Hotel Review: A Luxury Cotswolds Break at The Horse & Groom

Hotel Summary: The Horse and Groom is an authentic Grade II listed Georgian Inn made of honey-coloured Cotswold Stone. Brimming with character and period features, the Inn offers a cosy home from home whether it be for a drink, a delicious dinner or a stay in one of their comfortable rooms. The hill-top inn has been run by brothers Tom and Will Greenstock since 2005 who have built an award winning team and created a thriving business.

Reason for visit: To add a bit of luxury to the end of a three-night family trip to the Cotswolds.

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Location: The Inn is perched on top of Bourton-on-the-Hill in the Cotswolds, neighbouring many famous Cotswold villages including Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway and Stow on the Wold. The road leading up to the Inn features some beautiful cottages, farms and a church.

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Style: Quintessentially English

Check-In: We were welcomed by Tom who kindly took our bags and showed us straight to our room. He told us a little about the local area and explained the dinner and breakfast arrangements. We instantly felt at home.

Room: The room was very luxurious and extremely spacious at 6′ x 6’6″ (definitely not what I’m used to!). It almost felt like a room fit for royalty with its grand period features including fireplace, high ceilings and Georgian window-seat. A large inflatable bed with bedding was set-up ready for my daughter which she had great pleasure in using as a bouncy castle for the duration of our stay.

The room had everything we required along with an en-suite bathroom, free wi-fi and a digital flat-screen TV.  Complimentary homemade flapjack, mineral water and tea and coffee making facilities were also provided, tucked away neatly within the dressing table/wardrobe unit.

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We were given a breakfast form to complete our food choices for the next morning. There was a very broad selection and the form allowed great flexibility (perfect if you’re a fussy eater). It also sounded super yummy and we were already excited for the morning!

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Dinner: Dinner was included in our stay so when evening arrived we headed to the beer garden first for a glass of wine, then made our way to the restaurant area for 7pm as requested.

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The Horse and Groom source their ingredients locally and even grow a lot of them themselves in the garden and in a nearby allotment. After pondering over the menu for a good ten minutes, we finally opted for the griddled rib-eye steak with fresh vegetables and dauphinoise potatoes, the chicken breast with roasted pepper piedmontese and basil aioli and finally the salmon, haddock and leek fishcakes for the little one.

Luckily, the sides were served separately which allowed us to try a little of everything. All of the dishes were suitably seasoned, cooked to perfection and utterly scrumptious. Although we felt like stuffed chickens after devouring them, we just couldn’t resist trying the homemade salted caramel ice-cream which was just as delicious (still drooling)!

Sleep: We all had a very enjoyable night sleep. The bed was probably the comfiest (and largest) I have ever slept in! It was incredibly sumptuous with its heavy feather duvet and pillows and cloud-like mattress. It definitely made me think twice about my bedding situation at home :-/

Service: The service we received was exceptional from the moment we arrived. The staff made us feel like we were friends coming to stay, rather than hotel guests which really did make it feel like a home from home and we wanted to stay another night!

Favourite Bits: I would say the quintessential farmhouse style breakfast we devoured the next morning was my favourite part of our stay! Having completed our breakfast requirements the previous day, our tummies were rumbling again by 8am.

From the locally sourced butter and milk to the homemade croissants, each little finishing touch to our breakfast reassured us that we were eating an authentic Cotswold Farmhouse breakfast.

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It would also be a crime not to mention the beer garden! The hill-top setting offers some spectacular views over the Cotswolds. There are plenty of garden benches available which are staggered up a hill to enhance the views of the surrounding landscape.

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A small patch is reserved at the back where fresh vegetables are grown which creates some great hiding spots for a game of hide and seek with the little ones. I definitely recommend swinging by for a drink to enjoy this wonderful Cotswolds beer garden.

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Price: Rooms start from £96/night. You can view the full room tariff here.

The Horse & Groom is suitable for anybody wanting a relaxing and homely countryside break with fabulous views in a prime Cotswold location.

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Disclosure: Don’t Forget The Passports were guests of The Horse & Groom but as always all opinions are honest and true.

Comments

  1. Reply

    What a beautiful and picturesque place is Cotswolds. England is definitely on my must do travel spots to visit. Seems you had an amazing stay in this charming accommodation.

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    My favorite region in England. Will have to stay here next time I visit.

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    It looks so old world on the outside, but the room is so modern. The food looked delicious and who doesn’t love a beer garden?

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    It does have character, I’ll give it that. Looks like something out of a Jane Austen novel! And you’d never expect the rooms to look like that from the outside. Fabulous.

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    I love visiting England!! Everything looks perfect there, what a fun place to visit and to explore!

  6. Reply

    This hotel looks so cute. I have never been to England!

  7. Reply

    What a beautiful place to stay! I love how the The Horse & Groom looks! A few years ago we were traveling through Scotland and stayed at a place very similar it was the absolute best experience we had.

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    What a beautiful place to stay! I really love those Quintessentially English style cottages. The dinner dishes you chose look really delicious!

  9. Reply

    What a great hotel to be able to visit. Looks like it would be very comfortable for me, super relaxing!

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