Dial House Hotel
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Today was taken up with an 8 hour, 600km drive from Edinburgh to Bourton-on-the-Water which is in the Cotswolds - the same part of England as Nettleton, Bath and where Locked Out! was written. The weather was wet, cold and windy - but I guess that is what summer in Scotland is like. The trip was fairly uneventful except for all of the alarms that …
No - it doesn't have anything to do with me attacking Anne. We cooled our heals this morning - just having breakfast in the Dial House Hotel, a walk through Bourton-on-the-Water (I discovered that there is also a Bourton-on-the-Hill this afternoon), and having a late morning tea. I took some good photos of Bourton and the pick of these is here …
Our room in the Dial Inn has proper shutters. When they are shut they keep the room quite dark. We slept later than usual this morning but still made breakfast by 09:00. We had a full English Breakfast - Juice, Tea/Coffee, Toast & Spreads, Bacon, Sausage, Eggs, Tomato, Hash Brown and Mushrooms. You just tell the waiter which of these you want …
... you probably wouldn't have decided to buy it, despite how much you actually enjoyed eating it? So what does this all have to do with anything? Well it really makes a whole lot of sense. When we live as free spirits, taking chances and trying new things even if we think we won't enjoy them, sometimes as a result we realize that these choices end up being the best ones , and often the better ones, we ever made.
... then headed to the Old Manse Pub for a yummy lunch. A great day was had by all.
We headed back to Cheltenham and after dinner I dropped into Danielle's to say hi to Sara, Ashlee, Olly and the gorgeous baby Delilah. Unfortunately, due to jetlag and a little bit too much alcohol from the day before, I was well and truly ready for bed... Home to the motel and basically fell asleep straight ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDial House Hotel Bourton-on-the-Water
The Dial House in in the centre of Boughton-on-the-Water. It is a nice 3 story B&B that can provide both breakfast and lunch. It more than lives up to its 3 star rating. The staff were helpful and friendly.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dial House Hotel Bourton-on-the-Water
Not for all families
Although advertises as "child friendly", in fact does not accept children under 10 years old....
An oasis of tranquility
My wife and I and an elderly friend have recently spent a weekend at this mellow sanctuary in the heart of 'The Cotswolds' and I feel we can safely say from experience that this is the most professionally run and simply 'nicest' hotel we have stayed in. The staff are a delight and the standard of service exceptionally good.
The hotel is clean and the food a gastronomic treat.
Thoroughly recommended and we shall certainly take the first opportunity of another visit as soon as we are able.
We stumbled upon the Dial House Hotel during a recent trip to the Cotswolds. We had originally planned to stay in a standard B&B, but after spotting the lovely Dial House Hotel, we decided to upgrade our plans.
We had originally only planned to stay for one night, but after such a warm welcome and a lovely room we decided to stay on for an extra night. We stayed in one of the four poster rooms overlooking the village. I have to say that I am regularly disappointed with the service I receive in many establishments, but I can honestly say that I could not fault the service of the staff and owners of this hotel. The hotel is in an excellent location in a lovely village. The village is large enough to provide good facilities, but small enough to be a quiet country retreat. We definitely would recommend a vist to Bourton-on-the-water and to stay at this charming hotel. We didn't want to come home!
Dial House was fabulous!!!
Having just stepped off the new Queen Mary 2, we were not expecting a hotel to dazzle us...We were wrong! This is a terrific hotel....and we've stayed at dozens of manor house hotels in England, including Buckland Manor and Le Manoir....This hotel at a fraction of the price measured up in every way. The hosts, Adrian and Jane, could not be more helpful and charming. Our beautiful rooms were super comfortable with bedding you wanted to snuggle in forever. The gardens were ablaze with color and around every corner was some little nook or cranny where you just wanted to sit and dream. So centrally located that we explored the whole of the Cotswolds without moving! But the kitchen....the kitchen was devine! So good we returned the second night and had the same meal! The town of Burton on the Water sets the tone for the charm of the Dial House with it's beautiful river, bridges, foliage, charming shops and restaurants...This place is not to be missed! Pictures cannot do it justice. I'm telling you .....after 11 days on the Queen Mary (which we loved) what we talk about first is the Dial House!
Definitely a 10+
Stayed here for 2 nights in the Summer. The food was exquisite, the accommodation luxurious and the surroundings beautiful.
This was all topped off by Adrian being one of the most polite and accommodating gentlemen I have met in a very long time.
Am looking to stay again soon......
we enjoyed a fantastic romantic weekend in this lovely hotel and would thoroughly recommend a stay. Super fourposter beds, open beams and log fires. Excellent cuisine, impeccably served. What more could a girl want... Katie
A haven of rest
The oldest building in Bourton, circa 1698, it is full of authenticity.
One accepts the uneven floors and doorways that can catch the tallest of us unawares. Ownership and management by Adrian and Jane is evidenced by their personal touches, such as a welcoming fruit bowl and their evident friendliness. The food is beautifully presented and the whole atmosphere in keeping with the building. Sited in the centre of the village amongst tourists, even out of season, a village that is awash with delightful and in some cases unique gift shops. We found it convenient to the less frequented but equally beautiful villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter and not too far for a visit to The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon. A thoroughly enjoyable long weekend for a special occasion that tempted us to spend more than was intended. We look forward to another stay on our next 'special occasion'.
We had a very good time here. We stayed in London for 3 nights and 4 nights at the Dial House we loved this Hotel. True England.
I just got back from a weekend at the Dial House with my family-- we had a marvelous time! The accomodation, dining, and service was superb.
Our hosts were extremely professional and accomodating. The main room and bar were warm & cozy, perfect for relaxing and having a drink.
Additionally, there was a very nice patio and large garden where we had after-dinner drinks by candlelight.
We got the double room family suite in the coach house, which was very spacious and the beds were comfortable with quality mattresses & linens. The only area I would not give 5 of 5 stars for the rooms -- they weren't quite posh enough for that rating.. maybe a bit pink and a bit standard in decor. But they definetely didn't have too much of a 'grandma' B&B feel to them.
Also, a note about the villages in the area for other American tourists-- we were trying to decide which to stay in as they all had great reviews from the guide books. After driving through a few, we'd definetely recommend Bourton. It has enough going on (a pub, a few cafes) but it is still extremely small and quaint. Plus there is a beautiful stream running through the centre which kids were playing in during the day.
We preferred Bourton to Broadway, Slaughters (beautiful to visit, but no restaurants/pubs at night), and Stowe on the Wold. But it depends on what you are looking for.
We took a hike from Bourton on the Water through the Slaughters which I would also recommend. It is Wardens Way.
A wonderful Hotel in a Beautiful Area
We found the hotel by chance, having driven to Bourton in the Water, parked and walked down the High Street.
We were made very welcome, when we eventually found the small reception area, (it's around the back of the hotel)
Asked about the four poster but was informed that the plumbing needed mending so we were shown to a room in the coach house.
The room was large airy and well decorated and well appointed, with a large soft bed but it only had a shower.
It was the shower that was the only disappointment of the stay, and the main reason why I didn't mark the hotel as excellent.
The food is excellent and cooked fresh and with a menu that's constanly changing, the restaurant was voted the best in Gloucestershire in 2002
I had Wahoo a fish from Florida / Gulf of Mexico area. Previously I was told that they have served Kangeroo.
The only minor complaint about the food was with the wife's breakfast.
Home made croissants which were slightly undercooked, she eat them but the couple behind us commented on it and left one of theirs.
This is not a cheap hotel, bed breakfast and evening meal with drinks pre and post dinner our bill was £180+ 260+ euros 300+ dollars but it was worth it.
If you do have the budget and I suspect with a bit of pre-planning and negoiation then it would be possible to reduce this cost for longer stays then this is an ideal place in a picturesque village for a stay
Will we be going back?
Yes if there is a reason to stay in the area, we are under two hours from home so we may choose the drive.
Will I be recommending it, yes
It is also worth going here for an evening meal as the food was superb.