Bear of Rodborough Hotel
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In the historic south-west corner of the Cotswolds, high above Stroud on the wilds of Rodborough Common, stands the handsome Bear of Rodborough Hotel. Originally built in the 17th century, this former coaching inn provided a much appreciated resting-place on the main coaching route from Gloucester to London. To this day it offers a warm welcome to all.
Built over 300 years ago, this coaching inn has been beautifully restored to embrace and exhibit its heritage and period features. The distinctive image of the reception area is reinforced by the presence of the old stone archway under which the horses once galloped into the courtyard and by the large bell formerly used to summon the inn-keeper.
Strongly influenced by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, the interior of the Bear of Rodborough Hotel makes lavish use of rich fabrics and antique furniture. The imposing oak staircase, with its unusual bell pull chandelier, leads to the bedrooms, each distinctively and comfortably furnished.
Set in 300 acres of National Trust land, the Bear of Rodborough Hotel, newly refurbished in 2011, provides a luxurious retreat where you can enjoy fine food and drink while relaxing in a homely and friendly atmosphere.
The 46 bedrooms in the Bear of Rodborough Hotel add a touch of elegance and individuality to your stay. They are uniquely styled in warm inviting colours, with attention to detail in every bedroom. There are panoramic views over Rodborough Common and the beautiful Woodchester Valley. Bedrooms are located in the Main House and adjoining Woodchester House.
An inspired location for country breaks at any time of the year, the Bear of Rodborough Hotel is ideal as a centre for country walks, visits to historic sites, a trip to the races or as a business venue. The nearby towns (Bath, Cirencester & Tetbury) and villages are famous for their wealth and variety of antique shops - all in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Total Floors Number: 3
- Total Rooms Number: 46
- Non-Smoking throughout the hotel
- 24 hour front desk
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
- Room Service Not 24hr: Yes
- Non Smoking Rooms
- Ground Floor Rooms
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Housekeeping (daily)
- Parking at Hotel Free: Yes
- Name: STROUD
- Distance: 2 miles
- Name: BRISTOL
- Distance: 44 miles
- Cots/Cribs Free: No
- Interconnecting Rooms
- Baby Listening
Bar and Restaurant
Breakfast served from
- Saturday/Sunday: 08:00
- Monday to Friday: 07:00
Breakfast served to
- Saturday/Sunday: 09:30
- Monday to Friday: 09:30
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
- Children's Menu available
- Types: Pets accepted on request with hotel
- Cost: £15.00 per night
- Nearest Rail Name: Stroud Distance: 2 miles
- Nearest Airport Name: Bristol Distance: 44 miles
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SuperBreak Customer Rating
- Overall: SuperBreak Overall Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
- Sleep: SuperBreak Sleep Rating: 4.2 out of 5
- Breakfast: SuperBreak Breakfast Rating: 4.6 out of 5
- Staff: SuperBreak Staff Rating: 4.4 out of 5
- Location: SuperBreak Location Rating: 4.4 out of 5
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 865 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
Short Break In Cotswolds
Stay Date: 23/06/2012, a customer who stayed in this hotel rated this hotel.
Overall Hotel Rating: 5 out of 5
- Destination: 5 out of 5
- Sleep: 5 out of 5
- Breakfast: 5 out of 5
- Staff: 4 out of 5
Lovely Hotel In A Pleasant Setting
Stay Date: 23/06/2012, a customer who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
We stayed at the bear of rodborough for one night to attend an engagement party held in stroud the room was lovely and of a high standard. We would stay again and maybe explore the local surroundings which looked wonderful. See more
We stayed at the bear of rodborough for one night to attend an engagement party held in stroud the room was lovely and of a high standard. We would stay again and maybe explore the local surroundings which looked wonderful. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 5 out of 5
- Destination: 5 out of 5
- Sleep: 5 out of 5
- Breakfast: 4 out of 5
- Staff: 4 out of 5
Very Quaint - Great Location For Walking
Stay Date: 07/06/2012, a customer who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
Loved this cotswolds inn - bear of rodborough - situated right on the common - ideal for lovely walks with great scenery. Hotel restaurant was lovely - lovely soft music piped through to the restaurant - staff very attentive and friendly and the fo… See more
Loved this cotswolds inn - bear of rodborough - situated right on the common - ideal for lovely walks with great scenery. Hotel restaurant was lovely - lovely soft music piped through to the restaurant - staff very attentive and friendly and the food was beautifully cooked and presented - would definitely go back. Lovely. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 4 out of 5
- Destination: 4 out of 5
- Sleep: 4 out of 5
- Breakfast: 5 out of 5
- Staff: 5 out of 5
- Cirencester Town: 4 out of 5
- Rodborough Common: 5 out of 5
- Bear Of Rodborough: 4 out of 5
A very pleasant stay ...
Stay Date: 05/2018, Tororeal wrote this review.
I was quite surprised when we arrived at the BofR. From the description and photos I had thought that this would be a small country house hotel on the western edge of the Cotswolds. In fact the hotel is much larger than that but sympathetically res… See more
I was quite surprised when we arrived at the BofR. From the description and photos I had thought that this would be a small country house hotel on the western edge of the Cotswolds. In fact the hotel is much larger than that but sympathetically restored with very cosy areas like the bar and lounge useful in poor weather. The hotel has three floors but no lift, not a problem for us but important if you are less mobile. There is a large garden with tables and a bar which when we arrived on a hot bank holiday Sunday was heaving and noisy. We were upgraded to superior rooms which were just gorgeous. Beautifully appointed and tastefully furnished rooms and bathrooms with dressing areas. Little touches like magnifying mirrors in the bathroom, complimentary still and sparkling water and premium tea and coffee making facilities were excellent. My companion’s room was next to a busy road and although there was secondary glazing she couldn’t open the window so the room was stuffy and needed air con or a fan. My room faced the garden, a lovely view, but on sunny days everyone can see in. Rooms overlooking the garden should have voile blinds for privacy. Both rooms needed a fan. The restaurant was also a triumph although some dishes needed more seasoning. It was packed on our first night but empty on our second. Service on the whole was very good, but I had problems logging onto the Wi-fi with my iPad, the receptionist gave me a lot of implausible reasons and made me feel that I was being difficult. Eventually someone else came over to help resolve the issue. The down side to this hotel is its location. It’s not that it’s in the middle of nowhere, that’s normal, but the area is so hilly that it is impossible to take a leisurely walk anywhere. We checked in at the same time as four hardy walkers who looked completely fatigued by the necessary walk up Bear Hill. If you are visiting the area by car the BofR is definitely worth a stay. Collapse
NIce food but a bit topsy
Stay Date: 05/2018, TerryParad wrote this review.
Lunch during an informal meeting - Rodborough Common is always good to see and the views from up there are excellent. The Bear hs a pleasant bar area with a fire - good service and pleasant atmosphere but priced a few quid more than we would like! St… See more
Lunch during an informal meeting - Rodborough Common is always good to see and the views from up there are excellent. The Bear hs a pleasant bar area with a fire - good service and pleasant atmosphere but priced a few quid more than we would like! Still it's a famous place and we had no complaints. Collapse
One night stay in April
Stay Date: 04/2018, IrS1 wrote this review.
We were celebratin gour wedding anniversary, so had one of their suite rooms, which was huge. The room was great, and very clean. No faults at all, and the staff were all helpful and friendly. Also a good breakfast, with buffet/self services cereals/… See more
We were celebratin gour wedding anniversary, so had one of their suite rooms, which was huge. The room was great, and very clean. No faults at all, and the staff were all helpful and friendly. Also a good breakfast, with buffet/self services cereals/fruits/pastries etc, but a fresh cooked breakfast taken to order and brought to the table Would definitely consider staying here again. Collapse
A little gem in the south cotswolds
Stay Date: 04/2018, matelot49 wrote this review.
Stayed at the Bear over the weekend of 20/22 April, as our son and girlfriend had booked us a falconry experince for Christmas and the hotel was reasonably near. Got a really good deal for the weekend through booking.com. The building is a lovely ol… See more
Stayed at the Bear over the weekend of 20/22 April, as our son and girlfriend had booked us a falconry experince for Christmas and the hotel was reasonably near. Got a really good deal for the weekend through booking.com. The building is a lovely old coaching inn which has been sympathically restored and just oozes charm and character.Also attached is a new annex built to the style of the old building. As we stayed in the old building all my comments relate to that. When we arrived it was one of the warmest days on record for April and the large lawned terrace was full of families making the most of the sunshine. Having said that there was still plenty of space in the car park. The young guy on reception was great, and check in was quick and efficient. Room 12 is in the front tower on the first floor, and is very spacious. Room had a very ornate large 4 poster bed, and very comfortable with a really firm mattress. 4 posters are not my cup of tea as they can be claustrophobic, but it perfectly matched the room. The bathroom was of a good size with a excellent shower and a good range of toiletries. Plenty of hanging space, a good room safe and ample tea and coffee. Room also had Internet access plus free wifi. Overall very pleased. This room is however on the front so there is some noise from passing traffic. The secondary double glazing does cut noise down considerably. However that did not stop us getting two good nights sleep. For some people it will be of concern that there is no lift or air conditioning. Also the stairs are quite steep. Something to bear in mind. Having arrived went and made the most of the superb weather with a couple of drinks in the garden. Bar prices are reasonable, although it would, given the hotels location, nice to have had a local draft cider. But I appreciate its shelf life can be short. The garden comprised a large paved area with seating and by modern standards a huge lawn. Perfect for children to let off steam. There is also a outside bar to relieve the pressure on the hotel bar. The food menu is what you would expect and appeared by the way it was disappearing to be of good quality. Pricing was reasonable. Dinner on Friday night was a quiet affair as there were not many people dining. The menu is fairly concise and reasonably priced. The wine list is quite extensive, but a bit pricey given the quality being offered. £50 for a good NZ Sauviignon is a bit OTT even for the Cotswolds. The food when it arrived was excellent, but service was to say a bit slow. 20-25 mins wait between courses is really not on. As stated before we both had an excellent nights sleep and breakfast was superb, and service was back on track. Couldn't fault the choice and variety on offer. Nice to see kippers on the menu. Dinner on the Saturday night was excellent, and so was the service, so maybe Friday was a one off. As the menu is concise you may want to eat out if you are staying longer. Plenty of good pubs abound if you want to drive. Breakfast on Sunday was again of excellent quality, but thay were struggling to seat everybody as the hotel was full. Everyone came down together. This was more of a seating issue rather than staffing. Overall no complaints apart from the two issues commented upon. The hotel is dog and children friendly. If you use the postcode on your satnav, it will take you to the bottom of the hill, carry on and you cannot miss it. A lovely hotel well worth seeking out in a part of the Cotswolds often ignored. For once come off the M5 at junction 13 and see what delights can be found. Highly recommended. Will be back as Arnie would say. Give it a try I don't think you will be disappointed. Collapse
Quirky and full of history. Great stay. Watch out for the bear!!!
Stay Date: 08/2017, Chloë A wrote this review.
We stayed one night as part of walking the Cotswold Way and were very happy to receive a complimentary upgrade on arrival. They dealt with our luggage transfer too, which always helps. Lovely building, full of history and decorated in such a quirky… See more
We stayed one night as part of walking the Cotswold Way and were very happy to receive a complimentary upgrade on arrival. They dealt with our luggage transfer too, which always helps. Lovely building, full of history and decorated in such a quirky yet stylish way, loved it. Definitely wanted to steal the cushions off our bed, they were mega! Food was delish, and good gin selection. Quite night's sleep in a huge bed and a lovely view across the common where we spotted deer mooching past the window the next morning. Idyllic! Collapse
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