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The Lygon Arms, Broadway, Cotswolds
Set in a 14th-century coaching inn, The Lygon Arms oozes history: Oliver Cromwell stayed here the night before the Battle of Worcester in 1651 and King Charles I met with his supporters in what is today the King Charles I Suite. The welcoming, dimly lit interiors feature a warren of snug rooms with wood panelled walls and puffy sofas, with creaky floorboards and wonky staircases leading up to some of the rooms. Original Tudor features have been preserved, including wrought-iron doors, ceiling beams, huge fireplaces, and gorgeous flagstone flooring. Pooches are made a complete fuss of, with grooming services, dog menus and a muddy paws station to wash down four-legged friends. There's a delightful spa with swimming pool, steam room and saunas, and a bustling restaurant serving contemporary British cuisine.
There are a couple of lovely little museums in town. The Gordon Russell Design Museum houses a collection of original Russell furniture, while Broadway Museum and Art Gallery displays objects spanning 400 years of history.
Aside from the Cotswolds' scenic beauty and walking trails, you'll find Broadway Tower a 10-minute drive away, and Anne Hathaway's cottage is 30 minutes' drive.
By car: around 2 hours 30 minutes from London, and over 1 hour from Oxford and Bristol. Free parking available.
By train: London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh (via Oxford) takes 1 hour 30 minutes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
It's the perfect Cotswold bolthole for dog lovers who want to head on long country walks before settling down with their pooch by a roaring fire. There are little nooks and hidden corners where you can sit back and enjoy a snifter as you soak up the hotel's warm countryside ambience.
Service & Facilities
The friendly staff strike the perfect balance between friendly and professional, creating a hospitable atmosphere. Dogs are made a complete fuss of. Beds, treats and bowls are provided, the Head Chef has designed a dog menu, and there's a muddy paws station.
- Fitness centre
- Swimming pool
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Courtyard Rooms are spacious and welcoming, with lovely stone lamps, tartan headboards and huge walk-in showers. The main building rooms are rustic and cosy, located along creaky corridors, while annexe rooms are more contemporary, although very much still in keeping with the rustic chic feel.
Cosy, Classic, Superior, High Street Superior, Charles I Suite, Gordon Russell Suite, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with Noble Isle toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, in-room tablet, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The wood panelled Lygon Bar & Grill is set under a 16th-century barrel ceiling, with two antler chandeliers and a hotchpotch of paintings adorning the walls. The Cotswold lamb is particularly good - succulent and tender, it melts in the mouth.
Lygon Bar & Grill: intimate setting, informal dining. Contemporary British cuisine, locally-sourced produce. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Lygon Wine Bar: cosy bar and lounge. Serving small plates, pizza and pasta. Open Fri-Sun, 12-9pm.