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The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold

Digbeth Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1BN

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The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold

Digbeth Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1BN

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Located in the picturesque market town of Stow on the Wold, The Porch House has thirteen individually designed rooms to accommodate all budgets. Each room includes free WiFi, Nespresso coffee machine, alarm clock and handmade toiletries.

There is a long-held tradition that part of The Porch House building was once a hospice built by order of Aethelmar, Duke of Cornwall in 947AD on land belonging to Evesham Abbey.

During alterations in the early 1970s, some timber in the building was carbon dated to 50 years either side of 1000 A.D., which would seem to confirm the tradition.


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"The Porch in Stow on the Wold dates back to the 940s in the reign of King Edred of Wessex. A document seen by the owners claims that Duke Aethelmar had built a hospice for lepers on this site and the Guinness Book of Records therefore recognises it as the oldest public house in Britain.

For centuries it was this Cotswold stone inn was known as The Royalist but in the sixteenth century the Shellard family renamed it Porch House for some reason (it is not certain why). In 1630 a young boy by the name of John Shellard disappeared in the pub and was never seen again though his ghost has been spotted on occasions. Other reminders of this extraordinarily long history include an Anglo-Saxon shoe found on the premises and a letter from a royalist commander written during the English Civil War. There are also geometric markings above some of the fireplaces to deter witches.

For centuries after the departure of the Shellards, Porch House reverted its old Royalist name but now it is one again known as the The Porch. Nevertheless if you google pubs in Stow these days you’ll the pub on Digbeth Street under both names.

Inside the main entrance a number of old rooms have been combined into a labyrinth of low ceilings and cozy spaces. Off the informal reception with its bookshelves and log fire, there’s a stately dining room, a “snug” with tweed and leather sofas, a conservatory, bar with dining and some small courtyard gardens. The twelve bedrooms are up two small staircases. They have even lower ceilings, sofas, big beds and rolltop baths. Add in seven working fireplaces throughout the pub and The Porch House becomes one of the warmest places you’ll escape to this winter.

Staying in Stow is something I recommend in the run up to Christmas, not so much to escape from the Christmas rush but to embrace it. Shopping is quirky and even inspirational in this pleasant Cotswold town which is the home of Scotts of Stow those nice people who send you so many catalogues through in the post. Scotts have two shops in the town centre, one for outdoor gifts and one for indoors. Add in Crocks, the kitchen shop that has absolutely everything, and several art galleries and antique shops and you’re bound to find that elusive gift to complete your contribution to Christmas Day this year. And in between forays to the shops you can call back in at Porch House for lunch, a cup of tea or G&T. And there is supper in what is always a well-festooned dining room this time of year. As to be shown the inglenook fireplace with its incisions that were intended to deter witches . According to Nicky, the general manager, such symbols were carved over fireplace lintels to make sure evil could not get down the chimney and wreak havoc below. Doors and windows could be shuttered but you couldn’t close a fireplace in winter.

It may sound far-fetched but if your pub has been around for over a thousand years who knows what strange things have happened in midwinter."

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Information on The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold , Digbeth Street , Stow-on-the-Wold

No. of bedrooms: Total: 13     
Types of room: 3 Feature Double Ensuite Rooms, 5 Standard Double Ensuite Rooms and 5 Superior Double Ensuite Rooms.
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Solo, Visa
When Closed:  Closed Occasionally
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly:  No
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  No

Room facilities: Free broadband access (wifi), Hair dryers, Linen and towels included
General facilities: Outdoor terrace
Local directions: From A429: Head south on Fosse Way/Roman Rd/A429 towards Fosse Ln. Turn left onto High St and Continue onto Market Square. Keep left to stay on Market Square and then take a Slight left onto Digbeth St. The Porch House is located on the left-hand side. From A424: Head south-east on Evesham Rd/A424 towards Tewkesbury Rd/B4077. Turn right onto Fosse Way/Roman Rd/A429 then Turn left onto High St. Continue onto Market Square, then Keep left to stay on Market Square, take a slight left onto Digbeth St. Destination will be on the left.
Nearest major city:
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Nearest railway stn:
Birmingham (56.8 miles) (1 hour, 17 mins)
Birmingham Airport (44.8 miles) (1 hour, 3 mins) , London Luton Airport (70.1 miles) (1 hour, 45 mins)
Moreton in Marsh Station (4.8 miles) (13 mins)

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