The Wheatsheaf Inn
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.
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
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
Location & Directions
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.
When to go
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.