Need to know
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $100.79 (£79), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include a Continental breakfast. A full English breakfast costs an additional £12; à la carte hot dishes start at £4. Z-beds for adults are £50 a night.
The Wheatsheaf doesn't host weddings but would make a swell spot for a reception dinner, with bespoke banquets including whole hogs for a rollicking rural send-off. Guests at Cotswolds-fan Kate Moss' nuptials bedded down here, and it would also be stylish for a stag or hen do.
At the hotel
Small spa, snug/TV room, private dining room, poker room, wine cellar, board games, cinema club, free WiFi throughout, gardens. In rooms: flatscreen Bang & Olufsen TV with free Sky channels, Bramley bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Once a piggery, Excellent Room 9 flaunts high ceilings and original stone walls. Very Good Room 6, in the former stable block, mixes masculine black suede and tweed, and Excellent Room 1 boasts a blissful freestanding bath. For garden access, opt for feminine Excellent Room 11. Tip: if you're lugging lots of luggage, ask for a room with a wardrobe or chest of drawers – they don't all have them.
Shooting – of the real and clay-pigeon variety – is up for grabs near this rustic retreat, and if you bring your own rifle there's a gun cabinet for storing it safely. Pack country clobber for hearty walks, although the hotel can provide handy Hunter wellies.
Canine companions can stay in the three larger ground-floor rooms (10, 11 and 12) for £10 a night, with dog beds, bowls and treats provided.
Welcome. Baby cots (free), or a limited number of fold-out Z-beds for under-16s (£25 a night) are available on request. Babysitting with Rocking Horse Nannies can be arranged, a week's notice is advised.
Kids of any age will enjoy a stay at the Wheatsheaf Inn, especially those old enough to play out in the garden.
The ground-floor rooms (10, 11 and 12) and several of the Very Good rooms are large enough to fit extra beds.
Kids will love the huge toy box, board games and Wendy house out in the back garden. Child-friendly capers in the nearby countryside include walking, cycling, horseriding, waterskiing and sailing. For animal encounters, they can feed the lambs at Cotswold Farm Park (www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk) or go wild at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk). Magical, traditional Giffords Circus (www.giffordscircus.com) performs locally, too.
The restaurant offers an appealing children's menu and welcomes nippers at any time. Staff can whip up packed lunches for picnics or heat baby food or milk.
Babysitting can be arranged with a local company, we recommend giving a week's notice.
No need to pack
Highchairs. If you need to bring a baby monitor, they're most likely to work in most of the rooms above the bar (numbers 1–4).
The Wheatsheaf offers baby cots (free) and a limited number of fold-out Z-beds for under-16s (£25 a night). Make sure you book them in advance, though.