Wild Thyme & Honey – Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire
One of the most exciting hotel openings in 2021, Wild Thyme & Honey, in the picturesque village of Ampney Crucis near Cirencester, has been lovingly restored, from a 16th-century inn into a relaxing retreat. Overlooking a babbling trout-filled brook, there are 24 incredibly comfortable bedrooms (many with standalone tubs) plus a lovely village pub, The Crown at Ampney Brook. Exposed Cotswolds stone, natural wood floors and lovely woolly textures blend seamlessly with a New York loft-style look and thoughtfully-designed airy spaces to let nature in. The Crown, just the other side of the courtyard, is super cosy – feast on the breakfast buffet, hunker down with a book and make yourself at home. Or borrow some wellies and hop onto the Thames Path, go for ramble or visit a National Trust property – Bibury, Lodge Park and Chedworth Roman Villa are all nearby. Come evening, enjoy one of the pub’s expertly-crafted cocktails before getting stuck into the hearty farm-to-table menus that roll with the seasons and use local produce – order the Butts Farm sharing steak which is cooked to perfection.
Doubles from £150
+44 (0)1285 851806; wildthymeandhoney.co.uk
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