The King's Arms

Pub with rooms in Didmarton, Gloucestershire

Curator's notes:

  • Quintessential English countryside setting
  • Seasonal menu based on local produce
  • Wood-fired pizza oven in the summer
  • Scenic and serene
  • Dog-friendly
  • Crown collection
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Speak to us on +44 (0)20 8161 0100

Overview

When it comes to a quintessentially English countryside setting, the rural splendour of the Cotswolds is the classic choice and this stylish 17th century coaching inn is right at the heart of it all. Crackling fires, stag heads adorning the walls and a distinct charcoal-black colour scheme provide a relaxed but refined setting for superb wining and dining. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu using local produce, including fresh game that comes direct from neighbouring country estates (we particularly recommend the Badminton venison) and in summer, wood-fired pizza is served directly from an outdoor oven.

When the evening draws to a close, rest your head in one of the well-appointed upstairs rooms where four-poster beds and sumptuous bedding ensure a good night's sleep. Or stay in one of the two self-catering cottages, suitable for families and larger groups.

The Cotwolds is a walkers' paradise so you'll find plenty of trails through spectacular countryside and chocolate-box pretty stone villages to delight you. Horse lovers will appreciate the strong network of bridleways to explore (equestrian heritage runs especially deep here, thanks to the annual Badminton Horse Trials in the estate next door). For real Cotswold charm, visit the golden-toned town of Tetbury or Lacock Village, or take a stroll through the nearby Westonbirt National Arboretum to admire one of the world's finest tree collections.

Rooms from

Classic single: £70
Classic double: £90
Cottage: £120


Good to know

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted

  • Parking available

  • £15 dog stay charge

Scenic and serene
Surrounded by the rural splendour of the Cotswolds with specatuclar walks and countryside to explore.

Dog-friendly
Book in a dog stay and there will be a bed, treats and even a dog beer all waiting for your four-legged friend on arrival. Dogs are also very welcome in the bar and casual dining areas.

Crown collection
Part of the original Epicurean Collection, you can earn and redeem Crowns here if you are one of our Crown members.

Rooms

Combining modern comfort with rustic elegance, each of The King's Arms six cottage-style bed and breakfast rooms have their own individual character. Named after the prize-winning hounds from the nearby Beaufort Hunt, each room includes king-size beds, antique dressing tables, ivory sheepskin rugs and luxurious Feather and Black mattresses and duvets to ensure a comfortable night's slumber.

Walls adorned with George Stubbs' paintings give a nod to the inn's equestrian heritage, and each room includes complimentary tea and coffee with shortbread biscuits from local award-winning Marshfield Bakery. Two spacious self-catering cottages are also available - Saracen sleeps six and Bobtail sleeps four - which were once the stables of the original King's Arms in the 17th century. These are ideal for families and larger groups looking for their own private hideaway in the Cotswolds.

Restaurant & bar

In the elegant restaurant, dine on creative British dishes made using the freshest, locally sourced produce - all the game is provided by local country estates that surround the inn. For a relaxing drink, head to the main bar where you can sink into comfortable leather armchairs and warm your toes by the wood-burning fireplace, or nestle into a window banquette to take in the stunning views of the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

For something more intimate, check out the charming Local's Bar decorated with historical trinkets, or if the weather's fine take a seat in the classic English garden for al-fresco wining and dining. In the summer months the chefs get the outdoor oven going and serve wood-fired pizza every weekend.

Private dining

A stately private dining room combines classic style with contemporary touches. It is suitable for up to 24 seated guests and 40 standing, and is ideal for private parties, dinners and meetings. There's a lovely garden which can also be used for cocktail and canape receptions or other private events.

Things to do

If you're seeking true Cotswolds charm, The King's Arms is the ideal base for exploring those quintessential English villages that look like they've been lifted from a postcard. Tetbury, renowned for its pretty streets, boutiques, galleries and teashops, is close by. Or visit Lacock Village, a picture-postcard village, mostly owed by the National Trust, which has starred in many film and TV shows, including Downton Abbey, Cranford and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

For country walks, head to Woodchester Park, which includes the 3.5 mile Boat House Trail circular walk that begins and ends at the pay-and-display car, ideal if you need to take the dog for some exercise.

For a spot of birdwatching, head to Slimbridge Wetland Centre, the only place in the world where you can see all six species of flamingo, but if heritage and culture is your thing, then we recommend visiting Berkeley Castle, the oldest castle in the UK to be continuously owned and occupied by the same family.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Yate, Kemble or Chippenham
Taxi from station: about 15min; 25min; 28min, respectively
Drive: 30min from Bath, 25min from Bristol, 2hr from London

Address

The Street, Didmarton, Nr Badminton GL9 1DT