We were quite late when booking accommodation and so a lot of places had already sold out. We knew that we wanted to stay within 30 minutes of the airfield so that we could get the relatively early each day. To find somewhere, we used Booking.com and found that the whole experience was simple from start to finish. The options available to us were listed to suit our needs - we could change it depending on price, location, the star rating. Because booking.com already had our details, we were able to book our accommodation within minutes and no money was taken out of our account until we arrived for the weekend. You can try out booking.com for yourself by clicking the link above, which will give you £15 off your first booking.
We chose to stay at a place called Tetbury which is in the heart of the Cotsworlds and is just a stones throw away from Highgrove, the home of Prince Charles. The village itself is medieval and rustic looking, with beautiful flowers all around. Right in the centre of the village is the 17th century Market Hall which looks amazing at night.
The accommodation we chose was The Priory Inn, a popular and award winning hotel and restaurant. On arrival, the staff were friendly and welcoming, and despite being extremely busy in the restaurant, were able to find us a table for the evening. The food was absolutely delicious and the portion size meant you really got your moneys worth.
The room itself consisted of a bedroom / living area, wardrobe space and then a separate bathroom. The bathroom was clean and tidy with plenty of room for all my beauty essentials that I had decided to bring with me. They even had a little bag with some essential toiletries just in case we had forgotten something.
The wardrobes had plenty of hanging space, as well as shelving to store anything else. The bed was incredible - it was like having two double beds in one and they were super comfy. A table and chairs were set up by the window, which I actually used as a work station to edit some of the photos I took, with the view out of the window was lovely and I got to see some wonderful sunrises and sunsets during our stay.
The room was also equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, a TV, WiFi and a fan. It also contains local produce, such as biscuits, soap and lotion. so that you can sample them during your stay (Full sized products are available from the reception).
One of the things that really caught my attention when choosing where to stay was the hotels 30 mile food zone policy. This means that everything you eat within the restaurant is grown locally, with local farmers being supported. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with the work of local artists that you can can again buy from, the same as the local soaps and lotions. As if that wasn't enough, they also make looking after the environment a key element by recycling as much as they can.
If you are looking for a quiet weekend away in the country, then The Priory Inn comes highly recommended. With plenty of walks available nearby, there is also Westonbirt (National Arboretum), Chavenage House and the Cotsworld Water Park, to name just a few places to visit.
Until next time