Wild Thyme & Honey is the result of a breath-taking restoration of a 16th Century pub in the idyllic Cotswolds village of Ampney Crucis, immersed in a countryside complete with babbling brook and rolling green landscape.
Two dozen bedrooms plus events spaces have been created using honey-coloured local stone, timber cladding and warm textiles, dressed in a calming palette of soft greys and rich creams, while the character of the original pub has been retained. Guests cross a covered courtyard to eat and drink among the regulars at the Crown.
Choose from New York loft-style rooms with views over the surrounding hills, ideal for families or groups, suites overlooking the brook and village cricket ground or No.3 London Road, a whole apartment with a private deck and its own hot tub and sauna.
After a walk in some of the prettiest countryside in the British Isles (wellington boots are available to borrow) or a visit to ancient Cirencester or nearby Bibury, which William Morris described as the most beautiful village in England, lunch and dinner are served at the Crown, a cosy pub at the heart of its community.
Once you’ve sipped on a signature cocktail of Cotswold Gin shaken with thyme and honey, tuck into a menu of farm-to-table meals cooked in the open copper kitchen, hearty classic dishes that roll with the seasons, inspired by a wealth of local produce. You might find on your plate anything from a Tunworth cheese souffle to a Butts Farm steak cooked to perfection on the Robata Grill.
For a truly special experience, you might book a table beside the water in one of the Crown’s glass domes. And Sundays you can stick around and relax to live music sessions in the bar that could be anything from jazz and blues to country and pop.