17 quintessential Cotswold inns

With cosy nooks, great food and spectacular views, these 17 idyllic Cotswold inns are positively brimming with countryside character and charm.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
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Whether you’re hoping for a peaceful countryside stay, a cosy pub for dinner and drinks, or both, the Cotswolds is home to plenty of gorgeous inns that boast lovely views, original features and buckets of rural charm - with SoGlos rounding up 17 quintessential, must-visit Cotswold inns. 

The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold

The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold is brimming with Cotswold charm across its newly-renovated bar area, cosy snug, characterful dining room, and 13 individually-designed rooms. Sit back and relax with a cocktail on the terrace, or, when the weather is chilly, cosy-up next to the roaring fire with a hot drink. There's a delicious, homely menu on offer in its restaurant, too.

The Boot in Barnsley

Epitomising the character of a British county inn, The Boot (previously The Village Pub) boasts a pretty setting in the Cotswold village of Barnsley and serves up hearty pub food. Plus, if you want to make a weekend of it, it’s also home to six charming and comfortable rooms complete with old beams, slanted ceilings and soft-hued décor.

The Maytime Inn in Asthall

Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds in the historic village of Asthall, The Maytime Inn offers quintessential charm in abundance thanks to its original 17th century features and cosy interiors. Famous for its spectacular beer garden with glorious views over the Cotswold countryside, the pub also has six rooms where guests can spend the night. 

The Kingham Plough in Chipping Norton

The Kingham Plough is an award-winning country pub in the market town of Chipping Norton, offering a modern British menu which raises the bar on traditional pub grub. In addition to the fantastic food, there are also six comfortable bedrooms that provide a slice of luxury and heaps of country charm.

The Royal Oak Tetbury

The Royal Oak in Tetbury is home to a characterful cosy pub and six lovely guest rooms which blend contemporary chic décor with rustic charm, giving guests the chance to enjoy a peaceful escape within a luxurious setting.

The Falcon Inn in Painswick

Soak up the sights of pretty Painswick and enjoy a quintessential country stay at The Falcon Inn, a family-run pub and restaurant serving locally sourced and seasonal food, that’s also home to 11 individually-styled guest rooms, some of which have their own fireplace and gorgeous views of St Mary’s Church and its famous 99 yew trees.

The Lamb Inn in Burford

Providing a peaceful retreat in Burford, The Lamb Inn is a classic English inn complete with an open log fire, grandfather clock, exposed beams and flagstone floors. Originally a weaver’s cottage, the quaint building has 17 bedrooms which promise a cosy and comfortable stay.

The Eight Bells Inn in Chipping Campden

Originally built in the 14th century, The Eight Bells in Chipping Campden offers a beautiful example of a traditional Cotswold inn, retaining its original stone and timber features. Along with its classic pub décor, there are six snug rooms for a home-from-home experience.

The Ebrington Arms

The Ebrington Arms blends rural charm with chic décor, and has a reputation for being one of the Cotswolds’ most celebrated pubs. Promising a luxury stay, there are five characterful rooms which provide a lovely base in the village of Ebrington, which lies in the midst of enchanting rolling hills.

The Lion Inn in Winchcombe

Housed in a beautifully restored 15th-century building in Winchcombe, The Lion Inn boasts charm and character, with its eight gorgeous bedrooms blending contemporary décor with intimate country comfort, making for the ideal Cotswold retreat.

The Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach

A traditional British inn nestled in the historic market town of Northleach, The Wheatsheaf Inn exudes Cotswold charm thanks to its honey-coloured exterior, open fire and rustic features, while its 14 beautiful bedrooms blend a classic coaching inn with modern touches.

The New Inn in Coln St Aldwyns

The New Inn is an idyllic Cotswold country pub that boasts a traditional bar and restaurant with wooden beams and a roaring fire. Dating back to the 16th century, the inn is also home to 15 rooms that provide an abundance of character.

The Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote

A country pub, restaurant and inn located in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote, The Feathered Nest offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with its four beautiful bedrooms, the Cuckoo’s Den, Pheasant Nest, Dove Cote, and Cockerel’s Roost, providing cosy comfort.

The Seagrave Arms in Chipping Campden

A charming Cotswold inn in Chipping Campden, The Seagrave Arms was originally built 400 years ago as a family home and retains its homely feel to this day, with eight lovely, characterful bedrooms and a restaurant that cooks up British comfort food.

The Fox at Oddington

Making the list of Michelin inspectors' favourite new restaurants, The Fox at Oddington is a 16th century inn owned by Daylesford's Carole Bamford which recently underwent an extensive refurbishment. Featuring earthy tones, crackling log fires and characterful, cosy interiors, the village inn offers a menu of delicious food that celebrates local producers, including nearby sister farm Daylesford Organic, as well as stylish bedrooms inspired by the surrounding Cotswold countryside. 

The Halfway House at Kineton

Recently reopening after a major revamp, The Halfway House in Kineton, around halfway between Temple Guiting and Guiting Power, is a lovely 17th century country inn. The historic venue provides a great setting for dinner with friends, or a cosy location for an overnight stay - with room bookings opening soon.

The Old New Inn in Bourton-on-the-Water

Located in the 'Venice of the Cotswolds', The Old New Inn in Bourton-on-the-Water offers guests nine carefully decorated bedrooms which embrace the 17th century charms of the Grade II listed building, along with providing pretty views of the River Windrush. There's also a restaurant serving up hearty pub food and Sunday roasts, plus for visiting families, the Bourton Model Village is right next door. 

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