Set amid an expansive estate, this historic manor house offers a quintessential English stay in the heart of the Cotswolds. Its intimate size ensures a strong focus on service, enabling guests to feel that they are in a home away from home.
The Old Stocks Inn
This stylish, boutique hotel with just 16 rooms is located in a historic 17th-century building that was originally a coaching inn. Rustic features such as exposed stone and low beams are juxtaposed with creative, contemporary design in the geometric fabrics, use of retro furniture and a palette of yellow, blue and dark gray. Rooms include large beds, complimentary minibars, coffee makers and hot water bottles for cooler evenings.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant which places a modern twist on British cuisine. The bar is relaxed and informal and serves craft drinks from nearby breweries. It is also where you'll find the friendly, resident dog. There is a also small library which leads to the 200-year-old walled garden terrace.
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Rooms are spread across all areas of the hotel and offer views over the bustling square below or to the back across the terrace. Each room follows a similar contemporary style using a palette of mustard yellow, grays and blues with retro furniture and fixtures fitted around the original historic features. Rooms include coffee machines, complimentary minibars, smart TV, free Wi-Fi and many feature roll top bathtubs or rain showers. There is one family room which has a separate room with a triple bunk layout for children. This separate room is separated by a curtain for privacy and has its own TV and Xbox for entertainment.
The Old Stocks Inn has a prime position in the town of Stow-on-the-Wold, overlooking Market Square which was the site of the historic sheep fairs during the heyday of the wool trade. These days however, it has been replaced by fortnightly farmers' markets. The town’s original penal stocks are also located on the green to the front of the hotel.
Food and drink
There are a range of dining options, from a sophisticated restaurant with a focus on modern British cuisine, to a relaxing bar area with a private terrace, where a pizza oven operates during summer. For a relaxed choice there is a small cafe at the front which offers a range of snacks and lunchtime options and spills out onto the pavement in the summer months.
This small, boutique hotel is a top choice for us due to its wonderful historic nature yet contemporary style. The age of the building does mean that there are some uneven steps and low beams to watch out for.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Ideally located near an idyllic Cotswold village, The Fish Hotel offers excellent value for money and its relaxed ambience and range of in-house activities makes it a fantastic option for visitors looking for a unique stay in the region.
The Slaughters Country Inn is a charming property with over 500 years of history. Rooms are simple but elegant and the rustic, characterful bar area offers a casual place to relax with locals in one of the most scenic locations in the Cotswolds.
The Slaughters Manor House is a boutique hotel set in a 17th-century mansion located in one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds. Each room is individually styled, service is impeccable and the fine dining menu is one of the best in the region.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the undulating hills, exquisite medieval villages and rich history of the northern Cotswolds on this private, full-day tour. With the help of a local expert, discover the region's timeless charm and handsome architecture before you finish up in a quintessential village pub.
Explore the stunning Cotswolds and improve your photographic skills on a full-day, private tour of the region. You'll be led to some of the most scenic locations by a professional photographer who will help you get impressive shots of the region.