The Kings Head in the heart of the Cotswolds sits opposite the famous Cirencester church, overlooking the Market Place, with a commanding position in the centre of the town.
The exact age of the Kings Head is not known. Historians site the existence of a coaching inn in the fourteenth century. Records show that in 1550, it was owned by Robert Strange of Cirencester, a clothier and high Bailiff in 1553 and it was thought that he was also the High Sheriff of Gloucester. The Kings Head is now listed as a building of special architectural and historical interest.
The Kings Head has been brought back to life following an extensive renovation. The modern boutique hotel has been innovatively designed to incorporate the preservation of original features. Oak beams, exposed brick walls, painted masonry and stone walls feature throughout the rooms and public spaces. A Roman mosaic – unearthed during a two-year archaeological dig – is displayed beneath glass flooring in the reception area.
An Englishman’s home is his castle…
Accommodation fit for a King or Queen comes in the form of 45 individually decorated rooms including 17 suites. From the Classic Space rooms to the Indulgent Space suites, guests will find contemporary comforts with traditional touches. King sized beds (of course) walk-in showers or, in one room, take the weight of your feet and enjoy a good soak in a copper bath tub.
A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!
From Cirencester Polo to a day at Cheltenham races, horse enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice during a stay here. Thinking about things a little smaller and head to the hills with your best – four legged – friend, as The King’s Head does allow up to medium sized dogs… so country walks are a plenty with a break here and a host of parks and gardens to discover in close proximity.
If you’d rather keep your wellies and boots at the front door, then slide into your slippers and head downstairs… located below ground in the vaulted cellars, you’ll find The King’s Head’s spa with four treatment rooms, a relaxation room, sauna, steam room, hot tub, experience shower, and fitness suite (should you change your mind!)
The spa menu features pampering beauty treatments and massages as well as a range of treatments for men and mothers to be. For the hands and feet, the spa offers Leighton Denny manicures and pedicures. The spa uses British brand Lubatti, founded by Tracey Malone, sister to the famous Jo Malone, and the skincare recipes date back to the 1920’s.
An army marches on its stomach…
The hotel’s restaurant serves modern British food, much of it prepared on the hot coals of a robata-style grill. The open kitchen allows guests to see the chef at work. The hotel’s cosy bar and lounge serves snacks and treats, afternoon tea, freshly brewed coffee and drinks.
For small parties, The Cellar is popular for dining for 8-20 guests, with its own glass walled wine display and a bespoke dining table.
Your royal route…
By train: Kemble is the nearest train station, and a 10 minute (four-mile) drive away. Approximately one and a half hours from London Paddington.
By car: There is a dropping-off space in front of the hotel and a pay and display car park at Market Place (free from 6pm to 8am Tuesday to Thursday), adjacent to the hotel.