Where to stay in the Cotswolds?
I get asked a lot where to stay in the Cotswolds as my friends know how much I love it there! Our trips are sometimes just long day trips but I can recommend two wonderful properties in the Cotswolds – one in Churchill (Oxfordshire, near Chipping Norton) and one in Meyseyhampton (Gloucestershire, near Circenster).
The Masons Arms Inn, Meysey Hampton, Circencester
The Masons Arms is a wonderful place to stay, round 10 minutes outside Circenester. The pub is situated on the Village Green in the heart of Meyseyhampton and offers modern and cosy accommodation for £95 per night including breakfast (and free parking). It was even the winner of the country’s new pub of the year award by Good Pub Guide 2019!
I loved the story behind the Masons Arms – the owners took over the village pub where they had grown up! They wanted to seize the opportunity to make the Masons Arms a bustling, thriving centre for the community, and they have certainly succeeded. From the moment we arrived, the staff were very friendly and made us feel at home. This was the case with all customers, not just the ones staying in the accommodation.
Our room was situated on the first floor with a comfortable double bed with an ensuite shower room and complimentary toilets. The room had a country feel with exposed wooden beans and stone walls. There is separate access for guests so you don’t always have to walk through the pub. There is also complimentary still and sparkling water and milk in the fridges outside the room which is a nice added extra!
Breakfast is served between 7-10am Monday to Friday and 8-10am on the weekends. On the side of the bar is a continental buffet breakfast to tuck into including a selection of cereals, museli, yogurts and fresh and dried fruits.
Accompanying this you can have white, granary or sourdough toast, croissant or homemade porridge. From the cooked section you have a choice of a Full English, Bacon or Sausage Ciabatta, Eggs Benedict, Royale or Florentine. Over our two night stay we tucked into eggs on sourdough with avocado, spinach and tomato salsa, porridge and a full english. All of these breakfast items are also available to the public priced between £4.50 and £10.
The Bar and Dining Room
The open fire and woodburners make the bar a warm and cosy place to relax. When we arrived we had a couple of G&T’s (served in large gin balloon glasses) and played cards. The adjacent Village Green offers a great place to sip on a drink in the summer.
The dining room area of the pub felt warm and homey and offered a British style menu. I loved that many of the main meals had an option for a smaller or larger portion which means you can mix and match! We had the small portion of beer battered haddock, chips, peas (£7) which wasn’t actually that small! The fish was fresh, crispy and tasty. We also tried the Prawn and Crab Linguine (£16) which was a very generous portion. Accompanying these mains we had some garlic bread (£2) which was thick and fresh.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in the Cotswolds, I can’t recommend the Masons Arms enough. It is such a lovely country pub with excellent food, drinks and service.
The Forge B and B in Churchill
The Forge is situated in Churchill, a small village conveniently located around 3 miles from Chipping Norton. Their lovely turreted house has 3 B&B bedrooms al,l with a four poster bed and a whirlpool bath. There is free parking on site.
Our room was located at the front of the house with views over the garden. We absolutely loved the large bath where you could soak in and watch Netflix on your i-pad! The rooms start from £105 and come with complimentary breakfast. You can tuck into buffet cereals including granola, muesli, cornflakes and seasonal fruit. This can be followed by full English breakfast, smoked salmon and scrambled egg or toast with fruit preserves or honey.
The owners of the B&B were so friendly and accommodating during our two night stay and would give us recommendations of things to do in the area. Definitely recommended if you are looking where to stay in the Cotswolds!
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