The Ragged Cot
VISIT THIS BOUTIQUE COTSWOLDS COUNTRY INN FOR A COSY STAY AND A SCARY STORY
With a history dating back more than 300 years and an isolated setting near Minchinhampton, the Ragged Cot has expertly kept its history alive while fully embracing modern style and comforts.
enjoy a little luxury The nine double rooms are kitted out with mod-cons and home comforts, such as a strong wi-fi connection and Cole & Lewis toiletries. Down in the restaurant and bar, the decor is in keeping with the inn’s past with a deep-set fireplace, stone walls and flagstone flooring; while floor-toceiling windows, an impressive food menu and a newly heightened ceiling add a contemporary touch.
get spooked A number of ghost sightings have been reported in the Ragged Cot, making this a fitting location for a Halloween break. Guests often report seeing the ghosts of a mother and child, and hearing the sounds of a horse-drawn stagecoach. The story goes that Bill Clavers, the landlord in 1760, was in a drunken stupor when he decided to rob a passing stagecoach. In his rush outside, he knocked his wife and child down the stairs, killing them. He then hid their bodies in an old oak trunk before getting sentenced to death himself. Whether there’s any truth in this we don’t know, but it makes for a chilling Halloween tale!
spend time outdoors If ghost stories make you a tad nervous, then step outside to explore the
600 acres of National Trust land that the inn backs onto. The beautiful, ancient market town of Minchinhampton is only a few minutes away and is home to a selection of award-winning market stalls, sure to tempt your tastebuds. A short drive from here will bring you to the nearby picturesque towns of Tetbury and Cirencester, and there is also a whole host of activities to try out and attractions to visit, including the Cotswold Gliding Club, The Cotswold Wildlife Park and the Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Of course, there are ample opportunities to go walking, cycling and horse riding, too.
how much? From £80 a night for a double room, including breakfast.
☎ THE RAGGED COT INN, CIRENCESTER ROAD, MINCHINHAMPTON GL6 8PE, 01453 884643, THERAGGEDCOT.CO.UK.
The 17th-century coachhouse has been lovingly restored. Cosy, contemporary interiors mean you’d never suspect this unassuming inn is thought to be haunted.