Need to know
11am; earliest check-in, 3pm. (Both are flexible, subject to availability.)
Double rooms from $134.34 (£100), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include a generous buffet breakfast featuring home-made granola, muesli, toast, cereals, fruit salad, crème fraîche, yoghurts and the ilk. If you’re still hungry for more, order from the a la carte menu (options are £12.50 each).
The hotel’s restaurant gets booked up in advance; to avoid tantrums, arrange your own table asap. (The same goes for the Rectory Hotel’s sister property, the Potting Shed Pub.) Rooms are stocked with tea, coffee, fresh milk and home-made shortbread.
At the hotel
Walled grounds; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, marshmallow-soft bathrobes, Bramley bath products, tea- and coffee-making kit, fresh milk, home-made biscuits. Some rooms also have a retro Roberts Radio.
Our favourite rooms
Thanks to the historic building and its characterful irregularities, each of the Rectory’s rooms differs in shape and feel. Room 11 is particularly lovely, thanks to its top-floor perch and garden views. The roll-top bath tub in the bedroom and the village views through the large sash windows are the icing on the (Victoria sponge) cake. Make the most of the bathroom’s stash of muscle-wooing lavender bath salts while you’re here…
In the summer months, expect to while away a lot of time in the outdoor heated pool, which is equipped with an honesty bar and a telephone for ad-hoc guest requests.
Accessorise with a dog: it will complete your country-casual look. If you’re not a fan of man’s best friend or don’t have easy access to a hound (we’re not suggesting you steal one), bring a couple of good reads, some cosy cashmere and a spiffing British cologne: a Penhaligon’s elixir, perhaps.
The communal areas on the ground floor are suited to wheelchair-users; that said, there are no wheelchair-friendly toilets.
Fido can stay too, for £30 a night. Dog treats and beds can be provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.
This hotel is designed for grown-ups, but well-behaved little ’uns can come too, as long as they’re supervised. Extra beds can only be added to some rooms, so ask at time of booking if you're bringing little Smiths along.