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The Cotswold Plough Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Clanfield B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 January 2014

I booked this hotel as a birthday treat for my wife. I wanted something in the Cotswolds but within easy driving distance to Oxford as I wanted to take my wife there after checking out. The location was perfect as its about a 30 min drive from the city.

I booked a 2014 deal, which required that you had a 3 course evening dinner. I also upgraded to a 4 poster room.

When arriving, I was a little disappointed with the look of the outside of the building as the pictures on the website made i look a lot nicer. The inside was typical of an old coaching house and the bar was extremely cosy with comfy chairs in front of two log fires. Perfect for relaxing and trying some of the 130 different gins on offer at the bar. Don't worry, if you dont drink gin then there is a wide choice of malt whisky and a fully stocked wine cellar. Also the hooky was a decent pint too!!

The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. The heating hadn't come on in our room when we checked in but was sorted quickly and when we came down for dinner, we were placed in the middle of the bar, having already emailed ahead and requested a room in the restaurant. We asked to be moved and we were without any problems. This may have been an issue on busier weekends as the restaurant only as a small numberof tables available and we would have been extremely disappointed to eat a romantic meal in the middle of the bar area.

The room was excellent, and the 4 poster bed was lovely and comfortable. The dimmer switch for the lights was also a welcome touch. The bathroom was really big and the only fault with the room was that we had to wait a long time for any hot water when using the shower.

The 3 course dinner was very good. Its a shame that we had to have all 3 courses as part of the deal as we both were really full after the starters and main course. I had soup to start and my wife had the muscles. For main course I had the steak, which was excellent and my wife had the venison. Although she enjoyed the food, it was a bit rich and she wished that she had chosen the fish. But no complaints apart for no room for pudding..!!

Inside, the hotel could do with a lick of paint and the carpets on the stairs and landings were looking tired. However these are only small issues for what was a really lovely weekend away.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Got an unexpected discount offer for a night at The Plough.
I wasn't really sure whether we should go or not as the weather was miserable.
However really glad we did as it really cheered us up. Quintessential English country hotel, lovely room, lovely meal and cheerful service.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We spent a really lovely Sunday night / Monday morning here on the 'Lazy Sunday' offer. It's so nice to be able to have a good meal out without worrying about the driver not being able to enjoy a glass of wine - or worrying about the cost of a taxi home.

The staff were really helpful right from the time of booking, so we had exactly the type of room we wanted. We didn't expect much - some hotels inly include the most awful rooms in offers - but were delighted with the one we stayed in. It was spacious, well equipped and comfortable.

The food was excellent, with a lovely menu - but the veggie option was a bit limited - and a good wine list. The service was good and prices were very reasonable. Breakfast was just as good.

Looking forward to another lazy Sunday at the Plough!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Had a superb one night break here. Clanfield is a very pleasant village. A feature of the hotel is the Gin Pantry and we were overwhelmed by the choice,, but could have explored more than one, but an excellent bottle of champers on arrival had already done the trick. The starters and mains were good, limited veggie option of one meal , but puds were disappointingly heavy.

We stayed in room 9 which was well appointed but you need to be under 5ft 7 to use the shower with ease as it is tucked behind a roof beam! For the price of the room, this basic should have been thought of!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

My husband and I stayed here for one night after visiting blenheim palace. This hotel is in a lovely rural setting, the room was great and a good size and a good sleep!!!
We also had dinner which was very tasty and the breakfast was also very well done. The staff were very pleasant and friendly, I wish I liked gin as they have a vast selection to try from, but unfortunately I stuck to the champagne!
Thank you for a lovely get away and I hope we visit again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank daisydooEngland
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We stopped for one night during September on the Lazy Sunday deal where providing you spend a minimum of £75 on food including drinks you get the your room Free. Choice of 3 areas to eat serving good quality Al la Carte food. One whole lobster and a glass of prosecco currently £20.13 per person. Breakfast an additional £10.50 per person. Around 50 different types of Gin to sample in the Gin Pantry. Nice comfy seats to chill out in the bar area and small separate TV room next to the Bar. We had a quiet ground floor Room No.3 situated at the back of the hotel facing the lawn. This spacious room was clean and tastefully decorated with a crimson paint colour scheme. The room had a 3 seater sofa, wardrobe, long ottoman and a large widescreen TV as viewed through the 4 poster bed framework just like being at the cinema. Bathroom had twin sinks, toilet, shower and twin bath robes.The hotel has adequate on sight car parking. Be aware a discretionary 10% service charge is automatically added to your bill. However staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Would visit again as it is a place where you can relax and chill out and enjoy without any hassle.

Room Tip: Best Value Sunday Lazy Day Deal Evening Dinner and Breakfast basis. View the rooms on the hotel web...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Stayed for one night so probably not really a fair picture. I think they were preoccupied with the preparations for a wedding at the weekend. The staff were very polite and friendly but needed reminding to do things such as bring menus/take orders/bring milk to go with the coffee. Not a big deal but its not the cheapest place I've stayed so I expected a bit more concentration! The food was very nice- expensive though for what you got. The building is very attractive on the outside and in the bar and restaurant- which was very popular in the evening even though it was midweek. Our room was in a new part and disappointingly like so many hotels. Perfectly clean and comfortable, and about right for the half price deal we got for late booking, but I had secretly hoped for something a bit more... Cotswoldy.

Room Tip: Worth spending more to stay in the older part.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Bourton Road, Clanfield OX18 2RB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Clanfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Clanfield
Price Range: £115 - £162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Cotswold Plough Hotel & Restaurant 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cotswold Plough is a perfect example of a 16th Century, stylish yet informal hotel. The hotel is perfectly located to explore landmark Cotswold towns, the rolling countryside and the Dreaming Spires of Oxford. Bampton, home to Downton Abbey, is right on the doorstep, Burford only 15 mins away and is the nearest hotel to Kelmscott Manor home to William Morris in 1878. The Cotswold Plough has 11 elegant, confortable and spacious en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant and a bar serving local ales, quality everyday dining options, open fires and a sunshine terrace for Al fresco dining. The hotel offers something for everyone all year round, with an idyllic charm that allows guests to relax in comfort and there is free Wifi throughout. The restaurant serves an a la cate menu of seasonal mouth-watering dishes. Whereas the bar offers a more traditional British menu and the hotel's most unique offering: a Gin Pantry with over 150 individual gins and an incomparable knowledge of these drinks and their accompaniments. ... more   less 
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