Posted 15th Feb 2017
The Ragged Cot is a treasure to be found in the Cotswolds, with nine comfy rooms to stay in and a gastro pub to dine in, you'll never want to leave this cosy country retreat
Perched high above the Cotswolds, just outside the ancient market town of Minchinhampton, the 17th-century Ragged Cot inn is a hidden gem of the area. Surrounded by 600 acres of bucolic National Trust land, the secluded inn combines a traditional country pub, serving cuisine to write home about, with modern rooms boasting a touch of old-fashioned charm.
Walkers in wellies and well behaved dogs are welcome in the pub decorated with cosy armchairs, wood burners and old hunting memorabilia. Settle down at a table overlooking the picturesque views and tuck into delicious home-made fare, with meat and game sourced from local farms while vegetables are harvested from the pub garden when in season. There's plenty on the menu to tempt for starters, from South Cerney crayfish and green apple with roasted fennel, to ham hock and black pudding terrine with house chutney. Mains are just as mouth-watering, with the likes of pan fried breast of local chicken wrapped in bacon, pavé of Scottish salmon with saffron fondant potatoes, and roasted butternut squash risotto, just some of the dishes that could be on offer. If you've managed to save some room, then don't miss out on pudding – the dark chocolate and hazelnut fondant with honeycomb and artisan vanilla gelato is to die for!
After a scrumptious meal head back to the room to relax, with each of the nine spacious rooms boasting big comfy beds, flat screen TVs, luxury robes to relax in and roomy en suites complete with power shower and complimentary Cole and Lewis toiletries. Each bedroom is beautifully decorated, described as 'shabby chic', while equine accessories, childhood books and vintage posters add a more homely feel to the decor.
The inn is perfectly positioned for exploring the Costwolds, whether you're a keen rambler or looking to soak up the area's rich heritage sites and quaint villages. Nearby discover the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens where you'll find 160 acres of beautiful parklands and a wealth of fascinating species to meet, from tropical birds and crocodiles to rhinos and lemurs. If nature piques your interest then don't miss a visit to the local Slimbridge Wetland Centre too, offering activities and awe-inspiring wildlife for the whole family to enjoy.
After a busy day exploring, return to The Ragged Cot where warm hospitality and a good cup of coffee in The Shed, a recently converted outbuilding, awaits. However you choose to spend your time in Gloucestershire, you're always welcome at this inn.
Visit www.theraggedcot.co.uk or call 01453 884 643 to find out more or to book a stay.
By Natalie Crofts