Hotel Highlights

  • Stylish design and art gives this trad coaching inn a chic update
  • Beautiful copper baths in upper-tier rooms
  • Locally sourced produce and killer cocktails
  • Central Cotswolds location, within easy reach of historic towns and rolling countryside


A 17th-century stone inn brought up to the present time with oodles of rustic modern style and good taste, the Wheatsheaf Inn hotel is a country charmer in the Cotswolds. Paintings – historic and contemporary – grace the walls, the just-coiffed-enough gardens are the perfect place to hide with a book, the regional cuisine is superb, the ales and ciders are well-chosen and the cocktails are spot on.

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Need To Know


14 suites.


11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible subject to availability.


Double rooms from $168.23 (£100), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast. A full English breakfast costs an additional £12; à la carte hot dishes start at £4. Z-beds for adults are £50 a night.


The Wheatsheaf doesn't host weddings but would make a swell spot for a reception dinner, with bespoke banquets including whole hogs for a rollicking rural send-off. Guests at Cotswolds-fan Kate Moss' nuptuals bedded down here, and it would also be stylish for a stag or hen do. If you’re staying here on New Year’s Eve, you’ll be expected to attend the hotel’s Arabian-themed shindig (tickets are £50). Expect booze, food and a lively crowd.

At the hotel

Small spa, snug/TV room, private dining room, poker room, wine cellar, board games, cinema club, free WiFi throughout, gardens. In rooms: flatscreen Bang & Olufsen TV with free Sky channels, Bramley bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Once a piggery, Excellent Room 9 flaunts high ceilings and original stone walls. Very Good Room 6, in the former stable block, mixes masculine black suede and tweed, and Excellent Room 1 boasts a blissful freestanding bath. For garden access, opt for feminine Excellent Room 11. Tip: if you're lugging lots of luggage, ask for a room with a wardrobe or chest of drawers – they don't all have them.

Packing tips

Shooting – of the real and clay-pigeon variety – is up for grabs near this rustic retreat, and if you bring your own rifle there's a gun cabinet for storing it safely. Pack country clobber for hearty walks, although the hotel can provide handy Hunter wellies.


Canine companions can stay in the three larger ground-floor rooms (10, 11 and 12) for £10 a night, with dog beds, bowls and treats provided.


Welcome. Baby cots can be supplied for £20 a night (or the bedding only, for £15), or fold-out Z-beds for older kids for £25 a night (£50 for over-16s). Babysitting with a nanny can be arranged for around £7 an hour, with a week's notice.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Chunky wooden tables and leather-backed chairs tempt you to linger in the Inn's inviting dining room, where paintings of historic Brit tobacco barons add to the olde worlde feel. By contrast, German artist Sebastian Krüger's pop art portrait of Kate Moss factors in the funk. Nosh is rustic and regional, with seasonal produce the star in a daily-changing menu. Chef Anthony Ely's signature devilled kidneys on toast take some beating but the Colchester rock oysters and chocolate 'Balthazar' dessert give them a run for their money. The full cooked English breakfast is a must, and the all-day brunch at the weekend is best washed down with a Bucks Fizz. Make dinner reservations when booking – the restaurant is packed every night (but please note you can't book an 8pm slot, only before or after).
NB: Christmas Day lunch is £75 a person (£20 for children) and an evening buffet is included in the room rate. A limited menu will be on offer on Boxing Day, and on New Year’s Eve, a gala supper is included in the rate.

Hotel Bar

Beside the dining room, the Wheatsheaf Inn's convivial bar is a relaxed affair, popular with loyal locals. As well as a changing roster of regional beers, including Cotswold Lager and Festival Pride bitter, you'll find delicious Dunkertons organic cider on tap. The staff also mix killer cocktails and have taken out the title of Cotswolds Bloody Mary champions. Miss the mean Bellinis, glammed up with rum-flambéed peaches, at your peril. Expect a backing track of Pavarotti in the morning, segueing to Johnny Cash come the afternoon.

Last orders

Lunch in the restaurant is served from 12pm–3pm, tea from 3pm–6pm, and dinner from 6pm–10pm. The pub pulls pints until 11pm, and the back-garden bar keeps the same hours.

Room service

Available through the day, with cracking breakfast and tea (think scones and cake), but the team will try to accommodate any requests.

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Dress code

Informal gastropub gear, but a tad of tweed will tally with the hunting, shooting and fishing crowd.

Top table

Park yourself at a cosy table beside the long banquette for top people-watching. The private dining room, which seats 18–24, is pretty magical, should you be in party mode.

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Sunday lunch is a must at gastropub the Horse & Groom in Bourton-on-the Hill (+44 (0)1386 700 413; It's bagged awards for its regularly changing menu, which runs the gamut from rib-eye steak to beer-battered hake. A brill bistro by the owners of the Wheatsheaf Inn, The Royal Well Tavern on 5 Royal Well Place in Cheltenham dishes up modern British and French tavern fare, with a focus on fresh local seafood and meats (+44 (0)1242 221 212;

Local bars

The Village Pub in Barnsley near Cirencester (+44 (0)1285 740 421; and The Swan at Southrop (+44 (0)1367 850 205; are both smart bets for sipping a pint in stylish surrounds, with tasty food options to see off that hangover. Overlooking the main square in Northleach, The Ox House Wine Bar has about 20 wines available by the glass, a cosy wood-lined interior and an airy courtyard outside, leading to a handy Wine Barn shop (+44 (0)1451 860 649;

Local cafés

A top tip for simple food done well is restaurant, café and deli Made by Bob in The Corn Hall, 26 Market Place in Cirencester, which serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea (+44 (0)1285 641 818; Chef/owner James 'Bob' Parkinson uses quality ingredients, and the London culinary vibe here keeps folk coming back for more. Don't miss hybrid café, farm produce shop, and chic garden and homewares boutique, Daylesford Farmshop & Café (+44 (0)1608 731 700; Set on a Gloucestershire organic farm, it also has outlets in London, and blends impeccable style with gorgeous sustenance.

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Northleach market town

The Wheatsheaf Inn

West End, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3EZ, United Kingdom

The Wheatsheaf Inn is in the Cotswolds, in the Gloucestershire market town of Northleach, within easy reach of both Cheltenham and Cirencester.


Fly into London's Heathrow Airport ( – from here it's about a 90-minute drive to the hotel. Gatwick Airport ( is just over a two-hour drive away. Recommended local firm Rainbow Taxis (+44 (0)1285 740 070) would be happy to pick you up and whisk you to the Wheatsheaf.


The nearest train stations are Kemble and Kingham, reached in under an hour and a half from London Paddington (, and Cheltenham Spa, which takes two hours and 15 minutes, with connections from most major UK cities. All three are about a 25-minute drive away.


A two-hour drive north-west of London, Northleach is just off the A40 between Cheltenham and Burford. Parking behind the hotel garden is free.


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Anonymous review

by Harriet Whiting , Circumnavigating scribe

Honestly? I was a tad disappointed when Mr Smith said he’d booked a pub for the weekend. Being seven months pregnant, I was hoping for something luxurious for our last weekend à deux for some time. Turning off the motorway, we swung onto a country road shrouded by dark forest, punctuated with glints of cute, hidden cottages. I wondered if Mr Smith had thought this one through. He k...

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The Wheatsheaf Inn

Anonymous review by Harriet Whiting, Circumnavigating scribe

Honestly? I was a tad disappointed when Mr Smith said he’d booked a pub for the weekend. Being seven months pregnant, I was hoping for something luxurious for our last weekend à deux for some time. Turning off the motorway, we swung onto a country road shrouded by dark forest, punctuated with glints of cute, hidden cottages. I wondered if Mr Smith had thought this one through. He knew my litmus test for an overnight stay by now – amazing beds, huge bathtubs, brilliant but unfussy food, and sophisticated but not too try-hard. Could the unassuming-sounding Wheatsheaf Inn deliver? 

Perched on bar stools several hours later, encouraging Mr Smith onto his second pint of local ale by a warming log fire, I had to admit he had nailed it. Formerly a coaching inn, beyond the ivy-clad stone façade, Wheatsheaf Inn keeps the same friendly atmosphere I imagine it had when welcoming weary days-gone-by travellers. Original stone flags are suitably worn and roaring hearths keep the pub toasty.

Checking in, squeezed between locals at the bar, was a little more cosy than I had anticipated, but we were ushered into the fold with cheerful banter. Around us other weekend-awayers were crashed out in padded alcoves for wind-down drinks, lively chatter floating in from the two dining rooms flanking the bar. Subdued green walls, exposed Cotswold stone and antique armchairs hemmed in by the low-beamed ceilings conveyed chintz- and clutter-free charm and impeccable taste.

And oh our room! My smile stretched to a broad grin when I spied the most welcome sight in our Excellent Room: a freestanding claw-footed slipper bath. Bath lovers can attest just how exciting little details such as a big pot of bath salts and a stack of plump white towels warming on the rail are. Open-plan, apart from a small room for the loo, opposite the bath is an enormous bed with robust oak headboard. This passed Mr Smith’s super-king test: lying widthways across the bed still leaving plenty of room. Contemporary flair was there too in the dusty pink and grey goose colour scheme, the Lewis & Wood wallpaper and a vast B&O television. (Due to my burgeoning bump the bath stood little chance of accommodating us both, but the all-in-one design of the room ensured an easy bed/tub rotation.)

Dinner in the Wheatsheaf proved a convivial, noisy affair. Huge tea towels masquerade as napkins and foil-wrapped Gloucestershire churned butter accompanies freshly baked bread. Great British fare, but excellently executed: perfectly pink partridge, whole plaice with shrimp butter and an oozing ginger sticky toffee pudding. The wine list, perhaps reflecting the better-heeled clientele stretches into the hundreds.

Waking the next morning I wondered why I couldn’t move. I was just that comfortable. It wasn’t only the Egyptian cotton or the comforting weight of blankets; turns out it was because the beds have Hypnos memory-foam mattresses. The Wheatsheaf Inn has a knack of making guests happy – just as it’s met one set of demands, it throws you a little something extra to really warm the cockles. Mmm… afternoon toast and peanut butter in the snug by the crackling fire… a bowl of gourmet chocolate eggs in the room (perfect with a cuppa)… O-Check Design Graphics notepads to hand. OK – who needs the hotel to have five stars when you've got touches like that?

The village of Northleach, a 500-year-old market town, is well worth a mooch around, with its pretty vaulted church, the bells of which we could hear from our room. It’s what Americans would call ‘quaint’, but lacking the saccharine-sweet chocolate-box veneer that some villages in the Cotswolds have. It’s window-shopping gold too – we found ourselves in the extraordinary Dolls House shop and then in a time-warp emporium selling antique clocks and tiny music boxes.

Back at our 17th-century bolt hole, staff were revving up for the next busy mealtime so we retreated to the sanctuary of our room for another round of baths. We heard the pub door bang repeatedly as hungry customers eagerly arrived, reminding us that the chilled-out Wheatsheaf is not just a Cotswolds boutique hotel but a thriving boozer with a lively atmosphere – and thank goodness for that. It’s the way forward for a relaxed, stylish break. And, as Mr Smith later informed me, the hotel welcomes babies, children and even dogs (the hotel also has its own Labrador, Pudding), perhaps providing the perfect solution for our own growing Smith clan.

We loved the public house feel to it all. Pints of fine ale in the bath, a do-it-yourself Bloody Mary at breakfast, and everyone so smiley. So, you can keep your big country hotels where couples eye other couples over fancy martinis and dine formally in a Michelin-starred dining room, after all. And you can wipe that smug look off your face, Mr Smith.



The Guestbook

Reviews of The Wheatsheaf Inn from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…


Stayed on 15 Dec 2013

We loved

The staff and service WERE fantastic. The dinner we had was also exceptional.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 10 Nov 2013

We loved

The host, James, was a dream – in fact, all of the staff were attentive, charming and good fun. The food was fantastic, the fires well stocked, and (thank god for good weather in November!) the local countryside was beautiful for our rather novice hiking. Go there today! We could have stayed longer.


Rating: 8/10 stars


Stayed on 21 Aug 2013

We loved

The food was lovely, the ambience is perfect, the staff was really helpful.

Don’t expect

The bedroom had a bath but not shower and in hindsight I would have preferred one with a shower. But that's my fault, not the hotel's.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 24 Jul 2013

We loved

I loved this place and will definitely be going back. It's got a great location, beautiful garden and stylish interiors, and bedrooms with fabulous bathrooms stocked with lovely aromatherapy products. I spent a leisurely evening drinking cocktails and dining outdoors where there was a buzzy atmosphere and a good mix of locals and visitors. The food was delicious. The best bit, however, was outstanding service from a really friendly team.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 9 Jul 2013

We loved

I loved every single thing, from the "modern Cotswolds" decor to the amazing restaurant and beautiful garden. Spacious rooms with luxurious claw foot bathtubs. Most comfortable bed of our whole vacation. Perfect location in the Cotswolds to visit many other towns and villages.

Don’t expect

The room we stayed in didn't have a closet or wardrobe; be sure to ask for a room with storage if you're going to be there a few days.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 15 Feb 2013 No

We loved

Really lovely, relaxed yet professional pub in the pretty market town of Northleach. Comfortable rooms, great beds, in-room toiletries were organic and most appreciated by both Smiths. I loved the breakfast – so many nice touches that showed they really thought about guests (gluten-free bread, delicious creamy yogurt, help-yourself bellinis and bloody marys…) Dinner in the evening was equally good – really delicious food and great service, and all done in an effortless way.

Don’t expect

Not sure I can think of anything to change – other than having to return home!

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 16 Sep 2012

We loved

This is an exceptionally friendly and welcoming hotel, with a relaxed atmosphere. Our dog was made especially welcome. The food was delicious, the menu was interesting, and the wine list was excellent. Our room was beautifully decorated, as was the bathroom, and the bed was extremely comfortable. The village of Northleach is charming and there is plenty to do and look at. The local inhabitants are exceptionally friendly.

Don’t expect

If I had any minor quibbles, it was being woken by the rubbish collection truck and the fact that, had we been staying longer, there really wasn't enough storage or hanging space in the room.

Rating: 9/10 stars


Stayed on 12 Sep 2012

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 25 Aug 2012 Our friends had a baby and stayed in Room 6 which was really too small to put a travel cot into... He ended up on the bathroom floor!

We loved

The food was great: fresh, tasty and good portions; the relaxed ambiance; the in-room toiletries; the spa treatments in the garden shed.

Don’t expect

The rooms were a little small with the photos being taken from deceptive angles so they were a bit over-sold. The afternoon tea (which was the Mr & Mrs Smith special offer) had to be requested twice and hunted down and was still accidentally charged to our room. The breakfast should include the cooked options. The car parking was limited on a busy weekend.

Rating: 9/10 stars