The Wheatsheaf Inn
The Cotswolds, Oxford, Bath & The Cotswolds, United Kingdom
At a Glance
Delightful 17th Century Inn located in the picture-perfect village of Northleach in the Cotswolds
Just 14 rooms - most with free-standing copper bathtubs - all beautifully furnished
Superb restaurant downstairs using freshly-sourced local produce
Easy access for walks in the country, or day trips to Stratford or Oxford
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
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The Wheatsheaf Inn is located in Northleach in the Cotswolds, and is a wonderful example of taking a classic 17th century inn and turning it into a luxurious bolt-hole, yet retaining all its charm and the oodles of character that make it all so special.
The Wheatsheaf was a traditional country inn - where travelers would stop for the night, tie up their horses downstairs and spend the evening eating, drinking and being merry before setting off the following day. The owners, Sam and Georgie Pearman, have brought this concept to the 21st century - and boy they have created something really special in our opinion.
There are only 14 amazing rooms, which feature deep-carpeted, wood-panelled enclaves, finished in olives, inky blues and slate greys. The Pearmans set off in search of fantastic fixtures and fittings, from remote antique markets to dealers throughout Europe. What they produced is an amazing blend of old and new - upstairs you find ultra-comfy Hypno beds, luxurious linens and velvets, rainforest showers and free-standing roll-top copper baths which are just waiting to be jumped into, champagne in hand. Add to that vintage French lighting, velvet armchairs surrounded by contemporary artwork, sitting proudly alongside old oils, water colors and vintage photographs, and you soon come to the realisation that the Pearman's attention to detail is pretty much second to none.
Their Executive Chef, Anthony Ely, and Head Chef Owen Kaagman, have both worked in Michelin starred restaurants in Dublin and London - so this isn't your usual pub fare - think more of a daily changing menu using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients full of flavor and utterly mouth watering. Throw in craft beers from around the world, cask ales, organic cider and an extensive wine list and you certainly won't go thirsty - those highwaymen from the 17th century would have probably thought they had arrived in heaven if they stayed today!
The Wheatsheaf has a lovely treatment room, in the garden and provides massages, facials and exfoliations. It also has a small snug, poker room, private dining room and landscaped gardens.
You are right amongst some of England's most picture-perfect villages such as Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold. Day trips are easily possible to Oxford, Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Room features include, either a power shower or a bath (the Excellent rooms have both), Bang & Olufsen televisions, Sky Entertainment, Egyptian cotton duvets and pillows, Hypnos beds, Toiletries by Bramley (handmade in Somerset using natural products), Complimentary Wireless Access, Telephone & Room Service in restaurant hours
Beautiful boutique bedrooms with freestanding tubs and tasty Gastropub grub, The Wheatsheaf offers a cool spin on a traditional Cotswolds coaching inn. Cosmo checks in for a romantic weekend...
Where do A-listers bolt to when they want to get away from London life? The Cotswolds, of course. With sleepy country pubs and postcard-pretty cottages, it's no wonder that this rural region is home to more celebrities per acre than anywhere outside the capital. ACTUAL FACT.
Cosmo went for a romantic weekend getaway at The Wheatsheaf Inn - less than two hours from London in the pretty but little-known Cotswold stone village of Northleach (just off the A40).
The Wheatsheaf is a 17th-century coaching inn, where years ago, weary travelers and mysterious highwaymen would stop over, keeping their horses in the stables below, drinking and merry-making until the wee hours of the morning.
Whilst the ale still flows freely in the bar, the present-day incarnation of The Wheatsheaf Inn is much more stylish, and the stables where horses once rested are now luxe rooms for visitors who want to eat like a horse instead.
Georgie Pearman and her ex-professional rugby player husband have totally revamped this traditional coaching inn into a decadent delight with 14 beautiful bedrooms, an amazingly vast wine list, great regional beer and delish locally sourced food.
The boutique-style bedrooms are designed for complete R&R, with heavenly Hypnos memory-foam mattresses and fluffy goose down pillows all amping up the Zzzzz factor.
Decorated with eclectic pieces Georgie has picked up from her antique market travels around the world, most of the bedrooms have stunning freestanding claw-footed slipper bathtubs as their centerpiece, so deep you can practically swim in them. Bliss.
If youre looking to just get away from it all and in need of some serious downtime, The Wheatsheaf is the perfect rock n roll flavored retreat in the country.
Youll love the luxurious bed linen and organic Bramley toiletries; hell appreciate the hi-tech Bang & Olufsen TVs (complete with Sky+) and complimentary WiFi. Youll both enjoy the bathrooms-built-for-two, with gorge towelling gowns to snuggle into after...
The food is fab - typical English fare (think: Shared meat platters, pheasant, steak or beer-battered whiting) made using top quality local ingredients and served on chunky wooden tables and plush leather chairs, surrounded by ye olde worlde artwork. (Although you must check out German artist Sebastian Krger's pop art portrait of Kate Moss in the swish private dining room - super cool.)
The Wheatsheaf also boasts the most epic wine list I have EVER seen - more than 200 varieties! - but with bottles to suit all budgets. Could have happily worked through all of them, as the open fire crackled in the background (along with sounds of Johnny Cash and The Rolling Stones).
Top tip: Most of the rooms are without wardrobes (although there's lots of hooks to hang your garms) so just bear that in mind when youre packing eleventy trillion dresses for a two night stay, girls...
Breakfast is a treat, although youll need to pay extra for cooked food. However, tea comes on tap in big Brown Betty teapots (you get quite the bicep workout being mum) and you help yourself to a selection of cereals from glass jars. Bloody Marys, Bucks Fizz and Alka-Seltzers are also available, depending on the sort of morning youre having after the night before...
Cool extras: Hunter wellies are available to borrow and you can book beauty treatments in the garden rooms (a full-body massage costs 45 or get a manicure for 25).
Dogs are welcome at The Wheatsheaf! Canine companions can stay in the ground floor rooms for a 10 supplement per night, just ask ahead.
Top tip: If your journey to or from The Wheatsheaf Inn takes you via Oxfordshire, Sunday Lunch at The Chequers en route is a MUST.
Part of The Lucky Onion family and therefore an equally stylish sister to The Wheatsheaf, the food is out-of-this world good. I had succulent squid to start (the best Id ever had) followed by roast pork to rival my very own mothers - THATS how tasty it was. Speaking of which, the male bar staff are pretty tasty, too...
A weekend at The Wheatsheaf was just what I needed to wind down from the daily grind and I'm so glad to have found a stylish haven that's practically on my doorstep - though once you're there, it feels a world away from the cray London lifestyle.
I'll definitely return in the future - in the meantime, can Georgie come and work her interior magic on my flat? Thanks.
Theres something ancient yet refreshing about the green grass on the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, made lush from all the recent rain.
And arriving at the village of Northleach a classic 16th century limestone settlement complete with a towering ancient church - the sense of moving back in time continues.
But the history lesson gets updated when entering The Wheatsheaf Inn, where we were welcomed at the bar before being taken to room number one, where this 1600s former coaching inn enters the 21st century with a Bang & Olufsen television and a painting straight out of a Hunter S. Thompson book.
However the stand-out feature of this excellent room is its en-suite bathroom of even bigger proportions, with a huge stand-alone stainless steel bath, perfect for soaking away the last remnants of the strains of living anywhere that isnt this beautiful part of the country.
Behind this dog-friendly hostelry lies a charming landscaped garden, where we indulge in pre-dinner drinks. Craft beers served by the Wheatsheafs knowledgeable and enthusiastic bar staff include Anchor Steam Beer from San Francisco a rarity to be found on tap.
Wine drinkers will be delighted by more than 200 bottles assembled by sommelier Angela Kaiser, who will happily advise on what will complement each course of any meal.
For dinner, we enjoy tasty home-baked bread to accompany starters of twice baked cheddar souffl and pork belly. The delicious souffl was dense and dripping in cheese sauce while the pork belly, unexpectedly served cold, was tender and delicate.
For our mains, I tucked into a rib-eye steak in classic French style accompanied by fries and garlic butter, while my girlfriend enjoyed the grilled salmon fillet with samphire. And then round off with pub favorites strawberry sundae and banoffee pie.
After dinner, while exploring the extensive building we enter a large private dining room that seats 20 at a long table surrounded by hunting trophies, ideal for a party or a meal following some countryside pursuits.
To bed and lightsleepers be warned the thin period walls are no barrier against the chiming of the Church of St Peter and St Paul, but then thats also part of the villages charm.
Breakfast was served in the bar and the dinning room and included plentiful coffee, flavorsome preserves and French toast with streaky bacon and maple syrup, all perfect for anyone who had over-indulged the night before.
This country inn which brings together the very old and the brand new is a favorite with celebs such as Kate Moss and Johnny Rotten.
Somewhat surprising for the well-known party animals, particularly because the chiming of the bells at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, which can reverberate through the hotel.
I find it charming, but I imagine anyone who had over-indulged the night before may not.
But the secret to this hotel's success lies in an insistence on quality food and drink, tasteful dcor and passionate staff who care about their trade.
If it was a person, it would be a country squire, fiddling with his iPad while listening to the Rolling Stones.
Its the kind of place youd recommend to friends and know theyd come back thinking just a little bit more of you for doing so.
A day in Oxford
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A day in the Cotswolds
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Harry Potter's Oxford & Studio Tour
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Walking in the Cotswolds
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Warwick Castle is a medieval castle dating back to 1068 and originally built by William the Conqueror then developed over time, Warwick Castle now houses a collection of armoury to rival that on display at the Tower of London.
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Location & directions
The Cotswolds, Oxford, Bath & The Cotswolds, United Kingdom
Located in Northleach, the Wheatsheaf Inn is situated in between the picturesque towns on Cirencester and Stow on the Wold. The hotel is easily reachable, just 2 hours drive from London.
How to get there
The Wheatsheaf Inn is located 2 hours drive from London. Trains from London Paddington go to Oxford, the hotel is a 45 minute drive from the train station.