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'Quintessential village inn' in the Cotswolds sells for £850,000

A historic Cotswolds gastropub and hotel described as the 'quintessential village inn' has been sold for £850,000.

The Horse and Groom at Upper Oddington near Stow-on-the-Wold has been acquired by Drunken Sailors Holidays Ltd in a deal brokered by Colliers International.

The village inn is believed to date back to 1580 and is built from Cotswold stone with exposed walls, beams and flagstones throughout.

As well as a bar and restaurant it has seven letting rooms, five of which are in the main building and two in an outhouse known as 'The Cottage.'

Based just a mile from the thriving Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold, the Horse and Groom sold for it's freehold asking price of £850,000.

Norman Liu from new owners Drunken Sailors said: "We loved the idea of running an English country pub.

"Having entered the hospitality business we will bring our enthusiasm and excitement to create a truly unique visit."

While already well-regarded and in receipt of fine reviews from Tripadvisor and the Daily Telegraph, the new owners are promising what they are calling "exciting changes."

And it's not just for the humans who visit - they are preparing a special offering to pamper your pooch.

Liu added: "Many pubs in the city are soulless - you eat, you drink, you leave.

"We want to create a memorable dining experience mixing fusion cuisine with fantastic local produce, such as Gloucester Old Spot pork, to make the Horse and Groom that little bit more different and exciting.

"We strive to source as much of our produce within a 50-mile radius of the pub."

"We loved visiting the area but during our visits it was apparent there were few opportunities to stay over if you have a dog.

"We were determined to change that and from now on the two rooms in The Cottage will be dog friendly.

"In addition, we will provide a healthy dog menu, so owners don't have to worry about spending too long away from home.

We will also have a local artist to sketch portraits of dogs to hang on one of the walls, to be called 'Our Village Dogs'.

"As we have a rescue dog, all profits will be going to the Dogs Trust, which is based 16 miles away in Evesham."

Peter Brunt, a Director with global real estate advisor Colliers International's Hotels team, says the Horse and Groom's location and facilities underlined its credentials as a respected gastropub.

"The Horse and Groom is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just over a mile from Stow-on-the-Wold, close to Cheltenham, Cirencester, Woodstock, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick.

"There was a lot of interest in the business from the market. Quality freeholds like these are rarely available, so this is a wonderful opportunity for buyers to acquire one of the very best pubs in the Cotswolds."

The Grade II listed property has four public areas including a bar and stylish restaurant with the public areas seating around 85 people.

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