The Cotswold Way 2011

Accommodation review

 

It's an expensive part of the UK is the Cotswolds, and as expected there is a lot of accommodation available. There aren't many bargains to be had and as is usual you pay your money and take your choice. These are the places I stayed at - there were two of us, so what looks expensive in total is not so bad per person.

West Wing Abbey - Evesham

This B&B does B&B on an ad-hoc basis, since the owner sometimes can't be bothered. The house and grounds were great, and breakfast was too. Lovely hosts and made us feel very welcome. We stayed here as a warm up to the way and to visit the gardens at Hidcote Manor - their site is here - http://westwingabbeymanor.blogspot.com/

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Wesley House - Winchcombe

A marvellous sight at the end of day one, and a wonderful welcome with a cold bottle of Peroni. This is a restaurant with rooms above, and our room was one of the smallest. But it was fine and had a small terrace overlooking the hills beyond. A perfect way to end the day. The breakfast was superb, well balanced, healthy, and cooked to taste. The restaurant was also fantastic, although an expensive option - but this was my holiday so I don't really think about price. Next door is a bar bistro, but it wasn't open on the day we visited. Their website is here - http://wesleyhouse.co.uk/ 

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Butlers B&B - Cheltenham

I had a lift down from near Dowdeswell Reservoir and used my I-phone to navigate to this B&B. It's very comfortable with big rooms and nice furnishings. The gents who run this are very welcoming and full of advice. Breakfast was again superb, cooked to order and a good choice. It's a busy place with business people and gets booked up most of the year. Dining was at a nearby Italian restaurant - my favourite food. The website is here - http://www.butlers-hotel.co.uk/

 

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St Michaels Restaurant - Painswick

Another restaurant with rooms, and we stayed in the Roccoco suite - a nice big double. Well furnished and comfortable, with the only downside being that the restaurant wasn't open the night we stayed.  So it was around the corner to a local Romanian restaurant - good honest food, but that was all. Another superb breakfast in the morning. The website is here - http://www.stmichaelsrestaurant.co.uk/

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The Rose and Crown, Nympsfield

The new owners are just getting to grips with the pub and the restaurant serves up some good grub, in a lovely location. The room was big...but was a bit of a let down. But I would stay again, just don't expect the Ritz.. Breakfast was good - I really didn't have a bad one all week.

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Carlton House, Wotton under Edge

A great welcome and great hosts. Made to feel at home immediately. The room was superbly decorated in a wonderful house. Breakfast was good and only spoilt a little by a group of over excited middle aged ladies. We ate at another local pub and enjoyed another Romanian feast.

 

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Old Swan Cottage, Pennsylvania

Very much an old style B&B. Very welcoming and breakfast was good. The room was a little warm as the window wouldn't open, but apart from that - no complaints. The local pub is shutdown, but the owner can book a meal at the local farmhouse, complete with booze if required. But you have to do this when booking a room. Their website is here - http://www.old-swan-cottage.co.uk/

There are lots of options for varying the length of days and mileage along the Cotswold Way, and you're never that far from a village of sorts - maybe get some taxi numbers if your itinerary doesn't fall right. Enjoy it - it's quiet and not too demanding.

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