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Number Nine
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

This little gem was one of the high spots of our recent European holiday and we stayed in some extremely posh places. Our room was lovely and roomy on the first floor and the bed was superb. Jim and Carol were the hosts. Jim never ceases to engage his guests and regale them with interesting yarns. He also cooks just wonderful breakfasts (he is a trained chef). Parking is easy in the street. If you are visiting the Cotswolds, Stow is a great place in which to base yourself and Number Nine is great place to stay. Number Nine is a superlative b&b and also happens to be excellent value for money Thanks Jim and Carol for looking after us so well.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I find reviews, by their nature, highly subjective so I want to state the basis for my ratings. First, my numerous ratings of B&B's (mostly in Europe) are based on comparisons with other similar B&B's. You certainly can't compare a typical European B&B with a New York Ritz Carlton suite, so when I rate a European B&B it's in comparison with other similar B&Bs. We look for B&B's that offer location, breakfast and cleanliness at a good value. We don't spend a lot of time in our room so things like TV's or game rooms have no value to us and aren't considered in our ratings.

That being said we had more fun in this B&B than any other on our visit to England. The owners, James and Carol, are really a treat. We stayed here for 5 days so we got a chance to know James and Carol. James is definitely not PC and we had the best time teasing each other. This is a very small B&B with just 3 lovely rooms. Parking is on the street in front of the B&B but we typically didn't have any problem finding a spot. The reception and dining area is on the ground floor. Very intimate and a great place to have some wine after a day of exploring. James knew we liked a glass when we came back in the evening and he always had some wine with cheese and crackers waiting for us. The 3 rooms are each on a separate floor with a small steep spiral staircase so if you have heavy luggage lower is better. We stayed on the second floor and the only drawback for me was the low ceilings, especially in the bathroom. I'm 6'4" tall and the ceiling height in the bathroom is about 6'1". It is also a bathtub, not a shower, so take that into consideration if you must have a shower. We did go into the room on the first floor and it had more ceiling height and a shower instead of a tub. At breakfast Carol took the orders and served and James made the breakfasts to order. His breakfasts were the best we had in England. Stow is a good central location for exploring the Cotswolds and we used Stow as a hub for getting around by car. A car is necessary because the City of Stow is really only a one-day requirement. There were some good pubs and restaurants in the area and James and Carol can make eating recommendations based on your requirements. If you decide Stow is good central location for your visit to the Cotswolds we would highly recommend Number Nine.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Jim welcomed us on our arrival after our frazzled drive from Bath, and he served as a friendly, down-to-earth, and funny host throughout our stay. We met Carol next morning at breakfast and similarly enjoyed her company. Carol went out of her way to help us out. Breakfasts were made to order and excellent. Our room was comfortable & clean, and the B&B's location was highly convenient, only a short walk from the center of the village, but just far enough out to allow for availability of parking spaces (free, on street). All in all, an excellent choice for a place to stay!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Jim welcomed us and showed us to our spacious and comfortable room. (He has a dry sense of humour which we appreciated.) There are two small armchairs and a good modern TV with a great picture - but for some reason it was tuned to a South East signal. Despite being on the main road there was little noise at night. A king size bed gave us a good night's sleep. Beware there are no privacy nets on the windows! The shower was excellent. The whole place was clean and well kept. Jim responded to our comments on the chilly weather the first night by turning on the heating - even though it was July!

A lovely fresh fruit salad and cereals was followed by a cooked breakfast which was the best we have ever tasted and served piping hot.

I cannot imagine that you would not feel looked after at Number Nine and it is only minutes from the main square and a choice of eating places. Try The Queen's Head if you want good unpretentious food at a reasonable price. Parking outside the guesthouse is free and unrestricted but you may have to find a space down the road a little way.

There are many beautiful villages around and we would recommend the Slaughters, Burford, Bourton on the Water and Broadway.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

The Number nine was a home away from home for us. Jimmy and Carol welcomed us like friends, and treated us like family. Our room was spacious and comfortable. The breakfasts during our four day stay were the best we had in England. Our hosts aclimated us to the rural life and goings on of the beautiful Cotswolds, with incites into the politics, sports, and general life of England. Number Nine was so enjoyable we hated to leave.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Number Nine has so much character, including the hosts, Jim and Carol! Jim kept us laughing all the way through breakfast, and what a lovely breakfast it was. Our room had plenty of space and the bed was comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and wished we were staying for more than just one night.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We had a perfect stay at this lovely bed and breakfast. Excellent accommodations with loads of charm, excellent value for the money and excellent breakfast. Our favorite bed and breakfast yet. We can give it the highest recommendation!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Number Nine

Address: 9 Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Stow-on-the-Wold
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Ranked #3 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Stow-on-the-Wold
Number of rooms: 3
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