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Grand Cotswolds hotel, The Hare and Hounds Tetbury

This grand country house hotel has a bar, restaurant and extensive grounds

by Sarah Bridge
hare and hounds near Tetbury

A stay at The Hare and Hounds

Hotels in the Cotswolds are always a pleasure to discover and having stayed in a few places owned by Cotswold Inns pubs and hotels before – the Bay Tree and Lamb in Burford, the Manor House at Moreton-in-Marsh and most recently the Bear of Rodborough near Stroud – I had expected The Hare and Hounds Tetbury to be build upon similar lines: a traditional coaching inn or cosy pub.

I did not expect it to be so grand-looking, more of a country house hotel with expansive gardens, a vast dining room with huge windows and sprawling grounds including individual cottages, conference facilities and a pub/restaurant just next door.

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the hare and hounds tetbury exterior in the sunshine

The Hare and Hounds Tetbury in the Cotswolds was more impressive than I had expected

Inside The Hare and Hounds

Built in the 1860s by wealthy landowner Robert Staynor Holford, who also created the Westonbirt Arboreteum  which is just a few minutes’ drive away, this four-star hotel has 42 bedrooms, some in the main house and some in the separate coaching house, which are furnished in an traditional yet boutique style, combining mullioned windows with splashes of colour, open fireplaces and interesting artwork.

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the hare and hounds tetbury bedroom in the coaching house

One of the newly renovated rooms in the coaching house

the hare and hounds tetbury bedroom in the main house

The hotel has a range of individually-decorated rooms in the main house

A large downstairs lounge runs the width of the hotel from front to back and contains an abundance of stylish sofas and chairs along with books and games to while away the afternoon but in good weather the gardens and outside courtyard beckon, perfect for morning coffee or afternoon tea. The hare and hounds theme – or at least the hounds part – runs through much of the hotel’s artwork and there are many dog-friendly rooms here if you wanted to bring your pet.

hare and hounds hotel lounge with fireplace

The interiors are decorated in a boutique hotel style with splashes of colour (and lots of doggy artwork)

sofas at the hare and hounds

This room led up to the Beaufort restaurant and was a great place for morning coffee

The Hare and Hounds Tetbury afternoon tea

We arrived from the Hare and Hound’s sister hotel, the Bear of Rodborough near Stroud, and so were early enough to enjoy a whole afternoon in the sunshine, complete with a welcome prosecco and a cream tea – one was enough for two to share and not ruin the evening meal – and sitting in the summer sun with the Sunday newspapers and absolutely nothing else to do was a delight.

gardens at the back of the hare and hounds hotel near Tetbury

The gardens at the back of the Hare and Hounds Tetbury are perfect for relaxing in the sunshine (with no worries about social distancing). There’s also a paved courtyard which is ideal for afternoon tea

Bedrooms at The Hare and Hounds

Our bedroom – once we finally made it upstairs – was also an unexpected treat, larger than I’d expected, and had a brand-new carpet thanks to the enforced lockdown break. This meant the en-suite bathroom door didn’t actually shut, but a quick word to reception and it was fixed in a matter of minutes. As well as double or twin beds, the room contained a large sofa, coffee table, writing desk and an abundance of tea and coffee-making facilities, so we were all set.

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The sofa and log fire feature in our large bedroom at the hare and hounds hotel near Tetbury

The sofa and log fire feature in our large bedroom. The windows overlooked the hotel’s courtyard

The Hare and Hounds restaurant

Dinner in the Hare and Hounds’ own Beaufort restaurant was, like the hotel itself, grander than I’d expected, with subdued lighting adding to the formal atmosphere. While it wasn’t one of those restaurants where you have to dress for dinner, most diners looked pretty smart – probably as a nice change to lockdown casuals – but the cheerful and chatty staff meant meant the mood was informal and friendly rather than stiff and snooty.

Beaufort restaurant Hare and Hounds hotel near Tetbury

The large dining room at The Hare and Hounds

The Hare and Hounds Tetbury menu – which is standard across all the Cotswold Inns sites – was simple and classic British, with five or six options for each course including English pea soup, ham hock terrine, grilled sardines, followed by sirloin steak, poached lemon sole, roast lamb and Chateaubriand to share.

By a quirk of hotel reviewing we had dined at the Hare and Hound’s sister hotel the Bear of Rodborough the previous day so could compare like-for-like dishes and the Hare and Hounds definitely had the edge, lifting the dishes to something above the menu’s description, full of flavour and quality which matched the impressive surroundings.

cannon of lamb

My cannon of lamb was excellent

steak and chips and béarnaise sauce

The steak was also done to perfection

Breakfast at the Hare and Hounds Tetbury

Breakfast the next day was equally good and it was a delight to wander round the gardens in the sunshine the next morning before heading off to explore Tetbury and the rest of the Cotswolds. It’s a great location to discover this part of the world and certainly a far grander stay than I’d been expecting!

Hotel information and how to book The Hare and Hounds hotel

The Hare and Hounds hotel, Bath Rd, Westonbirt, Tetbury GL8 8QL

Rooms at the Hare & Hounds start from £125 for a double room B&B while the top luxury suite with hot tub starts at £255 per night

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