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.
- 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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- The Cotswold Plough Hotel & Restaurant Clanfield, Oxfordshire