Cirrus expands hotel footprint with Cotswold Trout deal


Cirrus Inns has acquired 17th century Cotswold inn The Trout at Tadpole Bridge in a deal brokered by global property consultants Colliers International.

Located close to the picturesque village of Bampton, Oxfordshire which has been used as the backdrop to episodes of ITV’s Downton Abbey, The Trout at Tadpole offers six letting bedrooms with berthing for up to six boats along its River Thames frontage.

The property also boasts a long list of period features including log fires and stylish bedrooms.

Story continues below

Peter Brunt, a director in Colliers International’s Bristol Hotels team and Cotswolds property specialist, said: “The Trout is a great addition to the Cirrus Inns portfolio, which already includes its flagship The Admiral Codrington in London’s Chelsea and The King’s Arms in Didmarton, Gloucestershire.”

Brunt – who sold the property to the current vendors, Gareth and Helen Pugh in 2005 – said a key element of the Trout’s appeal was its extensive river frontage and gardens.

“With the Thames Path running alongside the property, The Trout stands in some of the most beautiful and historic countryside in England and is handy for exploring the Vale of the White Horse and William Morris’s Kelmscott Manor.

“And if that’s not enough it is just 20 minutes from the centre of Oxford.”

Listed in Alistair Sawdays Special Places to Stay, The Good Hotel Guide, The Good Food Guide and the Michelin Guide, The Trout has won a hatful of awards including AA Pub of the Year, Good Pub Guide Oxfordshire dining pub of the year and it was also voted one of the top 20 gourmet inns by The Observer.

The Trout enjoys year round tourist and visitor trade, with many people attracted by the pub’s proximity to Bampton, which features heavily in ITV’s Downton Abbey saga.