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Marked as a ‘back to nature bolt hole with a touch of luxury’, The Fish Hotel offers just that. It has a stylish, rustic feel that is both unpretentious and inviting, with all the home comforts that make a stay that little bit extra special. It’s the perfect Cotswold destination whether you want to chill out with the family, go for a walk with your dog (yes, it’s 100% dog friendly), party with friends or just hide from a love interest.

We stayed in one of the new hillside huts, cute and surprisingly tardis-esque shepherd’s huts, named after characters from A Midsummer’s Night Dream and woven into the forest under streams of fairy lights. These are lavishly decorated (a copper claw-foot bath, a bijou wood burner and a secluded ‘garden’ with hot tub – and that’s just to get you started).

Each cabin is just a mooch from the main hub of The Fish and yet you feel like you’ve landed in your own little piece of paradise. It’s a serene pit stop away from the stress of work with an extra dose of fun – the outdoors but with all the trimmings. I could have stayed for days.

Whatever your dietary needs, The Fish has everything you need, for award-winning a la carte dining, The Hook restaurant is a must. A relaxed atmosphere awaits you and the warm, knowledgeable team will ensure you select the very best wine to match your food and want for nothing. For more casual fare and a dog-friendly environment, The Bar is your place; great salads, pizzas and imaginative snacks, you can lounge, eat, relax and go. I’m vegan which can sometimes be tricky for chefs in more fish oriented restaurants, not here, my dishes were all delicious variations on what’s on offer on the vegetarian menu.

The Fish has a village feel with its leafy paths leading from the shelters to the beautiful carved tree houses and farmhouse style cottages. At its heart is The Lodge, which is basically the social hub, it’s quiet, comfortable and of course beautifully designed, from the boot (yes, boots of all sizes are available in case you’ve forgotten your own) to the sprawling lounges where you can retire for a cup of tea (or something stronger) and marvel at the view while relaxing around the stunning 360 fireplaces. For the evening, a cocktail on the forest terrace under stars and fairy lights is a must.



Aside from the lovely long walks on the 400-acre property, there are plenty of adventurous activities on offer – from zen-like yoga in nature to clay pigeon shooting, falconry, ax throwing (had no idea this was a ‘thing’) and archery . Or you can simply venture into the famous hamlet of Broadway to explore the shops and eateries. It’s a taste of Cotswold life at its best.


..Stylish comfort in the countryside. So good you will plan your next visit when you leave.


Rates: Nightly rates at The Fish start from £155 on a B&B basis, based on double occupancy. Rates for the cabins start from £295 B&B.

Contact: +44(0)1386 858000 / [email protected]


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