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Stuart House Boutique Bedrooms, Stow on the Wold

For our festive, four-night trip to the Cotswolds Ciaran and I booked into the Stuart House Boutique Bedrooms in Stow on the Wold. Located in the heart of the beautiful market town, which we found to be one of the most bustling towns in the Cotswolds, the small hotel is housed within a 400-year-old, grade II listed townhouse. With six pubs within easy walking distance, as well as a handful of restaurants, shops and tea rooms, it was surrounded by enough places to keep us entertained – mainly the pubs – while also retaining the intimate country village feel. 

Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff and invited to help ourselves to fresh milk and snacks in reception before being shown to our room, where a decanter of port and homemade shortbread awaited us. Replaced each day, touches like this and quality toiletries made us feel utterly spoilt. The bed was big, inviting and comfy, the rainforest shower was a real treat after a day of walking, and the Nespresso coffee machine proved ideal for a morning pick me up. 

The décor perfectly blended traditional with contemporary, although the glass bathroom door was perhaps a touch too far. Despite being frosted you could still make out a clear outline of the person on the other side, which wasn’t ideal when the toilet is directly behind it. Even the closest of couples enjoy some privacy! Other small notes would be that the room could have done with being a bit bigger (larger options are available), and the slightly sloping floors, ceilings and walls created a woozy Alice in Wonderland-esque feel, but everything else was perfect. 

If you’re planning a trip to the Cotswolds, I would definitely recommend you stay in Stow on the Wold and the Stuart House Boutique Bedrooms provide a luxurious yet affordable accommodation option. For four nights at the hotel in a small double room we paid £335 but two of those nights were New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, meaning the standard nightly price of £70 increased slightly.

Tips: Park in the nearby free, long-stay car park – located outside Tesco – and be sure to visit the hotel’s sister pub, The Bell at Stow, which serves delicious, well priced food. 
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