If you are looking for a quiet and tranquil countryside weekend break, The Falcon, located in Painswick, Gloucestershire is the perfect place for a retreat. This was the first time I had been to the Cotswolds and the drive there from London was so pretty. Just rolling green valleys everywhere.
When we arrived in Painswick, what struck me was all the buildings had the same hue, a light yellow stone known as the Cotswold stone.
The Falcon hotel dates back to 1554 and is a 3 storey hotel with 11 fabulously decorated rooms, with a view of the famous St Mary’s Church and 99 yew trees. Downstairs is a lovely pub and restaurant, which locals frequent because of its cosy, warm and homely charm.
Our room was on the first floor and had a fantastic view of the churchyard and yew trees, as well as the rolling countryside in the distance. There was a set of binoculars on the chest of drawers next to the large, dreamy window so you can gaze out to the serene scenes.
There was a massive (and super comfortable) double bed in the room, with a large freestanding mirror, a couch facing the window, and a bright spacious bathroom with toiletries from The White Company.
There was also a bistro style table and chairs in the corner adjacent to the large window which is a nice spot to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, or Kit Kats, kindly provided by the Falcon.
The view was just incredible and the weather was playing ball so we freshened up and headed out for a walk around Painswick.
There were such picturesque views all over the town, and so much greenery everywhere. It was so blissful and a fantastic place for keen walkers, bird watchers or countryside lovers as it was just so serene.
Once we got back to the hotel, we treated ourselves to drinks in the pub. It had such a lovely family feel and popular with the locals. The hotel is also dog friendly and there were lots of cute pooches either resident in the hotel or visiting with their owners.
I went for a glass of red wine and Amit went for a beer and we just chilled out in the pub for a while before heading upstairs to get ready for dinner. The decor in the pub is all wooden, trendy with Hendricks Gin bottles as table numbers, and a cute wine zone sign in the bar area.
Once we came back downstairs for dinner, we were shown to a beautiful candlelit corner table and we went through the menu to decide what to eat.
The menu was full of amazing choices and my eyes were bigger than my stomach and I wanted to try so much. Thank god I had Amit with me!
We decided to go for the Pork Pie wedges with English mustard as one of our choices for starters.
When I saw the European Cheese Platter had Camembert that was a no brainer and I am not ashamed to say I hogged it.
For mains Amit went for Chicken Kiev which he really enjoyed. It came with a side of garlic roasted new potatoes and green beans.
For my mains I went for the Aubergine and courgette lasagne.This was so heavenly!
We were both so full by this point so we decided to share dessert and went for the Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Like seriously. Salted Caramel heaven right there! Beautifully presented too.
After that indulgent and superb meal we retired back to the room for some much needed snooze.
In the morning, after a blissful sleep in the extremely comfortable bed, we were ready for breakfast. There was a fantastic range of cereals, breads and juices available and you could also order a cooked breakfast, which is what we did.
It was a bright and sunny day and the sunshine was beaming through the restaurant windows.
The Falcon had cute touches to its presentation like the chalkboard Morning sign on the bread basket. Amit had his tea and I went for a coffee.
I went for a cooked breakfast of poached eggs and stole a sausage from Amit’s dish. He went for the full English.
After a massive but hearty breakfast, we checked out and went over to the shop next door, called Meggie’s and I bought a mug, and 2 hand crafted vintage spoons. The shop is full of such cute items that would make great gifts or keepsakes.
We also spotted Pingu, the resident cat, who was super cute, but at the time he was more interested in hunting down his lunch 🙂
I would really recommend the Falcon for a weekend break and its location is just so beautiful. It is only a couple of hours drive from London and they have a spacious car park just behind the hotel, which is really convenient.
For more information go to: http://www.falconpainswick.co.uk
Disclaimer: I had a complimentary stay at the Falcon. All views and photos are my own.