My wife and I, and another couple, stayed for six nights at the Stow Lodge in September. The accommodation is somewhat of a cross between a hotel and a B&B. It is basically a small hotel that provides a fantastic cook-to-order breakfast, and has a nice restaurant also available for dinner. We had dinner in the bar one night and in the restaurant on another. I would classify the food as good to very good. There can be a rush of reservations and orders in the 7:00 range. Either get there early, pick a later dinner time, or be prepared to wait.
We had rooms 23 and 25 in the upstairs of the coach house. Both had large king beds, adequate space for storage, two easy chairs, and a quite large bathroom. While the rooms themselves look somewhat dated, they are comfortable and functional. There is no lift to the second floor, just steps. Noise was not a problem at all. A major roadway is on the backside of the coach house and some reviewers have complained about the noise. During the warm season with the windows open, I can understand how this could be a problem. The bathroom is on the backside of the building and uses a double set of windows (inner and outer). By closing both, road noise is not an issue. Also, by using the provided fan for “white noise” we couldn’t hear anything. We did leave a front window open for fresh air. Even with this, we would have try to hear the church bells ring if we wanted.
The building and grounds are really something to see and enjoy, as is the neighboring ancient church and its grounds. Staying in Stow-on-the-Wold is a great central location for visiting the Cotswolds.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful. It was never an inconvenience for them to get ice, arrange for laundry, or make a recommendation for another restaurant in town. While there was a rack with advertising pamphlets for area attractions, we were a little surprised at the lack of knowledge by many staff members to help tourists (such as “Where can I go to see thatched houses?”) However, all were eager to help (some even did research on the internet to get an answer to a question).
Our group was in their mid-50s to mid-60s. Maybe it was the time of the year, but we were by far the youngsters of those lodging. There was not a lot of late-night partying going on resulting in a pretty quiet place.
Also, the water controls for the tub/shower were unlike anything that we had ever seen. You may want to ask the staff for instructions on operation to prevent someone taking a cold shower. (Once we figured out how to operate the controls, my wife and I both had more than enough hot water.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stow Lodge Hotel is situated in its own picturesque grounds overlooking the market square of the historic town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The hotel has been family owned and run for over fifty years and has built up a fine reputation for its friendly hospitality and excellent service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stow Hotel Stow-On-The-Wold
- Stow Hotel On The Wold
- Stow Lodge Hotel Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswolds