A beautiful 17th-century English inn made of ancient stone sitting on the green in a quiet Cotswold village with free-range hens strutting their stuff and a family of ducks bathing in the pond. Inside, the fire burns throughout the winter, while low ceilings, painted stone walls, the odd settle and country rugs on flagstone floors keep the feel cosy. Bedrooms have lots of colour and style, those in the main house have more character, those in the courtyard are bigger (and quieter), most have great views. Breakfast and supper are taken in a pretty dining room and you can lunch by the fire in the bar. There’s loads to do, too, from antique hunting in Stow, to circular walks through gorgeous country. The front terrace teems with life in summer.
Inspector David: Loved this place instantly, from the moment I was greeted by a chicken! They’ve done great work to maintain the historic feel and update only what really needed updating.
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