Every summer, Brits and other Europeans flock to the Cotswolds, about a two hours’ drive northwest of London, to revel in its bucolic countryside and storybook limestone villages. Since the best place to soak up the local character is at the pub, here are five attached to inns with charming rooms—and prices to match.
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach:
Two of the UK’s most revered restaurant critics (Jay Raynor and Giles Coren) have given The Wheatsheaf the thumbs ups. But you’re not here just for the cheddar soufflé or roasted spatchcock. Inside, the 14 rooms are snugly elegant, with thick curtains, ornate mirrors, the odd funky reclamation find and organic bathroom amenities. Kids are welcome and there’s a small spa tucked away in the garden. It’s a luxe country retreat in miniature. Doubles from $184; including breakfast.
The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold:
The Porch House (pictured), founded 947 A.D., is the oldest inn in Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the most enticing of the Cotswolds towns. There are 13 rooms of varying sizes and style that have been elegantly renovated with free-standing baths and exposed beams; the elevated pub fare in the flagstone bar goes well with ale from the Brakspear brewery that manages the property. Doubles from $152, including breakfast.
The Ragged Cot, Stroud:
In the far west of the Cotswolds, this 17th-century inn has nine smart, tweedy bedrooms above an excellent restaurant serving sophisticated pub classics featuring plenty of local suppliers. The “dogs and wellies welcome” ethos adds to the welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Doubles from $123, including breakfast.
The Village Pub, Barnsley:
The name says it all—this is the only pub in the tiny village of Barnsley, but its relationship to the excellent Barnsley House Hotel means it’s run with panache and attention to detail. The six rooms have a country classic style, and guests get free entry to the lauded gardens at the hotel up the road. Doubles from $192, including breakfast.
The Five Alls, Filkins:
The unassuming exterior belies this country pub’s credentials as a hub for local A-listers (Kate Moss, David Cameron) who live nearby. Rooms are small and functional but stylish, painted in de rigueur Farrow & Ball alongside the odd antique lampshade. The bar serves country food with an Italian twist in plentiful portions. Doubles from $176, including breakfast.