Countryside cool is tastefully blended with the hotel’s traditional coaching inn routes, while welcoming, roaring fires and tasty treats entice you and fido to stay awhile. Dog-friendly rooms include luxurious cotton Three Thieving Magpies linens, Hypnos beds and tempting bathrooms complete with blissful, organic 100 Acres toiletries.
Fido will dig his digs, with three wonderfully welcoming pooch-friendly rooms on offer.
All uniquely decorated in shades of muted greens, greys and decadent warming autumnals, Very Good Rooms have free-standing baths in the rooms, and doors directly on to the hotel’s pretty courtyard area – great for heading out for that morning walk.
Alternatively, luxuriate in one of The Wheatsheaf’s largest bedroom spaces with Excellent Room, Room 11. With calming whites, greens and greys and an all too tempting deep-fill, standalone bath, you may have to drag yourself away.
Don’t forget your wellies. With many a field within walking distance of the hotel, there’s no need for a car to set off and enjoy the stunning Cotswolds countryside with your pup. Local walking maps are available at the bar.
The hotel has a perfectly petite treatment room, where a variety of treatments from massages and facials to pedicures can be arranged. Please book in advance to guarantee a spot.
Dog-friendly throughout the hotel spaces, there is also a pretty country courtyard at the hotel for you to enjoy with fido.
All dog-friendly rooms are able to accommodate a cot, which on request is provided free of charge, or a z-bed for children aged between 4 and 14, for £25 per night.
This is about enjoying life, and you’ll be delighted your dog can accompany you. First class ingredients, locally sourced and whipped up into simple but glorious rustic meals will greet you. The restaurant prides itself in doing what they can to work with local producers, and supports rare heritage breeds and farms that love to take pride in their produce.
Tantalising hearty breakfasts are on offer (for guests and locals alike), from a Full English to Grilled Scottish Kippers, or for those with a sweet tooth, try the French Toast. Either way, enjoy a fresh, oh so good for you juice along with a French Press coffee.
Locals, guests, and more than the occasional dog-walker, pop in for a delectable lunch, or sit back and snuggle in for a cosy supper. Start with a Sloe Negroni aperitif, before sampling the modern British dishes such as Twice Baked Cheddar Soufflé with Grain Mustard, or a speciality steak. Leave room for the Neals Yard Dairy cheeses, or indulge in a Victoria Plum Crumble.
On Sundays, join for a roast or share a Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with friends.
The wine menu is worth a ponder. With many a French offering, and a good selection from around Europe, there is also a smattering of New World wines to keep you deliberating over that Rioja or Malbec.
Alongside the restaurant, the beguiling bar area is a meeting place for locals and guests alike. Don’t miss one of their cocktails, or alternatively try one of their ciders from their Humble Apple menu.
Room service is on offer during food serving times. Choose from the daily a la carte menu, and organise with reception.
Make sure to reserve a table in the restaurant. This is a loved local!
Secure the private dining room for a special occasion for up to 20. For an intimate gathering of up to 6, try the Poker Room.
Explored the delightful market town of Northleach, and fancy heading further afield? You are spoilt for choice in this neck of the Cotswolds.
If you fancy a spot of town life, the historic capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester, with the Bathhurst Estate, are perfect for walkies with fido and just 20 minutes away. Alternatively, enjoy the beautiful, regency town of Cheltenham and take your pup for a walk around the racecourse, or explore Pittville Park together.
A spot more country? Just a short drive away are the famous Cotswolds towns of Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Broadway. For a walk with a view, try Broadway Tower, perfect to work off that dessert.
Also well worth exploring is the Cotswold Water Park. With 150 lakes set over 40 square miles, there are a multitude of walking options and activities on offer.
For younger visitors, the Cotswolds Wildlife Park is only 20 minutes drive away, and fido can accompany you on a lead through many of the attractions.
Address: The Wheatsheaf Inn, West Road, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EZ
Put the postcode in your SatNav and you will easily find The Wheatsheaf Inn, just off one of the main Cotswolds’ tributaries, the A429. Parking is available whether joining for a meal or to stay. The parking area is towards the rear of the building; look for the driveway next to the entrance to the Inn.
Arriving by car will be your most straightforward option. If you do take the train, the nearest stations are Kemble and Kingham, the former served by fast trains from Paddington. Alternatively, use Cheltenham Spa station, although if coming from the capital, this is a slower train route. Book your taxi or hire car for the onward journey (approximately 25 minutes) in advance to accommodate fido.
On a drizzly day, unfortunately not unheard of on these fair isles, Rigby and I pulled off the A40, grateful to almost be at our paw-stop. Just a few minutes from the main road in the Cotswolds’ village of Northleach, we spotted the ivy-festooned frontage of The Wheatsheaf. Managing to restrain Rigby from puddle-jumping en route, we made our way through the pretty garden to the warm and welcoming bar, where Rigby immediately made friends with another spaniel, securing his first wag of approval. After a swift check-in with the friendly bar staff, we were whisked through to the snug, an inviting lounge just a few steps from our Very Good Room, which was on the ground floor, at the rear of the property.
Biscuit munched and thirst quickly quenched from the waiting bowl, Rigby took to sniffing out his new surroundings. Cosy and comforting, the muted greens and autumnal colours made for a delightful den in which to hunker down from the rain. With plantation shutter-covered French doors direct to the courtyard, a tempting roll top-bath, and snuggly throws, we decided a lazy afternoon was in order. After availing myself of the complimentary tea service, brought fresh from the bar, we felt revitalised enough to head to the lounge to sink in to one of the supremely comfy, deep-filled sofas. With the low hum of the neighbouring busy bar and light jazz filling the air, I took the rare opportunity to flick through a magazine or two, helpfully at hand, while Rigby had a snooze, just opening an eye on occasion to check out any incoming feet, or paws.
As the rain cleared, and the sun made an appearance, we decided it was time to explore. Umbrella at the ready, we set off to see what Northleach had to offer. Taking a left, we meandered through the village centre to the church and field beyond, where Rigby worked up his appetite, bounding amongst the long grasses and giving a sniff of hello to many a local pup. After a good stretch of the legs and paws we headed back, Rigby for din dins and I to sink into the wondrous quick-fill bath.
With inviting smells emanating from the restaurant, Rigby and I made our way to dinner. Bustling, bubbly and atmospheric, the bar was filled with locals of the human and hound variety, and as we made our way to our table, Rigby had many a paw to greet. No sooner had we ensconced ourselves at our corner table, perfect for Rigby to stretch out his paws and keep an eye on the happenings, was a saucer of biscuits delivered for Lord Rigglesworth, as he may well now be known. A cleverly thought-out menu, full of firm favourites and classics with a contemporary twist, means taking your pick is no easy matter. After much ado, I plumped for the twice baked cheddar soufflé, with spinach and grain mustard, followed by whole Torbay sole, with samphire, brown butter and capers, and some fries on the side. Cooked to perfection, I had more than my fill as locals and visitors from neighbouring tables gave a pat of hello to Rigby, and much neighbourly chit chat was had.
With a night time potter now in order, we (or Rigby at least!) sniffed out the garden. Filled with picnic tables nestled amongst leafy borders, and many a plant to sniff, Rigby took in the evening smells before we adjourned to our room, as I was keen to dive into the crisp linens on the supremely comfy bed.
After a good night’s sleep, followed by an awakening shower with the 100 Acres toiletries, and a morning constitutional for all, we had worked up space enough to enjoy our breakfast. Met again by the truly friendly staff here, we were found a table, and another bowl of biscuits for Rigby was swiftly delivered, with a phrase we love to hear… ‘well, it’s his holiday too!’…and we quite agree!
With a stacked breakfast bar, filled with delights such as creamy greek yogurt, fruits and compotes, pastries, cheeses and hams, I restrained myself and stuck to the granola and fruits, as I had my eye on a childhood favourite, eggs and soldiers, made from Arlington White eggs. With the background hum of music filling the air, and guests planning their days, once again we were struck by the laid back, welcoming vibe here that is hard not to enjoy.
With a pleasant summer’s day outside, we set off to explore more of the rolling hills around, with many a footpath on offer, and the staff pointing the best way to work off that breakfast.
This posh country gastropub with rooms has style, and many a luxury at hand in its well-appointed rooms. Pleasingly laid back, with friendly welcomes all around, this is a lovely spot to retreat to for a chilled-out country break.
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