Cotswolds, United Kingdom

The Wheatsheaf Inn

Rates from (ex tax)$100.79

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 (GBP95.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Chic coaching inn

Setting

Northleach market town

A 17th-century stone inn brought up to the present time with oodles of rustic modern style and good taste, the Wheatsheaf Inn hotel is a country charmer in the Cotswolds. Paintings – historic and contemporary – grace the walls, the just-coiffed-enough gardens are the perfect place to hide with a book, the regional cuisine is superb, the ales and ciders are well-chosen and the cocktails are spot on.

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Facilities

Photos The Wheatsheaf Inn facilities

Need to know

Rooms

14 suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $100.79 (£79), 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 (GBP95.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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.

Also

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

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.

Children

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.

Overview

Kids of any age will enjoy a stay at the Wheatsheaf Inn, especially those old enough to play out in the garden.

Recommended rooms

The ground-floor rooms (10, 11 and 12) and several of the Very Good rooms are large enough to fit extra beds.

Activities

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.

Meals

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

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).

Also

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.

Food and Drink

Photos The Wheatsheaf Inn food and drink

Top Table

Park yourself at a cosy table beside the long banquette for top people-watching. The private dining room, which seats 18–24, is pretty magical, should you be in party mode.

Dress Code

Informal gastropub gear, but a tad of tweed will tally with the hunting, shooting and fishing crowd.

Hotel restaurant

Chunky wooden tables and leather-backed chairs tempt you to linger in the Inn's inviting dining room, where paintings of historic Brit tobacco barons add to the olde worlde feel. By contrast, German artist Sebastian Krüger's pop art portrait of Kate Moss factors in the funk. Nosh by chef Ethan Rodgers is rustic and regional, with seasonal produce the star in a daily-changing menu. The signature devilled kidneys on toast take some beating but the Colchester rock oysters and chocolate 'Balthazar' dessert give them a run for their money. The full cooked English breakfast is a must, and is available until 10am. Make dinner reservations when booking – the restaurant is packed every night (but please note you can't book an 8pm slot, only before or after).

Traditional Christmas lunch with goose is £100 a person (£45 for little Smiths). 

 

Hotel bar

Beside the dining room, the Wheatsheaf Inn's convivial bar is a relaxed affair, popular with loyal locals. As well as a changing roster of regional beers, including Cotswold Lager and Festival Pride bitter, you'll find delicious Dunkertons organic cider on tap. The staff also mix killer cocktails and have taken out the title of Cotswolds Bloody Mary champions. Miss the mean Bellinis, glammed up with rum-flambéed peaches, at your peril. Expect a backing track of Pavarotti in the morning, segueing to Johnny Cash come the afternoon.

Last orders

Lunch in the restaurant is served from 12pm–3pm, tea from 3pm–6pm, and dinner from 6pm–10pm. The pub pulls pints until 11pm, and the back-garden bar keeps the same hours.

Room service

Available through the day, with cracking breakfast and tea (think scones and cake), but the team will try to accommodate any requests.

Location

Photos The Wheatsheaf Inn location
Address
The Wheatsheaf Inn
West End
GL54 3EZ
Northleach
United Kingdom

Planes

Fly into London's Heathrow Airport (www.heathrowairport.com) – from here it's about a 90-minute drive to the hotel. Gatwick Airport (www.gatwickairport.com) is just over a two-hour drive away. Recommended local firm Rainbow Taxis (+44 (0)1285 740 070) would be happy to pick you up and whisk you to the Wheatsheaf.

Trains

The nearest train stations are Kemble and Kingham, reached in under an hour and a half from London Paddington (www.nationalrail.co.uk), and Cheltenham Spa, which takes two hours and 15 minutes, with connections from most major UK cities. All three are about a 25-minute drive away.

Automobiles

A two-hour drive north-west of London, Northleach is just off the A40 between Cheltenham and Burford. Parking behind the hotel garden is free.

Worth getting out of bed for

Active country pursuits abound here, from walking to cycling, horseriding, tennis, rock climbing, golf, exceptional fishing and water sports (at the Cotswolds Water Park on South Cerney Lakes), all of which can be organised by your hosts. For riding, trot to Talland School of Equitation, near Cirencester. Clay-pigeon and game shooting are a blast, too, with sessions for all levels and regular competitions to test the best. Try Ian Coley Shooting School, near Cheltenham, or one of the private estates recommended by the Wheatsheaf crew.

To unwind after, book a massage or facial in the spa treatment room by the garden. Mr Smiths are well catered for, with chilled-out grooming options (one of the therapists, Damon, is the stylist for Morrissey when he's on tour – and he's also shaved the English cricket and rugby teams). 

History buffs can check out various stately piles within an hour's drive, including Sudeley Castle and Blenheim Palace, or ask the hotel team to arrange private tours of one of the glam gardens in the area. Northleach is also brilliantly placed for missions to the heritage-toting, grey-stone Cotswolds towns of Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Moreton-in-Marsh. Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre should amuse the thespians.

Closer to home, the Wheatshelf keeps up a busy calender of wine, beer, cocktail and champagne tastings, dining deals and sports events, as well as celebrating everything from New Year's Eve to Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night. If you'd rather just relax, laid-back types can luxuriate in the landscaped beer garden, where Cotswolds-green picnic tables, striped deck chairs, sunloungers and a tiny walled nook for sneaky pints beckon.

Local restaurants

Sunday lunch is a must at gastropub the Horse & Groom in Bourton-on-the Hill (+44 (0)1386 700413). It's bagged awards for its regularly changing menu, which runs the gamut from rib-eye steak to beer-battered hake. A brill bistro by the owners of the Wheatsheaf Inn, The Royal Well Tavern on 5 Royal Well Place in Cheltenham dishes up modern British and French tavern fare, with a focus on fresh local seafood and meats (+44 (0)1242 221212).

Local cafés

A top tip for simple food done well is restaurant, café and deli Made by Bob in the Corn Hall, 26 Market Place in Cirencester, which serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea (+44 (0)1285 641818). Chef/owner James 'Bob' Parkinson uses quality ingredients, and the London culinary vibe here keeps folk coming back for more. Don't miss hybrid café, farm produce shop, and chic garden and homewares boutique, Daylesford Farmshop & Café (+44 (0)1608 731700). Set on a Gloucestershire organic farm, it also has outlets in London, and blends impeccable style with gorgeous sustenance.

Local bars

The Village Pub in Barnsley near Cirencester (+44 (0)1285 740421) and The Swan at Southrop (+44 (0)1367 850205) are both smart bets for sipping a pint in stylish surrounds, with tasty food options to see off that hangover. Overlooking the main square in Northleach, The Ox House Wine Bar has about 20 wines available by the glass, a cosy wood-lined interior and an airy courtyard outside, leading to a handy Wine Barn shop (+44 (0)1451 860649).

Reviews

Photos The Wheatsheaf Inn reviews

Anonymous review

Honestly? I was a tad disappointed when Mr Smith said he’d booked a pub for the weekend. Being seven months pregnant, I was hoping for something luxurious for our last weekend à deux for some time. Turning off the motorway, we swung onto a country road shrouded by dark forest, punctuated with glints of cute, hidden cottages. I wondered if Mr Smith had thought this one through. He knew my litmus test for an overnight stay by now – amazing beds, huge bathtubs, brilliant but unfussy food, and sophisticated but not too try-hard. Could the unassuming-sounding Wheatsheaf Inn deliver? 

Perched on bar stools several hours later, encouraging Mr Smith onto his second pint of local ale by a warming log fire, I had to admit he had nailed it. Formerly a coaching inn, beyond the ivy-clad stone façade, Wheatsheaf Inn keeps the same friendly atmosphere I imagine it had when welcoming weary days-gone-by travellers. Original stone flags are suitably worn and roaring hearths keep the pub toasty.

Checking in, squeezed between locals at the bar, was a little more cosy than I had anticipated, but we were ushered into the fold with cheerful banter. Around us other weekend-awayers were crashed out in padded alcoves for wind-down drinks, lively chatter floating in from the two dining rooms flanking the bar. Subdued green walls, exposed Cotswold stone and antique armchairs hemmed in by the low-beamed ceilings conveyed chintz- and clutter-free charm and impeccable taste.

And oh our room! My smile stretched to a broad grin when I spied the most welcome sight in our Excellent Room: a freestanding claw-footed slipper bath. Bath lovers can attest just how exciting little details such as a big pot of bath salts and a stack of plump white towels warming on the rail are. Open-plan, apart from a small room for the loo, opposite the bath is an enormous bed with robust oak headboard. This passed Mr Smith’s super-king test: lying widthways across the bed still leaving plenty of room. Contemporary flair was there too in the dusty pink and grey goose colour scheme, the Lewis & Wood wallpaper and a vast B&O television. (Due to my burgeoning bump the bath stood little chance of accommodating us both, but the all-in-one design of the room ensured an easy bed/tub rotation.)

Dinner in the Wheatsheaf proved a convivial, noisy affair. Huge tea towels masquerade as napkins and foil-wrapped Gloucestershire churned butter accompanies freshly baked bread. Great British fare, but excellently executed: perfectly pink partridge, whole plaice with shrimp butter and an oozing ginger sticky toffee pudding. The wine list, perhaps reflecting the better-heeled clientele stretches into the hundreds.

Waking the next morning I wondered why I couldn’t move. I was just that comfortable. It wasn’t only the Egyptian cotton or the comforting weight of blankets; turns out it was because the beds have Hypnos memory-foam mattresses. The Wheatsheaf Inn has a knack of making guests happy – just as it’s met one set of demands, it throws you a little something extra to really warm the cockles. Mmm… afternoon toast and peanut butter in the snug by the crackling fire… a bowl of gourmet chocolate eggs in the room (perfect with a cuppa)… O-Check Design Graphics notepads to hand. OK – who needs the hotel to have five stars when you've got touches like that?

The village of Northleach, a 500-year-old market town, is well worth a mooch around, with its pretty vaulted church, the bells of which we could hear from our room. It’s what Americans would call ‘quaint’, but lacking the saccharine-sweet chocolate-box veneer that some villages in the Cotswolds have. It’s window-shopping gold too – we found ourselves in the extraordinary Dolls House shop and then in a time-warp emporium selling antique clocks and tiny music boxes.

Back at our 17th-century bolt hole, staff were revving up for the next busy mealtime so we retreated to the sanctuary of our room for another round of baths. We heard the pub door bang repeatedly as hungry customers eagerly arrived, reminding us that the chilled-out Wheatsheaf is not just a Cotswolds boutique hotel but a thriving boozer with a lively atmosphere – and thank goodness for that. It’s the way forward for a relaxed, stylish break. And, as Mr Smith later informed me, the hotel welcomes babies, children and even dogs (the hotel also has its own Labrador, Pudding), perhaps providing the perfect solution for our own growing Smith clan.

We loved the public house feel to it all. Pints of fine ale in the bath, a do-it-yourself Bloody Mary at breakfast, and everyone so smiley. So, you can keep your big country hotels where couples eye other couples over fancy martinis and dine formally in a Michelin-starred dining room, after all. And you can wipe that smug look off your face, Mr Smith.

 

 

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 Wheatsheaf Inn’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The giant bath and gorgeous bath products. Hidcote Manor Gardens is within driving distance and a beautiful place to visit.

Don’t expect

...a shower (although the bath more then made up for it!)

Rating

Stayed on 14 Oct 2016

We loved

The room, the breakfast, the peace and quiet. We didn't have time to explore around the hotel but would love to go back and do so.

Don’t expect

... A cooked breakfast included in price.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Oct 2016

We loved

Everything!! Great food, fabulous service, amazing room, love the snug. Very dog friendly. Lovely garden for kids. If you have girls, recommend visiting the antique Dolls House shop further down the road, which had a lovely lady running it.

Don’t expect

Nothing not to expect for me – it is the perfect place to stay

Rating

Stayed on 16 Sep 2016

We loved

Comfortable rooms, delicious dinner and cosy snug.

Don’t expect

Shopping, gym or pool

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Stayed on 24 Aug 2016

We loved

The bathroom with bateau bath in Room 1. Lovely deep bath, gorgeous 100 Acre products. The huge, comfy bed with feather pillows and good quality linen. (Be warned if you're allergic to feathers!) The stylish interior design. (I loved the artwork but it may not be to everyone's taste.) The food in the restaurant - great, traditional English menu. The location - great for visiting some charming Cotswold villages and towns. The 'thank you' bag as you checked out - with water, chocolate and Wheatsheaf matches. A nice little touch. Bourton-on-the-Water is a beautiful Cotswold village a short drive up the road and definitely worth a visit, and if it's in season the Cotswold Lavender farm in Snowshill is lovely. Cirencester is also a lovely town worth a wander round.

Don’t expect

Tea and coffee in your room - although they will bring you a pot on request. Storage - there is very little so might be a problem for a longer stay. Any surfaces to put things on - we had to put our tea tray on the bed then the widow sill because there was nowhere else to put it, and the glass bathroom shelves sloped so everything fell off. A cooked breakfast to be included in the room rate - which considering how much each room costs is a bit cheeky. All part of the quirky charm I guess!

Rating

Stayed on 30 Jul 2016

We loved

Warm welcome and cosy bedroom. Good food.

Don’t expect

Vibrant village with shops

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Stayed on 15 Jul 2016

We loved

Our room - the bed and bath were top notch and couldn't ask for more. In room snacks on arrival a tasty plus. Beautiful location for summer walks and exploring. Great wine bar in centre of village for alternative pre-dinner drink!

Don’t expect

Speedy/attentive service - both dinner and breakfast service appeared very understaffed and hard to get anyone's attention. Get down early for breakfast or all pastries and juice will be gone.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

The huge copper bath. Take a little mooch through the quiet streets of Northleach. The buildings are beautiful and is exactly how I imagined the Cotwolds to be. A true step back in time.

Don’t expect

Tea & Coffee in your room

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Stayed on 1 May 2016

We loved

Everything about this place. Can't wait to return.

Don’t expect

A tourist trap

Rating

Stayed on 21 Apr 2016

We loved

The doggy friendly room, the food, the authentic country pub vibe and the service. Pretty village with a nice park for walking the dog. Beautiful bell ringing from the church.

Don’t expect

To wear your designer gear, this is a comfortable relaxed place to lay your head.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Apr 2016

We loved

The staff and the atmosphere

Don’t expect

Anything but a great pub

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

We loved

The comfy bed and fluffy duvet

Don’t expect

Tea making facilities in room, but they will bring it to you!

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Stayed on 1 Apr 2016

We loved

Restaurant service; really thoughtful of our needs with a young child. Northleach is a great location for a lot of Cotswold spots: Stow on wold. We loved our picnic and walk in Batsford Arboretum and having coffee at Lower Slaughters hotel. 9/10

Don’t expect

Storage – almost nowhere to store our stuff in the room

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Stayed on 30 Mar 2016

We loved

Restaurant and lively bar

Don’t expect

Spacious accommodation, attentive staff - the pub is very busy with locals

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Stayed on 13 Mar 2016

We loved

The rooms, the vibe.

Don’t expect

To be able to make a hot drink for yourself...it would be nice to have a selection of tea in the room.

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Stayed on 5 Mar 2016

We loved

The food was great, we particularly loved the cheddar souffle with grain mustard, fantastic cocktails too! There are great interior and antique shops in Burford, 10 min drive away. 

Don’t expect

A mini-bar, but they'll bring any drink from the bar downstairs up to your room

Rating

Stayed on 3 Mar 2016

We loved

The wonderful food, amazing rooms and brilliant service! Recommend a visit to Dalesford Farm, it's a terrific lunch stop.

Don’t expect

To give dessert a miss!

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Stayed on 26 Feb 2016

We loved

The food and cosy ambience. Beautifully quirky room with fabulous roll top bath, gorgeous toiletries and lovely comfortable bed.

Don’t expect

Anywhere to hang up your clothes. Tea and coffee in your room, although they are happy to bring it up free of charge.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Jan 2016

We loved

The hotel itself – an eclectic mix of old and new in an historic building. The pretty town was very picturesque and an easy drive to other sights and towns in the Cotswolds. Great staff and lovely food.

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Stayed on 24 Dec 2015

We loved

All of it, the service and overall quality of the place was outstanding from start to finish. The food was so good I ordered the desert twice!

Don’t expect

To leave on an empty stomach.

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Stayed on 23 Dec 2015

We loved

The decor and the relaxed approach to allowing our dog to stay in our room and go anywhere in the hotel.

Don’t expect

Slick hotel trained staff; they are keen, polite and willing, but very young and the service was not polished.

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Stayed on 8 Dec 2015

We loved

Our room with a gorgeous, with a huge, hip bath tub in the bathroom.

Don’t expect

Big hotel style service: this is nice and personal and low key.

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Stayed on 13 Nov 2015

We loved

The excellent room was luxurious and beautiful. The food, wine and service was exceptional.

Don’t expect

To take away any toiletries although Mr & Mrs Smith did throw in some of the gorgeous handwash.

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Stayed on 30 Oct 2015

We loved

Relaxed atmosphere, style, great food, room.

Don’t expect

Formality

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Stayed on 24 Oct 2015

We loved

Our room, no. 6, the bed was huge and the bathroom is open to the bedroom with a huge shower - very nice.

Don’t expect

Quiet - the bar and restaurant guests are a noisy bunch and the garbage is collected very early in the mornings.

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Stayed on 18 Sep 2015

We loved

Down to earth and friendly staff, cosy room and comfy bed, brilliant restaurant, scrumptuous breakfast!

Don’t expect

To have your treatments booked correctly or to have a correct bill first time (especially if you are putting expenses on a room).

Rating

Stayed on 1 Sep 2015

We loved

The quaint town and charming architecture. We ate dinner at the hotel and it was amazing. We also had lunch in the back garden the next day which was also lovely. The rooms were very stylish and cute with very nice bath fittings.

Don’t expect

The room was small for two people.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Aug 2015

We loved

Our room was spacious and had a large claw tub. They have their own line of wonderful products. Also the restaurant is excellent.

Don’t expect

Wouldn't consider this a family-kid friendly hotel

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Stayed on 2 Aug 2015

We loved

Room No 9 furthest away from the noise and a fantastic bathroom !

Don’t expect

A cooked breakfast in the price.

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Stayed on 17 Jul 2015

We loved

The sumptuous pillows and fantastically comfy bed. We had a great night's sleep. The staff who were very friendly and couldn't do enough to help. The food was excellent, especially breakfast. The gardens are spacious and very pretty, lovely to sit outside for a meal or drinks; and our daughter loved the play house and had to be dragged out at dinner time. The staff were extremely accommodating with our 19 month old and went out of their way not to make us feel awkward about having a little one in a boutique style hotel.

Don’t expect

Wardrobes and huge rooms. They are a good size but you definitely need to book the larger size rooms if you are going to spend any time in them.

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Stayed on 3 Jul 2015

We loved

The boutique rooms and great food.

Don’t expect

To stay too sober.

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Stayed on 20 Jun 2015

We loved

The location, the food, and the overall decoration and feel of the hotel.

Don’t expect

There is no air conditioning in the rooms and we found it very hot and stuffy through the night even with the window wide open!

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Stayed on 3 May 2015

We loved

The hotel.

Don’t expect

Tranquil background music.

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Stayed on 22 Feb 2015

We loved

The huge bed, the open fires, the cosiness.

Don’t expect

If you want to dine outside the Wheatsheaf expect to drive or pay for a cab.

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Stayed on 22 Feb 2015

We loved

The feel and decoration of the hotel and rooms in particular the bath in Room 1, the really friendly service and the good food. Busy atmosphere in the bar.

Don’t expect

More choice of wines by the glass.

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Stayed on 10 Feb 2015

We loved

Nice food and good boutique feel.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Feb 2015

We loved

Pleasant staff.

Don’t expect

The bathroom needs a shelf/cupboard for toiletries. There is very little space for clothes in the bedroom, just 4 hangers on coat hooks.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Feb 2015

We loved

Friendliness of the staff - amazing and consistent throughout the two days. Food was first class as were the cocktails and local ales. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

I upgraded to a 'very good' room but was a little disappointed that it was smaller than expected with only one chair in it I guess I will have move up a level next time to 'excellent' room.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Jan 2015

We loved

The Inn is in a great location - Northleach is a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with beautiful rolling countryside on your doorstep. The villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow on the Wold are a short drive away, and worth visiting. The staff are very attentive, though given how busy the barrestaurant was throughout our stay, often seemed rushed off their feet. The food in the restaurant was of a very high standard and perfect after a day of walking. You would definitely need to book ahead to secure a table. I would also recommend having a facial in the small, but very cosy, treatment room on site.

Don’t expect

There's no reception area - you walk straight into the bar, which was packed when we arrived, it was difficult to manoeuvre with our luggage, and to get the attention of a staff member initially. Parking is also limited, so we ended parking further down the village. Our room (room 4) was quite small, but there's a lounge area downstairs with plenty of sofas and comfy chairs, to escape to.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Dec 2014

We loved

Great food and friendly staff. Lovely, chic rooms and bathrooms. Great ideas like Buck's Fizz and a jar of Alka Selzaparacetamol at breakfast.

Don’t expect

Can be quite noisy when the pub garden is full and for the price paid, I think a cooked breakfast should probably be included.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Dec 2014

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 Wheatsheaf Inn’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The giant bath and gorgeous bath products. Hidcote Manor Gardens is within driving distance and a beautiful place to visit.

Don’t expect

...a shower (although the bath more then made up for it!)

Rating

Stayed on 14 Oct 2016

We loved

The room, the breakfast, the peace and quiet. We didn't have time to explore around the hotel but would love to go back and do so.

Don’t expect

... A cooked breakfast included in price.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Oct 2016

We loved

Everything!! Great food, fabulous service, amazing room, love the snug. Very dog friendly. Lovely garden for kids. If you have girls, recommend visiting the antique Dolls House shop further down the road, which had a lovely lady running it.

Don’t expect

Nothing not to expect for me – it is the perfect place to stay

Rating

Stayed on 16 Sep 2016

We loved

Comfortable rooms, delicious dinner and cosy snug.

Don’t expect

Shopping, gym or pool

Rating

Stayed on 24 Aug 2016

We loved

The bathroom with bateau bath in Room 1. Lovely deep bath, gorgeous 100 Acre products. The huge, comfy bed with feather pillows and good quality linen. (Be warned if you're allergic to feathers!) The stylish interior design. (I loved the artwork but it may not be to everyone's taste.) The food in the restaurant - great, traditional English menu. The location - great for visiting some charming Cotswold villages and towns. The 'thank you' bag as you checked out - with water, chocolate and Wheatsheaf matches. A nice little touch. Bourton-on-the-Water is a beautiful Cotswold village a short drive up the road and definitely worth a visit, and if it's in season the Cotswold Lavender farm in Snowshill is lovely. Cirencester is also a lovely town worth a wander round.

Don’t expect

Tea and coffee in your room - although they will bring you a pot on request. Storage - there is very little so might be a problem for a longer stay. Any surfaces to put things on - we had to put our tea tray on the bed then the widow sill because there was nowhere else to put it, and the glass bathroom shelves sloped so everything fell off. A cooked breakfast to be included in the room rate - which considering how much each room costs is a bit cheeky. All part of the quirky charm I guess!

Rating

Stayed on 30 Jul 2016

We loved

Warm welcome and cosy bedroom. Good food.

Don’t expect

Vibrant village with shops

Rating

Stayed on 15 Jul 2016

We loved

Our room - the bed and bath were top notch and couldn't ask for more. In room snacks on arrival a tasty plus. Beautiful location for summer walks and exploring. Great wine bar in centre of village for alternative pre-dinner drink!

Don’t expect

Speedy/attentive service - both dinner and breakfast service appeared very understaffed and hard to get anyone's attention. Get down early for breakfast or all pastries and juice will be gone.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

The huge copper bath. Take a little mooch through the quiet streets of Northleach. The buildings are beautiful and is exactly how I imagined the Cotwolds to be. A true step back in time.

Don’t expect

Tea & Coffee in your room

Rating

Stayed on 1 May 2016

We loved

Everything about this place. Can't wait to return.

Don’t expect

A tourist trap

Rating

Stayed on 21 Apr 2016

We loved

The doggy friendly room, the food, the authentic country pub vibe and the service. Pretty village with a nice park for walking the dog. Beautiful bell ringing from the church.

Don’t expect

To wear your designer gear, this is a comfortable relaxed place to lay your head.

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Stayed on 17 Apr 2016

We loved

The staff and the atmosphere

Don’t expect

Anything but a great pub

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

We loved

The comfy bed and fluffy duvet

Don’t expect

Tea making facilities in room, but they will bring it to you!

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Stayed on 1 Apr 2016

We loved

Restaurant service; really thoughtful of our needs with a young child. Northleach is a great location for a lot of Cotswold spots: Stow on wold. We loved our picnic and walk in Batsford Arboretum and having coffee at Lower Slaughters hotel. 9/10

Don’t expect

Storage – almost nowhere to store our stuff in the room

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Stayed on 30 Mar 2016

We loved

Restaurant and lively bar

Don’t expect

Spacious accommodation, attentive staff - the pub is very busy with locals

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Stayed on 13 Mar 2016

We loved

The rooms, the vibe.

Don’t expect

To be able to make a hot drink for yourself...it would be nice to have a selection of tea in the room.

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Stayed on 5 Mar 2016

We loved

The food was great, we particularly loved the cheddar souffle with grain mustard, fantastic cocktails too! There are great interior and antique shops in Burford, 10 min drive away. 

Don’t expect

A mini-bar, but they'll bring any drink from the bar downstairs up to your room

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Stayed on 3 Mar 2016

We loved

The wonderful food, amazing rooms and brilliant service! Recommend a visit to Dalesford Farm, it's a terrific lunch stop.

Don’t expect

To give dessert a miss!

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Stayed on 26 Feb 2016

We loved

The food and cosy ambience. Beautifully quirky room with fabulous roll top bath, gorgeous toiletries and lovely comfortable bed.

Don’t expect

Anywhere to hang up your clothes. Tea and coffee in your room, although they are happy to bring it up free of charge.

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Stayed on 8 Jan 2016

We loved

The hotel itself – an eclectic mix of old and new in an historic building. The pretty town was very picturesque and an easy drive to other sights and towns in the Cotswolds. Great staff and lovely food.

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Stayed on 24 Dec 2015

We loved

All of it, the service and overall quality of the place was outstanding from start to finish. The food was so good I ordered the desert twice!

Don’t expect

To leave on an empty stomach.

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Stayed on 23 Dec 2015

We loved

The decor and the relaxed approach to allowing our dog to stay in our room and go anywhere in the hotel.

Don’t expect

Slick hotel trained staff; they are keen, polite and willing, but very young and the service was not polished.

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Stayed on 8 Dec 2015

We loved

Our room with a gorgeous, with a huge, hip bath tub in the bathroom.

Don’t expect

Big hotel style service: this is nice and personal and low key.

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Stayed on 13 Nov 2015

We loved

The excellent room was luxurious and beautiful. The food, wine and service was exceptional.

Don’t expect

To take away any toiletries although Mr & Mrs Smith did throw in some of the gorgeous handwash.

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Stayed on 30 Oct 2015

We loved

Relaxed atmosphere, style, great food, room.

Don’t expect

Formality

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Stayed on 24 Oct 2015

We loved

Our room, no. 6, the bed was huge and the bathroom is open to the bedroom with a huge shower - very nice.

Don’t expect

Quiet - the bar and restaurant guests are a noisy bunch and the garbage is collected very early in the mornings.

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Stayed on 18 Sep 2015

We loved

Down to earth and friendly staff, cosy room and comfy bed, brilliant restaurant, scrumptuous breakfast!

Don’t expect

To have your treatments booked correctly or to have a correct bill first time (especially if you are putting expenses on a room).

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Stayed on 1 Sep 2015

We loved

The quaint town and charming architecture. We ate dinner at the hotel and it was amazing. We also had lunch in the back garden the next day which was also lovely. The rooms were very stylish and cute with very nice bath fittings.

Don’t expect

The room was small for two people.

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Stayed on 21 Aug 2015

We loved

Our room was spacious and had a large claw tub. They have their own line of wonderful products. Also the restaurant is excellent.

Don’t expect

Wouldn't consider this a family-kid friendly hotel

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Stayed on 2 Aug 2015

We loved

Room No 9 furthest away from the noise and a fantastic bathroom !

Don’t expect

A cooked breakfast in the price.

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Stayed on 17 Jul 2015

We loved

The sumptuous pillows and fantastically comfy bed. We had a great night's sleep. The staff who were very friendly and couldn't do enough to help. The food was excellent, especially breakfast. The gardens are spacious and very pretty, lovely to sit outside for a meal or drinks; and our daughter loved the play house and had to be dragged out at dinner time. The staff were extremely accommodating with our 19 month old and went out of their way not to make us feel awkward about having a little one in a boutique style hotel.

Don’t expect

Wardrobes and huge rooms. They are a good size but you definitely need to book the larger size rooms if you are going to spend any time in them.

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Stayed on 3 Jul 2015

We loved

The boutique rooms and great food.

Don’t expect

To stay too sober.

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Stayed on 20 Jun 2015

We loved

The location, the food, and the overall decoration and feel of the hotel.

Don’t expect

There is no air conditioning in the rooms and we found it very hot and stuffy through the night even with the window wide open!

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Stayed on 3 May 2015

We loved

The hotel.

Don’t expect

Tranquil background music.

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Stayed on 22 Feb 2015

We loved

The huge bed, the open fires, the cosiness.

Don’t expect

If you want to dine outside the Wheatsheaf expect to drive or pay for a cab.

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Stayed on 22 Feb 2015

We loved

The feel and decoration of the hotel and rooms in particular the bath in Room 1, the really friendly service and the good food. Busy atmosphere in the bar.

Don’t expect

More choice of wines by the glass.

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Stayed on 10 Feb 2015

We loved

Nice food and good boutique feel.

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Stayed on 7 Feb 2015

We loved

Pleasant staff.

Don’t expect

The bathroom needs a shelf/cupboard for toiletries. There is very little space for clothes in the bedroom, just 4 hangers on coat hooks.

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Stayed on 3 Feb 2015

We loved

Friendliness of the staff - amazing and consistent throughout the two days. Food was first class as were the cocktails and local ales. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

I upgraded to a 'very good' room but was a little disappointed that it was smaller than expected with only one chair in it I guess I will have move up a level next time to 'excellent' room.

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Stayed on 30 Jan 2015

We loved

The Inn is in a great location - Northleach is a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with beautiful rolling countryside on your doorstep. The villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow on the Wold are a short drive away, and worth visiting. The staff are very attentive, though given how busy the barrestaurant was throughout our stay, often seemed rushed off their feet. The food in the restaurant was of a very high standard and perfect after a day of walking. You would definitely need to book ahead to secure a table. I would also recommend having a facial in the small, but very cosy, treatment room on site.

Don’t expect

There's no reception area - you walk straight into the bar, which was packed when we arrived, it was difficult to manoeuvre with our luggage, and to get the attention of a staff member initially. Parking is also limited, so we ended parking further down the village. Our room (room 4) was quite small, but there's a lounge area downstairs with plenty of sofas and comfy chairs, to escape to.

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Stayed on 28 Dec 2014

We loved

Great food and friendly staff. Lovely, chic rooms and bathrooms. Great ideas like Buck's Fizz and a jar of Alka Selzaparacetamol at breakfast.

Don’t expect

Can be quite noisy when the pub garden is full and for the price paid, I think a cooked breakfast should probably be included.

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Stayed on 26 Dec 2014