The location of this refurbished Cotswold inn is unremarkable, but Sam and Georgie Pearmans’s understanding of an easy, relaxed escape won us over: The Wheatsheaf Inn manages to be unpretentious and welcoming.
   The interiors combine countryside comfort with modern elegance: think cosy armchairs by the fire and sleek, wood-top bars. While the rustic Game Bar, tasteful private dining area, and in-house treatment room are all good additions. The 14 bedrooms come in a variety of sizes, all unique, and have been imaginatively decorated combining sumptuous wallpapers, fabrics, and bare floorboards with a soft palette of yellows, reds and blues. For some the ‘centrepiece’ is the inviting freestanding bath.
   Chef Anthony Ely’s restaurant – that focuses on quality ingredients that are locally sourced – is a hub for foodies. Our breakfast was particularly good, including wonderful grilled kipper.
   The Wheatsheaf is part of The Lucky Onion chain that also includes No.131 & The Crazy Eights. Opened in late 2013 it's a restaurant-and-bar with 11 rooms in the heart of nearby Cheltenham.