After a few days in London back in February, we ventured outside of the city to the Cotswolds, a rural area south of Central England known for its rolling hills and thatched medieval villages, to explore the English countryside for the first time.
Although there are a number of hotels scattered throughout the six counties that make up the Cotswolds, we only had three days to explore the area so it was essential to find one that was not only conveniently located, but also offered the quintessential English B&B vibe that the Cotswolds are known for. After doing quite a bit of research, I stumbled upon the The Royal Oak Tetbury in the town of Tetbury.
Located practically smack dab in the middle of the Cotswolds, it was conveniently within easy driving distance (no more than 40 minutes each way) of all of the towns that we wanted to see, which included Bath, Castle Combe, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower Slaughter and Stow-on-the-Wold.
Though we initially chose this spot for the convenience, I left loving just about everything about this place. From the tasty complimentary breakfast, to the friendly, helpful staff and the lively hotel pub, it was not only the best value for your money at roughly 180£ per night, but also the most enjoyable hotel experience I’ve had in quite some time.
As if it couldn’t get any better, the hotel pub offers a tasty traditional English menu, along with a unique and delectable vegan menu, which we had the pleasure of trying while we were there. Eating traditional Fish & Chips by the fire in an English pub on a chilly winter night? A million times yes.
So, if you find yourself in the Cotswolds looking for relaxation, good food and a cozy place to lay your head at night, I highly recommend The Royal Oak Tetbury.2