Fancy a country weekend filled with long walks, pub grub, and lounging in a luxurious spa? Well, the Cotswolds make for a glorious getaway, nestled in the rolling hills just east of the Welsh border, stretching up from Bath and along towards Oxford.
Known for their medieval villages, thatched houses and architecture made from local limestone, the Cotswolds are a rural retreat that everyone will enjoy. Install yourself in a Georgian town house or a Tudor manor and live like a nobleman with all the luxury trappings of a 5-star hotel.
A beautifully restored Cotswold manor house hotel, Whatley Manor offers complete relaxation and calm from the turbulence of city life. Enjoy the manicured gardens surrounding the house, unwind in the gorgeous Aquarias Spa featuring a hydrotherapy pool complete with outdoor spa-jet pool, or head over to the cinema to enjoy an exclusive screening of any of your favourite films.
Compare price in £ Check in to the Grand Suite to treat yourself to a luxurious room that spans the entire second floor of the house, with stunning views over the surrounding Wiltshire landscape. The suite also features a luxury bathroom with a stand-alone bath designed by interior designer Philippe Stark, beautiful furnishings, plush fabrics, and original architectural features such as exposed wooden beams.
De Vere Tortworth Estate
A Grade-II listed country hotel, this gorgeous manor house dates back to the 11th century and has been the Ducie family home for the past 350 years. Located on the southern fringes of the Cotswolds, this is rural England’s food capital, never short of fresh local produce waiting to be turned into delicious gourmet cuisine.
The hotel, like the building, is on a grand scale. Having recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, the décor is a delicate balance of original period features and modern comforts. The dining room features sumptuous velvet upholstery, crystal chandeliers, and frescoed ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounded by oak panelling.
The hotel also features access to a gym, indoor pool and spa should you fancy treating yourself to a massage or simply winding down in the Jacuzzi.
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa
Retreat to Lucknam Park for a weekend of pure bliss. This elegant hotel boasts 42 individually styled rooms, an exquisite spa and wellness centre, a Michelin starred restaurant – Hywel Jones – and 500 acres of parkland complete with an equestrian centre and a cookery school – something for everyone!
When you aren’t riding through the grounds or cooking up a storm, you can enjoy the calm and quiet of your delightful room. All the bedrooms at Lucknam Park are styled with unique key features and refined English furnishings. From the classic rooms to the Grand Master Suite you’ll find touches of country elegance, plush upholstery and modern amenities to ensure you enjoy a 5-star experience.
Awarded England’s Leading Country House Hotel, Ellenborough Park is placed between the highest point of the lush Cotswold hills and Cheltenham’s world famous race course. Steeped in history, this idyllic 15th century mansion is perfect for a quiet but sumptuous hotel stay.
Relax in the hotel spa after a day of exploring and enjoy use of the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, sensation showers, relaxation room and heated outdoor pool. There are seven treatment rooms available should you wish to treat yourself to some luxury pampering such as a facial or an Ishga Hot Stone Massage.
Each of the rooms at Ellenborough Park hotel are spacious and classically decorated with period furniture, plush upholstery, and en-suite bathrooms. Opt for a luxury room, which is a classic room but with all the trappings of a suite such as a seating area, large panel windows and plump hypnos beds.
The Lygon Arms
A picturesque limestone stately home in the heart of the Cotswolds, a stay at the Lygon Arms hotel makes for the perfect country weekend away. When you aren’t out exploring the surrounding meadows and rolling hills, you can relax in their pool and spa, or enjoy sitting outside in the sunny courtyard with an ice-cold beverage.
The rooms range from classical to boutique-style with individual quirks and a distinct character such as four-poster beds. The Junior Suites recently refurbished in the Orchard Wing offer superior luxury, with pain-staking craftsmanship such as hand-made king size beds, and beautiful limestone bathrooms.
A grandiose golf hotel, Tewkesbury Park offers everything you want for a relaxing break, whether you are feeling sporty or simply want to make full use of the spa and relax. The 6,579 yard Par 72 golf course enjoys features such as veteran oaks, impressive greens and some stunning views over the surrounding Cotswold countryside.
When you’re feeling peckish, head to the hotel restaurant for a posh afternoon tea overlooking the grounds or for some delicious fare that makes the best of local produce such as Hereford Sirloin Steak, plump asparagus, free range eggs and Gloucester Old Spot Pork cooked three ways.
The standard rooms are comfortable and classically decorated with plenty of natural light, hypnosis beds, 40” flat screen TVs and luxury toiletries to accompany the power shower. Check yourself into a suite to enjoy sumptuous furnishings, incredible views and period features such as shuttered windows and high ceilings.
No.38 The Park
A stunning Georgian townhouse in the heart of Cheltenham, No.38 The Park is a gorgeous boutique hotel that is an instagrammer’s dream. Each of the 13 bespoke bedrooms are individually designed by owner and interior designer Georgie Pearman, creating minimalist but luxurious spaces.
Every detail of the bedroom is attended to from the Egyptian Cotton linen bed sheets to the free-standing bath tubs and bright accent chairs. Meanwhile modern updates such as iPod docks, Nespresso machines and HD TV are a standard across all rooms.
The hotel welcomes dogs, so dog owners feel free to bring your faithful companions along with you on your adventures in the surrounding countryside.
On the southern tip of the Cotswolds, not far from Bath, is Timbrell’s Yard, a Grade II listed hotel, home to a delicious restaurant and 17 beautiful en-suite rooms. Enjoy wholesome food such as stuffed pork belly, parsnip and polenta gnocchi, fresh grilled fish or 8-hour feather blade beef, before heading up to your cosy and comfortable room.
Shades of white and grey form the colour palette of the interiors, with the two largest bedrooms boasting cast-iron free-standing baths that perfectly set-off the décor whilst allowing the bather exquisite views over the river Avon.
In your downtime explore the picturesque town of Bradford upon Avon, a town that has enchanted everyone from the Romans, Saxons and Normans right up to the Georgians and Victorians, each of whom have left their mark on the town’s architecture.