While not entirely matching this image, Cirencester is still a pretty town of Roman heritage with medieval churches, cute shops and a sense of character.
Having been closed since 2007 for an extensive renovation, The Kings Head, reopened this September on Market Place in Cirencester as a 45-room boutique hotel
The Kings Head is a part of The Vineyard Group, who you may know from The Vineyard at Stockcross, a Relais Chateaux hotel and restaurant.
A former coaching inn and now a Grade II-listed building, the King’s Head retains some of the original features including the uneven floorboards that add a little character.
The hotel’s design is very much a modern boutique hotel’s version of a country house hotel with exposed brickwork, wooden beams in some rooms, bold fabrics, and a mix of modern and vintage furniture.
Rooms are very pretty, comfortable, spacious and come with all the mod cons (Nespresso machines, a Mac Mini computer system, complimentary WiFi, LCD flat screen TVs).
Bathrooms are huge and thankfully come with two sinks, but, little niggles like the water temperature not remotely resembling the temperature on the dial, need to be ironed out.
The restaurant is an all-day brasserie affair focusing on British ingredients and dishes with some items cooked on the Robata grill that’s in full view from the restaurant. The space feels open and buzzy, benefiting from the atmosphere spilling in from the bar area.
A 4-treatment room spa and fitness centre will open in early 2015 along with a huge range of event spaces, some of which retain the original building’s arched walls, ceilings and exposed brickwork.
Be warned that car parking isn’t easy in Cirencester – don’t make the same mistake we did and decide to get up at 8am in the morning to put money in the meter of the short stay car park directly in front of the hotel. Management informed us that they are in the process of applying for permits, which should ease the situation.
There is a real sense that The Kings Head wants to, and will, belong to the local community – from the bar area buzzing with locals on a Friday night to hosting events and being a great spot to stay to explore The Cotswolds and the areas around Cirencester.
Rates at the Kings Head start at £135 per room per night inclusive of VAT and breakfast.
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