Cotswolds, United Kingdom

The Fish Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$103.34

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP99.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Laid-back lodge

Setting

Fab Farncombe Estate

Cotswolds country estates don’t come more charming than The Fish hotel, a clutch of smartly-styled rooms set on 400 rolling acres, two hours from London. Borrow a pair of wellies and roam the glorious grounds. Or, explore by bike or buzz around on a Segway. Afterwards, kick back in the inviting bar and rest your feet by the fire. And, if you can help it, don’t miss the traditional family-style Sunday lunch with all the trimmings.

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Facilities

Photos The Fish Hotel facilities

Need to know

Rooms

63, including eight suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $103.34 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP99.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

A full breakfast and a Continental buffet is included in the room rate, with cereals, meats, cheeses and cooked-to-order egg and pancake dishes.

Also

Feeling competitive? There’s a billiards room with a pool table, a darts board and board games.

At the hotel

Four-hundred-acre grounds, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, work desk, alarm clock, kettle and teas, free bottled water and Temple Spa bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Whether you go for the room with a wood-burning stove or a private patio, you’ll find that the secluded and sprawling Spacious Rooms are aptly named. Hang the 'Gone fishing' sign on the door and settle in.

Packing tips

No need to lug your wellies – the hotel has a whole kick-line of boots available for guests (both big and small) to borrow.

Also

There are two rooms adapted for visitors with mobility issues. The reception area, restaurant and bar are all wheelchair accessible. Pets are welcome in most Cosy Luxe rooms for a one-off charge of £20.

Pet‐friendly

Eight Cosy Luxe rooms welcome pups for £20 per stay; check on availability with the hotel before booking. Your pooch will be pampered with a bed, bowls, treats and a dog towel. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.

Children

Welcome. Under-3s stay free, 4–16s stay for £20 a child a night. Rooms can be connected, and cots added to Cosy Luxe and Spacious rooms (extra beds to Spacious Rooms). Babysitting is available starting at £15 an hour through the Cotswolds Angels agency.

Food and Drink

Photos The Fish Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Cosy up by the wood burning fireplace in the cooler months, and take to the outdoor terrace to soak up the top-of-the-hill views in summer.

Dress Code

Turn up with ruddy cheeks and your finest weekend-in-the-country plaid.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Carl Holmes puts a spin on seasonal British cuisine that manages to be both refined and relaxed, which pairs perfectly with the light-filled, Scandi-inspired room. Surf (king prawns, Atlantic salmon) and turf (pork T-bone, juicy ribeye) is raison d’être here, but tempting starters such as scallops and smoked duck bacon might throw you deliciously off course from the main event. Stick around for the Sunday lunch feast with all the trimmings, served family style.

 

Hotel bar

Bright and inviting, the lounge-like bar beckons with a place for everyone—flop on a sofa, snag a stool at the bar, or cuddle by the fire with your expertly mixed gin (pick from 11 distillers) and tonic or local ale. Order small plates, sandwiches and soups off the bar menu from noon to 6pm. The bar is open from 10:30am–11:30pm.

 

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7:30am–10:30am; lunch is available noon till 2:30pm; sit down for dinner 6:30pm–9:30pm.

Room service

A very limited room-service menu of soup and sandwiches is available from noon to 10pm.

Location

Photos The Fish Hotel location
Address
The Fish Hotel
Farncombe Estate
WR12 7LJ
Broadway
United Kingdom

Planes

Birmingham Airport is the closest and roughly an hour away by car. Bristol Airport is a 90-minute drive from the hotel and London hubs are further afield: London Heathrow is 82 miles away; Gatwick, 117.

Trains

The depot at Moreton-in-Marsh is 20 minutes from the hotel. First Great Western trains (www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk) arrive direct from London Paddington in 90 minutes, Reading in an hour and Oxford in 40 minutes.

Automobiles

The drive from London without traffic is about two hours via the M40 and A40, and there’s free parking onsite.

Worth getting out of bed for

Strewn across 400 rolling country Cotswolds acres, the Fish lures ramblers of all stripes. Zip across the glorious grounds on a Segway or mountain bike, or lace up your trainers for one very scenic jog. Feeling sporty? Have the activity team set up the archery and clay shooting targets.

Tramp across verdant fields and in 45 minutes you’ll wind up on the High Street of Broadway Villagelined with antiques shops, boutiques and cafés. And for fragrant souvenirs, make the 10-minute drive to Cotswold Lavendera fourth-generation family farm that makes oils, soaps, candles and scents.

 

Local restaurants

Book ahead for a table at the award-winning Russell’s (+44 (0) 1386 853555), with modern British cuisine from chef Neil Clark. Ingredients are locally sourced and so fresh that the wild duck comes with a warning: may contain shot.


Set on the same estate as the Fish itself, the elegant Garden Room at Dormy House wows with its tasting menu and dishes such as stone bass with Cornish crab and Norfolk quail with Alsace bacon.

Local cafés

Broadway Deli (+44 (0)1386 853040) is just the spot for picking up picnic provisions and sandwiches to go (they’ll create the ultimate gift hamper for you, too). Or, check the list of daily specials and squeeze in with the locals to catch up on the day’s news over coffee.

 

Reviews

Photos The Fish Hotel reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel stay in the Cotswolds and unpacked their berry preserves and lavender soap, a full account of their countryside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Fish in Broadway Village…

If you’re scratching your head at the name, you’re not alone, nor geographically challenged—the Fish hotel is a rural Cotswolds escape miles from water. What gives then? As the story goes, this hill high above the countryside was home to the Benedictine Monks of Pershore Abbey until their monastery was wiped out in the 16th century. The monks had carved caves into this slope, which is where they cured and stored fish. What was once the monks’ ice box is now a weekender’s paradise with inviting rooms, smart British cuisine and relaxing surroundings. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Fish Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The beautiful countryside setting, perfect for winding down.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Jan 2017

We loved

The estate, the staff.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Dec 2016

We loved

The beautiful fireplace, sumptuous furnishings, cozy lounge, and the well behaved canine clientele.

Don’t expect

Stilettos and frocks. This place is for walking and exploring some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Dec 2016

We loved

We had a cosy suite which was lovely, would book that room again. Staff very friendly and helpful. Food good. We were given a map for a lovely walk which we did on a crisp winters day. Through the estate up to the Broadway tower which was stunning, then down into Broadway where we had coffee and cake. A gentle walk back to the Fish, approximately six miles. Would highly recommend it.

Don’t expect

...Abject luxury.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Dec 2016

We loved

Its position, lovely rooms, excellent food (in the evenings), snug bar. The walk into nearby Broadway is lovely – but be aware, its a 45-minute trip. 

Don’t expect

...A pretentious atmosphere. Live music.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Oct 2016

We loved

The views, and the quaint touches in the room and facilities

Don’t expect

To be bothered or disrupted

Rating

Stayed on 7 Sep 2016