The Falcon Painswick: A Romantic Stay in the Cotswolds

Rachel HannahSeptember 4, 2023

The Falcon Inn is a restored historic and charming townhouse located in the village of Painswick, Gloucestershire, England. Painswick itself is a UK bucket list destination for many, as it’s one of the many picturesque Cotswold villages known for its stunning scenery and quaint architecture.

I was looking for an affordable yet authentically English stay while taking a fall road trip through the Cotswolds and The Falcon Painswick checked all of my boxes!

In this review, I’ll share with you my personal experience staying at The Falcon Inn and I’m pretty sure that at some point you’ll want to incorporate it into your Cotswolds itinerary too!

Note: This review is not sponsored. I paid to stay here and all opinions are my own.

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, I will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.

About The Falcon Painswick

the falcon inn painswick street view

Established all the way back in 1828 the Falcon Inn is no stranger to Painswick. Over its long history it has served as a courthouse, home, and coaching inn before being refurbished and reopened in 2021.

The historic inn is located on the west side of the Cotswolds just 25 minutes south of Cheltenham, an hour north of Bristol, and if taking a day trip from London it’s around a 3-hour drive.

In general, English inns often feature cozy rooms for accommodation, a pub or restaurant, and sometimes even a garden or outdoor seating area. The Falcon Painswick delivers in all of these areas with its individually designed bedrooms, a cozy dining room and bar serving dishes made from fresh regional ingredients, and a small back patio that is perfect to take advantage of with a coffee on a rare bluebird day.

Rooms and Suites at the Falcon Inn

falcon inn painswick up junior suite bed with fireplace

At The Falcon Inn, there are only 11 different bedrooms so booking a room in advance will be essential if you want to guarantee your stay here, especially if visiting during peak season.

You will either stay inside the main house or in the converted coach house. There are four types of room options which include a Deluxe Double, Superior Double, Junior Suite, and Suite.

The nightly rate ranges between $127 to $265 USD.

We stayed in the Junior Suite that was located on the top floor of the main house and it was huge. I loved how much light the wall with windows let in and there was a nice view of the neighboring stone-roof cottages and a small glimmer of St Mary’s church.

The king bed had a very plush mattress and the Smart TV above the painted brick fireplace could be extended out from the wall. There were high-quality coffee and tea pods for the single-serve espresso maker as well as a few complementary snacks.

You could tell that the bathroom inside of our suite has been modernized and the only small fault there was a lack of water pressure.

I really think that the experience you will get by upgrading to a Junior Suite or Suite is well worth the small price difference. In fact, whenever we reminisce on our memories of the Cotswolds our memories of this room typically come up. So if you have the budget, I wouldn’t hesitate!

You can browse more images and see the full details of The Falcon Inn here.

On-site Breakfast & Dinner at The Falcon Painswick

mushroom bon bons with truffle mayonnaise the falcon inn uk
balfour beef brisket pie falcon inn restaurant uk
cheesecake with hazelnut ice cream and chocolate sauce falcon inn painswick uk

Because the Falcon Inn kitchen creates dishes with local in-season ingredients, the menu is constantly changing, so what we ordered for dinner is likely to differ from your own experience.

However, I’ll showcase what we had just to give you an idea of the high-quality dishes and flavors you can expect if you choose to visit!

For breakfast, there was a small menu that had all of your typical English breakfast components but there were also fresh options like fruit. The portions were generous so we didn’t have to worry about getting hungry anytime soon.

For starters, we chose the Mushroom Bon Bons with Truffle Mayonnaise and the Olives with Feta & Parsley. Both were great choices and from here things got even better. I savored my Balfour Beef Brisket Pie (the meat was so tender!) with confit garlic mashed potato, kale, and au jus while Daryl went for a classic, yet nonetheless satisfying Fish and Chips.

For dessert, we shared a wonderful cheesecake that had 70% dark chocolate and caramel sauce, crisp rice, and hazelnut ice cream.

My Experience at the Falcon Inn

silhouette of girl looking panoramic window from suite at falcon inn painswick uk

Even though it was dark as we dove up to the Falcon Painswick I was giddy with excitement because I could already tell how quaint and charming our stay was going to be.

Once we laid eyes on our suite there was so much to look at, from the high ceilings and inviting king bed to the multipane windows and fireplace. The best surprise was waking up the next morning to our view of the church and other traditionally built homes. I couldn’t help but to make coffee, crack the window open to let in the crisp autumn air, and cozy back up underneath the sheet to enjoy a slow morning listening to the birds sing.

couple holding hands at the falcon inn painswick restaurant uk

On the night of our arrival, we had worked up an appetite from exploring many of the other quaint Cotswold towns. I had looked at the menu prior which was a bad idea because it only added to my hunger pains.

The restaurant dining room was a space that made us feel like we were hanging out with the locals. The bookshelf-lined walls, lit fireplace, modest wooden tables and chairs, and the chatter of English accents was the perfect atmosphere for us to enjoy the most fabulous 3-course meal made complete with craft cocktails.

Our server was excellent and he took care to provide us with the best possible experience. When he found out that we were celebrating our recent engagement he didn’t hesitate to offer us a complementary dessert!

girl walking through yew trees in painswick cemetery uk

The next morning we experienced a hearty and delicious English breakfast before walking across the street where we took our time walking through the 99 Yew Trees that are inside of the St Mary’s Church churchyard.

When it was time to check out the hospitality was evident once again when they had someone help us take our bag back to our car.

You can book your own incredible stay at The Falcon Inn in Painswick here!

Ready to Experience a Romantic Stay in the Cotswolds?

alleyway and back patio at falcon inn painswick uk

If you want to check the rates and availability for yourself you can easily book The Falcon Inn on I personally love using whenever I can because of its flexible cancelation policy and excellent rewards program.

Final Word on The Falcon Inn

Thank you so much for reading! If you are staying in Stroud I am convinced that staying at the Falcon Inn in Painswick will make your time road-tripping through the Cotswolds that much better!

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Comments (4)

  • 35+ Unique UK Bucket List Destinations to Add to Your List

    September 10, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    […] you are driving I recommend staying at The Falcon Inn bed and breakfast in Painswick. Our romantic junior suite had the most beautiful panoramic windows […]

  • Ashlea

    October 5, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    What a lovely little inn! I love places that have constantly changing menus.

  • Tia

    October 5, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    What an absolutely adorable place to stay! And the food looks amazing. I will def be adding this to my bucket list.

  • Taylor

    October 6, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit the Cotswolds, and now will definitely think of staying in the Falcon Inn when I do go! It looks really cozy and seems like a good home base for exploring the area.

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