The Bell at Charlbury will reopen this September and join the newly formed Daylesford Stays – a collection of beautifully restored venues that combine the sanctuary of a friendly pub with the luxury of being looked after. The Bell joins The Wild Rabbit, The Fox and The Cottages as part of Daylesford Stays. A fourth pub, The Three Horseshoes near Burford, will be refurbished and reopened later this year.
A 17th-century pub in the idyllic market town of Charlbury, The Bell has always been a place for locals to gather and a well-loved coaching inn in which to dine and stable your horse for the night.
To continue its legacy as a meeting place for locals and as a peaceful bolthole getaway, a sustainable restoration has created 12 beautiful bedrooms; several snug areas; an additional dining room in The Barn; and a quintessential English garden. With good transport links and direct trains between London Paddington and Charlbury, it is the perfect weekend getaway for guests seeking a country escape.
The characterful bedrooms sit above the pub and The Barn, including a two-bedroom family suite, all of which take design inspiration from the neighbouring ancient woodland with names such as Beech, Oak and Meadowsweet.
The bedroom interiors combine comfort with intricate details, ranging from hand-blocked wallpaper made in Oxfordshire to carefully restored crewelwork embroidery and four poster beds built from Daylesford Estate wood. The design was heavily inspired by the history of The Bell itself.
Original materials have been sympathetically restored, and local and recycled materials were introduced during construction to minimise the environmental impact, with the bar crafted using ash from Daylesford Estate. Fabrics from Nila, a charitable organisation dedicated to honouring and preserving natural dye and handloom traditions of rural India, have been used throughout the interiors.
The walled orchard garden is over an acre in size. Dotted with apple trees, the grassy banks gently roll down to a stream which trickles along the end of the idyllic outdoor space. Complete with a bar, two terraces seating up to 70 people and outdoor games, it will make for the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing evening drink or a delicious sharing platter with family or friends.
The Bell serves seasonal dishes made with local produce from Daylesford Organic across the 45-cover pub composed of several intimate nooks and small rooms, providing guests with a cosy atmosphere. Meanwhile, in The Barn, a 40-cover open-plan dining room has been designed with gatherings in mind, where sharing platters and relaxed dining are the order of the day.
Sunday roasts will be perfectly primed over the slow-cooked fire, whilst the daily specials range from spit roast chicken to whole Cornish lobster. Whether it is friends and family dining at the weekend or hiring the space for a gathering, The Barn acts as a home-from-home dining space at the centre of the community where guests can relax over a delicious meal without the fuss.
Drinks will range from simple cocktails and a delicious yet accessible wine list, whilst local breweries such as Hooky and Hawkstone will be on offer at the bar.