High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6AT
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High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6AT
Noel Arms Hotel offers magnificent accommodation in Chipping Campden. Perfect for a relaxing break-away. We have 27 beautiful en suite rooms to choose from. All the rooms come with coffee and tea making facilities. Our hotel offers a wonderful dining experience. we use the finest local produce and the menu is available in the restaurant, conservatory and Dovers bar.
What makes a stay at The Noel Arms unique?
One of the oldest Cotswold inns and steeped in history. They even say that Charles II stayed here during the English Civil War.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at The Noel Arms?
Each of the 27 en suite bedrooms at the Noel Arms Hotel combines antique furnishings with stylish and simple decoration. The wide selection of room types includes: Petite Double Classic Double Superior Room Large Superior Room Family Room The Four Poster 1657 Four Poster
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Chipping Campden area?
The Noel Arms and Chipping Campden mark the start of the ancient Cotswold Way, which meanders through some of the most beautiful countrysides in Britain. Drive, walk or cycle through miles of lanes and byways, and you'll discover why people treasure the Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country and designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. What's more, only a short drive away you'll find Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford, Regency Cheltenham, and the spectacular Blenheim Palace.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
Food at The Noel Arms is traditional and prepared from only the best local produce. The menu is available in the Restaurant, Conservatory and Dover's Bar with many much-loved English dishes and the occasional international influence. Head Chef, Indunil Upatissa has been awarded the Great British Pub Awards for Best Curry Chef on three occasions, so you can't leave without experiencing one of his famous curries! There is a curry night on the last Thursday of every month - £17.50 per person for a two-course curry menu and a pint of beer or a small glass of house wine.
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"I like the Noel Arms, its location and history and the beautiful Cotswold village it serves, but I have to be careful not to stay too often as the shops nearby are difficult to resist. Even if you believe there is nothing more you need in your life, Chipping Camden will prove you wrong.
The English novelist Graham Greene lived at this ancient coaching inn in the early days of his marriage when he was struggling to succeed as a writer. He later moved to Little Orchard Cottage nearby where he wrote Stamboul Train, his would-be potboiler. It was to the telephone box in the market place in front of this pub that Greene was summoned to be told by the publisher of Stamboul Train. Evidently the distinguished novelist JB Priestley considered himself defamed by the book and Greene had to make last minute changes to placate him. Fortunately the novel proved Graham Greene’s commercial breakthrough when it was published in 1932, being taken up by the Book Society, and adapted as the film Orient Express, in 1934.
Downstairs in the Noel Arms a lovely sequence of rooms has been opened out in recent refurbishments, but the Drovers’ Bar remains as Greene would have known it with an old wooden counter, red tartan carpet and real fire. There’s a modern coffee shop too, and the dining room serves award-winning curries by Head Chef, Indunil Upatissa.
The old staircase brings guests to a broad sloping landing that was once the housekeeper’s office. The old partitioning has been taken down but her telephone exchange remains on the wall, showing that in Graham Greene’s day there were 19 bedrooms sharing one bathroom. Today ensuite bedrooms extend over the archway into adjoining buildings. They’re mostly small and serviceable, but one in particular is reason enough to come all the way to Chipping Camden. Room 1657 is named after the date carved on to its massive four-poster bed. It also has its own picturesque bay window overlooking the Market Square. But the majestic bed – so high you need footstools to climb up on to it – is the undoubted USP of Room 1657."
"The Noel Arms is one of a number of an ancient inns tucked away in the picture-perfect town of Chipping Camden where the Cotswold Way begins. This low rise honey-coloured hostelry is just a few yards from the Market Hall where bushy-tailed walkers set off on the 102 mile trek to Bath.
Like the town itself the Noel Arms is steeped in British history. The hotel even suggests that Charles II stayed here during the English Civil War. That’s more than possible, although so many English hotels claim the fugitive monarch’s presence I sometimes wonder whether he moonlighted as a travel journalist.
The hotel offers a series of cozy rooms around its courtyard, a warming log fire in the bar and a restaurant whose chef has now won the Best Pub Curry Chef Award three times.
As for the walk itself: The first stage of the journey is to Broadway Tower, a tall stone folly built in 1799 so that Lady Coventry would have something imposing to look at on the horizon from her home, 22 miles away in Worcester. To get there walkers pass through tranquil, sheep-cropped pasture that includes a field where in 1612 the British made the first attempt in modern times to revive the Olympic Games. To this day shin-kicking - a little known “Olympick” sport - is still played annually in the fields between Chipping Camden and Broadway.
The Tower itself is circled by golden maple trees. In the 1880s it was rented as a country retreat for pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. For a small fee visitors can climb up to the level of their studio for great views of the Avon Valley and a dawning realization that there are another 100 miles still to cover.
The Cotswold Way takes in some of the loveliest rural views and villages you’ll find in England, as well as some great pubs and a few stately homes of boutique dimensions. It’s a leisurely walk if you allow seven days and there are plenty of places, just as comfy as the Noel Arms to stay en route."
"In 1651 after Charles I was defeated at the Battle of Worcester his son, the future Charles II, went on the run. Disguised as a servant, Prince Charles passed through Stratford and Wooton Warren and may have spent the night at the Noel Arms in Chipping Camden before it too fell to the Parliamentarian Army. So many English inns and hotels claim Charles I OR II that it would have taken him a year to get out of Britain if he’d stopped at all of them, but the Noel Arms was certainly on his route to the sea. The hotel today retains many original seventeenth-century features."
"Chipping Camden is famous for its 17th-century High Street on which stand several buildings dating from before the English Civil War. It is believed that the future King Charles II stayed at the Noel Arms before Chipping Camden fell to the Parliamentarians. Today the 17th century connection is celebrated with a four-poster room with a carved bed from the 1600s."
Information on The Noel Arms hotel , High Street , Chipping Campden
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: Twin/Double, Family, Four-Poster
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Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (not permitted in Restaurant, £15 per stay charge applies)
Romantic Details: four-poster room with 17th century carved bed
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access Details: ground floor double room with easy access to restaurant and bar
Accreditation: Good Pub Guides Curry Chef of the year
Flat screen TV, Radio, telephone, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, Hairdryer, Tea & coffee making facilities
Garden, Bar, Restaurant, Guests are welcome to use the restaurant and spa facilities at our sister hotel Cotswold House Hotel and Spa
Blenheim Palace, Bourton on the Water, Cheltenham Festival, Hidcote Manor Gardens, Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Mill Deene Garden, Warwick Castle, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cotswold Wildlife Park
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Birmingham (43 miles) (1 hour)
Birmingham (43 miles) (1 hour) , London Heathrow (79 miles) (1 hour, 42 mins)
Moreton in Marsh (10 miles) (15 mins)
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