Saturday 21 October 2017


18 of the best Cotswold weekend getaways

From five-star hotels to luxurious self-catering cottages, SoGlos has rounded up 18 of the best places to stay during a weekend getaway in the Cotswolds.

Whether you’re planning a romantic trip for two, a family escape to the country, or a getaway with friends, the Cotswolds is home to some impressive boltholes that you can call home for a night or two.

SoGlos has rounded up 18 of the best places to stay during a weekend break in the Cotswolds, complete with hot tubs, Michelin-starred food, outdoor pools, and spas, in this hot list sponsored by Cowley Manor.

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1. Cowley Manor

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Cowley Manor is an impressive country house hotel set on 55 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Cheltenham. The hotel, which effortlessly marries contemporary decor within its classic architecture, is a must for design enthusiasts and has 30 stylish bedrooms for guests to choose from.

Expect true luxury from the moment you arrive, with the relaxing spa, complete with outdoor pool, perfect for kicking off the weekend in style, while the hotel’s modern restaurant serves up delicious British cuisine. And, if you fancy a walk and forgot your country attire, you can borrow a pair of Hunter wellies to explore the hotel’s beautiful grounds!


2. Barnsley House


The perfect Cotswold hideaway awaits at Barnsley House, a charming home-from-home country house hotel located in a picturesque setting near Cirencester. The hotel is set on beautiful landscaped gardens, and offers the chance to stay in everything from cosy double rooms to luxurious two-storey suites.

With two restaurants to choose from, a spa that provides a haven of tranquillity, and even an on-site cinema where you can enjoy a boutique movie experience, you can expect to have a truly relaxing break when staying at Barnsley House.


3. Dormy House

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Expect a heavy dose of farmhouse chic when staying at Dormy House, a delightful rural retreat perched above the Cotswold village of Broadway. With sumptuous interiors, roaring log fires and cosy nooks where you can easily while away an afternoon, you definitely won’t want to leave!

The hotel offers a choice of rooms, while those looking to splash out can indulge with a night in a hot tub suite. Kick off your stay with an indulgent afternoon tea, before hitting the spa for some pre-dinner R&R. And, if you want to explore the grounds or head out on a day trip, the Dormy picnic hampers are the perfect accompaniment.


4. No. 131 The Prom


If you crave the buzz of a town, then Cheltenham’s No 131 makes the perfect base for exploring the surrounding Cotswolds. Housed in a stunning Georgian townhouse, the hotel features 11 individually designed rooms complete with decadent interiors and some with impressive roll-top baths.

Start your evening with a cocktail or two and a game of pool in the hotel’s Crazy Eights bar, before heading upstairs to dine in the on-site restaurant where you can enjoy seasonal, British food in hip surroundings.


5. Soho Farmhouse

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Prepare for unparalleled luxury when staying at the Cotswold outpost of private members’ club, Soho House. You’ll be pleased to hear that Soho Farmhouse welcome non-members to enjoy a weekend break near Chipping Norton, although some of the facilities, such as the pool and gym, are only open to members and cabin guests.

The Main Barn is the farm’s central hub and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with afternoon tea, while its mezzanine level benefits from sofas and a wood fire, making it the perfect spot for relaxing. Soho Farmhouse also has a Cowshed Spa that offers a haven of tranquillity that you’ll want to make the most of during your stay.


6. The Kings Head Hotel


Escape to the capital of the Cotswolds and get set for a relaxing stay at The Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester. The hotel’s 45 bedrooms and five one-bedroom apartments feature elegant decor and unique period features, while guests can also expect luxurious linens and Nespresso machines.

If the sun is shining, head to the rooftop bar to enjoy a pre-dinner drink, while the hotel’s on-site restaurant offers a relaxing dining experience. Those in need of some chill time can escape to the hotel’s vaulted spa and indulge in a decadent treatment, with massages, manicures and more to choose from.


7. The Old Stocks Inn


Situated in the heart of Cotswold market town, Stow-on-the-Wold, is The Old Stocks Inn, a contemporary boutique hotel housed in a beautifully refurbished 17th century coaching inn. Expect Instagram-worthy interiors with a laidback Scandi feel, and some bedrooms with plush free-standing baths.

During the warmer months the hotel’s pretty rear patio garden is the perfect spot for afternoon drinks, with pizzas served from the wood-fired oven, while The Old Stock’s restaurant serves up delicious seasonal dishes with a twist. Retire to the bar for one of the hotel’s signature cocktails before sinking into one of the plush beds.


8. Thyme

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Enjoy the chance to spend the night in beautifully restored historic buildings when staying at Thyme, a delightful Cotswold haven located near Lechlade-on-Thames. The hotel offers a choice of bedroom sizes, some with roll-top baths, with all featuring bathrobes and complimentary toiletries.

The luxurious rural destination, located on the Southrop Manor Estate, is home to village pub, The Swan, where you can enjoy tasty British cuisine, while Thyme also has an on-site cookery school that’s perfect for picking up culinary skills. If that feels like too much hard work, then you can treat yourself to one of the face and body treatments, or simply retreat to the cocktail bar.


9. The Painswick


Home to 16 peaceful bedrooms, The Painswick is a charming boutique hotel nestled in the quaint Cotswold town of Painswick. With beautifully executed interiors, a warm welcome and benefitting from stunning surroundings, it’s easy to see why it was voted Hotel of the Year by The Sunday Times.

Whether you want lunch, afternoon tea, or a romantic dinner, the hotel’s restaurant offers the perfect setting for intimate dining, while its alfresco terrace is made for balmy evenings. If you’re craving a bit of pampering you’ll be pleased to hear that spa treatments, spanning massages, facials and pedicures, are available.


10. The Slaughters Manor Hotel


Located in the quintessential Cotswold setting of Lower Slaughter is the charming country retreat of The Slaughters Manor House. Enjoy a peaceful night’s slumber in one of the elegantly decorated guest rooms, with the Valentine garden suite, complete with hot tub, offering the ultimate in luxury.

The hotel’s restaurant celebrates the finest Cotswold produce, while there are plenty of tipples to sample from the extensive wine list. If you are looking for a relaxed lunch head to the stylish bar, which boasts a truly impressive selection of gins, just waiting to be sampled.


11. The Wild Rabbit


With direct train links from London to Kingham, The Wild Rabbit makes the perfect choice for visitors from the capital, who are searching for a relaxing spot to enjoy a weekend break in the Cotswolds. The stylish accommodation combines pared-back style with create comforts and an elegant muted colour palette.

In addition to guest bedrooms there are self-contained cottage to choose from that are ideal for family gatherings. The Michelin-starred pub uses the finest seasonal ingredients to create unique and memorable dishes that can be enjoyed in the relaxed setting.


12. The Lakes by Yoo

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Enjoy a waterside break without heading to the seaside by booking a stay at The Lakes by Yoo, a private estate set on 850-acres in the glorious setting of Cotswold Water Park. The design-led destination offers the chance to stay in stylish self-catering properties, ranging from three-bedroom lodges to uber-luxurious five-bed lake houses.

Guests can arrange to have tasty Cook meals waiting in the fridge for their arrival or you can order one of the delicious hampers. During the summer months, dine alfresco at Elsa’s food truck, while you can also have a private chef if you really want to pull out all the stops. The Lakes by Yoo also has an on-site spa and runs a host of retreats.


13. The Greenway Hotel


Just a stone’s throw from Cheltenham lies The Greenway Hotel, a 16th-century Elizabethan manor house with a picture-perfect Cotswold stone exterior. The hotel and spa is brimming with English country charm and is set on eight acres of beautiful grounds which benefit from views of the Cotswold hills.

The hotel’s 21 bedrooms featured traditional country decor, while its on-site spa offers the perfect place to unwind during your stay. Parents travelling with little ones can take advantage of The Hotel Nanny service, leaving you to enjoy a romantic dinner for two with peace of mind.


14. The Fish Hotel

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Sister to Dormy House, The Fish Hotel is set on the 400-acre Farncombe Estate near Broadway and offers stylish base for exploring the Cotswolds. The hotel has 68 contemporary guest rooms that are decked out with cool Scandi design touches, while it also has five Hilly Huts, each with their own private hot tubs.

The bar, complete with open fire, makes the perfect spot for unwinding after a long drive, while the hotel’s restaurant features a menu that specialises in grilled meat and fish. On rainy days head to the games room and enjoy shooting some pool or chill out on a beanbag and watch a film, while during the summer months, guests can take advantage of the glorious grounds.


15. Ellenborough Park


Ellenborough Park is an effortlessly elegant five-star hotel located on the outskirts of Cheltenham, benefitting from stunning views of the surrounding Cotswold countryside. Guests can choose from 61 rooms and suites designed by Nina Campbell, featuring bespoke Hypnos beds, marble-finish bathrooms and fluffy gowns waiting to be worn.

After a peaceful night’s sleep, start the day with a swim in the dreamy outdoor pool, before tucking into a hearty breakfast that will set you up till lunch. With an on-site spa, beautiful grounds to explore, and two restaurants, guests can be sure of a relaxing stay.


16. Wyck Hill House Hotel


Nestled in a secluded setting on the outskirts of Stow-on-the-Wold lies Wyck Hill House Hotel, a classic Cotswold bolthole that makes an ideal base for weekend breaks. Expect bucket loads of charm at the four-star country house hotel, which benefits from 60 bedrooms.

Choose from cosy Coach House rooms, stay in The Orangery, or go all out and book a suite in the Manor House, while the on-site spa offers the ultimate spot to relax and unwind. Guests can soak up the evening sun in the conservatory before spending the evening sampling the hotel’s delicious fine dining cuisine.


17. Lords of the Manor Hotel


With a Michelin-starred restaurant, foodies will want to make a beeline for Lords of the Manor, a traditional hotel located in the Cotswold village of Upper Slaughter. The luxurious hotel invites guests to be lord and lady of the impressive manor house, which is set on eight acres of lawns and gardens.

After a restful night, borrow a pair of hotel’s complimentary wellies and enjoy a jaunt in the great outdoors, before returning for a leisurely lunch or Champagne afternoon tea. And of course, make sure to book dinner in the hotel’s impressive restaurant.


18. Artist Residence


Artist Residence Oxfordshire is a brand new hotel located just on the edge of the Cotswolds near Witney. The country pub and restaurant has just five rooms, making it the perfect choice for couples planning a romantic rural retreat.

The 16th century farmhouse has been given a new lease of life, with the bedrooms decorated in an English bohemian style that definitely adds a bit of cool to the idea of a traditional Cotswold bolthole. The pub offers a cosy spot for all-day dining, while the intimate dining space is crying out for date night dinners.


By Anna Marshall

© SoGlos
Wednesday 21 June 2017

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