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Reviews - The Kings Arms

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Market Square, , , Stow on the Wold, GL54 1AF
The Kings Arms is a charming 500 year old former coaching inn; a Cotswold stone building situated on the corner of Stow-on-the-Wolds historic Market Square and is an ideal starting point for exploring the various attractions that this beautiful area has to offer. This one time coaching inn earned its place in history by providing lodgings for Charles I in 1645. Today everyone receives a warm welcome fit for royalty whether you are popping in for a quick drink, enjoying a meal in the restaurant or stopping over for a few nights whilst you explore places to visit in the Cotswolds. Ancient and historic Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds, standing 800 feet above sea level. Stow has attracted people settling in the Cotswolds since the Iron Age. Early Cotswold settlers were drawn initially to the adjoining village of Maugersbury, but overtime the commercial success of Stow has seen the town establish itself as the pre-eminent town in the Cotswolds. Stow is located at the junction of six roads making it an important and natural meeting place. One of the renowned Cotswold routes meeting in Stow is the famous Roman road – The Fosse Way. The centre of Stow has a remarkably large and impressive market square. Markets have regularly taken place in Stow since 1107 when King Henry II granted a charter. Stow has always catered for visitors and travellers. At one time it was said that just about every building on the square was either an Inn or sold refreshment
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86% recommended this accommodation to a friend 83% would stay again
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Full of character and charm
We were looking for a good old fashioned Cotswold hotel and we certainly found one here. In the heart of one of its prettiest towns, a really old building with a homely feel. Nothing pretentious here, they are having to fit around a listed building, which could never become anything pretentious or 'posh'. There are rooms scattered around the 2 upper floors of the hotel, but because of my wifes limited mobility, we were placed in one of the 'cottages' across the yard - a converted stable block from its days as a coaching inn. Very comfortable, with sitting room and modern shower room below, with bedroom upstairs. Well looked after throughout our stay.
We ate in the bar - food offering is straightforward rather than ambitious - we were there on 'pie night' - and what pies! Not the usual pub offering with a sloppy mess inside a pot with a crust slapped on top, but real meaty fillings in a pie with sides and bottoms, obviously made locally. Excellent home made puddings too. Breakfast also ticked all the boxes.

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Robert H

From Wetherby, UK
Who stayed in February 2014

Couple

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Summer stay in Stowe
All the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. We asked to move rooms and this was no problem. Our suitcases were carried up and down from our room. The problems we had related to the design of a 500 year old building and its position directly onto the town square: Church bells chimed every 15 minutes, Co-op delivery van (with noisy refrigeration unit) parked under our window for 45 minutes from 7.00 one morning. The Floor sagged which was quirky, but 2 lovely window seats (would be cold in the winter as no double glazing and one window did not shut completely). We were initially booked into one of the outside cottages, but asked to move as it was very hot and there were no windows that opened wide, the bedroom was upstairs, but no wardrobe. The toilet/bathroom was downstairs off the little sitting room.
Stowe itself is a charming, interesting small town within easy reach of many of The Cotswold's beautiful villages, scenery and attractions

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M Baird

From UK
Who stayed in August 2013

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Fantastic stay at stow
We were very impressed with our room as it was nice and big with a bath and shower, lovely big comfy bed, the food was excellent , we will definitely stay again, Thank you.

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D Bradley

From Doncaster, UK
Who stayed in June 2013

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Would stay again
Great staff, great location, fantastic breakfast, beautiful bijou room. Spotless bathroom
Definitely stay again

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g jones

From Ruthin, UK
Who stayed in May 2013

Travelling alone

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A night in the snow at the Kings Arms, Stow on the Wold
Terrific night's stay, bed and breakfast and evening meal. Lovely room in the pub yard. A sitting room and batrhroom downstairs and a cosy bedroom up a wee flight of stairs. Comfy bed, romantic setting as the snow fell outside.
Fab pub meal in the bar and a terrific breakfast too in the morning. Friendly staff. Great value.

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Nick G

From Winmarleigh, UK
Who stayed in March 2013

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Excellent
The staff at the hotel was warm and welcoming. Fixes requested we're promptly done. Some creepy furniture and bit of concern for kids. Good food and excellent ambience... Highly recommended.

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Ashish R

From London, UK
Who stayed in March 2013

Family

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Staff friendly and helpful nice location to stay.

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M Hayward

From Camberley, UK
Who stayed in March 2013

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Not bad for one night
Cute mini cottage, very clean, grade2 building watch out for the beams, comfy bed nice and clean even on top of beams by bed, just perfect for a one night stay good quality breakfast. Day time staff very nice great parking spot. Will stay again good value for money.

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Tara B

From UK
Who stayed in December 2012

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Full of Charachter
We have just spent 2 nights at the The Kings Arms Hotel in Stow. A beautiful hotel, full of charachter with very friendly staff. Our 1st night was spent in Cottage Rake which appeared ideal as it had a downstairs sitting room - great for relaxing. We did notice a door connecting the sitting room of the next door cottage but didn't really take much notice of this until the next morning - we had acquired neighbours who were busy chatting away totally unaware that we could hear every word spoken as though they were in the same room as us!! After breakfast - which was superb - we asked the staff on duty if we could be moved as we didn't feel we could relax knowing the proximity of our neighbours. The staff were very accomodating & we were moved to a lovely, wonky room - not a level floor or straight wall :-) - at the top of the hotel. It had a lovely view over the square & lovely deep window sills on which to enjoy the activity below. We spent a lovely quiet night in this room & once again enjoyed an excellent breakfast the following morning. With regard to the breakfast, if you are a fan of brown sauce make sure you ask for it here. You will be presented with a bottle of 'Oxford Sauce', full of flavour & it packs a little punch too, so beware if you're not a fan of spicy food. Overall we had a very enjoyable stay & would definately return.

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Jackie B

From Buckley, UK
Who stayed in December 2012

Couple

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