeit limited, so it might prove the best option if you’re staying for more than a couple of nights.
Since our visit, a clutch of spacious Garden Rooms and a Family Room have been built at the bottom of the garden. We haven't viewed them yet, but their secluded setting away from the bar affords them added peace and privacy.
The Five Alls’ restaurant is deservedly popular with locals and visitors alike, so make sure you book ahead for lunch or dinner. There are 2 main dining rooms - one with bigger tables for groups and families, the other with a more intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for cosy dinners for 2. Private rooms can also be arranged for parties and celebratory meals.
The menu blends modern British food with Italian twists inspired by Sebastian’s mother. Ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible (Gloucestershire cheeses, Wye Valley smoked salmon), the bread is baked on site, and fresh fish is delivered daily from Looe in Cornwall. We loved our generous starter of caramelised onion, sage and gruyère tart, while our main was a succulent cracked belly of Kelmscott pork with roast Jerusalem artichoke and field mushrooms. We rounded off the meal with a pear tarte tatin and a show-stopping salted caramel ice cream.
Try the bar menu if you want a more causal meal or a snack - devilled kidneys on country toast, burgers and fries, sticky BBQ ribs, antipasti and olives. There’s also a kids’ menu for little ones, plus an extensive drinks list featuring local ales, wines, whiskeys and imaginative cocktails.
If you still have room come morning, a laidback breakfast is served in the bar along with the daily papers. Amble downstairs between 8.30 and 10am to find fresh coffee, loose-leaf teas, orange juice, cereals, toast, delicious pastries and tasty cooked options. My husband was particularly taken with the berry-filled granola, while I tucked into the Full English, complete with deliciously herby sausages and crispy bacon.
Note that no food is available on Sunday evenings, so you’ll need to head out to eat. Recommendations within a short drive include The Spice Lounge in Burford for Indian food and The Plough in Kingham for pub grub.
The relaxed atmosphere here is ideal for families, and children of all ages are welcome. There’s a kids’ menu, and babysitting can be arranged if you want a romantic meal. There are plenty of family-friendly attractions nearby, too, including the Cotswold Wildlife Park and the Cotswold Water Park.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Family Room can sleep a family with up to 3 children. Extra beds are available for children aged 10 and under, but if you’re coming with a baby you’ll need to bring your own travel cot. You'll have to book a separate room for kids over 10. Note that bathrooms have showers only (no tubs).
Available on request.
The restaurant has a dedicated kids’ menu featuring options such as fish fritters with fries and peas, Sunday roasts, and toasted cheese sandwiches with fried eggs and ham. Highchairs are available, too.