For exploring the beautiful Cotswolds in England last spring, we stayed in Cirencester, a market town in the county of east Gloucestershire. Cirencester is also the capital of the Cotswolds and its largest town. It takes two and a half hours by train and bus (via Swindon) to get there from London’s Paddington Station.
We made Cirencester our home base for visiting the Cotswolds since it is situated in the center of the area, making it easier for us to reach both the northern and southern Cotswolds towns. Cirencester was actually a last-minute thing; it wasn’t our first choice, but boy we were so glad to have changed plans because Cirencester turned out to be a lovely town! It’s just the right size, not too small nor too big. And the crème de la crème was–we stayed in this lovely bed and breakfast, which offered a top-notch bed and an equally top-notch breakfast: The Talbot Inn!
We love everything about the Talbot Inn: from the cozy rooms, to the sumptuous and very generous breakfast in a quaint English pub, to the lovely accommodating owners–everything was perfect! We originally planned to stay for just 4 days, but extended it for another 4 more days when we were there.
The Talbot Inn is a family-run bed and breakfast. The building dates back to the earlier centuries. They have five rooms located in what used to be a stable block, which has since then been converted into lovely accommodations that are now annexed to the main building. It is located in a quiet area in Cirencester that is just a few minutes walk from the town center.
We stayed in Room 4 on the ground floor which is accessible from the car park (yes, car park with ample space is also available). It was decorated nicely and can accommodate three persons. The beds were great–soft and comfortable–and the duvet did a very good job in warding off the cold.
The bath was small, which is typical of European baths, but it was clean and had everything that we needed. For the necessities and amenities found in the room, everything was lovely. The heater was functioning well, there was a closet for our belongings, a desk and chair, the regular TV (which we never used because we don’t really watch TV during vacations to begin with), and tea and coffee-making facilities, which were topped-up daily. Room service was done daily as well.
On the last few days of our stay, we moved to the Hayloft above, which was just as lovely with its French-themed design (see middle photo above).
Breakfast was a lovely affair that we looked forward to every morning. It came with the room, and consisted of a big, hearty English one of eggs, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, mixed toasts with butter and jams, and a pot of tea or coffee. In addition, the lovely hosts also had a continental breakfast spread with cereals, yoghurt, fruits, etc.
The hosts were lovely, accommodating and friendly.
The Talbot Inn has a nice English pub, where we took most of our meals. They serve traditional English meals, which had generous servings and tasted delicious.
All in all, we really had the most lovely stay and we’re definitely going back if we’re in the area again.
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