The Ragged Cot

VISIT THIS BOU­TIQUE COTSWOLDS COUN­TRY INN FOR A COSY STAY AND A SCARY STORY

Country Homes & Interiors - - OUT AND ABOUT -

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.

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