Pick flowers from an organic cutting garden. Roofs made of reclaimed wood. Seasonal, locally sourced dishes cooked in an award-winning waste-free kitchen.
The magic of staying in Wild rabit Almost everything comes from the famous Cotswolds property on which it is located: Daylesford, one of the UK’s most sustainable organic farms.
The 18th-century inn consists of 13 elegant pub rooms and several groups of self-catering curtained cottages across the road and a short walk away, each featuring electric arbors and low-power lighting powered by 1,800 solar panels scattered throughout the farm – Environmental paradise. Inside, expect warm Cotswolds, soft modern British furnishings, and Daylesford luxury from fresh sourdough in the kitchen to Bamford spa products in the rooms.
From gong baths at the award-winning spa to your very own party bubble, here’s what to expect.
where is she?
In the heart of the Cotswolds, in the middle of the charming village of Kingham. Chipping Norton – of Clarkson’s Farm fame – is just 10 minutes’ drive away.
A modern British country pub with a Daylesford touch. The 18th-century inn retains many of its period features, from traditional Cotswolds and original stone windows to chestnut panels surrounding the length of the bar.
But don’t expect cold drafts or tangled corners: Inside, there’s a warm, light-filled elegance. The dining room itself has a relaxed, modern design with an abundance of natural light, and the bedrooms and cottages feature exposed stone and reused oak beams and are furnished with wool linens, one-off pieces of furniture, and sandblasted hollow oak. combinations.
You’ll spot the distinctive Delsford rabbit everywhere, from your dinner plates to your room key.
Choose from 13 pub rooms or three groups of cottages: those in the village of Kingham itself, those at Daylesford Farm down the road and those in the village of Daylesford. Expect beautiful exposed beams and neutral style from the back with fresh linens, comfortable wool, window seating, and chic, locally inspired eco-features, from dry-stone walls around bathrooms and showers and walls covered in natural lime to handmade horsehair mattresses. Bamford does all products in bathrooms.
Each pub room is named after an animal found within a three-mile walk (think The Rabbit, The Boar, The Deer, The Fox…) – keep an eye out for wild boars rumored to roam the nearby Odddington Ashes. Most sleep two, although there is a family room, The Hedgehog, for two adults and two young children under 12.
Choose one of the self catering Kingham cottages across the road if you want more space but still want to sleep in from dinner. Each one is packed with period features and has its own character, from the two-person Bantam Cottage to Fowler’s House, which sleeps eight adults and four children—perfect for a weekend getaway with friends and the young. Each features en suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and living rooms with open fires or wood-burning stoves. Some even come with their own garden.
If you want to stay out of town, the hotel’s Daylesford Farm Cottages are just a five-minute drive away, guests range from two to six, and there are also two to six cottages down the road in the village of Daylesford itself. Each was rebuilt in 1868 along with the church and school and built of local stone with views of the property’s rolling hills.
Pet owners, get a reservation while you can. Dogs are welcome in 14 of The Wild Rabbit’s huts (Fowler’s HouseAnd the old houseAnd the Robin KochAnd the lark hutAnd the Dove hutAnd the hatching hutAnd the Nestle hutAnd the Bantam HutAnd the Orpington Cottage And in everything related to it Daylesford Farm Cottages) and five of the tavern rooms )immortalizedAnd the rabbitAnd the beaverAnd the owlAnd the Beehive). It’s £15 per dog per night and dog beds and water bowls are provided.
Roasted Wootton-Estate venison sirloin. Take slow cooked veal with polenta. Raviolo from rabbit confit with mustard cream and carrots.
Many of the ingredients at The Wild Rabbit are picked from its market garden each morning so there is a seasonal local feel. Don’t expect your standard pub grub: Expect award-winning fine dining with nods to traditional pub food, served in a simple, relaxed atmosphere thanks to Executive Chef Sam Bowser, who joined the team in December (there’s an open kitchen so you can watch the stage for him and his team at work).
There is an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday and a dinner time tasting menu from Wednesday to Sunday as well. There’s a Sunday roast, and The Trough down the road in Daylesford serves fall salads and warm organic lunches every day of the week.
At the bar, happy hour is from 5-7pm every day of the week, and there’s live music from 7pm every Tuesday.
For special occasions, there is also a private dining area for 18 people, The Chicken Shed. Chef Sonia creates a custom menu using seasonal ingredients freshly picked every morning from the Daylesford Market Garden, organic grass-fed beef, lamb, venison, game and free-range chicken from Wootton Estate and The Wild Rabbit’s in-house bartenders are available for advice on pairing wine.
Upcoming events include dinner clubs, wine tastings, quiz nights, and seasonal fine dining events, so check the menu before you book.
The Wild Rabbit comes with more than 2,000 acres of organic farmland to explore right on the doorstep, so guests are encouraged to explore the rich hedgerows and wildflower meadows on foot or on two wheels (walking and bike maps available at reception).
Staff recommend wandering across the fields to Daylesford for a quick 25-minute leg stretch, or walking to sister pub The Fox, located in the heart of Lower Oddington village (there are board games in the back at The Wild Rabbit for your return). For a longer trip, cruise across the Evinlode River to Bledington Village and through Uddington Ashes, the hotel’s sustainability expert also runs a guided weekly nature trail for guests wanting to learn about the history of The Wild Rabbit and the local area.
But the Wild Rabbit’s real USP is its access to Daylesford and its organic farm shop, delicious food and award-winning Bamford Spa – not your average country lodge experience. The farm runs weekly market garden tours for Wild Rabbit guests and the spa is located in a large, airy barn in the middle of the farm, so you don’t get that dreary underground feeling you get at many spas.
Book a yoga, pilates, meditation or gong therapy session at our bright Bamford studio; Indulge in the healthy pool, herbal steam room, and crystal sauna; Or unwind with a full-body massage and unwind with a soothing tea in the light-filled Orchard Bar afterwards. It’s a natural light-loving dream.
Arrive at your own cottage, from the draped door to the freshly cut wildflowers and Daylesford jam found in the kitchen when you arrive. Dogs don’t look too bad in front of a fire either. Book for Christmas break for true winter comfort.
Spa lovers and couples with dogs. The Wild Rabbit’s pet-friendly cottages and pub rooms have dog beds, bowls, and well-behaved dogs that are welcome in The Wild Rabbit’s front and back terrace bar area.
How to get there
Hop in the car from London and you’ll be there in just over two hours. Trains take less than two hours from Paddington to Kingham, then take a 20-minute walk at the other end. There are electric charging points in the parking lot if you are driving.
When should I go?
Year-round, depending on availability, but it’s an autumn-lover’s dream: cozy nooks, raging fires, and dozens of quaint Cotswolds roam right on the doorstep.
There’s a festive three-day party if you want to book a room for Christmas – expect a Christmas morning treasure hunt in Kingham Village, a festive pub quiz, live music, carols and a good old-fashioned picnic on Boxing Day. You know you want.
Rooms from £175, Church St, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YA, thewildrabbit.co.uk
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