The King’s Head, Cirencester plus a guide to The Cotswolds | UK WEDDING BLOG

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You may have noticed by now how much we love a boutique hotel here at SYGM. The problem is that nearly every type of accommodation around the country is calling itself boutique these days. It makes searching for new, nice, places to stay increasingly difficult. When you Google boutique B&B in the Lake District for example, or Devon or wherever you want to go you’ll get a whole host of interpretations of the word ’boutique’ – most of which are anything but! A good boutique hotel, however, does a few things right -you’d expect super stylish interiors, little luxuries, good food, service and just that feeling of romance. The King’s Head where I stayed last week does all of these things so so right and it has the bonus of being set in The Cotswolds – one of the best places for a romantic weekend away whatever the weather.

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I adore The Cotswolds so much, it covers a huge area from Oxford down to Bath and across to Stratford upon Avon. The King’s Head is in Cirencester, slap bang in the middle of it all which makes it a perfect base for exploring all the chocolate box villages. It’s set in deep history, Cirencester is one of the oldest Roman towns in the UK. The King’s Head itself goes back to the 14th century when it was a coaching inn. Since then it’s been extensively modernised and only opened last September after a £7million refurbishment.

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All of the rooms are incredible. We stayed in 103, it was huge! We could have moved in for about a week I think. I loved the big snuggly four poster bed but I think the real highlight was the copper bath in the bedroom. Super sexy. It cued some interesting {and a little cheeky} discussion on Instagram last week regarding the location of it in the bedroom and the mirrors surrounding it! But I loved it.

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Their styling is spot on. Some hotels are starting to offer online shops for interiors, I wish The King’s Head did. Or that my bag was big enough to sneak some of those cushions and throws away…

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After a day of exploring the Cotswolds, it was the perfect space for kicking back and relaxing before dinner. There was a huge Smart TV on the wall opposite the bed which we loved for watching movies {and Homeland, I’m obsessed}.

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There are big fluffy hotel robes and luxury toiletries as you’d expect plus a few little extras like a DIY gin and tonic station left for your arrival complete with olives, nuts and a slice of orange, Nespresso machines with pods in the room plus cookies if you get peckish.

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I’ve added some photos of the other rooms on offer, partly for the interior inspiration! They’re all decorated in Farrow and Ball hues and with quirky characterful features. Even the standard rooms are pretty special.

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The rest of the hotel offers a grand, yet cosy and stylish space to relax and enjoy. There are big fireplaces, magazines laid out, sofas to snuggle up on with a cocktail from the very on trend bar with copper lights.

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Make sure you try their signature cocktail flavoured with cucumber, elderflower, ginger and lime! Amazing.

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As well as being a hotel, The King’s Head is well renowned as a restaurant. Just this week I spotted it in The Times as one of the top foodie places to stay, a high accolade indeed. The food didn’t disappoint, it’s a brasserie style restaurant with a lot of the food being cooked over a Robata Grill. We tried sticky lamb ribs {which were deeelicious!}, scallops and mackerel as starters, a mix of seafood and meat for the mains followed by a sticky toffee pudding and the best rice pudding I’ve ever had. There’s an extensive wine list and amazing service which makes a meal that bit more special.

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Breakfast the next morning was set out in the same room and we were spoilt for choice. There’s a buffet table as well as a la carte options. We ended up feasting on fruit, eggs, pastries, yogurt and the best homemade bread for toast. We saw some trays heading off out of the kitchen upstairs to some of the rooms, maybe next time we’ll go for breakfast in bed and be lazy instead!

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Underneath the restaurant is a warren of sunken rooms to discover. There’s a room for wine tasting as well as a unique cosy event space. I’m quite claustrophobic but this felt anything but and the King’s Head can host special dinners here for weddings, birthdays, hen parties, you name it. I love how they’ve lit the area too.

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Under the other side of the building is a sunken vaulted spa area with relaxation areas, a sauna, steam room and hot tub as well as treatment rooms. All treatments are teamed up with Lubatti, a luxury skin and spa brand.

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On top of all this space sits a grand ballroom which makes it a fab choice for a wedding venue, and the hotel also own the building next door which has been knocked together – the old Corn Exchange. There’s so much space, it’s deceptive from the outside. Wedding wise, the rooms would be lovely for getting ready, there’s a beautiful old church across the road which would be fun to walk back from with a wedding party, and of course you know that you’d all be wined and dined all night. Some couples use the cellar for the evening, partying on into the night with a bar down there. There are so many options and however big or small, The King’s Head can personalise a package specifically for you.  You can find out more about their wedding packages here,

The Cotswolds 

There is just so much to see and do in this charming part of the world. I thought I’d give you a list of some of my favourites though. You can see a few villages in a day if you drive between them all. There are also some amazing walks over the countryside too. And of course, you should eat, drink and shop your way around.

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Woodstock is an idyllic little town with tonnes of house porn. Blenheim Palace is right next door which is well worth a visit if you have the time. Particularly in the summer for the gardens but equally the lake and grounds are lovely to walk around whatever the time of year. The palace is spectacular too.

Burford is known as the village on the hill with gorgeous houses as well as a few shops including a Joules, and some lovely delis and cake shops. There’s a famous garden centre which is a must see too, the Burford Garden Centre which sells just about everything and anything – from plants to antiques to a toy shop to a farm shop, you name it.

Bibury – home of Arlington Row, some of the most photographed cottages in the country. There’s really not much there, just one hotel but it’s super cute.

Daylesford Organic Farm in Kingham is a must must see for lunch and a browse around the incredible farm shop. Think the Selfridges of the Cotswolds. Stop at The Wild Rabbit for a drink, or some grub too. It’s Britain’s poshest pub and owned by Lady Bamford who also owns Daylesford.

Broadway has a very good high street.

Stroud has more independent shops, probably only worth visiting if you’re over that way.

Chipping Camden is as posh as you’d expect from the famous Chipping Camden set, think David Cameron and the like but again good for a browse.

Upper and Lower Slaughter – Nothing there of note other than a truly picturesque setting. Worth googling a walk that combines the two.

Cheltenham is a big town compared to the tiny villages but boy is it good for shopping. Everything you could want in one place.

Cirencester where The King’s Head is set in the heart of is really beautiful. There’s Cirencester Park which you can walk to via the town, plenty of shopping, check out M.A.D.E and lots of restaurants. The waffle restaurant was recommend to us but we didn’t have a chance to go there. They have regular markets which are worth checking out too. And maybe walk to Barnsley which has the Village Pub and Barnsley House if you’re staying for a couple of nights and want to try somewhere else to eat.

Bicester Outlet Village for designer shopping at bargain prices. There’s some really good brands there but it does get packed at weekends. We normally stop off on our way home.

Oxford and Bath. If you have longer in The Cotswolds I’d definitely recommend a visit to either of these cities for a day.

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{Cirencester Park}

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I can’t recommend The King’s Head highly enough as one of the best boutique hotels out there and would definitely go back, it would make for minimoon perfection! But also a fantastically unique venue to tie the knot. Or y’know, just because you deserve a night away. Can you imagine it at Christmas?? All snowy and festive… heart eye emoji!!

You can find out more here.

Oh and if you ever have any questions or want any minimoon/travel advice or any areas you want researching then feel free to get in touch.

R <3 xx

{{I was a guest of The King’s Head but as always I would never ever promote something that I didn’t truly love. All opinions are my own.}

You can find the Farrow & Ball colours here if you’ve been inspired.

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Gabi //

Soo excited as we are staying there this weekend to celebrate our 6 month anniversary, this post couldn’t have come at a better time. DIY gin kits in the room – AMAZING! xx

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