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St Michaels Bistro, Painswick, Cotswolds
This welcoming guesthouse in the heart of Painswick serves as a great base to explore the Cotswolds and is the perfect midway stopover if you're walking the Cotswolds Way. It's run by well-informed hosts Matt and Magda, a friendly British-Czech couple who go out of their way to make guests feel at home. The five themed rooms are spotless, decorated in an eclectic mix of styles including Bohemian, Indian and Retro, painted in vibrant hues with eco-friendly paints and adorned with antiques and emporium finds. The popular ground floor bistro is a separate business run by a friendly Romanian couple, with Marin preparing hearty British dishes with an Eastern Europe flair and his wife Catalina serving at the tables.
It doesn't get much more central than this, making it the perfect spot to soak up all the charm of Painswick. Nearby you can find the beautiful Rococo Garden, with its geometrical shapes and curving lines.
The hotel is in the heart of the town, on the route of The Cotswolds Way and a short drive from charming Stroud.
By car: The hotel is 2 hours 45 minutes from London and around 1 hour from Bristol.
By train: London Paddington to Stroud takes just over an hour and a half. The station is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Perfect for both couples and families looking for a laidback, low-key spot. We love the fact that original features have been preserved where possible, including beams and bare stone walls.
Service & Facilities
Guests are very independent; you help yourself to your room key upon arrival and then come and go as you please.
- Sun terrace
- Sister restaurant
- Pet friendly
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
We enjoyed the views of St Mary's sculpted yew trees from the Bohemian Suite (as well as the freestanding bathtub), and we loved the bathrooms, which come in polished plaster in ochre, blue and terracotta.
The Retro Suite, The Bohemian Suite, The Rococo Room, The Art Deco Room, The Indian Room
Facilities include: ensuite shower, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The ground floor bistro is a separate business from the guesthouse, run by a friendly Romanian couple. We loved the homely atmosphere and hearty dishes; try the Romanian sausages - they're succulent and packed with flavour. At breakfast homemade pastries are served in paper boxes, which you can take away with you to avoid food waste - perfect for an energising snack later in the day.