I’d say it’s worth checking the website and getting directions before venturing off down the picturesque narrow country roads to the stunning Farncombe Estate. We thought we’d just wing-it and we ended up going all sorts of wrong places and finding the wrong entrances! All the stopping did give us time to attach the GoPro to the car to catch some of the breathtaking views though, so it wasn’t all bad!
As we drove into the estate I couldn’t help but to want to stop the car to take in the views every few minutes! There were plenty of cute little signs directing us to the hotel, like “This Way” and “Nearly There”. This was useful as the Farncombe Estate is over 400 acres has 3 hotels: Dormy House, Foxhill Manor and The Fish Hotel. They’re all Mr & Mrs Smith hotels, and every Mr & Mrs Smith hotel I’ve stayed in has been incredible and have left lasting impressions. This place was no exception! The Fish Hotel was the more affordable one around the dates we were looking at for our stay in The Cotswolds.
As soon as I arrived I felt more relaxed than ever, and instantly knew this would be a place I would be re-booking! We immediately agreed and were talking about our next stay! The staff were lovely and friendly and our room was ready as soon as we arrived. We had turned up much earlier than our check-in and had planned to walk into Broadway, the local village, and the receptionist had given us nice walking maps, however we soon found ourselves in the super cosy bar in front of the fire ordering tasty nibbles.
I’m going to be honest… we never ended up walking to Broadway! We were enjoying sitting in front of the fire and relaxing and reading our books too much! It was lovely to just chill out and have a very laid-back afternoon.
Now, let’s talk about the room! We stayed in The Lancaster which was in the stables and had views over fields that stretched for miles. Our bedroom had a log burner in which they come and light for you (thank goodness… I’m rubbish when it comes to lighting fires, I was never a girl guide!). I love log burners and could just sit down all warm and cosy and watch them for hours. The room was really spacious with two arm chairs with cosy sheep skins and a lounge area. The beds were two singles put together to make a double which is always a bit disappointing when you’re paying for a double room, as I always find I can feel the dent in the middle of the bed and it isn’t very comfortable. But there was a roll-top bath which is always a big win for me. I spent the evening reading in the bath which is my VERY happy place!
I really liked the interior of The Fish Hotel. It has a slight beach feel to it despite being miles from the sea! There was a nice little touch with our bathroom, one wall had wooden panels and the other had white tiles. I liked the mismatch, and the floor was really snazzy.
We had dinner in the restaurant which had a really nice atmosphere. It was busy considering during the daytime it was really quiet around the hotel (I felt like we were the only people there) but I guess people are busy doing their own things during the day. There’s plenty of activities to do from shooting to Segway riding, and of course countryside to explore.
I ordered the fish and chips (how could I not!?) and Michael had chicken, and both meals were cooked incredibly and tasted amazing. For pudding I spotted the churros and decided to share them. They were sooooo scrumptious… what was I thinking sharing them!? Seriously!?
After dinner we went to the bar for a drink. Again it was fairly busy but not in a bad way. It had a nice buzz to it. Just off from the bar was a games room with games (obviously!), a pool table, football table, a TV for movies and even a little kitchen corner for children to play in! It seemed like a very good place for a quiet hen or stag do. Actually I think there may have been one going on that day, or some kind of work do!
Check-out was at 12 the next day which was great as I’m a slow person in the morning and I never like to rush, especially if I’m on holiday relaxing. It meant we had plenty of time to make the most of breakfast. They had a buffet or you can order a hot option. We obviously went for the cooked breakfast ready for our long journey home, which may have taken us double the time because I wanted to stop in every cute little village we drove through! They were all so neat, just so perfect and exactly how I imagined they would be in this area. I wanted to move there already!
Sadly there is no spa at The Fish Hotel and no option of paying an extra fee to use the spa at Dormy House. I just felt if there was an option to use the spa it would be an even more perfect relaxing getaway. However they are opening shepherd huts which I believe have hot tubs, so I’m definitely going to look into booking one of those, and I’ll make sure to share that experience with you all too!
We are definitely looking forward to going back to The Fish Hotel, it could very well be our new favourite spot for a relaxing getaway every so often.
We visited The Fish Hotel as part of a little Cotswolds getaway which I vlogged over on my YouTube channel. Make sure to check out the two vlogs from The Fish Hotel:
Disclaimer: We paid for our room and did not receive any press or media rates. I’m confident that the experience we received would be one that any guest would receive. I can’t recommend them enough. For more information please see my disclaimer.