Hearty country fare is the order of the day at The Double Red Duke, where a historic stone coaching inn has been revived as a plush country retreat in the Cotwolds village of Clanfield.
The limestone bricks of the 300-year-old building might be weathered, but the interiors have been given a top-to-toe makeover, with floral wallpaper, velvet seating and roll-top bathtubs offering much more comfort than the inn’s historic guests would have experienced.
There are 19 bedrooms in total, set beneath wooden beams that create a rustic contrast to the newly polished interiors. Owner Georgie Pearman scoured flea markets and antique dealers for one-off finds, as well as commissioning British makers to create pieces for the country hotel. She’s opted for a relaxed maximalist approach to the interiors, ensuring the former inn’s nooks and snugs are well filled with deep sofas and armchairs.
The Double Red Duke’s menu focuses on open-fire cooking, with British produce served up alongside seasonal veggies. Guests can perch on an orange sofa in the inn’s dining room, or head outside to the jasmine-covered garden room – complete with red-and-white-striped parasols for any sudden bursts of sun or rain.
Pearman has also installed a shepherds hut spa, which offers facials and massages. Rooms start at £224 per night.