The ‘capital of the Cotswolds’ has a new offering for business travellers. Read on to see what we thought
In one of the six new one-bedroom, self-catering apartments at the 14th-century coaching inn. Set apart from the other 46 rooms in the hotel, the apartments feel exclusive, private and are, as far as I know, the only offering of its kind in the centre of the market town. Each open-plan apartment is Farrow and Ball-esque and slick in design (tick), quiet (big tick) and comes with a king-sized bed (huge tick). Business travellers will love the practicality of the spaces. We were especially impressed with the kitchen in ours: complete with an oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge and washer-dryer, guests who just fancy getting in after a hard days’ graft, cooking dinner and eating in your PJs can do just that.
At the hotel’s in-house restaurant. An extension of the building’s stone-walled and plushly-furnished entrance, the space’s atmosphere is cosy while also benefitting from the hubbub of the arriving guests and those unwinding at the bar. Artwork that includes everyone from Shakespeare to Hendrix spans the walls but, with some of Gloucestershire’s most revered producers on its doorstep, it’s what’s on the menu that we’re most interested in. The offering changes seasonally with the likes of British comfort food (think double-baked cheese soufflés and fillet of beef with madeira jus) listed alongside Asian-influenced offerings (the soft shell crab with Asian salad and wasabi mayo was our favourite).
The unusual touches that run throughout the hotel. In the foyer, a glass panel reveals a Roman mosaic that was uncovered during renovation, while a thread spool installation and other pieces of off-the-wall art give the hotel the contemporary feel alongside its characterful period features. The dining menu is even presented in an antique book at the front of the restaurant, and coat pegs are nailed to the wall through vintage books.
The underground events spaces and activity offerings are rather special. We like the look of the 18-seater Wine Cellar, which comes with its own glass-windowed wine vault and features original stonework. If that’s too sedate, what about a spot of polo (Cirencester is a royals territory), a shooting day (again, Charles would approve) or windsurfing at the nearby Cotswold Water Park? Either way, they’ll be grateful for those king-size beds.
Apartment prices at the Kings head Hotel start at £122 per night.
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