The Feathered Nest – Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire
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, this handsome property is triumphing under its new owner, Adam Taylor. The four countrified bedrooms (Cuckoo’s Den, Cockerel’s Roost, Pheasant Nest and Dove Cote), with breathtaking views of the Evenlode Valley, blend the practical with the luxurious, kitted out with Nespresso coffee machines, gleaming antiques, books and magazines. Plus there’s a new super cosy one-bedroom cottage, which combines period charm and contemporary elegance, with flagstone flooring, exposed fire mantle and wooden beams. In the rustic chic dining room or outside on the terrace, the modern British food is as impressive as the bedrooms. Head chef Matthew Weedon (who was previously awarded Michelin stars at Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire and Lords of the Manor in Gloucestershire) sources ingredients locally, and his menus change with the seasons – try the six-course tasting menu. There’s an excellent wine list (one of the largest in the Cotswolds) to boot.
Doubles from £195
+44 (0)1993 833030; thefeatherednestinn.co.uk
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