New Boutique Country Hotel in The Cotswolds: Wild Thyme & Honey

Following extensive refurbishment of a historic property, a new boutique country house hotel and pub has opened in the picturesque Cotswolds, not far from historic Cirencester and just over an hour by train from London (nearest train station is Kemble). Surrounded by stunning countryside, Wild Thyme & Honey and The Crown pub and dining room have been converted from a 16th century inn into a charming boutique hotel and restaurant. While operating as an independent boutique hotel, the Wild Thyme and Honey is owned by Red Lion Holdings, a newly formed pub investment group, led by entrepreneurs Jason Myers and David Ramsey. The duo also own and manage award-winning boutique inns, The Cricketeers on the Green and The Kings Arms, Egham.

The hotel’s setting is on the banks of a quiet stream in the classic Cotswolds village of Ampney Crucis. Wild Thyme & Honey features 24 charming bedrooms and suites designed in a soothing palette of soft grays and rich creams. Exposed golden Cotswolds stone, timber paneling and lovely views offer a charming rustic feel. There is a nice walk past the church, right on the doorstep, while the pretty villages of Bibury, Burford and Tetbury are all within easy reach.

Suites have freestanding bathtubs in the bedrooms and creek views. The top suite, No. 3 London Road, has its own lounge, private deck with sauna and hot tub. All rooms feature the English brand, Bramley bath products, king-size beds, Nespresso machines and a welcome carafe of sloe gin. Dog friendly rooms are also available.

Common areas include a spacious living room with comfortable sofas and chairs and a rustic inner courtyard, which has comfortable tables and chairs covered in sheepskin rugs and a fireplace as a focal point.

Eat, drink

The hotel’s Crown pub has already become a destination restaurant, serving delicious contemporary British farm-to-table seasonal menus inspired by the Cotswolds surroundings. The focus is on top quality meats, fish and vegetables, sourced as locally as possible. The menu includes hearty dishes like Old Gloucester Tomahawks and sharing ribeyes at Robata Grill, as well as classics like shrimp cocktail with shaved fennel and pickled apple and crème brûlée. Other popular dishes include twelve-hour braised pork belly, cote-de-bœuf and garam masala marinated lamb. Appetizers include smoked hock ham and cheddar croquettes, salt-roasted beetroot and goat cheese bread rolls and crispy duck and watermelon salad.

Dining options are plentiful, including private rooms upstairs, The Hide and The Eaves, or alfresco by the babbling brook in three clear perspex hives.

To make close

In the heart of the Cotswolds, country walks and visits to classic villages are a must when staying at Wild Thyme & Honey. Also highly recommended is Cirencester, a fascinating town with Roman ruins including an amphitheater and original Roman walls near St Mary’s Abbey. Covering a massive 3,000 acres near Cirencester town centre, Cirencester Park is a lovely place to wander and picnic. There are markets including the Antiques and Collectables Market several days a week and many independent boutiques, cafes and pubs.

Double rooms at Wild Thyme & Honey are available from £150 per night.

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