If you love the old charm of the Cotswolds and the great outdoors, but you want to stay somewhere that’s stylish and modern, without the expensive price tag, head to The Fish.
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The Fish is just as stylish as its pricier sister hotel, Dormy House Hotel (recap my review via the link). However, it’s a lot more affordable. A stay during peak time in August cost around the £150 mark for a superior room, which was a lot, lot cheaper than most of the other pretty hotels I looked at in the UK.
And when I say stylish I really mean it. You won’t find outdated, swirly carpets and garish bedding here. Seriously, why do so many boutique hotels think that’s a good look?!
Instead you’ll find interiors that will make you swoon. From the bedrooms right through to the lounge areas, everything looks like a dreamy Pinterest board. They’ve even got the branding nailed down with little nautical quips laced throughout the property.
As our excuse for a weekend break was our wedding anniversary and our UK babymoon, we chose to upgrade from a standard to a superior room. We wanted the top junior suite, but unsurprisingly as they are only four of them and we booked last minute they were full.
Funnily enough, they label them as ideal for people with kids in tow so perhaps we’ll be making a return visit when little one arrives.
Anyway, the superior rooms are more than lovely. They’re spacious, but homely and have a Scandinavian feel thanks to the light coloured wood and blue hues. Most of the twenty-eight superior rooms have views of the gorgeous Farncombe estate. The window seat is the prime spot to enjoy all that greenery.
The rooms also have a desk area, but if you’re on a relaxing weekend (like I was) then you’ll use it as a food and drink station. There’s a tea time tin with biscuits and coffee/teas, along with a cafitere. Out in the lobby of The Stables (the name of the building that’s home to the superior rooms) you’ll find a super lux Smeg fridge with milk for your drink. You can also use it for any goodies you buy in the nearby village of Broadway.
And talking of which, the location of The Fish is perfect. It’s located on Fish Hill, so it offers stunning views of the beautiful English countryside. It’s also set within its own estate, so you’re not bothered by thru-traffic. The space is maximised by offering activities like quad biking, clay pigeon shooting and more. You’ll also see lots of guests in their sportswear because there are loads of walking/jogging/running (depends how energetic you’re feeling!) routes.
Within a ten/fifteen minute car ride you can be in Broadway, a famous Cotswold village. It has one main highstreet full of sandy buildings, pretty flowers and adorable boutiques. Make sure you pop into The Cotswold Chocolate Company for some of their first-rate chocolate buttons. They taste better than you’d expect for such an unassuming package.
If you want to get as much R&R as possible, you could pop to the spa at The Lygon Arms (in Broadway). It’s a really historical building, so the rooms aren’t particularly stylish to warrant a stay. However, you can use the spa for just £10 and you can book treatments too.
Oh and I’d recommend getting fish and chips at Russell’s, though there are loads of restaurants and pubs nearby if you fancy getting dressed up a little. Just book ahead if you have your heart set on a particular place. I went to The Potting Shed a few years ago and rated that one (see review via the link).
Eating at The Fish
Of course you don’t actually need to leave The Fish. You can have Afternoon Tea here, as well as lunch and dinner. Breakfast is included if you book directly and will set you up for the day (see husband’s plate to see what I mean!).
Taylor Hearts Travel would definitely recommend a stay in one of the superior rooms at The Fish. It’s a stylish, affordable bolthole that’s perfect for a weekend break. You can find out more and book here.
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