The Fish Hotel – The Cotswolds
Hotel Type: A quirky, laid back, luxury bolt-hole surrounded by nature. Think farmhouse chic accommodation, tree houses and shepherd’s huts.
Location: Nestled in 400 acres of glorious rolling countryside in the Cotswolds, surrounded by woodland & lakes. The Fish is part of the Farncombe Estate about 2 hours from London.
Style: Country chic
Rooms: 63 rooms including 5 Hilly Huts, 3 Treehouses and 5 Hideaway Huts
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is The Hilly or Hideaway Hut. These little shepherds hut offer an amazing experience and come with private hot tubs.
Ideal For: Families or couples wanting to reconnect with nature and take some laid back time out.
Dining: Foodies will be happy here. Dine at the Hook restaurant with culinary director Martin Burge. The focus here is on fresh seasonal Cornish seafood. If the weather allows head to the Feasting Deck which is reserved for groups of 10-30 people and enjoy feasting alfresco with their 3 course BBQ experience. Guests can also head to their sister hotel Dormy House to dine in one of its three restaurants. It is just a short drive away and the hotel can easily organise a lift for you.
Activities: There are a huge amount of experiences and activities on offer both at the estate and the surrounding area. From pottery to clay Pidgeon shooting, walking the countryside to punting the rivers, visit historic sites or take a gin tour.
Spa: There is not a spa here but guests can visit the spa at sister hotel Dormy House Monday – Friday for an extra cost (subject to availablity). If it is a jacuzzi you are after though the Hilly Huts come with their own private hot tubs, whilst the Hideaway Huts and Tree Houses come with private heated outdoor bathtubs.
Children: The Fish Hotel couldn’t be more family friendly! The Shepherds huts are just for two adults though.
Furry Friends: There are plenty of doggy-friendly rooms. There is a charge of £30 per dog to cover housekeeping costs but they are welcomed with a dog bed, towel, water bowl and a treat in the room (dogs must be over one years old).
Accessibility: There are two rooms adapted for visitors with mobility issues. The reception area, restaurant and bar are all wheelchair accessible.
Low Season Price From: £155 per night for a Medium room and includes breakfast.
High Season Price From: £210 per night for a Medium room and includes breakfast.
Open: All year round!
A haven for families and romantics, in the rolling hills of the Farncombe Estate, the Fish Hotel feels a world away from day to day life. For those who want to escape to the country, this hamlet style collection of stables, a coach house and farmhouse, tree houses and shepherd’s huts dotted around woodland, lakes and hillsides, is idyllic. It’s definitely one of our favourite bolt holes in England, with fresh air, exceptional food and a large helping of luxury. And the wonderfully helpful and friendly staff are never far away to look after you.
You can’t get closer to nature than sleeping in a tree house or a shepherd’s hut, where you have a 400 acre estate as your playground. The three tree houses scream adventurous accommodation, and are luxuriously fitted with a double bedroom, bunkroom (suitable for children up to age 12) and state of the art bathroom, together with a huge deck with twin hot tubs. We absolutely love the huts – no shepherd has ever slept in such luxury. They all come with under floor heating, en suite bathrooms, a woodburner and a hot tub, and provide you with total privacy, (but they’re just for grown ups). If you stay in Boaty McBoatface, you get your own lake and boat with private decking on your very own island for sundowers. If you prefer bricks and mortar, there’s a cosy selection of individually designed rooms across the farmhouse, coach house and stables. The Medium Rooms mix contemporary Scandi-style with English country garden, while the Medium Luxe Rooms are slightly larger. For views over the fields and the Vale of Evesham, the Terrace Rooms are ideal. And for families, the interconnecting Veranda Rooms are open plan and very spacious. Alternatively, the Small Suites have a sofa bed and can sleep up to four. Each one of the Big Suites offer something different, from enormous bathrooms to wood burning stoves or terraces. They all feature however, a king size bed and a sofa bed. For parties or large families, the entire farmhouse can be taken. With six en suite bedrooms, huge living area, a cinema style TV and a daily house keeping service – it’s perfect for enjoying everything that the Fish Hotel has to offer.
With the name Hook, you can expect an emphasis on seafood in this bistro style restaurant. The informal and casual setting doesn’t begin to prepare you for the outstanding and refined gastronomy you’ll experience – Martin Burge, the Culinary Director, gained two Michelin stars at his last restaurant. Dishes prepared from local meat and vegetarian cuisine also feature, along with a colourful taco bar menu and enormous afternoon teas. Grown ups have to try the Tipsy Teas – and we’re not talking egg sandwiches! Then savour the three course dishes cooked on wood-fired oven at Feasting on the Deck – a place that really comes into its own in the summer. And it goes without saying that the breakfasts are more than hearty, setting you on your way for the day. Guests can also head to their sister hotel Dormy House to dine in one of its three restaurants. It is just a short drive away and the hotel can easily organise a lift for you.
Put the words tree and house into one sentence, and you know your children won’t be able to contain themselves. The Fish Hotel could not be more family friendly, and this is the place for them to get a huge dose of the big outdoors. There’s also a games room and cinema, if a little indoor time is needed! With 400 acres to explore, a play area and a host of activities, you also know they’ll sleep well. What’s more, children up to three years old stay for free.
The Fish Hotel is all about the great outdoors, and there’s no shortage of things to do. If you don’t have your own wellies, there are plenty to borrow, and you can walk right from your doorstep. Take a map and off you go. And if you want to explore the Cotswolds, the team here will be more than happy to suggest a day’s itinerary, or organise an activity or two. Rowing on the River Avon; clay pigeon shooting; golf lessons; horse riding or a trip on a steam train or an afternoon on a working farm, you can do pretty much anything here.
Location – The Cotswolds
One of the most beautiful corners of Britain, the soft landscape of the Cotswolds sprawls across six counties. With rolling hills, honey coloured market towns and quintessentially English villages, it’s easy to see why it was one of the first places in the country to be declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And it’s one of the largest. Everywhere you turn you’ll find stately homes, Roman villas, Norman churches, gardens and arboreta, water meadows, hundreds of miles of walking and cycling trails, and most importantly, some of the country’s best places to eat and stay. For romance, family adventures and even holidays with your four legged friends, we’ve got everything covered in our Cotswolds portfolio.