A beacon among the new breed of converted inns, the Feathered Nest is as comfortable, stylish and well-equipped as a fine hotel, but smaller and more relaxed. Attractively laid out and furnished, it reflects the passion and professionalism of its owners, Tony and Amanda Timmer. The four countrified bedrooms (Cuckoo’s Den, Cockerel’s Roost, Pheasant Nest and Dove Cote) perfectly blend the practical with the luxurious, kitted out with Nespresso coffee machines, gleaming antiques, DVDs, books and magazines. And waking to the breathtaking view of the Evenlode Valley is guaranteed to soothe even the most frazzled nerves. In the rustic chic dining room or outside on the shady terrace, the modern British food is as impressive as the bedrooms. Wherever possible, head chef Kuba Winkowski sources ingredients locally, and his menus change with the seasons. Tony wins awards for his wine list, which reflects his interest in ‘boutique’ growers. Doubles from £245.
Name to Know: Carl at the bar, who will tell you anything you want to know about his hops, malts and barleys.
See: Splendid Blenheim Palace, a world heritage site set within glorious parklands.
Eat: At The Nest. Try the handmade tagliatelle with wild boar salami and truffle shavings.
Buy: Head to Tudor House Antiques in Stow-On-The-Wold for a treasure trove of antiquities. There is a small collection of interesting pieces at The Feathered Nest too.
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