One of last year’s most exciting hotel openings, 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 that let nature in. Take a seat in the warming surrounds of The Crown to feast on the breakfast buffet, enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with sweet treats and savoury delights, or hunker down with a book and make yourself at home. Borrow wellies for a ramble or visit a National Trust property – Bibury, Lodge Park and Chedworth Roman Villa are all nearby. Come evening, sip 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 from one of the delicious daily specials cooked to perfection. Dogs are welcomed with open arms, too.
Doubles from £150
+44 (0)1285 851806; wildthymeandhoney.co.uk