The Unicorn is an old coaching inn on the corner of the A429 Fosse Way and Sheep Street in Stow on the Wold. Parts date back to 1642 I'm told. What does this mean? Well it means you get to stay in an interesting, quirky, historic building that has been added to over the centuries and is full of odd corners etc. You can hear some traffic at times, but it isn't intrusive, neither is the church clock that chimes the hour, half-hour and quarter hour throughout 24 hours, but it is there. Anyone who is a member of the national trust will tell you how difficult is to keep an historic building from falling apart, how they keep a historic inn going with people and luggage tramping through 52 weeks of the year is a wonder. So yes bits may look a little worn at the edges here and there but its all very clean and comfortable.
We didn't find one member of staff who wasn't both friendly and helpful and we found the food to be good, both breakfast and dinner. The secure parking was a bonus, its opposite the hotel on the other side of the Fosse Way and we weren't charged for it..
I'm a little saddened to read some of the negative points some other reviewers have made, come on give them a break! You're not paying Ritz prices here and I for one think it represents jolly good value for money. Just have a look at what some of the other local establishments want to charge.
I think I can best sum up my opinion of the hotel if I say that on taking our luggage to our car when leaving, my wife and I looked at each other and simultaneously said 'well I'd certainly stay here again!' That, let me assure you, is an accolade that not every hotel we have stayed in has received.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Unicorn is a beautiful Grade II listed building, in picturesque Stow- on-the-Wold which is famous for its charming honeyed stone buildings, antique shops and fine restaurants. Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, the Unicorn has recently been fully refurbished with 9 large, Luxury Apart Hotel Suites, each with a kitchen with granite work tops and Bosch appliances, spacious living room and dining area. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. The Unicorn's pub and restaurant are still under going refurbishment but our new apartsuites are ideal for your stay in the Cotswolds. The manager is available to provide cleaning and linen change throughout your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Unicorn Hotel Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswolds