This Cotswolds coaching inn has a rich history dating back to the civil war and beyond, but an extensive six-year refurb has given it a decor and facilities that are very much 21st century
Visitors to Cirencester, in the heart of the Cotswolds, have been staying in the building that is now the Kings Head since the English Civil war, perhaps earlier. King Charles II is said to have laid his head in this very location. But in its current guise, following an extensive renovation, the 45-room hotel bears about as much resemblance to its past as a coaching inn as the well-heeled streets of the city do to the original Roman market town.
Spacious rooms have been done out in a heritage palette of restful greys and warm earth tones, with accents of colour in tartan wool bedheads or throws an echo of the distinctive hue of Cotswold stone and the areas wool industry past.