a Michelin-starred retreat overlooking a lush valley

(The Feather Nest Country Inn)

Picture Kate Winslet’s cottage in The Holiday and you won’t be far away, except this one is in the Cotswolds and boasts its own Michelin-starred fine dining country pub.

Well, technically, the pub comes with the cottage, but it certainly feels the other way around when you’re lucky enough to stay at The Cottage at the Feathered Nest, a restored, award-winning country inn with fine dining overlooking the lush green valley of Evenlode. .

The cozy gourmet haven is in the chocolate box village of Nether Westcote in the heart of the Cotswolds, not far from Lower Slaughter, the main village featured in the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Expect rabbits hopping across the road when you stop, and the hoofbeats of sheep, geese and horses when you wake up in the morning, after a nap – hopefully given how good the wine is on the menu six-course tasting. .

There’s a sun-drenched terrace overlooking the garden and rolling hills to enjoy a pre-dinner drink (or dinner itself). Pick a summer afternoon and you could be in Tuscany, except then you only have to drive two hours to London.

From charmingly restored rooms to days away from home, you’ll find everything you need to know here.

Where is it?

Slap bang in the middle of two of the Cotswolds’ most beloved towns, Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold. The pub itself is in the village of Nether Westcote (think pub, church, and that’s it) and overlooks the rolling hills of the Evenlode Valley.

    (Adrian Sherratt)

(Adrian Sherratt)

Chipping Norton, Bruern and Kingham are all within a 20 minute drive.

Style

There is no reception when you arrive, but this is exactly the point. The Feathered Nest is not a hotel; It’s an upmarket country pub that just has rooms: think bar stools made from saddles, Old English pub vibes, and charming little nods to the fact that the building was a malt house 350 years ago.

Outside, there’s a glorious terrace with tables overlooking a lush green garden and picturesque rolling hills, and there are plenty of places inside to snuggle up by a roaring fire – time your visit right and you just might enjoy an evening of wine tasting or live music. evening by a local artist.

    (The feathered nest)

(The feathered nest)

Simply walk up to the beamed bar area and a friendly member of staff will show you to your room.

What room?

There are four en-suite bedrooms upstairs if you feel like crawling straight into bed after dinner: a cozy double called Cockerel’s Roost (think double bed and walk-in shower) and three king-sized rooms called Cuckoo’s. Den, Pheasant Nest. and the Dove Cote, each with a separate bath and shower. Expect classic country inn vibes, from burlap floors to antique furniture. In a nod to the name, bird-themed soft furnishings were thrown in for good measure.

Each room has a Nespresso machine and the bathrooms are equipped with Algotherm products of marine origin.

    (The feathered nest)

(The feathered nest)

For superking luxury, choose the cottage or the ‘little house’, as it was known in the original deeds to the property, which opened last year. The cozy miniature house sits behind a quintessential wooden fence and farmhouse front door and boasts the best of staying in a country pub while giving you a sense of independence.

It is just a few steps from the main pub and has a living room, dining room, kitchenette, bathroom with a roll-top bath and a double bedroom, ideal for couples looking for a slightly more spacious stay (there is room to store bicycles inside if you are planning a cycling holiday).

Expect period features with exposed beams, an open fireplace, and original tile floors, all paired with inviting modern furnishings and Farrow & Ball paint.

    (The feathered nest)

(The feathered nest)

food and drink

You’ll see the certificates as you walk in: 3 AA Rosettes, AA Breakfast Cup, AA Notable Wine List, Cesar Award, Beautiful South ‘Pub of the Year’ 2013. The list goes on, and it’s fitting.

Don’t expect your standard pub grub; expect award-winning food served in an unpretentious, down-to-earth setting, from the hotel’s famous 8-oz Nest Burger to locally sourced, seasonal entrees (they hand-butter and hand-bake the bread).

Michelin-starred chef Matt Weedon, who has worked at Glenapp Castle and Lords of the Manor, is behind the menu and the highlight is his six-course tasting menu with wine pairings.

Think roasted carrot and sheep curd with curried aubergine, lamb loin and shoulder with asparagus and smoked puree, and blood orange and passion fruit desserts. The Chateaubriand is perfect for two to share and is served to perfection.

There are five wines available by the glass at any given time, but you don’t have to look for wine pairings or fine dining if you feel like trying the food here. Locals still come for a pint and mingle with weekend minibreakers and foodies from afar who have read about the menu in all the guidebooks.

Choose from an a la carte menu, a “long and lazy” Sunday menu, a plant-based menu or a six-course tasting menu, and there’s an afternoon tea option for £25 with the option to add champagne for £35.

Mod cons

Don’t expect exquisite subterranean spas, but pack the bikes and walking boots: the Feathered Nest is ideally located for a quintessential weekend of walking, cycling and strolling through picturesque Cotswold towns.

The pub itself comes with 45-acre grounds (most open to residents only) and there’s an on-site wildlife reserve complete with a lake and newly introduced badgers and foxes.

It’s family and dog friendly, and all the staff go out of their way to make sure guests are well looked after (the Sommelier brought us an iron when we asked at the front desk). Book a stay early and you can still enjoy the outdoor terrace (don’t worry, the staff will bring you blankets when it gets chilly at night).

    (The feathered nest)

(The feathered nest)

what instagram

The picket gate of your own Cotswold stone cottage, ideally when a passing robin takes a perch.

Better for?

Foodies and couples with dogs. The Cottage comes with a dog bed, water bowl, and treats, and dogs are welcome in the bar and cozy areas and on the deck. It’s only £25 per dog.

how to get there

Hop in the car from London and you’ll be there in less than two hours. Trains take less than two hours from Paddington to Kingham, then there’s a 10-minute taxi ride to the other end.

    (The feathered nest)

(The feathered nest)

When should I go?

All year round, depending on availability, but it’s an autumn lovers dream: cozy nooks, roaring log fires and dozens of picturesque Cotswold walks right on your doorstep.

Details

Rooms from £195, Lower Westcote, Oxfordshire, OX7 6SD, thefeatherednestinn.co.uk

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