Hare and Hounds

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PLUM IN THE HEART OF REGAL Gloucestershire – a stone’s throw from the country homes of the royals – The Hare and Hounds epitomises all that’s good about a lavish Cotswolds inn.

Behind its mellow, honey-coloured stone facade, this former manor house set in acres of well-tended grounds is glowing from a top to toe refurbishment. Now sporting vibrant new decor and striking original artworks, the Hare and Hounds makes a great place to stay. 

Flagstone and wood floors, original stone fireplaces, squashy leather Chesterfields, seagrass rugs, plump cushions and vibrant colours from russet to deepest green lend plenty of rustic chic flavour. It’s all beautifully set off by specially commissioned artworks depicting (of course) hares and hounds at play. The walls of the cosy library are lined with book wallpaper – and real books.

Pimms on the lawn

Individually styled bedrooms in the main house sport bold and inviting colours, while those in adjacent Silkwood Court are done out in contemporary creams and neutrals. Lavish bathrooms are generously stocked with Molton Brown bath products, and the best come with luxury cotton bathrobes.

For a real splash-out stay, choose the Hare and Hounds' ultra-private Gamekeeper's Cottage – a stone cottage retreat in the grounds with a private garden and its own outdoor hot tub. The bathroom boasts a wet room shower and mirror TV, while the bedroom boasts a contemporary four poster bed, TV, blu-ray player and iPod dock. Other special extras here include a Nespresso machine, fluffy robes and Veuve Cliquot wellies for long walks.

Scattered with stripy deckchairs, the gardens at The Hare & Hounds are an invitation for Pimms on the lawn (or even a game of croquet) in summer. Surrounded by the maple trees of adjacent Westonbirt Arboretum – a blaze of colour in autumn –  the setting is a delight.

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Hare and Hounds was reviewed for Room for Romance by Tasha Munro

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