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“IN THE HEART OF THE COTSWOLDS”

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Number Four at Stow and Cutler's Restaurant
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Isle of Man
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114 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“IN THE HEART OF THE COTSWOLDS”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

Stow is a great base from which to take in the delights of the beautiful Cotswolds region of England. We had not been in the area for about 35 years and were looking for somewhere that little bit special to stay to celebrate our Ruby Wedding Anniversary. Thanks to Trip Advisor, we found that place – ‘Number Four at Stow’.

Let me explain at the start that not all SatNavs pick up this post code and ours didn’t, taking us into the main square in Stow first of all. We found the local people to be polite and willing to guide us. It was then that we discovered that ‘Number Four’ denotes not the postal address but the latest venture of the owning family who previous ran a 5 star establishment in the Berkshire area, I believe. Number Four is actually situated on a busy road junction (A 424 and A 429) just south of Stow and about a mile north of picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water. There is plenty of parking for guests’ cars.

We were given a very warm and friendly reception on arrival by Anne who offered help with our luggage – there is no lift (elevator) but it is only two storeys and there aren’t many stairs. In our room we found a greeting card wrapped around a complimentary bottle of Sangiovese – a lovely touch - and there was complimentary water in the room (still and sparkling) plus a refreshments tray. Our room (206) had a lounge area off the bedroom (with a bed-settee) which made it quite spacious. The bed and pillows were really comfortable too and there was surprisingly little noise from the traffic because the roads tend to be fairly quiet at night time. There were two flat screen TVs (one in the lounge area), hair dryer and toiletries. There were also bath robes and fluffy towels. There was a fridge for guests’ use and irons were available to borrow, on request. In so many hotels and guest houses, the lighting in the bedrooms these days tends to be ‘subdued’, a polite word for poor, but not here! The renovation, carried out a little under 5 years ago, I understand, has incorporated bed-side reading lights and free WiFi. Well done!

The décor throughout these premises is tasteful and clearly well planned. The atmosphere is relaxed but the service attentive. There is air conditioning and heating, as required.

Brian Cutler is in charge of the food side and Cutler’s Restaurant is extremely good, so much so that we chose to eat in every evening – unusual for us anywhere! The breakfasts are very good too, both continental and full English, the latter being freshly prepared to order with good choices and served piping hot. Ingredients are sourced locally, wherever possible, and the menus simple to understand – no pretentiousness here, thank goodness!

I always try my best to give a balanced report and so far all of my comments have been pretty positive. So, I now turn to the negative and, to be honest, I am struggling on this occasion! I’ve mentioned the absence of a lift, but that did not prove to be a problem, even for my wife who is unsteady on her feet. A trouser press would be a useful addition for male guests, I suppose, as irons are not as good, in my view. My wife would have found a walk in shower helpful – but she managed with my help. However, additional handrails would be of value in the bathroom. Our room had no view over the countryside and that would have been nice too. That’s it!

This Hotel and Restaurant is owned and operated by two sisters, Caroline and Patricia Losel. It is very well run and it is obvious that they have an eye for detail and seek to provide an excellent customer experience. All members of staff are friendly and helpful, being well trained to reach the high standards to which the sisters aspire. They really made us feel ‘at home’ for our stay of 6 nights. Nothing was too much trouble and they made each guest feel like ‘one of the family’.

To sum up, this is one of the very best small hotels we have ever stayed in. The next time we are in the area, we will not hesitate to stay here again.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Losels, Owner at Number Four at Stow and Cutler's Restaurant, responded to this review, 23 September 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post your very detailed review on Trip Advisor following your stay with us. This is very much appreciated and we are delighted that you had a relaxing holiday at Number Four. It was a pleasure to have you both to stay and we will certainly look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Sending kindest regards from all the staff.
Best wishes
Caroline & Patricia
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

A bright modern hotel just outside Stow. Ample parking. Our standard room (104) was on the small side, but very well equipped, including a fridge. There was some noise from the adjacent main road, even in the middle of the night.

Our dinner was excellent, but pricey even for the region at about £95 for three courses for two, with wine. Service good and friendly.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Losels, Owner at Number Four at Stow and Cutler's Restaurant, responded to this review, 23 September 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel following your stay last month. Your compliments are much appreciated and have been passed on to the team. We do hope that should you find yourselves visiting The Cotswolds in the future that we will have the opportunity of welcoming you both back to Number Four.

A warm welcome awaits you.

With kind regards
Caroline & Patricia
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

We stayed one night with some friends after a 9 mile walk in the rain! Wonderful warm welcome. Our room was spotless and comfortable and a long soak in a hot bath was greatl. We then had leisurely pre-dinner drinks in the comfortable bar area. We felt relaxed and unhurried followed by a delicious meal in the pretty dining room. We were very well looked after and the food was very good. Breakfast again was excellent and leisurely. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the friendly, accommodating staff. We left the next morning feeling revitalised, relaxed and satisfied. The hotel is very near the road, but we were not bothered by any traffic noise. The views from our room were across open countryside. We understand there are some lovely walks from the hotel and we plan to come back to try them out.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Losels, Owner at Number Four at Stow and Cutler's Restaurant, responded to this review, 23 September 2014
Inspite of the wet weather we are delighted you enjoyed your walking weekend in The Cotswolds. Thank you for your kind compliments following your stay at Number Four, very much appreciated. There are more spectacular walks throughout the area and our local tourist information website should have various maps www.cotswolds.com to help you plan your next visit!

We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

With kind regards
Caroline & Patricia
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

Enjoyed a couple of nights at this hotel. The room was really comfortable and spotlessly clean. All of the staff were very friendly and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast was lovely as was dinner at Cutlers - definitely recommend. There is a lovely patio area where we had a couple of drinks enjoying the sunshine! The hotel is only a short walk (15-20 mins) from the centre of Stow so we had a nice walk there and back one evening. Definitely recommend and would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Losels, Owner at Number Four at Stow and Cutler's Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 September 2014
We are both delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us this Summer discovering Stow-on-the-Wold. Your compliments on Trip Advisor are very much appreciated,thank you.

We now look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

With kindest regards

Caroline & Patricia
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

We had a great time - lovely staff, spotlessly clean room with an above average bathroom. We didn't eat in the restaurant as quite pricey but the breakfast was first rate. Would definitely stay again ad would particularly recommend the Family Room as great space with two inter-locking rooms which are perfect for a family of four.

Room Tip: Family room perfect size and layout
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Losels, Owner at Number Four at Stow and Cutler's Restaurant, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post your positive comments following your stay at our hotel. It was a pleasure to welcome your family and we trust you enjoyed visiting the many child friendly places in the area.
We hope that when you next return we can welcome you all back to Number Four.

With warm regards

Caroline & Patricia
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Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

We've just spent a couple of nights in this lovely hotel.
The hotel is situated about a 5 minute drive from Stow and slightly further to either Lower Slaughter or Bourton on the Water.
The hotel is spotlessly clean. The staff are very friendly and MORE than helpful, whilst the rooms are well appointed,.... we even had a full size 'larder' fridge.
We were on a 'bed and breakfast' basis and no one could ever leave the breakfast table still being hungry. The whole breakfast experience was 'high end'....crockery, cutlery, product, ambience and last but not least the staff....the young waitress who was attending the continental breakfast layout, noticed that I was struggling to carry two glasses of juice plus a plate of fruit......in an instant she offered to carry the plate to the table for me.
We did a walk from the hotel to Bourton on the Water, via Lower Slaughter. It was suggested by the hotel and was fabulous!! It was about 3 miles each way during which time we only met about 5 people.....I thoroughly recommend it.
So all in all we had a very enjoyable experience and hope to repeat it in the not too distant future.
We WIIL certainly be recommending the hotel to all our friends.
Thank you to all the staff and management that made our short visit so pleasurable.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Losels, Owner at Number Four at Stow and Cutler's Restaurant, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
It was a pleasure to welcome you to our hotel and we are delighted that you enjoyed your break in The Cotswolds. There are so many other beautiful walking routes.....we will keep the maps for your return visit! Thank you for posting your compliments which have been passed on to all the staff.

We now look forward to welcoming you back to Number Four soon.

With kindest regards

Caroline & Patricia
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Ware, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Stayed here on Sunday evening . This is a great hotel newly converted but done with taste and style. Rooms were boutique but well fitted out. Breakfast was very good with excellent service my only regret is that the restaurant is closed Sunday evening as the menu looked good. I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Losels, Owner at Number Four at Stow and Cutler's Restaurant, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Number Four and your feedback is very much appreciated, thank you. We now hope that you will return soon and perhaps sample Cutler's Restaurant on your next visit!

With kindest regards

Caroline & Patricia
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Property: Number Four at Stow and Cutler's Restaurant
Address: Fosseway | Gloucestershire, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1JX, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Stow-on-the-Wold
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold
#1 Family Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold
#2 Luxury Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Number Four at Stow and Cutler's Restaurant 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family-owned and run boutique country house hotel in Stow on the Wold, in the heart of the Cotswolds. The hotel offers 13 stylish bedrooms and 5 elegant two-room suites/family rooms and a relaxing and cosy lounge and bar. There is a large secure car park which is free for guests. In Cutler's at Number Four, our intimate restaurant, chef Brian Cutler offers good simple and tasty food using the best of local and seasonal produce. A small but flexible function room can seat up to 40 for meetings or private dining. The entire hotel is fully air-conditioned and Wi-Fi is free and available. ... more   less 
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