Located right next to the lazy River Eye in the heart of Lower Slaughter, The Slaughters Country Inn is a small delightful hotel with authentic village charm. Its larger than average rooms, open green space and children friendly menu makes it a good choice for a family summer holiday. This charming hotel is also dog-friendly.
This understated inn were originally farm-worker cottages as well as a horse stable in the 15th century. The lobby, dining hall, lounge and bar are in the main building while most of the rooms are in the two standalone blocks, sitting in 4 acres of relaxing greenery.
The Slaughters Country Inn was awarded the Traveller’s Choice Award by TripAdvisor in 2020.
Where is it?
In Lower Slaughter – one of the prettiest village in the heart of Cotswold. The Slaughters Country Inn is right next to the ankle deep, gentle flowing River Eye that makes this village so magical. It is one of the more idyllic village in Cotswold as there are no shops here, just charming yellow-stone cottages as well as a postcard-perfect old water mill.
Many of the quaint Cotswold villages are less than 30 mins drive away – 4 min drive to Bourton-on-the-Water, 6 min to Stow-on-the-Wold, 15 min to Burford or Broadway, 20 min to Chipping Campden or Chastleton and 30 min to Cirencester or Bibury.
The best way to get to Lower Slaughter is by car. It is 85 miles (137 kms) or about a 2 hour drive from Central London on the M40 followed by the A40. There are ample parking spaces for guests of the hotel.
If you don’t have a car, you can take the Great Western Railway (gwr.com) from Paddington Station to Moreton-in-Marsh. The journey will take about 90 minutes. From there, you will need to arrange for a local taxi or car service for a 12 min or 7 mile journey.
The proximity makes it a perfect weekend getaway from Central London.
What is it like?
An authentic traditional Cotswold village inn. The hotel buildings have the distinctive honey-coloured Cotswold limestone walls and graduated stone-slate roof. It has a relaxed mellow appearance, sitting on the back of a vast green lawn from the river banks.
Inside, there is a mix of open modern contemporary and cosy rustic traditional spaces. The renovated dining hall is formal with its perfect walnut-coloured wood floors, clean-lined spotlight filled white ceilings and indiscreet paintings. In striking contrast, the bar is a relaxed traditional pub with low wood-beam ceiling, big leather sofa and armchairs, complete with a large original fireplace with roaring log fires. A perfect snug for the cold winter days.
How are the rooms?
There are 20 rooms, 5 suites and 6 cottages at The Slaughters Country Inn. The rooms are homely and cosy with traditional English cottage charm. They are generally more spacious compared to average hotel rooms, but some of the loft converted rooms do have sloped ceiling. Most rooms have beautiful renovated bathrooms with roll top bathtubs and lovely L’Occitane toiletries.
Bedrooms are tiered “Classics”, “Deluxe” and “Superior” and there are also Junior Suite as well as Family Suites. No two rooms are similar in this hotel and you get a little bit more on each tier. The Chapel House Family Suite, for example is the only room with a large private garden and outdoor seating area. It also comes with a Krups Nespresso machine and the fantastic Ruark Audio R1 Deluxe Bluetooth Radio.
Are there family-friendly rooms?
Plenty. The six two-storey cottages are perfect for families with 2 adults and 2 children. They share an open green-lawn courtyard, which is an added space for the children to play while remaining within your sight, or for the adults to make the most of the summer days.
For larger families, two of the Deluxe-tier rooms, named Hawtrey and Walpole, interconnect with each other and will accommodate 5 guests. The three Family Suites have a similar capacity.
The Superior-tiered rooms as well as the Junior Suites sleep 2 adults and one child. Baby cots and baby monitors are available upon request.
How are the dining options?
There are three dining areas at The Slaughters Country Inn – the formal dining room, the cosy bar and the gorgeous outdoor terrace, weather permitting. They are served by a single kitchen with an all-day dining menu that is packed with traditional English pub favourites like sausage and mash (£14), fish and chips (£14.75), roast ham (£13.50) and fish pie (£16.50).
In addition, there is also Afternoon Tea (£11.50 for tea, scones with jam & cream) as well as a Sunday Lunch Menu with roast beef and roast pork (27.50 for two courses). There is also a children menu with fish and chips, beef burger, sausage and mash and tomato or pesto pasta and a selection of starters, sides, desserts, juices as well as mocktails.
Although the food is generally average, there is a hidden gem. The freshly baked croissants available at breakfast are some of the best we have had around the globe. Buttery, crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside. Heavenly coupled with local Netherend Farm artisan butter. It is certainly the star in the comprehensive breakfast menu that includes full English, eggs Benedict, avocado toast and all the standards.
If you are after a fancier meal, walk across the river to the sister hotel of The Slaughters Manor House and pay Chef Nik Chappell’s restaurant a visit.
What is there to do in the hotel?
Not much, but what else do you need apart from relaxing on the open green-lawn next to the lazy River Eye. You can spend hours in the summer days with the children playing in the river.
The next best thing to do is to take full advantage of the location and its proximity to the other charming villages, many less than 30 minute drive away. You can also do the one mile walk/hike to Upper Slaughter along the River Eye.
Is there a spa?
Who are the patrons?
Middle class families. It is also popular with dog owners. Families are attracted by the larger than average rooms, enclosed safe open space for children to roam free, as well as children friendly menu.
Are they pet friendly?
Yes, with a £10 surcharge, dogs are welcomed in all the Cottages and one or two of the Deluxe Rooms and Family Suites. They are also welcomed in general areas and to dine with you in the outdoor terrace (weather permitting) as well as the cosy bar.
Unfortunately, they are not permitted in the formal dining room. You will need to pack a bed and dog bowl as it isn’t provided as standard.