The Great Hall, with its spectacular roof, dates back to 1368 – quite some sitting room. It was built by monks from Bruern Abbey, reborn as a royal hunting lodge after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, then gifted to the village as an inn. Phil and Evelyn rescued it from neglect, then spent a year restoring long-lost glories – no mean feat. Potter about and find parquet flooring in the airy bar, books and armchairs in the pretty snug, then mullioned windows in the restaurant, where you dig into some lovely local food; rabbit rillettes with pear purée, loin of venison with a port wine sauce, espresso mousse with rum ice cream or a pear William cheesecake. In summer you spill out into a gorgeous courtyard for afternoon tea in the sun. Bedrooms have an elegant simplicity: airy colours, stylish fabrics, beautiful beds, sparkling bathrooms. One has a beamed roof, a couple are smaller, but have courtyard views. You’re right in the heart of the Cotswolds, with Stratford for Shakespeare, Cheltenham for the races and Oxford for the spires all within easy reach. There’s even jazz in the hall once a month. Dogs are very welcome.