The Wheatsheaf Inn
Located in the picturesque and traditional Cotswold village of Northleach, the Wheatsheaf Inn plays up its traditional role as a coaching inn, a place where horses rested while travellers partied (drinking ale because the water might make them sick). This ambition to offer relaxation and partying in equal measure remains at the heart of this fabulous Cotswold retreat.
Eat: Dogs are allowed in all the public rooms, including the restaurant. Food, drinks and general good times are a major focus of any stay at the Wheatsheaf. One of the owners is a former chef and has recruited an excellent team of seriously heavy hitters in the kitchen, all under the watchful eye of executive chef Anthony Ely, who formerly ran the kitchens at Dublin hotel The Clarence (owned by U2). Ely has therefore cooked for President Clinton, Tony Blair and Robert de Niro, as well as all sorts of rock and pop royalty. Here he serves up a suitably local selection of traditional Cotswold fare, with an emphasis on the local and seasonal.
Sleep: As the owners would have it, the rooms at Wheatsheaf are "designed for comfort", with an emphasis on "big comfortable beds, powerful showers and rich luxurious bed linen". The good news is that they achieve what they set out to. There are three dog-friendly rooms downstairs (with a £10 extra charge per night), rooms 10 and 12 (both classed as “Very Good”) and room 11 (an Excellent room). There is also a mini spa (well, treatment room) located in the garden, which offers a range of remedial or therapeutic treatments.
Walk: There are no treatments for dogs, but there are plenty of excellent walking options nearby. From Northleach there are several fine walks, while you can also pick up the excellent national trails such as the Monarch's Way and Macmillan Way, which pass through Chedworth Roman villa and woods, and the Diamond Way. It's also worth exploring the as well as Sherborne Park Estate.
South West England
SP 11217 14736
Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
A: Yes, but why would you?
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?
A: £10 (plus damages), bed and treats included