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“Nice but rooms overpriced, much better value elsewhere” 3 of 5 stars
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The Wheatsheaf Inn
West End | Cotswolds, Northleach GL54 3EZ, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Northleach B&B and Inns
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25 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Nice but rooms overpriced, much better value elsewhere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Stayed in £200 room for 2 nights and it was not worth it. Room was quite small but the bathroom was large. Whilst it is a listed building the windows were rotton and we did not have a great sleep due to noise from outside. Food was excellent, but we were served by teenagers, who were on the whole quite good but lacked direction at times. No cooked breakfast! astonishing that they have the nerve to charge extra for this. We enjoyed our stay but will not be returning anty time soon.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We stayed here for two nights in early November 2012 and absolutely loved it. It is everything you want from a nice weekend escape from London. The food is fantastic, the rooms are well decorated with everything you need and the staff are friendly. I'd wake up the morning, read my newspaper in front of the fire in the bar area, then have a delicious breakfast, and then head out for a walk in the beautiful countryside. The restaurant food is fantastic as well.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

My wife and i really enjoyed our one night stay at the Wheatsheaf in late December 2012. The staff were very attentive and the food and rooms were both excellent- only criticism is that cooked breakfast is charged as extra which strikes me as a bit mean having paid £200 for the room. Having said that we would come again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We couldn't have chosen a lovelier place to spend Christmas - the Wheatsheaf is a perfect blend of stylish cool with great service (that doesn't go into obsequious territory) and fabulously unexpected touches. The rooms were beautiful and luxurious and being able to have our dog there really made our first Christmas away special. The staff are clearly very committed to providing the best experience as we didn't see the owners once (they must have tremendous faith in their staff - unusual in hospitality) - plus our excited children (early teens) wouldn't settle on Christmas Eve - we therefore decided to play Father Christmas at 6am instead and bumped into Radu discreetly acting as FC delivering F & M hampers and pressies to each room ! Couldn't recommend it more.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed for one night for our wedding anniversary just before Christmas having been recommended to the Wheatsheaf by friends.

We received a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival - a very nice touch and much appreciated after a hideous drive in torrential rain!

The ''Excellent'' room was spacious and clean with a lovely big bed, nice firm mattress and correctly weighted duvet. The bathroom had a waterfall shower and a roll-top bath with room for two(!). All in all, a very nice room. One small gripe - the B&O television, whilst a triumph of design, has a remote control that you need to be a rocket scientist to work out! My wife did appreciate the complimentary full size beauty products available in the bathroom.

We had lunch and dinner in the restaurant (it was raining stair rods so didn't want to explore the lovely village). The food quality was excellent for both meals, the venison special for dinner was sublime!

Couple of comments that need to be noted:

1. As others have noted, there's a very strange arrangement regarding the wine list and ordering where the person who takes the food order can't take the wine order, but then comes back with the wine list and takes the order anyway. Top tip Wheatsheaf - give your customer the wine list with the menus. Allow the customer to consider their wine selection along with their food then take the order for food and wine at the same time. Simples! Stop this faffing about with food and wine orders; you don't have a sommelier so there's no point.

2. The ambient temperature in the building had to be felt to be believed. There were two open fires in the bar/restaurant which made the whole area unbearably stuffy. The only ventilation appeared to be when the front door was opened. With regards to the central heating, how much the gas bills are doesn't bear thinking about. The corridors were all overheated and the radiator in the room was turned up to ''furnace''. Despite turning it off and opening the window wide, it was still very hot in the room, possibly caused by the heat rising from the ground floor. We didn't get a great nights sleep because it was that hot.

Breakfast was very good, a very nice Eggs Benedict and good coffee. On checkout we received a small bag with two complimentary bottles of water for the journey (perhaps they knew we felt as though we'd had a night in the desert!).

All in all, we had a lovely stay at the Wheatsheaf and will be back (next time we'll take Alfie as they have doggy friendly rooms on the ground floor). If the management and their teams can address the small gripes I've noted along with those in other reviews, they'll have a cracking product.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My wife and our toddler stayed here just after Christmas for two nights. Although the check-in is at the bar (I suspect typical of this type of B+B/pub inn) the service up to the room was great. We needed a baby cot and it was set up by the manager (who was also serving as the bartender at the time!) on duty. This is not to say they have a lack of staff - on the contrary, it shows the willingness of staff to pitch in and assist with everything. Although our room did not have a wardrobe, we were only there a couple of days so it wasn't a big deal. There were coathangers on the back of the door. The bathroom was huge, with a separate shower and an amazing tub.

The "pub" serving as the restaurant was ideal. Fireplaces, a very cosy atmosphere and top-notch service. The sommelier (how many "pubs" have that?!) was incredibly helpful. We didn't finish our bottle of wine so they offered to keep it behind the bar in the cooler for whenever we wanted the rest of it during our stay! Similarly, breakfast was great - and included in the room price - with lots of cereals, pastry, amazing fresh yogurt with lots of fruits, and homemade marmalades for your perfectly-toasted bread from the commercial-sized Dualit. They even leave the butter for each table out so it warms up so you're not scraping cold butter and breaking your toast!

The common areas were comfortable and we always found a place to relax. There's even a stocked toy chest so our toddler could entertain himself while we enjoyed afternoon tea or a glass of wine! And that's where they succeed - all of these small details and extra service add up to an amazing stay and well worth the money.

Room Tip: Our room above the sitting room was perfect, as that area served as our own private living room!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Having read some excellent reviews we looked forward to lunch at the Wheatsheaf with real anticipation; the outcome, however, was a huge disappointment. It's in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Northleach. The bar is warm and welcoming. There was a lovely log fire and a great atmosphere. A pity that first impressions weren't sustained. We waited well over 40 minutes for our food to to be served and during the wait a table for six was relaid to cram in ten. The consequence of which was that each time a waiter passed they bashed into my chair. It really was a most uncomfortable and unpleasant experience. When the food finally put in an appearance it was warm rather than hot and after all the hype was fairly average pub food.

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Additional Information about The Wheatsheaf Inn

Address: West End | Cotswolds, Northleach GL54 3EZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Gloucestershire > Cotswolds > Northleach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Northleach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In years gone by the Wheatsheaf Inn hosted large parties in the hall above the stables below where the teams of horses and coaches would be kept and above blindingly drunken parties would be held where coachmen, travellers and mysterious highwaymen would drink (the water wasn’t much good so it was mostly yards of ale), dance, tell tales, sing and generally be very badly behaved. The hall is now bedrooms but in the private dining room we still hold feasts where you can do the same thing. Whole suckling pigs or large joints of beef will be carried in, copious amounts of wine will be drunk and they you can just crawl upstairs to one of our 14 beautiful bedrooms. A feast may be a bit too much food on a normal night so you can also opt for simple bar snacks from £5 for something delicious on toast. All the food comes from our amazing suppliers, some is organic, some is not but mostly it is local and seasonal and is cooked by Anthony, Tim and the Wheatsheaf’s talented team of chefs. We are child and dog friendly and have a great garden. The inn in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds in the historic market town of Northleach. It is within easy reach of Cirencester, Cheltenham and Oxford and about 1 1/2 hours drive from London. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Wheatsheaf Northleach
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