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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Number 4 At Stow
- Number Four At Stow Hotel Stow-On-The-Wold
- Number Four At Stow And Cutler's Restaurant Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswolds