I’ve a little confession to make… I think I’m addicted to holidays and hotels… To the point that on our return from Barcelona, I made sure that we weren’t going straight home to London, but rather straight to the King’s Head Hotel Cirencester for a country staycation to extend the holiday for just one more night!
We checked into our beautiful Superior Room and felt as if we had fallen into a classic English escape! A huge change from The Mirror Barcelona where we had been staying for the past few nights, this modern hotel felt like a home away from home.
There are only 45 rooms at the King’s Head Cirencester, but each and every one is full to the brim of homely touches, and neutral, warm tones that I loved. I very nearly asked where they had found this bed throw as I was in love with it! In fact, it’s very easy to see why this hotel was awarded Mr & Mrs Smith’s Best Newcomer Award in 2015!
The Superior Rooms are very spacious, with a seriously comfortable king size bed and all the amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel.
Even with enough room for a seating area at the end of the bed, allowing you the comfort of having somewhere to enjoy a gin and tonic or glass of champagne as you get ready for the evening. Or more accurately, where Andy sat as I tried to get ready!
I adored the bathroom in our room, with its light airy feel and clean, chic design it was the perfect contrast to the exposed brick walls and warm feel of the bedrooms.
When I had a tour of the hotel later and saw each class of room, I was really impressed that all the bathrooms were just as spacious as each other, and that none felt at all cramped. You could really tell that when this hotel was recently renovated, that all care was taken to maintain extremely high standards in all of the rooms, no matter what size and price point.
With gorgeous Floris toiletries that put the finishing touch on a perfect bathroom.
To top it all off, the King’s Head Hotel had left us some personalised gin and tonics
Perfect for that someone who had to wait for me to get out of that bath..!
It’s not just g&ts that are there for you, but also your own Nespresso machine complete with a selection of coffee capsules, making sure that you don’t need to move too far from that comfy bed when you wake up in the morning..!
Robes, that were as fluffy as you can imagine, and the perfect way to wrap up after a long soak in the bath or a warm shower…
Both days that we were there we loved exploring the area, walking around, enjoying the sunshine (when it was out!) and the team at the hotel were more than happy to give us some recommendations on what to do. We had initially planned to take advantage of the fact that Cirencester is so close to the polo, but unfortunately the weather wasn’t really on our side! In fact, if polo is your thing, make sure to check out the King’s Head’s polo package.
It was the Queen’s birthday weekend so there were flags everywhere, and a general feeling of happiness and celebration in the air…
As we ambled through parks, just enjoying another day of holiday, and another day of escapism…
Though my hayfever rather got the better of me… Achoo!
And so after a few hours of getting lost, finding our way back, and a lot of sneezing, it was time to head back to our home for the night for some pre dinner drinks and for me to have a tour of the hotel.
The main areas of the hotel are modern and very tastefully decorated, with a boutique townhouse, yet country feel. I loved the soft furnishings and modern art that beautifully contrasted with the exposed brick walls that are throughout the hotel.
It really did feel like walking back into our home…
The gin was poured for Andy…
And I set off on a tour with the general manager, who was one of the most passionate and excited managers I’ve come across. His love for the hotel was obvious and really contributed to the home like atmosphere in the hotel.
I utterly fell in love with this Indulgent Space room, with its four poster bed and beautiful touches…
With the same warm tones and country feel as the rest of the hotel…
But with an even better bath!
The hotel also has a spa area, with an incredibly indulgent relaxation room, perfect for unwinding after making use of the spa facilities.
I met Andy in the bar for delicious pre-dinner cocktails to say cheers to our last night of holiday for a while, and we started to peruse the menu..!
As the waitress brought us bread we ordered and admired the tastefully decorated dining room.
Andy started with a goat’s cheese and caramelised red onion tart, which was crisp and delicious.
My fish loving tendency appeared and I opted for the crayfish cocktail, which was an exceptionally generous portion for a starter.
And served with delicious crostini to pair with it!
For mains, Andy chose the beef served with black pudding and potatoes, which was delicious. In fact, so delicious that I may or may not have eaten more than my own share…
I chose a childhood favourite and ordered the kedgeree which was just what I wanted on what turned out to be a very cold summer’s evening. Slightly spicy and full of flavour it was a perfect dish.
Served with green beans (to make us feel a little healthier!)
And fries, ’cause, well, holidays…
For pudding, we shared two favourites of ours, an incredible sticky toffee pudding, served with ice cream…
And a delicious, and incredibly beautiful, chocolate dessert. I loved the balance of beauty and taste in this light pudding, whereas Andy preferred the fluffy and indulgent sticky toffee pudding.
We took our delicious petit fours and the rest of our wine up to our room, where we cosied up before drifting off to sleep…
When we woke the next morning, we wanted to make the most of our last day in the beautiful Cotswolds, and so woke up early-ish for breakfast and ventured back down to the dining room.
Andy ordered the eggs benedict, which were perfectly oozy and served on a deliciously crisp muffin.
Still being slightly full from last night (!) I headed to the buffet for some cereal and a pastry.
Though if you preferred, cold meats and cheeses were available, too.
After a couple of delicious cappucinos we were ready to head out exploring again! Unfortunately, we didn’t seem to have much luck with the weather… Once again our staycation weather luck struck again..!
Though we did manage to get a little walk in, where we found some beautiful new friends! There’s actually one in the hotel, too – let me know if you find it!
There’s something glorious about a county staycation, and I completely fell in love with the Cotswolds. I can see myself returning time and time again, with Andy or with friends, as it’s just a couple of hours from London and makes for the perfect country escape. Next time, I’ve got my eye on that four poster and the bath!
The Kings Head Hotel
24 Market Place
We were guests of the King’s Head Hotel but all opinions are my own.