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The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

Last week my boy and I celebrated our fifteenth wedding anniversary.


I distinctly remember my fifteenth birthday — I was so very grown up *cough* — and can’t actually believe that I’ve now been married for, what it essentially, a lifetime.

Also, we’re now out of the realms of paper and tin — in terms of an appropriate gift — and have launched into another sphere entirely.


But given the fact that we have enough wine glasses to sink a ship (and lead-crystal decanters are not really our bag) my boy had to make do with a pair of personalised cufflinks and I was treated to a surprise weekend away!

My parents had generously offered to look after the twins overnight and my boy’s planning was meticulous. All organised beautifully.

Apart from the weather, which was totally out of his hands.

Saturday dawned cold and overcast. Actually that’s an understatement. Biblical rain and winds — courtesy of Hurricane Imogen — were sweeping the UK and even getting in and out of the car resulted in the ‘fresh out of the shower’ look.

Anyway. Unperturbed by the inclement conditions, off we went!

He’d booked for us to stay at The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury in The Cotswolds.

A beautiful honey coloured building, with mullioned windows and a lovely interior.

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

The Lounge | The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

Fabulous gallery wall up the stairs

Our room was a ‘very good double’ and it was, indeed, very good.

There was a big comfy bed, a little seating area with a TV (good job too as the rugby was on) and even a desk for me to sit and practice my brush lettering.

The perfect setting for a romantic getaway.

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

Our room | The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

Little finishing touches

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

Our lovely comfy bed | The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

Seating area in our room — a ‘very good double’

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

My boy and a bottle of pop

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

Even the logs had been beautifully designed!

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

Our little seating area | The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

Even a little desk for me to practice my brush lettering


The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

Brush lettering whilst under the influence

We ate in The Beaufort Restaurant —which has been awarded a 2 AA Rosette (no pictures, sadly, as I’d banned my phone from coming along) — suffice to say the food was delicious.

Rock bass, scallops, venison. Complimentary amuse bouche and an extensive wine menu.

Needless to say, we went to bed very full and very happy.

The next day dawned bright and beautiful. Blue skies and not a whisper of the rain we’d had the day before.

Such a lovely, lovely place, in which to celebrate a special event and I’d highly recommend it. I’m only hoping that I don’t have to wait another 15 years, to be treated to a second helping.

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

The Hare & Hounds, Tetbury

PS — We haven’t been paid for this review. The room was bought and paid for by my lovely husband but it was such a lovely place I really wanted to share it.

All thoughts, words and images, as ever are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 9th February 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Ooh you lucky lady, did’t he do well?! Very much deserved though! I’m so glad you were able to get a night away and Happy Anniversary. 15 years is a really good reason to celebrate and it looks like the perfect place to get away from it all xx

    • 10th February 2016 / 2:13 pm

      Thanks love :) I was chuffed to bits — he’s a clever sausage!!! ;)

  2. 9th February 2016 / 8:47 pm

    That looks like a gorgeous place to hide away from the battering wind and rain – and to celebrate your anniversary! Congratulations! Xxx

    • 10th February 2016 / 2:11 pm

      Aah it was SO lovely. So nice to to just potter around for an afternoon — my boy watched the rugby and I practiced my writing. I can’t remember the last time we were able to just do our own thing, with no interruptions and no agenda. Loved it :)

  3. 10th February 2016 / 8:18 am

    Congratulations to you both! And another lovely present, your boy seems fab at them!! It does look beautiful, I really like the gold dots on the chair at the desk, so contemporary and yet in keeping. I love the Cotswolds but we don’t go nearly as much since we moved back up north, I must endeavor to put this right. Thank you for hosting xx

    • 10th February 2016 / 2:07 pm

      Aah he knows me pretty well. Give me lovely surroundings and even lovelier food and I’m a happy bunny!!! ;)

  4. 10th February 2016 / 8:30 am

    Happy Anniversary – and well done to your husband, what a lovely place to have booked. Dinner sounds wonderful (I’ve only heard of an ‘amuse bouche’ recently – great term and fab idea). Love the photo of you doing your brush lettering (which is beautiful – you and the lettering ;)).

    • 10th February 2016 / 1:59 pm

      Aw thanks lovely!! Clever boy for picking such a gem eh? The hotel — not me by the way ;)

  5. 10th February 2016 / 9:28 am

    What a lovely looking room, perfect for a romantic weekend. Glad you had such a wonderful time xx

  6. 10th February 2016 / 11:05 am

    Ah, gorgeous! It looks like it was a beautiful setting for a relaxing, child-free break. Well done on getting to 15 years. We are coming up on our 10th anniversary this year. It has flown!
    The hotel reminds me of Lough Rynn Castle in Ireland, where we treated ourselves to a night away last summer. Similar style.

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:58 am

      It was SO lovely!! I just wish it hadn’t been raining on the Saturday and we could have gone to the arboretum next door!! Apparently they closed it due to Hurricane Imogen!!

  7. 10th February 2016 / 1:56 pm

    This looks so gorgeous – the decor is fabulous, and the perfect blue sky just sets it all off a treat! We had a wedding in Tetbury not that long ago – wishing we’d splashed out and stayed here now. Congratulations on 15 years – this is the kind of celebration that 15 years demands!

    • 17th February 2016 / 12:03 pm

      Aah thanks Katy :) It was SUCH a lovely place to stay!! I hope I don’t have to wait another 15 years until the next time :)

  8. 10th February 2016 / 3:46 pm

    Oh, it looks lovely!! We are very fond of Tetbury (we have to drive through it on our way to visit family) but have never actually stayed there. It’s done up BEAUTIFULLY for Christmas! I’m definitely putting this one on the list – especially as we have a big anniversary coming up this year too! Glad you had such a lovely time xx #HomeEtc

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:44 am

      It was SO lovely Sue! I bet it’s gorgeous at Christmas! I’d love to go back!

  9. 10th February 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Congratulations! What a gorgeous place to stay – he definitely did good! :) I love that gallery on the stairs – such a traditional idea but the choice of art gives it a bit of a modern twist. x #HomeEtc

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:43 am

      I LOVED the gallery wall up the stairs. We’ve always had one with black and white photos but am going to re-do it with coloured art instead :)

  10. 11th February 2016 / 9:18 am

    That looks out of this world what a treat! Happy Anniversary my lovely xx

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:42 am

      Gosh — it was SUCH a treat! I just wish it could have been a little bit longer!! MY dad wanted to get home early the following day so we had to get up and go straight home!!! Arrgh!!!

  11. 11th February 2016 / 11:11 am

    Aaw Happy Wedding Anniversary! I have to say that you don’t look old enough to have been married 15 years! What a gorgeous place to stay, beautifully styled by the owners x

  12. 11th February 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Oh what a gorgeous hotel. You’re a very lucky lady, if my husband was to book a hotel we would end up in Premier Inn! (Not that there is anything wrong with that but it’s not very romantic is it!!) #HomeEtc

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:41 am

      Haha! This comment really made me laugh!!! Aaah bless you Becky!! ;)

  13. 11th February 2016 / 10:41 pm

    What a beautiful gallery wall.

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:40 am

      Gorgeous isn’t it?! I am going to be doing it at home!! ;)

  14. 12th February 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Happy Anniversary, the place looks AMAZING!!

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:37 am

      Aah thanks so much Evija! It was such a beautiful place :)

  15. 12th February 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Happiest of anniversaries lovely lady!! It’s amazing how time flies isn’t it? Sounds like you an utterly wonderful celebration and The Hare & Hounds looks idyllic Xx

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:37 am

      Thanks so much gorgeous — I can’t believe that it’s been 15 years!!!

  16. 12th February 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Happy anniversary! And what a lovely place, I like how there is colour in the room, like on the headboard – makes a difference from bland hotels! x

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:36 am

      Thanks so much lovely — the decor was GORGEOUS! I’ve stolen lots of ideas ;)

  17. 12th February 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Wow, happy anniversary! And what a beautiful place. I adore the Cotswolds. Unfortunately it’s a bit too close by for me to be able to justify a night in a hotel, but I can dream ;)

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:36 am

      Aah if it’s right on your doorstep I could see that you wouldn’t want to pay to stay overnight!! I bet you’ve got some lovely countryside close by though! I LOVE the Cotswolds! :)

  18. 12th February 2016 / 11:52 pm

    Happy 15th wedding anniversary! This place looks fabulous and I absolutely love the decor. I hope you had an amazing time #homeetc

  19. 13th February 2016 / 7:24 pm

    That place is STUNNING! Well done hubby on such a great find and taking you there. They have put them rooms together so well, style beautifully. Your writing is great too!

    • 17th February 2016 / 11:34 am

      Aaah Steph — it was SO beautiful!! I took lots of decor ideas home with me!!

  20. 16th February 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Ahhh happy anniversary! And how nice to get away :) What a stunning place. We have also just been there and it was lovely – love the Cotswolds. Your boy did good!!!!! xx

    • 17th February 2016 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks so much lovely!! I KNOW! When he told me where we were going I laughed and said we might bump into you guys!!! SUCH a treat — it was a lovely, lovely place to stay :)

  21. 16th February 2016 / 11:51 pm

    It looks a gorgeous place and a very good room indeed. Thanks for hosting #homeetc x

    • 17th February 2016 / 12:23 pm

      Aah it was a VERY good room!! :) I didn’t want to leave :)

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