Banish the January blues by canoodling in the country: The Wheatsheaf Inn will do nicely. This historic Cotswolds coaching inn seems to have it all: stylish rooms, a parade of strokeable livestock for children, and a restaurant that capitalises on its rural bounty. There’s also that title-snatching cocktail from the recent Cotswolds Bloody Mary Competition…
Style Chic coaching inn
Setting Northleach market town
Our favourite bits? This rustic charmer in the Cotswolds brings the trad British coaching inn bang up to date, with stylish design, tasty regional food and beer and even a petite spa room. Once weary wayfarers called in at this 17th-century bolthole to refuel and recuperate. Now you can do the same, provided Kate Moss’ posse hasn’t got there first.
Family-friendly? The Wheatsheaf Inn is a great choice for families: baby cots can be supplied, or fold-out Z-beds for older kids. Babysitting with a nanny can be arranged. Keep little ones occupied with fishing trips, country walks and riding lessons at the nearby Talland School of Equitation. For more animal encounters, they can feed the lambs at Cotswold Farm Park or go wild at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Formerly a coaching inn, beyond the ivy-clad stone façade, Wheatsheaf Inn keeps the same friendly atmosphere I imagine it had when welcoming weary days-gone-by travellers. Original stone flags are suitably worn and roaring hearths keep the pub toasty. Subdued green walls, exposed Cotswold stone and antique armchairs hemmed in by the low-beamed ceilings conveyed chintz- and clutter-free charm and impeccable taste.’
Packing tip Informal gastropub gear, but a tad of tweed will tally with the hunting, shooting and fishing crowd. Pack country clobber for hearty walks, although the hotel can provide handy Hunter wellies.