The Three Horseshoes at Asthall near Burford, the latest pub with rooms from Daylesford Stays, has opened following a light refurbishment. The pub offers simple seasonal food, six cosy bedrooms, a large garden with an outdoor bar and incredible views across the rolling Cotswolds hills.
An 18th-century pub set in the quintessential Cotswold village of Asthall, The Three Horseshoes has always been a pub for locals, renowned for its warm welcome and generous community spirit. In the early 1900s, the pub’s farrier innkeepers replaced the horseshoes of travellers passing through the village.
In 1977, it was renamed The Maytime, and today, the pub has returned to its roots, becoming The Three Horseshoes in honour of its history and heritage. As well as locals, the pub has always been popular with those visiting the area, home to some of the prettiest towns and villages in England.
From antiquing in Stow-on-the-Wold to meandering through the gardens of Asthall Manor or enjoying the Cotswold ‘gateway’ of Burford with its famous High Street, which rises from the church and the river, there is no shortage of things to do.
Six refreshed bedrooms have been designed with these guests in mind as somewhere to lay one’s head whilst exploring the area. The small but perfectly formed rooms cocoon guests in Daylesford’s signature palette of natural tones and materials.
King or super-king-sized beds, fine linens, walk-in showers and signature Bamford products provide the simple elements of luxury associated with Daylesford Stays.
Drawing inspiration from The Three Horseshoes’ history for its interiors, the room names have an equestrian nod, whilst the design details throughout the pub allude to the craftsmanship of its farrier heritage.
The Three Horseshoes will serve a comforting menu of seasonally changing dishes made with local produce from Daylesford Organic, craft beers and ciders, and a considered wine and cocktail list. Long been a favourite draw, the sun-soaked garden is The Three Horseshoes’ best-kept secret.
Overlooking the Windrush Valley, it is abuzz in the summer months with groups of friends catching up over chilled rosé and cocktails and families making use of garden games and the converted horsebox, from which wood-fired pizzas are served.
In the winter, it is the perfect spot to enjoy a pre-lunch Bloody Mary by the firepit whilst wrapped up in a sheepskin blanket.