Nestled in the heart of ancient Cirencester is the newly refurbished Kings Head hotel. An ornate, but slender frontage belies a cavernous interior of event rooms and tastefully decorated accommodation that once accommodated weary travellers pre-dating the English Civil War. In fact, it is said that King Charles II spent the night here.
The couple who have restored the building have done a stunning job re-instating the splendour of the building while ensuring the ancient Roman mosaics and unearthed artefacts celebrate its original history and character.
The converted cellar into an underground music hall provide an experience made all the more special by its vaulted ceilings, and there are a range of amenities including a top-end spa and library. In the rooms, thoughtfully provided gin and tonics accompany plush sofas and supersize beds that make snoozing inevitable (although we didn’t get to stay in the suite with the bath in the bedroom – next time).
Downstairs, the comfortable and spacious dining area provides a great place for long breakfasts and tasty dinners featuring locally sourced foods. It is certainly worth tasting the steak, which was as good as they come. Locals and weekend visitors alike were enjoying themselves at the bar, which made for a fantastic atmosphere – but it was still wonderfully quiet in our bedroom once we retired.
To top it off, a morning stroll into the craft markets hosted in the hall adjacent to the hotel is a nice way to do what the locals do, and taking a turn through the ancient park and fresh produce market opposite provide a weekend escape that ticks all the boxes before driving through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside back to London.
[quote source=”We loved the huge bedrooms and the food was excellent” rating=”4″] [/quote]
Our accommodation was provided by the Kings Head
Doubles start at £135 B&B