Cotswolds, United Kingdom

The Wheatsheaf Inn

Rates per night from$91.03

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP70.83), 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

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Need to know

Rooms

14 suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $91.03 (£71), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include a Continental breakfast with à la carte hot dishes (not included for room-only bookings).

Also

The Wheatsheaf Inn 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. If you're planning a smaller special evening, ask the hotel to have a bottle of champagne waiting in your room.

At the hotel

Snug/TV room, private dining room, poker room, wine cellar, board games, 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. A few of the rooms have the bath tub or shower at the end of the bed; ask when booking if you'd rather have an ensuite. 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.

Also

Throughout the year, the hotel shows big rugby, tennis and cricket matches live on the telly in the snug.

Pet‐friendly

Canine companions can stay in Very Good or Excellent rooms for £15 a night, with dog beds, bowls and treats provided. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.

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; adventurous kids will like the climbing wall at Far Peak. For animal encounters, they can feed the lambs at Cotswold Farm Park or go wild at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. Magical, traditional Giffords Circus 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

Staff can give advice on local babysitting companies; 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

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Top Table

Park yourself at a cosy table beside the long banquette for top people-watching. The private dining room, which seats 18–20, 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 Devon Boyce 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 'marathon pud' 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. 

 

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, there's delicious Dunkertons organic cider on tap. The staff also mix killer cocktails:. miss the mean Bellinis 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 noon–3pm; afternoon tea, bar snacks and scones from 3pm–6pm; and dinner from 6pm–9.30pm (10pm on Fridays and Saturdays). 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

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Address
The Wheatsheaf Inn
West End
Northleach
GL54 3EZ
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 watersports (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, or Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre. 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.

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. Alternatively, get your roast at the Wild Duck near Ewen, where the Yorkshire pud is seriously good. 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). The Chequers at Churchill in Chipping Norton is a cosy option for a drink or weeknight supper. 

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

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Harriet Whiting

Anonymous review

By Harriet Whiting, Circumnavigating scribe

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.

 

 

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We loved

Lovely, huge, comfortable bed with proper goose-down pillows. Huge bath with fast-flowing water to fill it and Mrs was particularly impressed with the creams, salts, bubbles and soaps. All of the staff were very helpful and friendly, and went out of their way to look after us. Our room opened directly onto the garden and on one of the evenings a few happy patrons gathered outside our room. We were concerned that we would be kept up due to noise, but we ordered tea to the room and without any prompting our host realised what was happening and thoughtfully moved them to another part of the garden. The food was absolutely outstanding and I'd go as far as to say that the tropical fruit pavlova was probably the best pudding I have ever had. I liked the fact that there was a good selection of wines which could be ordered by the small glass so that we could match each course with the right wine. Breakfast was also superb. We booked with breakfast included and at the time of booking I seem to remember it was an optional extra but it turned out only the continental breakfast included so we ended up paying for the full breakfast as well. It was worth every penny, outstanding food cooked to perfection, but if I booked again, I wouldn't pay for the inclusive option given the choice, Id just order off the menu on the day.

Don’t expect

No tea and coffee facilities in the room, but you can just call reception and they will bring a fresh pot free of charge. I'd recommend that you confirm whether you have a bath or a shower in the room when you book. There was some confusion at check-in when we were shown to a room with only a shower and didn't look at all like the picture of the Very Good Room we had booked. Thankfully this was resolved without fuss by our hostess. Nowhere to put the suitcase and no drawers in the room, I didn't think it would bother me, and not a big deal, but scratching around in the suitcase on the floor I felt it didn't quite work for me.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Sep 2018

We loved

Lovely pub with smart rooms in three price categories. Dinner for 12 in the private room was excellent. Staff great. Have been here many times.

Don’t expect

A 5-star hotel. This is a pub with rooms and they do it very well.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Jul 2018

We loved

Service throughout our stay was excellent. We had a room (No. 8) overlooking the garden as we had been advised this would be quieter than one at the front on the main road. It had a lovely aspect though no one had mentioned to us that there is a music system playing loudly all over the garden and there was a speaker directly under our room! Music (and it was not to our personal taste) was playing when we arrived at about 5pm and carried on till 10 pm - to us this was a definite downside as the room was definitely not quiet as we had requested. We were there in very hot weather and as the room faced due west it was very sunny all evening and so very hot. There are lovely old sash windows but they have been fixed so they only open about 8-10 cms so provided no air at all and the fan provided did little more. Food was excellent, both our evening meal and continental breakfast the following morning and overall we enjoyed our stay.

Don’t expect

There are no tea and coffee making facilities in the room - though we got good service when we rang reception to order this. Also we would have expected to be offered a cooked breakfast at this price. Our 'very good' room had nowhere specific to put clothes - just a few hangers on hooks on the wall and a rustic wicker basket on the floor underneath each of the bedside tables.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Jul 2018

We loved

Despite its name, the 'cosy' room was plenty big enough for a weekend break and was tastefully decorated and had Bramley toiletries. The pub itself is great with plenty of space indoors and a huge garden which was perfect as the sun shone all weekend. The food was good (elevated pub grub) and we enjoyed the breakfast buffet (especially the banana bread). Pretty extensive wine list too. Location was perfect as well, in a small village with another pub (which we didn't visit) and a wine bar as well as a couple of shops and cafes, but on the doorstep of lots of beautiful countryside. Service was great and the staff, whilst generally pretty young, were friendly and efficient. We walked to Hampnett (a nearby hamlet) which was a pleasant 90-minute round walk through the countryside. Coincidentally it was the Northleach Charter Fair on the weekend we stayed so we enjoyed the dog show, live music and food/drink stalls.

Don’t expect

Bathroom privacy - the shower was in the bedroom.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Jun 2018

We loved

We loved the friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere, the slightly quirky rooms and the delicious food. The village and the area are great to explore.

Don’t expect

There are no tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms but these come very quickly from room service.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Apr 2018

We loved

The huge bathroom with a deep roll top pewter bath tub, and luxurious Bramley Bath products, was great fun, and felt decadent. Large, very comfortable bed with crisp cotton bed linen and stacks of pillows. Big, soft towels and bathrobes. Friendly, helpful staff and chatty locals. Very good food, and nice atmosphere, in the pub restaurant. Music was pleasant and not obtrusive. Sky movies on the TV was a bonus, too. Ideal for a relaxing break in a stylish but very comfortable traditional pub, with plenty to do in the nearby area, and beautiful countryside all around. The Ox wine bar in the village was closed for a change of ownership, otherwise would have liked to visit. Bibury is pretty, especially Arlington Row cottages and Rack Isle. Sherborne (National Trust – the Spring Watch programmes were filmed here this year) has some good walks.

Don’t expect

Lively night life, as the village is very quiet, and small.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jan 2018

We loved

The room with a roll top bath and the location, within a 20 mins drive from most neighboring villages. The snug at the back of the pub.

Don’t expect

A minibar, and sporadic room service. The service was mixed, some of the bar staff were excellent and charming, however, the restaurant staff seemed very busy and otherwise engaged. The food was "ok". The wine list is extensive, but check the bottle that you order, when they bring a different year to what you order, there is a difference in taste and price. Something they failed to grasp. A little too pricey for what was on offer.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Dec 2017

We loved

The decor across the entire hotel was out of this world, the food was just delicious. Best steak I've ever tasted. It was so warm and cosy, a beautiful location and super friendly staff. I will 100 per cent stay again and hopefully very, very soon. The loveliest little place I've ever stayed at.

Don’t expect

Kids running around. Much to do within walking distance... apart from beautiful walking routes.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Nov 2017

We loved

The bathroom was incredible. And the bed was so enourmous that it needed three pillows side by side!

Rating

Stayed on 26 Sep 2017

We loved

The inn itself is charming. The staff are absolutely lovely and very helpful. The food was outstanding from the cooked breakfast to the dinners I had there (three times). I love that it is dog-friendly. There is a gorgeous short walk to Hampnett (the neighbouring village) which is worth visiting for the church alone. Beautiful countryside.

Don’t expect

I think it is time the rug in Room 11 is replaced. I understand that it is a dog-friendly room, but it is especially tired, especially for the price.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Aug 2017

We loved

The food was great! And the staff were super friendly, nothing was too much trouble.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Aug 2017

We loved

Lovely breakfast. The bathroom was amazing in room 15, and the products were lovely as well.

Don’t expect

No tea or coffee in the room.

Rating

Stayed on 9 May 2017

We loved

The spacious apartment, the quiet location and the charming staff.

Don’t expect

Hotel services.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Mar 2017

We loved

The wonderful staff. The excellent restaurant. The marvellous beds and sheets!

Rating

Stayed on 10 Mar 2017

We loved

Rooms

Don’t expect

Busy nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 10 Dec 2016

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