Cotswolds, United Kingdom

The Fish Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$202.72

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 (GBP189.00), 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 $202.72 (£158), 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 (GBP189.00), 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.

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. Cots (for children two and under) are free; those aged three and over will need an extra bed (£20 a night). Cots can be added to Cosy Luxe and Spacious rooms (extra beds to Spacious Rooms). Babysitting is available, starting at £15 an hour.

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
Broadway
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 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
Alice Tate

Anonymous review

I’m in my pyjamas in bed in my Cosy Luxe room at the Fish and I hear… nothing. Sweet, blissful nothing. The silence you don’t get anywhere when you live in a city; the one that really lets your mind wander, your body relax and your whole soul drift off into a heavenly, peaceful slumber. 

This is why you come to the Fish: to relax, zone out, escape the digital world (though there is excellent WiFi if you wish to connect), lie in, explore the countryside and eat well. And whether you’re here with your partner, a group of girlfriends, kids, or parents, you feel at home, welcome and in good company. Unlike a lot of boutique hotels, the Fish’s demographic is seemingly broad. Looking around the breakfast room while eating my eggs and soldiers on Saturday morning, there’s everyone from young couples and elderly lovers to sets of couples making up tables of six and four-generation-spanning families. To be here alone is frankly quite odd, and the waitress doesn’t hesitate to tell me, chuckling as she removes the extra placement. People obviously don’t do that so much here. Nevertheless, I quite like a solo retreat, and I’d argue that the Fish is a great place to do it: the rooms are pretty compact so you don’t feel lonely and there are plenty of sofas in the lounge on which to curl up with a book; then there’s the vast expanse of countryside that’s perfect for long walks and getting your thoughts together. 

Getting here from London couldn’t be simpler. You hop on the train at Paddington and an hour and a half of countryside later, you jump off at Moreton-in-Marsh station, and take a 15-minute taxi to the hotel. Everyone around here knows the Farncombe Estate, and the drive across the grounds is certainly a lovely one, with picturesque views of the patchwork fields stretching right over to North Wales. Check-in is quick and easy; though with my room being down in the Stables and arriving in the dark, I could have done with a little more assistance in getting there. Call me fussy, but even if I am travelling with the smallest backpack of all, I do still like to be accompanied to my room. 

My room, 98, is comfortable yet modest. It’s homely. Compact. Basic luxury — that’s the vibe of the Fish throughout, prices and all. It’s modern country chic with a nod to the Scandi aesthetic: a sheepskin rug on a leather basket chair; a statement blue rotary telephone; and a cream vintage radio on the desk. The bed is huge and wonderfully comfortable, with a green-upholstered headboard, piled up pillows and a rich, woollen bedspread. There’s a desk with tea and coffee supplies (a Smeg fridge in the foyer offers more fresh milk), a large mirror, bedside table lamps and, in terms of storage, a chest of drawers and hooks and hangers for clothes. The bathroom is pretty low-key. There’s a bath tub with an overhead shower and a basic Bramley toiletries — so you’ll be stung if you forget your toothbrush, razor, nail file and the like. 

Dinner is a delight; unsurprisingly, it’s popular with residents as well as locals. There are tables of twos, tens and even a larger 80th birthday group. (Though after being advised to make a reservation, I do struggle somewhat with the restaurant not answering the phone for four tries!). The sea bass ceviche is delicious and surprisingly authentic — I was in Peru the month prior so it seems like the obvious choice — and the spring green risotto I have for my main is mammoth in size and equally big on flavour. Delicious.

Come morning, I’m struggling to prise myself out of the sheets. I’ve got until 12pm so there’s no real rush, but I’m determined to get out and soak up just a little more of that country air. Honestly, you could walk for miles around here. Down the hills, up the hills, around the little lake complete with lily pads, or up to Dormy House and Foxhill Manor. 

While there is a modest fitness suite and a nice yoga studio, that’s about it when it comes to the leisure facilities. I mean, I could have splurged on a cross-country segway session or archery, but even with my country-girl roots engaged, I’m not sure I’m so interested in spending on those! If you’re craving a little TLC, you can book in for a treatment at Dormy House (which has one of the most sumptuous spas in the whole of the Cotswolds), though it can be tricky to score availability. However, for those satisfied with country air, a comfy bed and good food, the Fish is the perfect Cotswolds bolthole. 

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 countryside location and the good quality breakfast.

Don’t expect

Fine dining or an upmarket bar. Peace, unless you get the right location of room.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Jul 2017

We loved

Everything about the hotel and service.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Jun 2017

We loved

Fantastic, friendly staff. Good rooms and food. Nice quiet location with walks, jogging and a variety of outdoor activities.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jun 2017

We loved

The location. I didn't love the hen party that dominated the restaurant on the Friday night/Saturday morning...The hotel could have put them in the private room all weekend like they did on the Sunday morning! The Lygon Arms was amazing for fine dining.

Don’t expect

Fine dining; the restaurant serves burgers, pulled pork etc. I should have worn jeans, I felt overdressed. The restaurant could be so much nicer. Breakfast was fabulous and all cooked to order. The hotel is very casual so don't dress up.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Jun 2017

We loved

The staff are enthusiastic, professional and adorable. The food was great, especially the home made pizza. There is beautiful countryside all around to enjoy, what a view! You can choose to just relax or take part in the activities on offer.

Don’t expect

Night life. This is for people who want some peace in the evening.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Jun 2017

We loved

The unpretentious luxury and all the thoughtful little touches and complimentary gifts. Nearby Chipping Campden is lovely

Don’t expect

Too much from the restaurant in the hotel itself – there are better options close by.

Rating

Stayed on 12 May 2017

We loved

The staff were so accommodating of our dog and nothing was too much trouble to make us all feel welcome, they set up tables in the bar so that we didn't have to leave him in the room when we ate. There is a lovely circular walk from Broadway Tower to the village which has great pubs and cafes. The views are incredible.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Apr 2017

We loved

Stayed in one of the Hilly Huts and loved the stoked fire place, hot tub, board games and cosy bed. Go to Broadway deli for a ploughmans.

Don’t expect

Five-star luxury.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Mar 2017

We loved

Acres of grounds. Visit the Ebrington Arms pub.

Don’t expect

Flat walks.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Mar 2017

We loved

The Hilly Hut tucked away on the hill, the indoor and outdoor log fires, the hot tub and amazing service.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Feb 2017

We loved

The beautiful countryside setting, perfect for winding down.

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Stayed on 2 Jan 2017

We loved

The estate, the staff.

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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