On a recent venture to the Oxfordshire Cotswolds – a beguiling region full to the brim with stunning countryside, lovely teashops and charming pubs – I decided to consult Great Country Pubs in search of a place to stay. Somewhere that would deliver top-quality food and drink while still retaining that charming pub atmosphere – and what a gem I found, the Feathered Nest Country Inn in Nether Westcote.
Nether Westcote is a delightful village deep in rural countryside – ideal for getting away from it all. Yet still within striking distance of major cities like Oxford in the east, Stratford upon Avon to the north, and the heart of the Cotswolds spreading out before you south and west, dotted with enchanting towns and villages.
From the moment the very friendly member of staff showed me to my bedroom – the delightfully named Pheasant’s Nest – I knew I was in for a treat. The attention to detail was second to none, with delectable complimentary nibbles supplied such as homemade chocolates and biscuits and fresh fruit, plus bottled water and a proper coffee-making machine. The bathroom was enormous with top of the range products to pamper yourself, and slippers and fluffy bathrobes to keep you snug and warm.
Back downstairs nothing disappointed from the quirky saddles for bar stools to the comfy sofas around a large roaring fire, and everywhere little touches that bring out the bird theme. Charm personified!
Dinner was of an exceptionally high standard with particular attention paid to flavour. I had the local venison, which was a triumph and surely worthy of a Michelin Star. All the staff were attentive, friendly and very knowledgeable, with great expertise shown in the wine choices to complement the courses. I felt thoroughly spoilt and that they really value their guests!
Breakfast, using local produce, was first-class, laid out at tables overlooking the wonderful grounds and the hills beyond. The energetic and friendly owners, who introduced themselves at breakfast, generate an enthusiasm and dedication that is evident throughout this first-rate establishment, which at its heart is still a locals’ pub, offering a wonderful all-round Cotswolds experience. Experiences like this don’t come cheap but it’s worth every penny, and still less demanding on the bank balance than staying in a hotel of equivalent standard.
On my return, I sat back and reflected on the Feathered Nest Country Inn and decided that “everyone should get the chance to share this perfect Costwolds treat”.