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If you want to show the kids some rolling English countryside but don’t want to break the bank, check out the award-winning Priory Inn’s School Holiday Midweek break offer

2nd May 2007:

The Priory Inn, Tetbury, the family-friendly award-winning gastro-inn in the heart of the Cotswolds which was selected by Adam Raphael (editor of The Good Hotel Guide) as one of the UK’s top 10 child-friendly hotels, is offering a very family-friendly deal: two midweek rooms for the price of one, meaning that a family break in a quality UK hotel becomes affordable, without all squashing into one room!

The price also includes beauty treatments for mum, family tickets to nearby Westonbirt Arboretum, plenty of ideas of how to entertain the whole family in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. And the best part is that mum and dad also can enjoy some quality time with dinner for 2 included (monitors work from bedrooms to restaurant).

The Priory Inn has gained a fabulous reputation for offering families a quality and value-for-money night-away option. Director and co-owner, Tanya Kelly says: “We wanted to make it affordable for families to enjoy this fabulous part of England as part of a school holiday break.

There are so many things for families to do in the Cotswolds: you can spend the day at a wildlife park; get gooey over the small animals at local farms; go canoeing, sailing or swimming at the nearby water park; and there is also a famous trout farm with a beginners fishery – if you get lucky, we’ll cook your catch in our wood-fired oven that evening!

“Then most importantly when the kids are worn out and tucked up in bed, it is time for their parents to relax and enjoy a 3-course meal in our gastro-inn which features live acoustic music on a Sunday evening. In between times, mums can treat themselves to a refreshing facial and manicure or pedicure from our expert beauticians at Zenspa. Why shouldn’t everyone be happy in a school holiday?!”

The Priory Inn’s School Holiday Midweek break costs just £229 per night. Children under 12 get bed and breakfast for free in a separate or adjoining room to their parents’ (paying extra only for kids food). As an extra treat for mum, the price includes a facial and manicure. And for the whole family, tickets to Westonbirt Arboretum are thrown in to allow some healthy and happy exploring amongst the thousands of acres of beautiful trees.

Alternatively, a double room with breakfast starts at £99.00 or a family suite from £139.00 - all under 12s can stay in the same room as their parents for free.

The Priory Inn - whose busy gastro-inn, bedrooms and coffee bar have been completely refurbished by the current owners – is at the heart of Tetbury life. It’s aim is to be the best value place to “eat, drink and sleep” in the Cotswolds, and the gastro-inn’s roots lie firmly in producing exciting modern rustic cuisine using the best seasonal produce the Cotswolds has to offer, cooked expertly – but simply – and not costing the earth! The Priory Inn was awarded three prestigious industry awards in 2006 from Harden’s Guide, Cotswold Life and Taste of The West.

The gastro-inn has also gained a reputation for its live acoustic music on chilled out Sunday nights and its gourmet pizzas from the wood-fired oven. The restaurant is welcoming to all members of the family – whatever their age – with a special kids’ menu and highchairs, but monitors work from bedrooms to restaurants, so parents staying at the hotel can relax and really enjoy their evenings.

The management team behind The Priory boasts years of hospitality experience between them, working in and launching high profile hotel and restaurant establishments in New York, London and Hertfordshire.

The Priory Inn is situated in Tetbury, a beautiful market town in the heart of the Cotswolds which is one of the most important antiques centres in the UK. It is 2 miles from the Royal home of Highgrove. The hotel has 14 ensuite contemporary bedrooms.

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The Priory Inn School Holiday Midweek breaks:

The Priory Inn’s School Holiday Midweek breaks are available between Sunday and Thursday from 1st May until 7th September 2007.

The price of £229 per night is inclusive of:

• Bed and breakfast at The Priory Inn in 2 coffee and cream calming bedrooms – with huge, comfortable beds and locally hand-made furniture (adjoining or interconnecting rooms where possible);

• Under 12s share the second room for free;

• Three-course dinner from the full menu for two people;

• Hearty cooked breakfast for all the family;

• Day tickets to Westonbirt Arboretum;

• A facial and manicure for mum at Zenspa on The Priory Inn’s premises

The Priory Inn Bed and Breakfast rates:

• Midweek bed and breakfast rates start at £99.00

• Family suite (2 bedrooms) starts at £139.00

• Children under 12 stay for free if they share their parents’ room, paying extra only for their meals.

Family days out in the area:

Westonbirt Arboretum

5 drive minutes from the Priory Inn, The National Arboretum in Westonbirt is renowned worldwide both for its tree and shrub collection and beautifully landscaped grounds. Today the collection contains around 18,000 trees covering 600 acres of Grade 1 Listed Landscape.

The Westonbirt experience is very user-friendly for all ages – wheelchairs can be hired, buggies easily pushed, there is a special bird-watching area (compulsive viewing) and weekend courses/workshops are held to educate in the arts such as Fly a Bird of Prey, Conifer Identification, Dry Willow Garden Structures, Build a Windsor Chair, Basket Making, Marquetry, An Introduction to Bonsai and lots of fun stuff for the children. There is a Festival of Wood held each summer as well as open air concerts and firework displays.

The arboretum is also a unique and beautiful place to launch from for a balloon flight

Farmers Markets

For real “foodies”, the farmers markets are a great venue for local specialities: traditional apple juices; a huge variety of cheeses; deli products; ice-creams; seasonal fruit and vegetables; fresh herbs; top quality meats and dairy produce; freshly baked bread and home-made cakes; garden plants and much more.

They also offer a great experience to soak up the local culture and characters. The closest to The Priory Inn are in Stroud and Cirencester on alternate Saturdays.

The Cotswold Water Park

Britain's largest water park is less than 10 minutes drive from The Priory Inn. Over 133 lakes created by gravel extraction, covering over 40 square miles - 50% larger than the Norfolk Broads and still growing.

Outstanding countryside provides the setting for relaxation and discovery for all the family – a great day out for walkers, birdwatchers, photographers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Every school holidays there are activities being taught - sailing / kayaking / ropes / raft building / archery etc courses for kids.

You can hire bicycles or boats, or indulge in some aerial adventures with the UK’s fastest growing aerial adventure centre.

Bowood House and Gardens

Just half an hour’s drive from The Priory Inn is the beautiful and extensive Bowood House and Gardens. Steeped in history, the house and gardens have the added attraction of one of the best adventure playgrounds in the country. It is home to a full size pirate galleon called the ‘Centaur’, complete with rigging and a crow’s nest. There are also several very large slides and flume tubes, high level walkways accessed by a huge scramble net and most famous and popular of all is the ‘death slide’! This vertical drop slide is a modern version of a Victorian invention and starts with a shocking 19- foot vertical drop which then levels out for an exciting, fast and slippery slide.

For those not quite so daring, the Adventure Playground also contains swing boats, spinning discs, trampolines, a Wendy House, a ball pool, see-saws, swings and a sand pit.

Bibury Trout Farm

Bibury Trout Farm is a working trout farm in the beautiful village of Bibury about 30 minutes from Tetbury. Visitors can feed the fish and catch their own at the Beginners' Fishery, picnic on the banks of the lakes and enjoy the playground.

Cotswold Farm Park

The Cotswold Farm Park is the home of rare breed conservation and is a great day out for the whole family with tractor rides, demonstrations and indoor and outdoor animals – seasonal opening times.

The park is found at Guiting Power, near Cheltenham, approximately 40 minutes drive from The Priory Inn.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Near Burford (45 mins approx from The Priory Inn), the beautifully landscaped wildlife park is open 364 days per year – many animals such as rhino, lion, tiger, zebra, penguins, reptiles, insects, birds, narrow-gauge railway, adventure playground and many picnic lawns

Birdland Park and Gardens

For adults and children of all ages, there are 7 acres of woodland, river and gardens, inhabited by over 500 birds, flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes, 50 aviaries, also tropical, temperate, and desert houses. Picnic areas, cafe, gifts and play area. It is open all year at Bourton-on-the-Water (approx 50mins from The Priory Inn) Tel: 01451 820480.

Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

With its award-winning visitor centre overlooking nationally and internationally protected wetlands, this world famous site is an important wintering area for migrating waterbirds such as Bewick's Swans and houses WWT's species conservation programme.

It is a great day out in all weathers and is approx 30 minutes drive from The Priory Inn


An attractive market-town in its own right which also has arguably the best and most child-friendly Roman Museum in the country. If the children are studying Romans at school it is worth asking for permission to go up the tower of the church in the market place. From the top you get a magnificent view of the four Roman roads running as straight as an arrow into the far distance. Approx 15 mins drive from The Priory Inn.

Royal watching

The Priory Inn is a very close neighbour (5 mins) to Highgrove which is the official residence of Prince Charles. He and his family spend much of their time there and their presence is felt very strongly in the town.

Prince Charles has used the 37-acre estate to promote his interest in organic farming and gardening. The Priory Inn has close links with the Duchy Home Farm and we buy a lot of organic produce for our menus.

Press contact details:

Tanya Kelly - The Priory Inn director and press contact
Telephone number: 01666 502 251
Mobile number: 07732 493 537
Website address:
Email address:

Notes to Editors:

Summary of The Priory Inn


Dave Kelly 20 years in hotel business - began career as chef in New York and latterly part of launch team for new hotel The Grove in Hertfordshire before taking over The Priory Inn

Tanya Kelly 12 years in the hospitality industry – managed hotels in Mediterranean and Alps and oversaw the winter operation for Mark Warner – one of Britain’s most family friendly holiday operators

Stuart Hopson-Jones major force in London restaurant scene – formerly assistant MD at Conran restaurants, launched The Junction (nightclub) and Smiths of Smithfields, Clerkenwell, one of founders of Sante Fe restaurant chain and Harlem soul-food chain in London

What is The Priory Inn?

• Gastro-inn with 14 bedrooms, coffee bar, pizza takeaway within old stable block of Priory

• All completely refurbished in 2004

• Wi-fi hotspot - internet connection wherever you happen to be


• 70 covers in gastro-inn, serving a changeable feast of modern rustic food at affordable prices

• Winner of one of ten regional 2006 Restaurant Rémy awards from Harden’s, the leading UK restaurant guide

• Winner of “Most Distinctive Local Menu” from 2006 Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards

• Winner of Taste of The West 2006 Dining Pub Silver Award

• Exciting British cuisine using Cotswolds produce

• Gourmet pizzas from the wood fired oven


• Enormous walk-around open log fire, bare boards, oak tables, leather sofas and exposed beams of the old stable block – real ales, traditional cider, ice cold bottled beers and great selection of wines

• Family friendly coffee bar with home-made goodies and Internet access, in association with Henrietta’s House – ‘the enchanting toy shop’ in Tetbury


• 14 en-suite contemporary bedrooms including 1 family suite and 2 sets of interconnecting rooms - ideal for families

• Design emphasis on clean lines, and a neutral palette of coffees and cream textiles, contrasting with dark American walnut furniture

• Weekend prices for an ensuite double or twin room with breakfast are £109.00. The family room is £159.00.

• Treatments (subject to availability) by Zenspa at The Priory Inn

What have the press said?

- Western Daily Press – April 2007 – “…laid back comfort, great food and a tailor-made service for you and your kids…it neither breaks the bank nor leaves you feeling marooned in a sea of tacky toys.”

- The Bath Magazine – April 2007 – “…comfortable accommodation, a fabulous restaurant and exceptionally friendly staff – the Priory Inn ticks all these boxes effortlessly”

- Food and Travel Magazine - February/March 2007 - "few places show more commitment to reducing food miles than The Priory Inn...featuring fresh local ingredients skilfully turned into simple flavoursome dishes..."

- Eve Magazine – February 2007 - “Exceptional food is served in the gastropub…concentrating on seasonal food sourced in the region…convivial atmosphere…all staff were exceptionally friendly”

- Portfolio Magazine (Australia) – November 2006 – “a gastropub serving simple, yet outstanding fare”

- The Sunday Times - October 22nd 2006 - Raphael's Choice 10 child-friendly hotels "Highchairs, toys, cots, changing facilities and special menus help families feel at home in this market-town hotel..."

- First Magazine – August 2006 – “The Priory is informal, unpretentious, has a great menu…and is genuinely family-friendly

- The London Evening Standard – August 17th 2006 – “The Priory Inn is one of the new breed, and about as perfect as it gets for under £100, clean and simple rooms with comfy beds and white cotton sheets; sparkling white bathrooms with fluffy towels and luxurious toiletries…and the restaurant was superb”

- Pregnancy Baby and You – April issue 2006 – “This family-friendly hotel provides new mums with a basket of baby essentials as well as supplying necessities like changing mats, highchairs and travel cots. Mums-to-be can enjoy the excellent unpretentious cookery, or pamper themselves at The Mint Beauty Company next door…”

- Western Daily Press – March 4th 2006 – “The food, the lovely welcome and the comfortable, no-nonsense rooms make you feel as if something good and wholesome has been coaxed, like the building itself, from a past a wholesome era into the 21st century”.

- Elle Magazine – March 2006 – “chic sleeping and top-notch food…sleek walnut furniture upstairs, rustic cosiness downstairs…and a menu sourced from the best local ingredients”

- Country Homes and Interiors – February 2006 – “the highlight of the hotel is the award-winning food and simple, seasonal produce…each room is decorated with neutral colours for relaxation and comfort”

- The Bath Chronicle – January 9th 2006 “ There's such a sense of inclusiveness at the Priory that you want to be a part of it again as soon as you can…we felt something of a tinge of jealousy for all those lucky locals who have the Priory Inn on their doorstep…”

- Times Online – November 2005 – “the heart of the operation is the gastropub…with one of the best wine lists outside of London…the bedrooms are pleasingly stylish and modern”

- Gloucester Citizen – November 26th 2005 – “stylish blend of exposed beams and Cotswold stone walls with contemporary features…delicious starters…beautifully tender lamb…the brownie was scrumptious with a heavenly accompaniment...well worth the journey”

- Grazia Magazine - Oct 2005 – “at the fabulously family-friendly Priory Inn in Tetbury, they’ve got it all worked out…. While the kids snooze, you can enjoy great food…”

- Ladies First Magazine – Autumn 2005 – “If you close your eyes and imagine your perfect gastro getaway, we’d bet that what you imagine is not too far from the reality of The Priory Inn…”

- The Times – April 9th 2005 – “fresh white bedding and a fabulous mattress….warm and pleasant staff…an exemplary full English breakfast”

- Red Magazine April 2005 – “the perfect gastro mini-break…contemporary chic in the heart of the Cotswolds… the best thing, though, is the family-friendly atmosphere”

- The Guardian Travel February 19th 2005 - “blissfully uncluttered… understated… calming” bedrooms, “unfazed and ever-cheerful” staff, “mouth-watering” food, “the perfect place…to unwind”

- The Cotswold Essence Spring 2005 - “with the combination of good food, good wine and plenty of fresh air, guests are sure to be queuing up to enjoy a real taste of The Cotswolds…” “the delight they have in using the freshest ingredients pulled from the local soil and raised on local pastures is infectious”

- Gloucester Citizen January 15th 2005 - “the food is a smooth blend of classic British cuisine and cosmopolitan creativity…”

- Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Standard, January 13th 2005 - “light and airy interior, exceptionally friendly staff and refreshingly different menu, the Priory offers relaxed, informal dining and drinking in a stylish yet unpretentious environment”

- Western Daily Press, West Country Life, January 8th 2005 - “sublimely attentive service…”

What have the customers said?

- Stalbansalice Tripadvisor guest April 2007 “We couldn't believe how reasonably priced everything was here. The food and drink (even locally produced bubbly!) was really good value for money and as good as you would find in any London restaurant….”

- Gerry G Active Hotels guest January 2007 – “good atmosphere, attractive bar & eating area, excellent cooked breakfast, excellent service”

- Family H Tripadvisor guests January 2007 – “it felt like a real break. I would not hesitate to visit again and would be happy to go with child-free friends. The Priory Inn met a great balance between being child friendly to those with children, but not overbearingly so for those without”

- Report88 Tripadvisor guest November 2006 – “Absolutely delicious evening food and evening table staff super”

- Ciara P – Guardian Unlimited, I’ve Been There 13th July 2006 - “Extremely friendly, affordable and unpretentious – but smart – family hotel in The Cotswolds. Selection of toys and essentials laid on for the kids, excellent locally sourced food for the grown-ups and baby monitors so that parents can enjoy it without feeling guilty”.

- R from Leicester, Active Hotels guest 10th July 2006 – “The food was great, generally from good local suppliers. Would not hesitate recommending to colleagues and friends”.


Address: The Priory Inn, London Road, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8JJ
Telephone Number: 01666 502 251
Fax Number: 01666 503 534
Website address:
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