I'm surprised by the bad reviews. Granted, this is not a state of the art BnB with a Heston Blumenthal gastro Pub attached and my husband and I are dog owners who know the UK very well (my hubby is a Brit) so there was no culture shock with British humour or dogs in pubs. Firstly we were treated VERY kindly by the staff. We came into Moreton on a 7:00 am train and were able to have breakfast at the Bell, leave our bags there while we explored and waited for our room in a nearby village BnB to be ready. The staff were SO helpful! The man at the bar called us a cab (cabs are VERY hard to get in the Costwolds) they figured out a bus schedule when the cab could not be found and they even called our BnB to find out if we could check in much earlier (we could:)-this was all WITHOUT staying there! When we returned for a last minute one night stay at the end of out holiday, they were equally as accommodating. We were able to leave our bags in the break room and be gone for a few hours to explore the beautiful Batsford arboretum. We even had an extra hour before check out. The room we had was in a separate building in the back, up left. Roomy with so so sheets (clean but not fitted so they move around...), the tea pot's cord did not reach the outlet but there was plenty of tea and biscuits so no big deal. The telly was older but we had fun watching an old Hammer House film on it and slept well. The duvet was clean but thin though there was a warm spare blanket in the wardrobe and the hater worked ok. Granted the ceilings in our room were VERY, VERY high (enough for a few black riders to appear!!) so heating was going to be a bit challenging by default. When we left our building (we missed breakfast but the one I had earlier in the week was excellent and 7 to 10 is a great time frame for patrons). I think for the price and location you can't go wrong. Don't miss the Toy Shoppe up the road as well!
Warning: if you have children and stay in any of these semi-detached upstairs/courtyard rooms do note there is a window at a child's level that if left open would be dangerous. Best to not open at all or stay at ground level.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Considered by many to be Tolkeins inspiration for the "Prancing Pony" in Lord of the rings, the Bell Inn is a fine example of a traditional coaching Inn set in the historic Cotswolds. Having been taken over in June 2015, the pub and guest rooms are in safe hands and offer great service and quality accommodation. The pub offers meals a great selection of food, including lunches and evening meals which compliment the wide range of drinks including a selection of real ales. On a sunny day why not sit in the beer garden and soak up the sunshine in peaceful surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Bell Hotel Moreton-In-Marsh
- The Bell Inn Moreton-In-Marsh, Cotswolds