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The Bell at Stow, The Cotswolds: A Review

Fancy a weekend away in the countryside? Think walks in the fresh country air, red wine and roaring fires in winter or basking in the summer sun with a cool pint in a beer garden.

Stow on the Wold hotel

The Bell | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

Well, this dream can come true with a collection of traditional Young’s pubs which now come with boutique rooms across London and the South West of England. Whether you’re on the hunt for a country escape or city break there is something for everyone.

The Bell decor | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

The cosy bedrooms boast quirky designs, hotel-style comforts and seriously good food. And the Bell at Stow in the Cotswolds is no exception.

The Bell interior | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

The perfect bolthole, it offers a unique mix of traditional charm, character and hospitality all within the confines of a traditional English pub.

The Bell interior | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

Its charming stone facade embodies a quintessential Cotswolds Inn. And the cosy nuances don’t end there…

The Bell interior | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

Beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, log fires and a welcoming bar – it’s the ideal place to call home when on a countryside jaunt.

The Bell interior | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

Bed & Breakfast Cotswolds

The jaunt can be even sweeter this winter as Young’s are offering an incredible #WinterTreat offer – a staycation for two at one of their classic or boutique hotels. It includes a welcome drink on arrival, dinner and bed and breakfast for either Β£119 or Β£139. It’s an offer too good to refuse, right? Although I’d hurry as it expires on the 25th February. Head to Young’s Pubs website for booking details.

The Bell bedroom sign | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

The five luxury en-suite bedrooms above The Bell pub are each elegantly furnished. A soothing colour palette, tartan accents and crisp cotton linen provides a luxurious backdrop.

The Bell bedrooms | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds
The Bell bedrooms | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

To aid your relaxation there are handmade shortbreads, a selection of tea and Nespresso coffee. Oh and your very own decanter of Port.

The Bell bedrooms | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

The little touches is where it really excels. They even have straighteners in each room. Ladies you’re sold aren’t you?

The Bell bedrooms | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

And as well as supplying the usual forgotten items like a toothbrush, toothpaste and disposable razors – you’ll find cufflinks, a tie and tights on the list too!

The Bell | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

Stow on the Wold restaurant

On the food front The Bell’s menu will tempt your tastebuds with seasonal produce and ingredients predominantly sourced from local suppliers and growers.

The Bell food | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

We dined on the most deliciously fresh tasting tomato and basil soup…

The Bell food | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

…A pimped up veggie macaroni bake with pan-fried lemony artichokes, aubergine, kale and basil, topped with a pine nut and herb crust.

The Bell food | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

…and a vegan superfood salad with avocado, quinoa, pea, spinach, broccoli, toasted pumpkin seeds and citrus dressing. So that’s the plant eaters sorted, the carnivores can rejoice in the local award winning butcher, Lambournes providing 8oz steaks.

The Bell breakfast menu | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds
The Bell breakfast | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

Breakfasts are hearty affairs, with fruit, cereals, breads and spreads available as a buffet and a range of tasty hot dishes from a separate menu.

The Bell breakfast | Stow on the Wold hotels | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

My morning started with a delicious fluffy omelette with cheese and mushroom and a side of beans. Don’t fear you’ll find the traditional blogger breakfast too a.k.a. smashed avo.

Stow on the Wold | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

The beautiful market town of Stow-on-the-Wold is only a ten minute taxi ride from the nearest station Moreton-in-Marsh. It’s one of the prettiest towns in Gloucestershire with honey-coloured buildings, boutiques, antique emporiums and cute little tea shops

Stow on the Wold | bed & breakfast Cotswolds

Perfectly positioned to explore the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. There are plenty more chocolate box villages closeby to discover like Chipping Norton and Bourton-on-the-Water. I think it’s time to throw on your Barbour and wellies and head to the Cotswolds for some R & R!

Do you have a favourite Cotswolds village?
Let me know in the comments box below.

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As we’re in the week of love I’m giving my readers the chance to win an incredible one night stay for two at any Young’s Pubs hotel, including a three-course dinner from a seasonal menu and breakfast!

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Use Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway. For the Instagram entry look for this picture on my feed. Follow me and Young’s Pubs and tag who you’d like to take with you in the comments.

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Don’t waste any time for a chance to escape for a night of R & R! Fill in the Rafflecopter below. Competition closes at midnight on the 20th February 2019.

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  • This promotional competition is not for resale, is non-refundable and non-transferable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • No cash refunds can be given under any circumstances.

Disclaimer: Our overnight stay was complimentary at The Bell at Stow, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.

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150 Comments

  • Kathryn Burrington 11th February 2019 at 11:32 am

    These pub hotels sound perfect! I’d love to take my husband or my sister. Either of them would love this Cotswolds hotel and enjoy exploring the area.

  • Bejal 11th February 2019 at 11:51 am

    This sound any kind of place! Great rooms and great food in a beautiful part of the country! I’m off to enter!

  • Elizabeth Allcock 11th February 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I live quite close to the Cotswold’s, so love spending the day in Stow-on-the-Wold never been in the Bell though! Looks beautiful!

    • the Curious Pixie 11th February 2019 at 1:25 pm

      You’re lucky Elizabeth! The Bell is such a lovely pub, I had such a relaxed one night stay.

  • Chris Ashmore 11th February 2019 at 2:00 pm

    We’ve got relatives in the area, visiting is always a rush for a day trip so an overnight stay would be fabulous!

  • amy bondoc 11th February 2019 at 2:18 pm

    this looks a lovely place to visit, id love to treat my daughter xx

  • Sammy Summers Summersholiyay 11th February 2019 at 2:43 pm

    This hotel is so gorgeous… you can’t beat a crackling fireplace and beamed ceilings! xxx

  • kim neville 11th February 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Looks wonderful. Would take my OH πŸ™‚

  • Melissa Lee 11th February 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I would take my lovely fiance – he would love to stay here and explore Stow with me

  • georgina Prince (was Davies) 11th February 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I would take my hubby x

  • amy p 11th February 2019 at 9:03 pm

    i would take my partner for a romantic getaway

  • Rachel McMillan 11th February 2019 at 9:47 pm

    I would take the hubby

  • Natalie Michelle Burgess 11th February 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Id take my boyfriend Derren xx

  • Sarah Davies 11th February 2019 at 11:22 pm

    I’d take my walking partner as there are so many wonderful walks in the Cotswolds.

  • Paula Barker 12th February 2019 at 6:19 am

    Beautiful hotel, I would take my husband

  • Marcia Stacey 12th February 2019 at 8:24 am

    I would take my darling husband who has needs a break from the everyday. Love this part of the UK!

  • julia linsley 12th February 2019 at 9:19 am

    This looks really interesting ! We’d love to visit I’d take my lovely husband !

  • clairdownham 12th February 2019 at 9:45 am

    my hubby thankyou

  • Angie SilverSpoon 12th February 2019 at 10:03 am

    What a lovely cosy place! I bet you had the best time together!

  • Helen Jacob-Lloyd 12th February 2019 at 10:03 am

    Oh wow it look so beautiful! I would love to take my husband πŸ™‚

  • PamGregory 12th February 2019 at 10:35 am

    This would be a perfect break for me & my hubby!

  • Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi 12th February 2019 at 10:36 am

    You can’t beat a lovely weekend away, can you!?

  • Kristyn 12th February 2019 at 11:14 am

    Oh wow! What a treat this would be! I would love to win and take my lovely Husband Andrew.

  • MumReinvented 12th February 2019 at 11:14 am

    Gotta be my partner, we went to Stow 10 years ago when we started dating and we’ve always wanted to return

  • Olivia Kirby 12th February 2019 at 12:43 pm

    I would take my wonderful husband, Tom πŸ™‚

  • Heather Turner 12th February 2019 at 1:02 pm

    I would love to treat my boyfriend, Chuck, to a weekend away!

  • Gemma Clark 12th February 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I would take my eldest daughter who turns 13 next week. It would be nice to have some quality time with her as her little sister takes up a lot of our time

  • Sally C(120) 12th February 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I would bring my hubby of 44 years!!

  • Carolynn Woodland 12th February 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I would take my lovely husband Alex as he really deserves a treat

  • Lorna Ledger 12th February 2019 at 5:31 pm

    My lovely OH, this would be such a nice treat – thanks for the chance

  • Brigitte Gorez Santos 12th February 2019 at 6:01 pm

    That would be so cool, I would take my hubby.

  • Louise Asekokhai 12th February 2019 at 8:02 pm

    I would love to take my husband for a well deserved treat.

  • sarahjanecarter 12th February 2019 at 11:22 pm

    I would take my wonderful boyfriend xx

  • Rebecca Smith 13th February 2019 at 7:20 am

    I would take my husband

  • Ursula Hunt 13th February 2019 at 10:04 am

    I would take my lovely husband

  • laura banks 13th February 2019 at 10:14 am

    i would take my hubby it would be a lovely break

  • Kelly-Marie Dudley 13th February 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Much to the chagrin of my other half, I’d take my daughter. She’s 11 and the amount of time she wants to spend with me is rapidly diminishing! But like her mum, she’ll do anything for a hotel breakfast.

    • the Curious Pixie 13th February 2019 at 9:17 pm

      I totally understand. I have a 10 year old and feel the same.

  • Christine Dodd 13th February 2019 at 2:08 pm

    I’d take my husband – we often travel to the Cotswolds and love a stay in a pub!

  • Hayley Ford 13th February 2019 at 3:33 pm

    My lovely sister!

  • Hannah Smith 13th February 2019 at 4:12 pm

    I’d take my boyfriend as we love exploring new places together πŸ™‚

  • Curly Jo 13th February 2019 at 4:49 pm

    We crave a night away, but for some reason never actually find the time to make it a reality. Life gets in the way, would be a lovely win.

  • karen hutchinson 13th February 2019 at 7:47 pm

    My partner Paul

  • DEBORAH FOSTER 13th February 2019 at 7:47 pm

    This looks looks lovely, fingers croosed

  • lyn 13th February 2019 at 11:09 pm

    I’d take my husband. We both love the Cotswolds

  • Milly // Mini Adventures 14th February 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I’d have to take my boyfriend – he’d tell me off otherwise!!

  • kathycakebread 14th February 2019 at 9:13 pm

    oh this looks fab hope I win πŸ™‚

  • Hayley Colburn 14th February 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I would love to take my husband Matt, a little break just the 2 of us would be lovely

  • Ailsa Sheldon 15th February 2019 at 6:24 am

    I’d take my husband for some peace and quiet and child free time

  • Adele S Butler 15th February 2019 at 12:05 pm

    I’d take my husband. We have just had baby number 5 so time to ourselves is something we just don’t have. Stow isn’t far from us either. Such a beautiful place

  • Caroline McCabe 15th February 2019 at 12:15 pm

    I would love to win this and take my lovely husband of nearly 22 years, Andy – we love the Cotswolds and have spent many happy times there

  • Clara Bee 15th February 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I’d take my hubby!

  • Jo Reed 15th February 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I’d take my hard working hubs Mark xx

  • lisajordan18 15th February 2019 at 8:19 pm

    I would take my fiancΓ© Martin

  • Sheri Darby 15th February 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I would love to stay there with my husband

  • Allan Fullarton 16th February 2019 at 2:21 pm

    My friend Graham.

  • Lucy 16th February 2019 at 8:06 pm

    I would take my boyfriend Darren! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Barker 16th February 2019 at 8:19 pm

    I’d include this as part of my minimoon in May with my new hubby πŸ™‚

  • Monica Gilbert 16th February 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I’d take my husband. There’s two near where we lived when I first moved to the UK, so it would be nice to visit that area for a night.

  • Tama Brail 17th February 2019 at 10:03 am

    I would love to take my partner of 36 years who still makes me belly laugh every single day.

  • Nikki Hayes 17th February 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Definitely my husband – its our 30th wedding anniversary in June :o)

  • Kim Styles 17th February 2019 at 5:23 pm

    i would take my other half he loves to have mini breaks away

  • 1749302288 17th February 2019 at 6:02 pm

    It looks gorgeous. πŸ™‚

  • Laurie Beattie 17th February 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I would take my mum for a wee treat! She’s been so busy with work and being back at uni and could do with a trip away.

  • Donna Large 17th February 2019 at 9:08 pm

    l would take my husband

  • Helen Stratton 18th February 2019 at 8:53 am

    I would take my husband – were babysitting our grand-daughter a lot at the moment and would cherish the alone time.

    • the Curious Pixie 19th February 2019 at 4:51 pm

      Oh Helen, how wonderful to be able to spend that time with your granddaughter! Totally understand you’re craving a bit of ME time. Good luck x

      • Helen Stratton 19th February 2019 at 6:45 pm

        It is wonderful, thank you x

  • Penelope Senior 18th February 2019 at 11:22 am

    I’d love to take my husband. It would be lovely to go for a spring treat.

  • Caroline Cordery 18th February 2019 at 11:23 am

    I’d take my boyfriend James, who has never been to the area.

  • Brian Clegg 18th February 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Great to take my wife

  • Jacqui Graham 18th February 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I’d take my husband, for a much needed break.

  • Catherine Barton 18th February 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Without a doubt, my wonderful hardworking husband x

  • Natasha Pain 18th February 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Id take my hus

  • Tamsyn beale 18th February 2019 at 8:21 pm

    I would go with my daughter. Perfect prize x

  • Amanda Coffman 19th February 2019 at 9:59 am

    I would love to take my mom on the break if I were the lucky winner. She is 65 next month, so what better way to celebrate!

  • Ruth Lee 19th February 2019 at 10:41 am

    My husband

  • Emma Hastings 19th February 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I’d take my gorgeous hubby for a well deserved break xx

  • Julie 19th February 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I would take my partner, he deserves a treat.

  • Rebecca Whatmore 19th February 2019 at 3:35 pm

    My husband – we don’t get much time to spend together and relax

  • Sally Henry 19th February 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I would take my husband – he has been working very long hours lately and really needs a break!

  • Theresa Louise Cooke 19th February 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Id take my hubby for a date night away. we haven’t been away for ages without the kids and i think I’m long overdue. lol

  • Evangeline Wood 19th February 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Id take my husband Dan

  • sthgil 19th February 2019 at 5:36 pm

    I would take my husband – be much better than staying home and staring at the room that so badly needs updating1

  • Nat 19th February 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I would take my lovely wife (and daughter if possible)

  • kerrie mckay 19th February 2019 at 8:17 pm

    I would take my hubby Brian as we like travelling. Would also give us some much needed quality time together too!

  • Lucy carter 19th February 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Id take my husband, we haven’t had a night away for ages

  • Cerys 19th February 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I’d take my partner, Lewis πŸ™‚

  • sunshine 19th February 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I’d take my partner, would be lovely to get away

  • Diane Searle 19th February 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve made it my mission to discover more of the UK this year! Would love to stay here with my husband.

  • Ruth Dunkin 19th February 2019 at 10:11 pm

    My hubby Jay

  • Adrian Bold 20th February 2019 at 3:21 am

    I would take my partner as she deserves a nice treat! Thanks for the competition.

  • Carly Belsey 20th February 2019 at 5:42 am

    I would take my OH as we never get to go away together without the kiddies so it would be a one off lovely treat

  • Purmala Shrestha 20th February 2019 at 9:47 am

    Sounds amazing. I would take my partner with me.

  • Sarah Cooper 20th February 2019 at 12:44 pm

    My husband

  • vikki m 20th February 2019 at 1:13 pm

    great opportunity

  • Sarah Jayne Phillips 5th May 2019 at 11:15 pm

    I’d love to take my husband away with me πŸ™‚ he works so hard!

  • Carol Boffey 20th February 2019 at 4:04 pm

    my boyfriend

  • Liam Bishop 20th February 2019 at 4:26 pm

    My lovely wife, looks like a great getaway!

  • Rosemary Sheehan 20th February 2019 at 6:02 pm

    My husband Chris would love this so I would take him.

  • Margaret guest 20th February 2019 at 6:52 pm

    i would take my husband as he can do the driving

  • Nikki Stewart 20th February 2019 at 6:52 pm

    I would take my husband, he works so hard to provide for us so it would be lovely to treat him!

  • Debi Gillard 20th February 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I would take my hubby – would both appreciate a little break.

  • jenrogers 20th February 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Love to take hubby away for our 54 years of marriage this year

  • Jacqueline Roberts 20th February 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I’d take my Daughter, be nice to have a girly time

  • diva1977 20th February 2019 at 7:37 pm

    love to win for mum and dad , as thankyou for helping with school run

  • Jo Young 20th February 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I’d take my husband!

  • sue willshee 20th February 2019 at 7:39 pm

    I’d take my gorgeous hubby. We’ve just celebrated our 35th anniversary and I still remember that we spent our honeymoon (all those years ago) in the Cotswolds!

  • Lois Owen 20th February 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I’d love to take my boyfriend!

  • volcanopete 20th February 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I’ll be taking my wife.

  • Jeremy Tunnard 20th February 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I would take my wife

  • nicola dean 20th February 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I would take my husband.

  • Ritchie_Dee 20th February 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I would take my wife

  • holly turner 20th February 2019 at 8:54 pm

    i would love this opportunity to go with my lovely boyfriends, who has been looking after me as i had glandular fever!

  • Louise Heaton 20th February 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I’d take one of my friends with me-It’d be a lovely breakaway.

  • MM 20th February 2019 at 9:10 pm

    If I was lucky enough to win, then i would take my wife. It would be great to get a way for a bit.

  • cathrynbowen 20th February 2019 at 9:11 pm

    my hard working hubby for being there for me through the worst year of my life

  • Corinne Ellis- Henson 20th February 2019 at 9:28 pm

    My long suffering husband

  • Kirsty Caffrey 20th February 2019 at 9:28 pm

    I’d love to take my hubby ,,,, would love a treat and break from the daily grind of work and running around after 2 boys and their football / kickboxing actiivites x

  • Jo Bryan 20th February 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I would take my husband, he loves the Cotswolds.

  • amanda 20th February 2019 at 9:29 pm

    A well deserved treat for my long suffering hubby!

  • sandian31 20th February 2019 at 9:42 pm

    It would be my better half we could both do with a nice break away

  • lisa evans 20th February 2019 at 9:57 pm

    My lovely husband!

  • Emma Wright 20th February 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I’d take my best friend Justine

  • Lorraine Tinsley 20th February 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I’d take my husband as he’d love a nice break away

  • cornishgirl 20th February 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I’d take my husband – this would be a lovely break!

  • Keshia Esgate 20th February 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I would take me husband x

  • Natalie Crossan 20th February 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I’d take my other half for a well deserved break!

  • Chris Hin 20th February 2019 at 10:56 pm

    I would take my son Craig on cosy overnight stay

  • Craig Hindle 20th February 2019 at 10:56 pm

    I would take my mum Chris on Cosy overnight stay

  • Ellie Spider 20th February 2019 at 11:13 pm

    I’d take my mum for a little treat πŸ˜€

  • Sarah Louise Gray 20th February 2019 at 11:28 pm

    would love this for me and my fiance x

  • r hunter 20th February 2019 at 11:51 pm

    husband

  • David Wilson 20th February 2019 at 11:51 pm

    wifey

  • Natalie Gillham 21st February 2019 at 12:20 am

    I would take my daughter as she works so hard for the NHS that she gets run down, but is due a bit of leave soon so I’d love to take her away for a break and a much needed mother/daughter catch up, thanks for the chance to win.

  • Georgia 5th October 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Looks gorgeous, and your photos are fantastic.
    I loved the village and although I didn’t stay at The Bell, I was just happy I could stay there too πŸ™‚

    • Sima Sthanakiya 5th October 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks so much Georgia, such a gorgeous village.

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