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The Fleece, Cirencester, Cotswolds
More of a pub with rooms than a hotel, The Fleece is spread out across three pretty townhouses, offering spacious rooms off a warren of higgledy-piggledy creaky corridors. It's set in a 17th century coaching inn in a grade II listed building right in the heart of Cirencester, steps away from the city's major sights. The rooms have a common thread thematically (Chesterfield sofas; oakwood beams) but are different in décor - some have floral wallpaper patterns and velvet headboards in bold hues, while others have sheepskin rugs and playful sculptures. The bar is a popular spot to sip a pint or two, and there's a restaurant and lounge area with crackling fireplace where you can enjoy a drink or a laidback meal.
You'll love getting lost in the quaint little courtyards off Black Jack Street, which is lined with gorgeous 17th and 18th century townhouses.
In a great location on Market Place in the centre of pretty Cirencester, a few minutes' walk from Cirencester Park.
By car: The hotel is a 2 hours 30 minute drive from London and around 1 hour 30 minutes from Bristol.
By train: London Paddington to Swindon takes around an hour. The station is a 30-minute taxi ride from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
There's a broad clientele - it's a good choice for those seeking a great central location and a laidback setting (and beers on tap on the ground floor). The original features such as the creaking floorboards have been retained, while oakwood beams add a warm and cosy touch.
Service & Facilities
There's a laidback feel and the staff are cheerful and friendly.
Pets are welcome, with beds and bowls provided. Dogs are allowed at the bar, but not at the restaurant. Head to Cirencester Park to take your pooch for a stroll.
We loved Room 1 - it's spacious and cosy, with sheepskin rugs, vibrant blue floral wallpaper and pops of orange here and there. The beds are exceptionally comfortable, and rooms have a common thread thematically, although the design is not homogenous - each room has its own quirks and design.
Standard Room, Twin Room, Signature Room, Charater Room, Feature Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee facilities, Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal in the dining area or in the more relaxed lounge bar. Snag a table by the fireplace in winter or sit back by the large windows in summer. The bar has a lively ambience and buzzes at all times of day.
Restaurant: Pub classics including steaks, burgers and pie of the day. Open Monday-Sunday 12 noon-9pm for food, 11am-10pm for drinks. Mains from £14.90.