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The Old Stocks Inn, located in the quaint market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, is set to charm the hospitality industry with its new refurbishment. Designed by Jordan Littler, the Grade II listed building boasts 16 bespoke guestrooms and suites, a 34-cover restaurant, a bar and library serving craft ales with British Tapas and it’s very own independent coffee shop. There is also an expansive private garden terrace complete with pizza oven and a new conservatory. Its crooked corners measure 7,780sqft and climb three floors up to where the view overlooks the village green, where the original stocks still stand.

Embracing the building’s heritage, The Old Stocks was sensitively stripped out to reveal the original 17th century characteristics which were previously hidden within the dark, late 80’s fit out. Timber beams were sand blasted back to restore them to their former glory and lath & plaster ceilings were installed in line with the areas strict conservation policy. Cotswold stones are stacked like history books into the walls and the exposed timber beams recall the captivating local landscape. Old buildings have stories to tell but this one is very different.

It’s been given a fresh new chapter that you won’t find in the guidebooks. The clash of old and new is blended perfectly to create an eclectic interior that both nods to the history of the building but introduces contemporary design touches to help it stand out from the competition. The bold colours and textures of Kvadrat fabrics are paired with Tori Murphy’s geometric cushions, Lee Broom pendant lights and vintage Ercol furniture help to create a decidedly British quality with a Scandinavian attitude. Each room is unique and offers Nespresso coffee machines, smart TV’s and in some cases a shower and roll top bath.

Taking full advantage of the hotel’s superior location, The Old Stocks Inn, which is owned and run by the Cockell Family, is a hub for immersive experiences. Guests can explore in any direction and embark on a journey of discovery, with the hotel acting as a guide, aided with the help of the hand drawn map in reception highlighting the best that the local area has to offer.

Design: Jordan Littler
Photography: Mark Bolton

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