This pretty pub is in Barford St Michael, a traditional Cotswold village full of dark honey-coloured cottages along the river Swere. The George Inn is a thatched pub with flagstone floors, wooden beams and plenty of local ales on tap. After a two-year renovation, there are now nine individually designed bedrooms with comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms with underfloor heating and 100 Acres toiletries. The three rooms above the main pub are more traditional, with original beams and rolltop baths, while six garden rooms are dog friendly with direct access to the terrace and garden. Italian chef Valerio Grimaldi-Plant has created a menu to showcase local produce and suppliers with dishes like roast chicken terrine, globe artichoke tart, curried cauliflower soup and 28-day aged steak with beef-dripping chips, as well as puddings such as orange baba and dark chocolate bombe. There’s an extensive 100-bottle wine list, plus a separate Wine Room with a chef’s table and space for six people. Broughton Castle and Blenheim Palace are short drives away.
From £110 per night.