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The Shaven Crown

Muddy says: A stunning 700 year old inn opposite the church and village green in the heart of the Cotswolds with retro-country stylish rooms and a super dog-friendly vibe.

shaven crown hotel lobby oak sair floor hand rail and round chandelier dark grey arm chairs

Shall we just start with WOW? The Shaven Crown, found opposite the church and village green in the heart of Shipton under Wychwood, in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, was founded in the 14th century by the monks of Bruern Abbey to house pilgrims and as a hospice for the poor. Clearly those friars had excellent taste in retro-country upholstery because this pub with rooms is stonkingly stylish, offering luxury and yet still sympathetic its original features including a 14th century gateway and striking Great Hall.

The pub is very dog-friendly (the pub’s Instagram feed is littered with woofers) with dogs welcome in the bar, and also the bedrooms – owners Phil and Evelyn have their own dog Gertie, hence the pro-pooch approach. You’re in a great spot here to explore the Cotswolds, with Stow-on-the-Wold,  Chipping Norton and Bourton-on-the-Water all super-close-by. Standard double room is £130.

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