Going away for a night for our wedding anniversary has become something of a tradition for us, but this year we were totally ready for a little mini break as we have been really busy putting everything together for our Obsessionistas exhibition in Milan later this month.
Like many people we don't have a lot of cash to spare right now so if we are splashing out on somewhere nice we want to be pretty sure that we will really love it. We always spend ages deliberating over where to stay and so I guess we usually have pretty high expectations. The Wheatsheaf Inn is an old coaching inn situated in the pretty Cotswolds village of Northleach which has a history stretching back over the centuries. The village originally grew up around the wool trade and the inn was once a main stopping off point for stage coaches laden with passengers travelling up from London.
There are fourteen rooms, each one decorated in an individual style and designed with an emphasis on comfort (the inn was refurbished about a year ago). We stayed in room 6 which had luxurious black velvet upholstery with tweed accents and industrial style lighting and wire baskets for toiletries and nibbles. The enormous bed was incredibly comfortable and the sheets were quite possibly the loveliest I have ever slept in. We loved the large walk in shower and the rooms also have fancy Bang & Olufsen TVs if you are into that kind of thing.
(The view across the Cotswolds rooftops from our bedroom window).
Downstairs there are lots of nooks and crannies to explore and a number of intimate private dining areas, all of them filled with fresh flowers and interesting original artwork including Sebastian Krüger's pop art portrait of Kate Moss. We visited during the cold snap we had last week and happily spent the afternoon cosily installed next to the woodburner in the snug. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the service throughout our stay was just spot-on.
Tatler has described The Wheatsheaf as "a secret tardis of coolness" and we agree. We really couldn't fault the place and the fact that it is a rather well kept secret (for now at least) meant that we managed to book the room of our choice for a midweek break at relatively short notice. The restaurant is popular though so I'd definitely recommend booking well ahead if you are thinking of going. The surrounding countryside is pure Cotswolds chocolate box pretty and we spent the following day exploring Sudeley Castle.
(Lead pipework and Spring blossom at nearby Sudeley Castle.)
The Wheatsheaf is also very dog friendly. We didn't take Albert with us on this trip (he stayed at home with his favourite whippet-sitting auntie), but we did meet lots of four legged friends who were enjoying their stay. The staff will happily provide dog beds and I'm told the pigs ears they keep behind the bar are very tasty!
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3EZ. (Rooms from £120 per night).