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The King’s Arms

Didmarton, Gloucestershire

When it comes to a quintessentially English countryside setting, the rural splendour of the Cotswolds is the classic choice and The King’s Arms in Didmarton is a stylish Cotswold inn right at the heart of it all.

Crackling fires, stag heads adorning the walls and a distinct charcoal-black colour scheme give this handsome 17th century coaching inn a refined and luxurious feel. Enjoy your meal in the rustically elegant dining room where you’ll be able to dine on mouth-watering game dishes from the nearby hunting estates. When the evening draws to a close, rest your head in one of the elegant rooms upstairs where four poster beds and sumptuous bedding ensure a good night’s sleep.

Highlights

  • Its incredible location nestled in the heart of the spectacular Cotswolds
  • The two spacious private cottages are perfect for large parties
  • The beautiful English garden is the ideal spot to unwind or entertain with champagne and canapés
Description
Things to Do
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Accommodations

Combining modern comfort with rustic elegance in the Cotswolds, each of The King’s Arms’ 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 sumptuous features such as king-size four poster beds, ivory sheepskin rugs and luxurious Feather and Black mattresses and duvets which altogether ensure a relaxing and comfortable night’s slumber.

Make the Cotswolds your home away from home with a stay in one of their beautiful cottages. Once the stables of the original King’s Arms in the 17th century, these two spacious self-catering cottages are ideal for families and larger parties looking for their own private Cotswolds hideaway.

Comfort in the Country

Restaurant & Bar

The King’s Arms’ restaurant is renowned for using the freshest locally sourced produce. All of their game comes direct from the neighbouring country estates – including their exquisite Badminton venison.

The ever evolving seasonal menu offers a wonderful range of diverse dishes enough to satisfy every palate. Fresh daily specials are handwritten on the restaurant blackboards and are cleverly complimented with an imaginative selection of lighter snacks.

Pub Classics

Private dining & events

The King’s Arms private dining room can entertain up to 24 seated guests and 40 standing guests for a variety of functions, private parties, dinners and corporate functions. Enjoy a cocktail and canapé reception in the beautiful gardens or a bespoke multi-course dinner in the grand private dining room. All day catering, a large screen television, free wi-fi and accommodation for overnight guests means they can provide everything needed for a corporate event.

Private Dining

Country Pursuits

The Cotswolds

One of the most beautiful areas in England, the Cotswolds is the largest of 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Renowned for its warmth and clarity, the landscape is characterised by its stone walls and buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, beech woods and captivating villages, which make it an outstanding English landscape.

Also visit:

  • Badminton Estate: The Beaufort Hunt, The Badminton Trials, shooting
  • Lady’s Wood Shooting School: clay pigeon shooting
  • Beaufort Polo Club: polo
  • Cheltenham Racebourse: racing
  • Castle Combe: motor racing

The Cotswolds

Culture & Heritage

Tetbury

Tetbury is one of the most beautiful Cotswolds towns with its elegant buildings creating a real sense of timeless beauty — a delight for those who visit this jewel of the Cotswolds. It is a thriving market town built around its outstanding seventeenth century Market Hall. As well as offering a unique retail experience with many independently owned shops, it is also a major centre for antiques.

Also visit:

  • Highgrove House & Gardens
  • Berkley Castle
  • Cirencester – tea rooms, antiques
  • Cheltenham – museums, art galleries, Cheltenham Festival
  • Bath – world heritage site, spas, theatres, museums, sporting venues
  • Bristol – theatres, museums
  • Lacock Village

Highgrove Shop in Tetbury

Nature

Westonbirt Arboretum

The National Arboretum is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. It contains nearly 16,000 specimens and is home to the National Japanese Maple Collection, with over 200 different types in the collection. Spend the day exploring its over 600 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. 

Also visit:

  • Cotswolds (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Westonbirt Arboretum

Getting Here

Nearest train station: Kemble 1h20min from London
Taxi from station: approx. 25min
Drive: 2h from London, 25min from Bristol, 30min from Bath

The King’s Arms

The Street, Didmarton, Near Badminton
Gloucestershire, GL9 1DT
01454 238 245