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That's the joy of the Wheatsheaf, a delightful coaching inn nestling in the quaint Cotswold town of Northleach.
Transformed from your run of the mill local it has attractive dining areas with wood panelled walls and fireplaces, a comfortable snug, an informal bar for coffees and light dishes, a posh private dining room, a treatment room and an enclosed rear garden perfect for kids to explore using the inn's collection of mini sized wellies, plus 14 stylish bedrooms.
No expense was spared on the toiletries by Bramley, with healthy supplies of juniper berry and bergamot essential oils and sage and lemongrass body washes.
But the real piece de resistance lay beyond double doors a giant bathroom with stylish grey floor tiles, a luxurious shower in one corner and a large tin tub (well, zinc to be exact) as the focal point.
Dating back to the 1650s, the Wheatsheaf retains the ambience of a traditional coaching inn but it has been thoroughly brought up to date with a savvy and stylish makeover.
After working up a thirst and an appetite to match we returned to base to discover why this chic new bolthole in the Heart of England is winning so many plaudits.
During a wine tasting event, the kaftan wearing Lydon began singing the Abba hit Fernando and insisted everyone joined in as he conducted. The restaurant, which offers a modern English menu, is always bustling, even without the celebs, thanks to the excellent food from experienced chef Anthony Ely.
It's even attracted one or two star guests since it re opened, not least Sex Pistols lead singer John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, who was recording an album in a nearby studio run by Steve Winwood of Traffic fame.
I remember once waking up in a hotel bedroom to find a larger than life image of Johnny Cash peering ominously at me from the wall opposite.
on cue, a local woman with three pooches popped in to say hello to the bar staff. As she left, with her energetic trio positively straining at the leash, it was unclear whether she was taking them for a walk or they her.
I fell in love with the place the minute I clapped eyes on its ivy clad exterior.
It has recently re opened following a two year refurbishment under the watchful eye of its owners, former corporate lawyer Georgie Pearman and her husband, operations manager Sam.
And if memory serves me correct although I was slightly befuddled by drink (not unlike the great Man in Black himself at times) Cash's hit Walk The Line was playing on the bedside CD/alarm.
You definitely get the feeling you are being watched while eating as there's a row of early 20th century portraits of the Wills tobacco family in the dining room, originally painted for their boardroom and bought at auction, along with a large abstract portrait of supermodel Kate Moss.
The town offers one of the finest examples of the Cotswold perpendicular style in the imposing Church of St Peter and Paul, also known as the Wool Church.
He was shouting something in German which, although I'm no language expert, my dear mother would describe as a 'naughty word'.
This time it was the no less imposing sight of actor Jack Nicholson for a bedside companion, captured in Air Max 2016 Grey Blue
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And, just in case you were heavy headed after over indulging the night before, there was a first aid jar next to the cereals on the breakfast buffet table. A nice touch.
Breakfast is no less appetising, and while the all day brunch with buck's fizz, rock oysters, Bloody Mary sardines and devilled kidneys was tempting, the full English scored top marks too.
We arrived after a painless three hour car journey from the north west with plenty of time to spare before checking into our room, giving us chance to explore the surroundings.
After a search for a concealed wardrobe which involved tapping on the wood panelling and even muttering the odd Harry Potter style password we assumed the hanging space in the corner of the bathroom was as good as it gets.
It offers pub grub staples, such as pie and mash, steak and chips and rhubarb crumble (all locally sourced and neatly executed), as well as fancier dishes like devilled Cornish crab with rocket and lemon, and lobster with mayonnaise, lemon, watercress and chips.
It manages to be quirky and cool in equal amounts. with a wicked sense of humour to match.
a striking abstract portrait by Sebastian Kruger.
Our room, with the aforementioned Mr Nicholson hanging on the wall, had trendy angle poise lights, wood panelled walls, tweed armchairs, a large Bang and Olufsen telly and a super comfy kingsize bed by Hypnos, suppliers to the Royal Family no less.
The Wheatsheaf reminded me greatly of one of my favourite watering holes, the Inn at Whitewell, near Clitheroe, where quality food and drink is served in a relaxed atmosphere with the minimum amount of fuss.
I couldn't resist the cheese souffl at dinner, which was light as air and tasty as hell, while the butternut squash risotto opposite was declared a triumph.
Downstairs a fire was roaring in the stone floored bar area as we sampled a glass of Hooky Bitter from Oxfordshire's Hook Norton brewery Nike Air Max Royal Linen and marvelled not just at the inn's period features and imaginative use of wallpapers, fabrics and flea market finds, but at a glass container full of pigs' ears the inn is dog friendly and offers them as treats.
The down to earth Pearmans, who also own the Royal Well Tavern in Cheltenham, seem to know what people want and how to deliver it.
Northleach stands at a crossroads on the Roman Fosse Way and the streets around the market place are full of architectural gems, from half timbered Tudor houses and merchants' stores to the impressive House of Correction, dating from the 18th century.
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