The Fish Hotel – The perfect bolthole for a secluded countryside UK staycation

Just before lockdown came into force, Amit and I enjoyed a staycation at The Fish Hotel, located within the 400-acre Farncombe Estate, overlooking the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire. We picked it for its countryside vibes as part of our 10 year wedding anniversary celebrations and in terms of travel, it ended up being our only trip for our special occasion!

If a UK break is on your radar once lockdown eases, I can’t recommend The Fish Hotel enough for a secluded and remote break in The Cotswolds. The hotel takes its name from its setting on Fish Hill – so-called because medieval monks are said to have stored fish here.

During our trip we stayed in the super cute ‘Snout,’ one of their Hideaway Huts tucked into woodland. Each of the huts are bright and decorated with a comfortable feel inspired by hygge, the Danish concept of cosiness. Within each hut there is a stunning standalone bathtub!

For an alfresco option, each hut has also has its own deck and a Hikki Bohemen outdoor bath for two, heated by a wood stove.⠀

With Social Distancing measures likely to be in place a tad bit longer, the Hideaway Huts are perfect for an intimate and private break and the best part is you can get their delicious food and a range of drinks delivered to the hut!

I ordered Pizza to indulge on whilst we stared at the sky through the skylight.

The Hideaway Hut was so comfortable and snug and I loved the vintage accents throughout.

The bed was so comfortable with crisp linen and cosy blankets perfect for a good night’s sleep and we actually struggled to get up for breakfast the next day!

There is a lounge area with a large L-shape sofa and wood burner to snuggle up in front of.

It has all the amenities you would expect including a complimentary mini bar which had cans of Mojito in it which made me very happy!

The bathroom was a compact and convenient size and what I loved was that they had Temple Spa toiletries.

In terms of other accommodation, they also have Treehouses, which I am very much eyeing up for my next stay, and more conventional rooms too.

In terms of Food and Drink, aside from the option of room service, you can also eat at their Hook restaurant or alternatively devour their taco menu at the bar and lounge, which is what we did. They also serve an afternoon tea in the lounge.

Breakfast in served in the Hook restaurant and we enjoyed their cooked options to order (eggs any way, porridge and more) from the open kitchen.

Another plus point is if you are a dog owner as the hotel is very dog friendly!

Dogs are welcome to stay in 12 rooms (at one tree house, in the farmhouse and in some suites. There’s a dog shower, a dog agility course, and dog afternoon tea that can be ordered at The Lounge – specially devised muffins as well as treats from Cotswold Raw.

There is lots to do while you are staying here and you can even borrow Original Muck boots! Choose from cycle routes, trim trails and rambling routes on your doorstep – including the legendary Cotswold Way.  A 20-minute walk across the countryside takes you to charming Broadway (‘the show village of England’), with shops, eateries and the Broadway Museum and Gallery. Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon are also in good driving distance for day trips to these English gems.

If you prefer to stay indoors, there is a games room which has table football, Sky Sports, a pool table and more; a cinema; a kids’ outdoor play area largely created from recycled wood and lots of board games and books to go through whilst enjoying a cocktail from the bar.

I know we will definitely plan to head back very soon!

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Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. Nanchi wrote:

    Binny, It seems you had a great time! This hotel looks promising. Wonderful stay review. Thank you for sharing!

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  2. Laura wrote:

    We have actually looked at staying here before as they are really dog friendly!

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
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