“A boutique inn-with-rooms in a gorgeous Cotswold village, offering excellent food, a great night’s sleep and a relaxed vibe”
Four upstairs guest rooms are beautifully decorated in neutral tones and accessorised with quirky detail such as vintage travel trunks, old photos and interesting paintings. 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 Ren toiletries.
We stayed in Room 1 (the largest, at the front of the building) and slept like logs (no mean feat when you’re 7 months' pregnant). We loved the salvaged framed mirror, and the subtle accents of red in the armchair, blanket and cushions were perfectly offset by pale 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. Note that these upstairs rooms have little if any hanging space for your clothes, although there are hooks for coats
The other 5 rooms are set in an annexe at the bottom of the garden. We stayed in one during our most recent visit and loved the peace and privacy. They are less characterful in structure (being new build) and decor (spot lighting, and no antique trunks or hunting prints), but their classic modern look is attractive, with clean lines and classy colours, plus you get a wardrobe. Gorgeous bathrooms have underfloor heating, a walk-in shower and stunning mosaic tiles. One is a Family Room, which has a sitting area with a sofabed, in addition to the bedroom.
The restaurant is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike, so 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 . Private rooms can also be arranged.
The imaginative 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 were blown away by our shared starters - tuna carpaccio with avocado, lime, ginger and coriander dressing, and oven-roast peppers with anchovies, mozzarella and mint. For mains, beef shin with horseradish dumplings and celeriac mash was a perfect foil for the wintery weather outside, while the chargrilled stone bass was flaky and light. For dessert, a show-stopping baked Alaska (ask them to hold the saccharine strawberry sauce, if you have this).
There's a bar menu for causal meals or snacks - devilled kidneys on country toast, burgers and fries, sticky BBQ ribs, antipasti and olives. There’s also a kids’ menu for little ones.
Come morning, breakfast is served in the bar, along with the daily papers. We were a bit disappointed by the buffet (carton juice, lacklustre croissants and packets of Kellogg's cereals) but the coffee and cooked options were both very good. A Full English had perfectly herby sausages and crispy bacon, while the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs was well seasoned and delicious.
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.