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The Grapevine Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold

Sleeps 12-16 | Ref: TGH

8 bedroomsRural ViewsPub nearbyShop nearbyBroadband InternetChild friendlyReal fireGardenOff street parkingPets welcome

Nestled in the heart of Stow-on-the Wold, amid honey coloured Cotswold stone cottages and rolling countryside, this privately owned 17th century hotel is the perfect environment for our "Hotel Letting" concept. With a beautiful lounge room and enough bedrooms to sleep 12 to 16 guests, this is the perfect solution for large holiday groups.

  • Village: Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Sleeps : 16
  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Key features:
    • Rural views
    • Pub nearby
    • Shop nearby
    • Broadband internet
    • Children allowed
    • Real fire
    • Garden
    • Parking
    • Pets welcome
  • Ref.: TGH
  • Rural views: Yes
  • Pub nearby: Yes
  • Shop nearby: Yes
  • Broadband internet: Yes
  • Children allowed: Yes
  • Real fire: Yes
  • Garden: Yes
  • Off street parking: Yes
  • Pets welcome: Yes

The Concept

The Concept

The Hotel Letting Concept

Hotel Letting is a concept specifically designed for large groups wanting to get away together. It combines the best aspects of renting a large holiday home with all the facilities of a luxury hotel, to create a unique guest experience:

  • You have your own private living and dining room, set up to meet your requirements;
  • All the bedrooms have en-suite facilities;
  • Catering can be fully provided by the hotel, however, you also have the flexibility to dine out, if you prefer;
  • A reception service is available, to help you get the most out of your weekend away with friends or family.

Please note that the Hotel Lettings concept does not provide guests with exclusive use of the entire hotel, therefore there are likely to be other guests staying at the hotel at the same time. 

To enable you and your party to get the most out of Hotel Letting at The Grapevine Hotel, the tabs above contain the following information:

  • Your Space: Details of the accommodation options, including the dedicated living and dining room, the bedrooms, communal hotel facilities and parking;
  • Eat & Drink: Examples of the various meal options and details of the options available for drinking at the hotel;
  • Have fun: Examples of the types of activities that can be arranged for you by the hotel's reception service;
  • Explore: Information about the local area;
  • Get Here: How to get to the property by train, plane or car;
  • Reviews: What other guests think about Hotel Letting at The Grapevine Hotel.

The following Key Features summarise the most important aspects of Hotel Letting at The Grapevine Hotel and these should be read thoroughly before placing a booking:

Key Features

Holiday duration

The standard Hotel Letting package at The Grapevine Hotel is for two night weekend slots, with arrival time after 3pm on the Friday afternoon and check-out time by midday on the Sunday. Discounted rates are available for guests who wish to bolt on a Sunday night stay.

Discounted mid-week stays are also available for those guests with additional flexibility. Please contact us to ask about the availability of any non-standard dates.

Bags may be left at reception after check-out.

Pricing

Base prices are calculated on the assumption of two people sharing a "classic" double bedroom. Where a party has an odd number of guests, the remaining guest has the option to either take a further double bedroom with a single occupancy discount of 25%, or to request a pull out or sofa bed to be set-up within one of the bedrooms, for an additional fee of £30, subject to their availability.

Standard two night weekend breaks commence on a Friday and the base price varies depending upon the season, from £120 to £180 per bedroom, per night, for the first 12 guests, then £120 per bedroom, per night for additional guests. If any members of your group wish to extend their stay to include Sunday night, then there is a discounted bolt-on option available for £60 per bedroom.

Mid-week two night breaks are also possible throughout the year, starting on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, at a discounted rate of £90 per bedroom, per night.

All breaks are subject to a minimum stay of two nights, a minimum number of guests per booking of 12, and a maximum number of guests of 16. 

The price of the Hotel Lettings package is based on the assumption that each bedroom has only one check-in and one check-out, with the occupants of each room remaining the same throughout the booking duration. Requests to change guests within your group mid-stay may be made directly to the hotel and, if approved, will be subject to a fee of £20 per person. If you require a full bedroom clean and linen change during your stay, then a request should be made directly to the hotel and, if approved, will be subject to a cleaning fee of £20 per bedroom.

Booking amendments

We understand that bookings for large parties can be difficult to co-ordinate, as guests are added or removed from your party, and we aim to accommodate amendments where possible:

  • If you wish to add additional guests to your group, this may be done by contacting us directly (at least seven days before your arrival date), subject to a maximum group size of 16 for this package;
  • If you wish to reduce the party size, this may be done without penalty by contacting us directly up to eight weeks before your arrival date, subject to a minimum group size of 12. Any reductions to the party size within eight weeks of your arrival date are non-refundable.

Outright cancellation of a booking is governed by our Booking Conditions

The booking process

Bookings for the Hotel Lettings package must be placed with Character Cottages, subject to our Booking Conditions, which include these Key Features and the information provided on our website. Guests are free to visit The Grapevine Hotel website prior to booking, however, all booking requests for Hotel Letting packages will be re-directed back to us by The Grapevine Hotel staff.

Guests who are ready to place a booking can do so via the "Book Now" button (for assistance during the booking process, please contact us on +44 (0) 20 8935 5375):

  • After the relevant dates have been selected, the price quoted initially will be based upon the minimum party size of 12 guests in six double bedrooms;
  • Please then enter the number of bedrooms in excess of 6 in the drop-down box labelled "For parties exceeding 12 (upto 16 in total) add more bedrooms for 2 nights, each @ £X". For example, if your party size is 16, you would need two additional bedrooms and so enter "2" in the drop down box;
  • The correct price will then be calculated for your total party size, based on two nights;
  • The boxes labelled "No. of adults" and "No. of children" are limited to add up to 12. Please do not worry about the accuracy of this split, as your party configuration will be confirmed with the hotel post booking.

Bookings are provisional until we have confirmed them with the hotel, at which point they will be confirmed with you and a 30% deposit payment will be requested. Full payment is then due 12 weeks before arrival.

Once the deposit payment has been received, we will provide you with the contact details for your Guest Services Manager at the hotel, to enable you to make contact and agree your bedroom allocations and configurations, discuss your dining and drink packages, and arrange trips and other activities.

Please note that Character Cottages is responsible for processing your booking, collecting payment and providing location information only. All other arrangements should be made directly with your dedicated Guest Services Manager at The Grapevine Hotel.

Occupancy

Please note that the Hotel Lettings concept does not provide guests with exclusive use of the entire hotel, therefore there are likely to be other guests staying at the hotel at the same time. The minimum number of guests for this package is 12 and the maximum number of guests is 16.

All the guests within a party must have booked through Character Cottages. Additional, unauthorised guests are a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss having additional guests at the hotel, at any point during your stay.

Security deposit

Upon arrival at the hotel, a valid credit or debit card will be required per bedroom, to cover any extras and any breakages or damage to the property.

Pets

Up to four well behaved dogs are accepted, at a cost of £25 per booking per dog.

Dogs are permitted in the private lounge area and in bedrooms, but must not be left unattended at any time. Due to the location of the private lounge area next to the hotel's main restaurant (which dogs are not allowed in) please consult us prior to placing a booking, if you have dogs in your party. For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure. Dogs must not be left in cars in the car park.

Bedrooms

Base prices are calculated on the assumption of two people sharing a "classic" double bedroom. Where a party has an odd number of guests, the remaining guest has the option to either take a further double bedroom with a single occupancy discount of 25%, or to request a pull out or sofa bed to be set-up within one of the bedrooms, for an additional fee of £30, subject to their availability.

Bedroom upgrades are available, subject to availability, for up to six "Garden Feature Rooms" all of which have superking or twin bed configurations, are larger in size, and are all grouped together within their own private annexe. The upgrade cost is £40 per room, per night, on Friday or Saturday, and £20 per room on a Sunday.

Individual bedroom configurations should be agreed directly with the hotel as soon as possible after booking and bedrooms will then be allocated accordingly. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities. Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.

Wifi

The property has free wireless internet access.

Parking

The package includes one free parking space, for each bedroom included within the booking.

Further free parking is available a short walk from the hotel.

Child friendly facilities

Travel cots (without linen) and high chairs are available from the hotel, by prior arrangement.

Smoking

No smoking is permitted throughout the property.

Hen and Stag Parties

Well behaved Hen and Stag Parties are permitted on the condition that they strictly adhere to the Reasonable Behaviour clause below.

Reasonable behaviour

Guests have exclusive use of their living space throughout the duration of their stay, however, guests should be respectful of other hotel guests and of the hotel staff, and keep noise down to a reasonable level after 11pm. Key communal areas (such as the main reception) must be kept clear and the shared garden area must not be used after midnight. A member of the hotel's staff should always be available to consult, if guests are in any doubt about the level of noise, or behaviour, that would be considered reasonable.

Photographs

In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your Space

Your Space

Two of the key benefits of the Hotel Lettings concept are the provision of a smart, private lounge and dining area, together with high quality bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities.

Private Lounge

The lounge area at The Grapevine Hotel is a warmly furnished room, perfect for your party to relax, play and dine in together. Typically, the room will be set up as a lounge space, with comfy sofas, chairs and coffee tables, however, the hotel staff are always on hand, with prior notice, to set the room up for your party to dine in, whether this is at breakfast, lunch or dinner time.

The private lounge has been designed and set up with your requirements in mind, and includes the following key attributes:

  • Comfy sofas, chairs and tables;
  • Removable dining tables and chairs, for all your party to dine together, on request;
  • Large screen TV (55") with DVD player;
  • iPod dock, to play your own music;
  • Kettle, with tea and coffee making facilities;
  • Microwave, for making snacks and for parents with babies;
  • Medium sized fridge.

A mobile bar can also be installed in your private lounge, on request (see Eat & Drink tab for more details).

Bedrooms

The standard type of bedroom at The Grapevine Hotel is a "classic" double. There are no single rooms at the hotel and the twin bedrooms can only be accessed through the Bedroom Upgrade option (see Key Features). All the bedrooms are beautifully furnished, have en-suite bathrooms and the following facilities:

  • Tea and coffee making facilities;
  • TV;
  • Free wifi;
  • Iron and ironing board on request.

As described in the Key Features, once your booking is made, bedrooms will be allocated to your group based on a combination of the preferences you notify to the hotel and specific room availability.

The base prices are calculated on the assumption of two people sharing a "classic" double bedroom (for example, 12 guests will be expected to take up six bedrooms). Where a party has an odd number of guests, the remaining guest has the option to either take a further double bedroom with a single occupancy discount, or, request a pull out or sofa bed to be set-up within one of the bedrooms for an additional fee, subject to their availability.

Additional flexibility may be possible, depending on the overall group bedroom allocation, however this may incur an additional charge.

Communal Facilities

The Grapevine Hotel is a full service hotel, with all the facilities guests would expect of such an establishment, including:

  • Fully licensed bar: As explained in the Eat & Drink tab, when booking the Hotel Lettings package you can have your own mobile bar set up in your lounge. Alternatively, you are free to use the hotel's fully licensed bar, which is located near to your private lounge;
  • Reception service: See the Have Fun tab, for details of the hotel's reception service;
  • Shared terrace: the hotel has an outdoor terrace area, which is shared with other hotel guests.

Parking

The Grapevine Hotel has a private car park, which is a major benefit in the town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The Hotel Lettings package includes one free parking space for each bedroom included in your package.

Eat & Drink

Eat & Drink

Cooking and clearing up for large groups over a weekend away can be an exhausting experience for those involved. The Hotel Lettings concept specifically addresses this problem, by taking advantage of the high quality catering services available at The Grapevine Hotel.

We understand that choice is important to groups and guests are under no obligation to either eat or drink at the hotel, however, we have developed a wide range of options for those guests who want the convenience and quality of the food and drink available at The Grapevine Hotel.

Dining in

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea are all available from the hotel and a wide range of menu options can be created for large groups, examples of which are shown below (prices are estimates only and are per person):

  • Full English breakfast: £6.50
  • Full afternoon tea (sandwiches, scones, jam, cream): £8
  • Cream tea (scones, jam, cream): £5
  • Barbecue and salad buffet (subject to weather): £15
  • 3 course dinner: £30
  • Celebration package, to include sparkling wine and canapé reception, 3 course dinner, tea, coffee, petit fours: £40
  • Cold and hot buffet: £15
  • Pizza selection: £9
  • Fish and chip supper: £10
  • Picnic to take away: £7 - £10

To ensure that your requirements can be met, all dining options must be agreed in advance of your actual stay, with the hotel's Guest Services Manager.

Drinking at the hotel

Two drinking options can be provided at the hotel, designed to provide guests with both flexibility and value for money:

  • Mobile bar: set-up in your private lounge, the hotel can provide a well-stocked bar, which you can then help yourself from (see below for indicative prices);
  • The hotel bar: drinks can be ordered directly from the hotel bar, which is close to your private lounge.

Indicative pricing for the private mobile bar is provided below and includes the provision of glasses and ice. These prices are slightly more expensive than a typical supermarket, but significantly cheaper than a standard hotel bar (all prices are per 70cl bottle):

  • Baileys: £22
  • Amaretto: £22
  • Tia Maria: £22
  • Gordon's gin: £22
  • Bells: £22
  • Smirnoff: £20
  • House champagne: £25
  • Large bottle of lemonade: £1.50
  • Large still or sparkling water: £1

Bottled or canned beer can also be provided on request. Please note that this bar will be closed at midnight and the hotel reserves the right to close the bar early, if, in their opinion, the "Reasonable Behaviour" clause is breached.

All the drinks options can be discussed in detail with the hotel's Guest Services Manager, after placing your booking with us.

Food & Drink in the Local Area

Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow has numerous places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit all tastes and budgets. The list below is a small sample of the range of options available:

  • The Queens Head Inn (http://donnington-brewery.com/pub_queenshead.php): The Queens Head is a traditional town pub, owned by the local Donnington brewery. Here locals mix with tourists who are unsurprisingly attracted into this lovely old pub. Good traditional pub food and ale, in a great atmosphere.

Queens_Head

  • The Conservatory Restaurant at The Grapevine Hotel (www.thegrapevinehotel.com): Contemporary fine dining. Diners sit beneath the century old Black Hamburg grapevine, from which the hotel derives its name. The menu is a blend of modern British cooking, offering an extensive choice of dishes, to suit the most discerning tastes.
  • The Talbot (www.thetalbot.net): Laid back drinking, eating and coffees in a traditional meeting place for the town slap bang in the Square. Sofas, original paintings, rickety old tables and chairs, with staff who are under the threat of death if they are not friendly!
  • Digbeths (www.digbeths.com): Cafe, tea room and bistro serving locally sourced and organic produce. Home-made dishes, pudding and cakes prepared on the premises. Fully licensed, serving local ales. Secluded Garden Terrace. Open all day - breakfast, lunch and evening supper. Closed Wednesday evening.
  • White Hart (www.whitehartstow.com): A 'boutique' style Inn, which has recently been beautifully refurbished throughout. The Inn boasts two cosy bars, lots of open fires and an atmospheric dining room. Hearty food is served during the day, with finer dining in the evening. All food is sourced locally and prepared on the premises.
  • The Bell (www.thebellatstow.com): The Bell at Stow is the perfect country pub. Behind the ivy-clad façade lies a charming, stylish interior with the warmest of welcomes. A favourite with the locals, The Bell is open all day every day offering everything from a pint of well-kept cask ale through to a delicious three-course supper. Friday evenings are legendary for the Champagne Happy Hour at 5pm - grab a seat if you can as the weekend gets off to the perfect start!

Stow has a Tesco and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce, including:

  • Cotswold Food Store and Café (www.cotswoldfoodstore.co.uk): The Cotswold Food Store and Café offers a huge variety of delicious local foods, ranging from locally sourced vegetables, meat, eggs and bread to charcuterie, hams and pates in its deli counter. The adjoining café offers freshly prepared meals by resident chef Sonya Kidney, along with home-made cakes, biscuits and light bites.
  • Hamptons Fine Foods (www.hamptons-hampers.co.uk): Hamptons offer a wide range of quality foods to discerning customers. The shelves are packed with exclusive and delicious fine foods that one would not normally find in the mass outlets. A veritable Aladdin's cave. Hamptons specialise in gourmet hampers which can be collected from their shop or delivered direct.

North Cotswolds

There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets.

The list below focuses on the traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds:

We recommend phoning in advance, to check opening times and availability of food, especially during the quieter months of the year. Many pubs accept children and dogs, but you should always check this in advance.

Have Fun

Have Fun

We understand that organising things to do for a large group can be a complex and painstaking process. To take away this burden, the Hotel Lettings model provides access to the hotel's reception service.

With deep local knowledge and extensive connections, the hotel reception can help you plan and arrange trips and activities for the whole group, with a wide range of options available.

There are numerous tourist activities in and around the Cotswolds and the list below is a small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available. Further information is available from Tourist Information centres, which are located in the following North Cotswold towns:

  • Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Woodstock
  • Broadway
  • Chipping Campden
  • Burford
  • Chipping Norton

Historical buildings, stately homes and gardens

  • Batsford Arboretum & Wild Garden, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AB (www.batsarb.co.uk): Set in 56 acres of natural beauty and once home to the famous Mitford family. Meandering paths wander through glades and alongside streams. A garden of peace and tranquillity for all seasons;
  • Berkeley Castle, Berkeley GL13 9BQ (www.berkeley-castle.com): England’s oldest inhabited castle. Over 24 generations of Berkeleys have transformed a savage Norman fortress into a stately home full of treasures. Learn about murder, mystery and plotting, then enjoy the grounds, adjacent Butterfly Farm and church;
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PX (www.blenheimpalace.com): A World Heritage site and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is one of the finest private houses in England. It is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of spectacular Capability Brown parkland and award-winning formal gardens;
  • Broadway Tower Country Park, Broadway WR12 7LB (www.broadwaytower.co.uk): A unique Capability Brown Folly Tower open to visitors wanting to experience great English heritage in an inspiring location. Displays, roof viewing platform, shop and Red Deer Park are a must for Cotswold visits. Broadway Tower is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and offers unrivalled views over a 62 mile radius and as many as 16 counties;
  • Broughton Castle, Banbury OX15 5EB (www.broughtoncastle.com): This historic 14th century moated castle, enlarged in the 16th century, has fine walled gardens with herbaceous borders, old roses and clipped box. Inside boasts splendid plaster ceilings, fireplaces and panelling. Described as "the most romantic house imaginable", Broughton Castle has won starring roles in many films, including The Madness of King George and Shakespeare in Love;
  • Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU (www.nationaltrust.co.uk/chastleton): A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant, as an impressive statement of wealth and power. Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time. With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting.
  • Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester GL1 2LX (www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk): A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral – one of the finest medieval buildings in the country. Here you will discover magnificent stained glass, royal tombs, fan-vaulted medieval cloisters and a rich musical heritage. Admission free but £5 donation requested;
  • Hailes Abbey, near Winchcombe GL54 5PB (www.english-heritage.org.uk/hailes): Set in the beautiful western fringe of the Cotswolds surrounded by wooded pasture, the Abbey was one of the main centres of pilgrimage due to a phial said to contain the blood of Christ. The museum displays fine examples of sculpture and decorated tiles;
  • Hidcote, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote): Relax and unwind in one of the country's great gardens and experience for yourself the fulfilment of a quiet American's English fantasy. You'll never forget the exquisite garden rooms, each with its own unique character. Discover rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from around the world. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons, from vibrant spring bulbs to autumn's spectacular Red Border. Nestled in the Cotswolds with sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham, a visit to Hidcote is inspirational at any time of year;
  • Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick GL6 6TH (www.rococogarden.org.uk): The garden is situated in a hidden Cotswold valley. Its flamboyant design combines formality and informality and is a magical experience at any time of the year. Charming garden structures nestle next to informal plantings, herbaceous borders and a striking kitchen garden;
  • Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester GL7 6PF (www.rodmarton-manor.co.uk): Attractive Arts and Crafts House with original hand made furniture, painted pottery, wall hangings. A large garden of outdoor rooms with many parts including topiary, herbaceous borders and plenty of places to sit;
  • Snowshill Manor & Garden, Snowshill WR12 7JU (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshillmanor): Explore the treasures collected by one man with an eye for the unusual. Be intrigued by the story of Charles Wade, be amazed by his huge and varied collection from around the world and relax in the peaceful hillside garden;
  • Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe GL54 5JD (www.sudeleycastle.co.uk): Once the property of King Ethelred the Unready, later home of Queen Katherine Parr and garrison headquarters of Prince Rupert during the Civil War. Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of fascinating history are among the many reasons to visit;
  • Sulgrave Manor, near Banbury OX17 2SD (www.sulgravemanor.org.uk): The ancestral home of the Washingtons in Britain. A compact Manor House - a gentle stroll through three centuries of English history in the company of a friendly and informative guide. The largest UK collection of George Washington memorabilia, demonstrating the British contribution to the origins of the USA, with a separate exhibition on George's life and career in the US;
  • Upton House & Gardens, Near Banbury OX15 6HT (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uptonhouse): Presented in its 1930s heyday, this handsome country mansion contains world-class art collections. Delve into the story of a millionaire’s life, hear stories, play games, relax and read magazines or journals. Wander through the beautiful gardens, with sweeping lawns, terraced borders and a kitchen garden which supplies the restaurant;
  • Warwick Castle, Warwick CV34 4QU (www.warwick-castle.com): Britain's greatest mediaeval experience. From a mediaeval household in the Kingmaker exhibition to a Victorian 'Royal Weekend Party'. Kingmaker feasts and Highwayman Suppers most Fridays and Saturdays;
  • Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS (www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt): Spectacular all year round, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum contains one of Europe’s finest collections of trees and shrubs. 17 miles of paths to explore, it is a magical place to visit for the whole family. Famous for its beautiful displays of autumn colour, a popular place to visit in spring for the flowering rhododendrons and in the summer for the Festival of the Tree.

Wildlife

  • Birdland – Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN (www.birdland.co.uk): A natural setting of woodland, river and gardens inhabited by over 500 birds; flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes in various water habitats. Over 50 aviaries of parrots, hornbills, toucans and many more. Discovery Zone (indoor education area) and Marshmouth Reserve (2.5 acre nature reserve). Take time to wander and relax in this tranquil environment. Plus Penguin Café, picnic areas, play area and gift shop. The only group of King Penguins in England;
  • Cotswold Falconry Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AB (www.cotswold-falconry.co.uk): Eagles, hawks, kites, owls, vultures and falcons are flown throughout the day giving you a chance to appreciate their speed, grace, agility and their close relationship with the falconer. You can enjoy these wonderful birds and think positively about their conservation;
  • Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5UG (www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk): As featured on BBC’s Countryfile, this is a rare farm treat for all the family, offering the chance to meet over 50 breeding flocks and herds of farm animals. Seasonal demonstrations, adventure playground, Touch Barn, Fun Barn, Maze Quest and Jumping Pillows. Gift shop and Cotswold Kitchen;
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Burford OX18 4JW (www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk): The Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and is an attraction for all members of the family. There are over 250 species of animals from Leaf-cutting ants to White rhinos; giraffes were a major addition in 2010. You can walk with lemurs in the Madagascar enclosure, ride on the train and be inspired by the beautiful landscaping and seasonal displays throughout the Park;
  • Longleat Safari Park, Warminster BA12 7NW (www.longleat.co.uk): As featured on BBC’s Animal Park, Longleat is a “must do” for visitors of all ages! From Safari Park to Safari Boats, Hedge Maze to Adventure Castle and so much more.

Museums

  • Corinium Museum, Cirencester GL7 2BX (http://coriniummuseum.org/): Discover the ‘Treasures of the Cotswolds’ at the award-winning Corinium Museum. Trace the story of the Cotswolds from pre-history to the 19th century. See what life was like in Corinium, Roman Britain’s second largest town. Come face to face with Anglo-Saxons. Something for all the family. Also home to Cirencester Visitor Information Centre;
  • Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BY (www.cotswold-motor-museum.co.uk): Multi award-winning museum for all ages and ideal for families. Home to Brum – star of the children’s TV series. Classic cars. Quizzes, old fashioned toys and hands-on activities;
  • Roman Baths, Bath BA1 1LZ (www.romanbaths.co.uk): Around Britain’s only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in Northern Europe. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water and its extensive remains lie beneath the centre of Bath. Brand new displays, costumed characters and free audioguides in 8 languages.

Other attractions

  • Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham GL50 4SH (www.cheltenham.co.uk): One of Europe’s top racecourses, hosting the three day Open Meeting and the four day Festival in March. The Centaur is the region’s largest facility for exhibitions, conferences and concerts;
  • Clearwell Caves, near Coleford GL16 8JR (www.clearwellcaves.com): An incredible natural cave system tunnelled into by miners for more than 4,000 years in their search for iron ore and ochre pigments. Nine impressive caverns with mining equipment and displays throughout. ‘A great underground experience’ for all the family;
  • Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney GL7 5TL (www.waterpark.org): Explore this watery landscape, with loads of lakes, offering watersports, fishing, birdwatching and much, much more. Call in to the Gateway Information Centre to discover where to go and what to do;
  • Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham GL56 0YG (www.daylesfordorganic.com): The Harrods of farm shops! One of the most sustainable farms in the UK, located in 2,000 acres of beautiful countryside of the English Cotswolds, owned by Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford. Award-winning food in the farm shop and café and a host of things to see and do: farm tours and farm walks, cookery school and organic farm school, and relaxing treatments at the Hay Barn Spa;
  • Gloucester Antiques Centre, Gloucester GL1 5SF (www.gacl.co.uk): Gloucester Antiques Centre is one of the largest and longest established antiques centres in the UK. Over 100 specialist antiques dealers offering the widest range of antiques and collectables in the West of England. Enjoy light lunches, homemade cakes and refreshments in the café;
  • Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT (www.gwsr.com): The ‘Friendly Line in the Cotswolds’ offers a scenic 20 mile round trip between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse, including the exciting Greet Tunnel, one of the longest on a preserved railway. Pop along and see the driver in his cab. Break your journey at picturesque Winchcombe station. Special events all year;
  • Oxford: Renowned for its history and heritage, exquisite architecture and ancient University, Oxford sits in the heart of England, just outside the Cotswolds;
  • The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AF (www.theoldnewinn.co.uk/village.htm): A model of the actual village built of Cotswold stone to 1/9 scale in 1937. The River Windrush flows under Bourton’s famous bridges. The beeches, cherries and chestnuts are all in miniature. Music in the churches and of course, the model of the model;
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: The birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, Stratford is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK.

Activities

  • Walking: Most people who visit the Cotswolds do some walking, even if it is just a stroll to the village pub! The area contains some of England’s most beautiful countryside and there are over 3,000 miles of public footpaths, to enable visitors to fully discover this rich landscape. Long distance trails in, or passing through, the Cotswolds include:

    • The Cotswold Way;
    • The Heart of England Way;
    • The Oxfordshire Way;
    • The Gloucestershire Way;
    • The Wardens' Way and Windrush Way;
    • The Macmillan Way;
    • The Monarchs Way;
    • The D'arcy Dalton Way;
    • The Wysis Way.

Further information and maps can be obtained from the local tourist information centres.

Spas

  • Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, Chipping Campden (www.cotswoldhouse.com): Set in a converted coach house in the gardens, the Cotswold House Spa features treatment rooms, a superb hydrotherapy pool and Turkish hammam room;
  • Hay Barn Spa at Daylesford Organic, Daylesford (www.daylesfordorganic.com): A nourishing space for self-reflection, understanding and rejuvenation. Yoga, pilates and meditation classes, workshops hosted by visiting therapists, facials, massage treatments and consultations provide exceptional holistic care for the mind, body and spirit;
  • Wyck Hill House Hotel & Spa, Stow-on-the-Wold (www.wyckhillhousehotel.co.uk): Six therapy rooms, including one dual room. There is also a 12-seater steam room and sauna and relaxation area;
  • M Spa at Lapstone, Chipping Campden (www.mspa.so): Spoil yourself with the most progressive, comprehensive range of spa facial, bath and body experiences that deliver the most amazing results every time. Indulge in signature treatments to reconnect body, mind and soul, from head to toe and from outside in.

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Stow-on-the-Wold

Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold’s countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops.

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Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-in-the-Water, Stow is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds, standing on top of an 800 feet hill, and is situated at the meeting place of seven roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, which runs from Exeter to Lincoln in an almost straight line.

Iron Age people were the first to settle in Stow, but there is also evidence of earlier settlements in this part of the Cotswolds, as Stone Age and Bronze Age burial mounds are common throughout the area. The first name of the town was Stow St. Edward or Edwardstow after the town's patron saint Edward, probably Edward the Martyr.

Stow-on-the-Wold in the 21st century looks quite a lot like Stow-on-the-Wold in the 17th century. It is the hub and service town for a rural community, but has maintained its traditional character. Stow is largely a town of small independent businesses, rather than the large chains that make many towns in England look the same.

It is this traditional character, and therefore individuality, combined with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, that make Stow so popular with tourists looking for ‘picture-postcard’ England. The town’s tourist trade makes it possible for Stow to support many more good hotels, B&B’s, pubs and restaurants than most other towns with a population of around 2,000.

Stow has been famous for many years as a centre for the antiques trade and in the last few years clusters of art galleries and fashionable clothing shops have added further character to the town centre.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides".

The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.

Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.

The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.

Information on things to do in the Cotswolds is provided in the Activities tab and places to eat and drink are listed in the Food & drink tab.

Get Here

Get Here

The Grapevine Hotel is located in the centre of Stow-on-the-Wold, approximately 150 yards from the historic market square, with a very short walk to all of Stow's shops, pubs and restaurants.

Travelling by car

Stow is conveniently located at the junction of seven roads, including the A429 (Fosse Way), and is easily accessed by car.

Travelling by train

The nearest railway station to Stow is Kingham (approximately 5 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 90 minutes.

Travelling by Plane

Stow is within easy reach of a number of international airports:

  • Birmingham International Airport: 45 miles, approximately 60 minute drive;
  • Heathrow International Airport: 73 miles, approximately 90 minute drive;
  • Bristol International Airport: 69 miles, approximately 90 minutes drive.

 

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