We stayed here for 3 nights to celebrate my birthday and so we could visit Oxford, Blenheim Palace and Stratford. The Howard Arms is situated in a picturesque village and we had a lovely stay. The room was big yet quaint (antique furniture and a half tester bed), the food excellent (esp. the breakfasts which were the best we'd ever been offered) and all the staff helpful and friendly. The bar area had a log fire, the restaurant area was cosy and there was a lovely garden. It was close enough for us to visit all the places I've mentioned (Oxford was 1 hour away) but we could come back to an idyllic rural retreat at the end of the day. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the picturesque village green of Ilimington, set in the crook of the Cotswold Hills, lies The Howard Arms, a stunning, 400-year-old Cotswold stone inn.The stylish pub and dining room provide the ideal backdrop for an appealing mix of old furniture, broad polished flagstones and a log fire that burns for most of the year. Upstairs, three beautiful bedrooms have been joined by five newly-built sumptuous and spacious bedrooms which all boast separate power shower and bath, free internet access and iPod docks. Ultimate luxury and comfort are the focus of each bedroom which offer beautiful bigs beds with hand-stitched and sprung mattresses, modern fabrics and a clever mix of antique furnishings to ensure that each room offers its own personality. As the Howard Arms is sited away from main roads or street lights, a good night's sleep will leave you revitalized and refreshed, ready to enjoy our 'famous' three-course breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Howard Arms Hotel Ilmington