16 gorgeous hotels for your Cotswolds staycation

With stunning scenery and luxurious hotels right on your doorstep, SoGlos has rounded up 16 of the best Cotswold hotels for an incredible staycation.

By Eleanor Fullalove  |  Published
Treat yourself to an escape with our pick of the best hotels for a Cotswolds staycation.
Treat yourself to an escape with our pick of the best hotels for a Cotswolds staycation.

The Cotswolds are home to some of the most picturesque locations in the UK, not to mention luxurious places to stay, complete with beautiful views and top-class spas.

Whether you fancy a quick getaway or a full-blown holiday, relax and recharge in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with SoGlos’s round up of 16 of the most stylish hotels the Cotswolds has to offer...

Ingleside House in Cirencester

Ingleside House in Cirencester certainly stands out from the crowd... bold and theatrical, the Gatsby-esque Cotswold country hotel offers guests 11 individually designed rooms and suites to choose from, with four-poster beds and free-standing baths awaiting the very luckiest of visitors.

Ingleside's residents' lounge is a sumptuous space to relax in too, while the on-site and award-winning restaurant and piano bar in the shape of Téatro takes care of breakfast, dinner and entertainment. The acclaimed Barn Theatre can be found next door as well.

Ellenborough Park near Cheltenham

Gloucestershire’s only five-star hotel, Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham offers a luxurious base from which to explore the Cotswolds, or a place to escape the day-to-day on a romantic getaway.

The 15th century country estate offers a range of opulent and spacious bedrooms, each with fantastic views of the Cotswolds’ rolling hills. Guests can also revel in the hotel’s alfresco culinary experience, Indian-inspired spa and manicured gardens.

The Old Stocks Inn in Stow-on-the-Wold

Combining Cotswold charm with vibrant, modern décor, The Old Stocks Inn is a boutique hotel housed within a 17th century former coaching inn in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Boasting exposed beams, original Cotswold stone and roll-top baths in some of the rooms, The Old Stocks promises to be a luxury experience - and with its own restaurant, cocktail bar and private walled garden, you may find it hard to tear yourself away. 

Cowley Manor near Cheltenham

Surrounded by 55 acres of beautiful gardens and scenic Cotswold countryside, Cowley Manor provides a luxurious escape with its chic rooms, award-winning C-Side Spa and enviable location, without needing to travel too far from home. 

There's plenty to do, too, with guests able to borrow wellies and take the pooch for a stroll around the grounds to soak in those views across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or head to one of the manor’s alfresco cinema screenings, taking place from June until September.

Dormy House in Broadway

Perched just above the village of Broadway and enjoying views across the Cotswolds, the ever-popular Dormy House is a stylish rural retreat.

From rustic and traditional rooms to more elegant ones, guests can kick back in a variety of rooms and suites - some of them even with their own hot tub! Plus with an award-winning spa, as well as decadent dining experiences,  it makes for a Cotswold staycation to remember.

The Swan in Bibury

Nestled in what William Morris called the 'most beautiful village in England', The Swan in Bibury overlooks the River Coln and provides a beautiful base for exploring some of the Cotswolds must-visit sites. 

The former coaching inn is bursting with traditional charm, with antique four-poster beds, sumptuous fabrics and beautiful décor, plus modern touches like Nespresso coffee machines and Molton Brown products in each room making the experience feel extra special. While you're there, be sure to take a leisurely stroll over to the iconic Arlington Row, less than 10-minutes' walk away, if you can drag yourself away from your room, that is...

The Fish Hotel in Broadway

Nestled on a hillside within a 400-acre private estate, The Fish Hotel is part of a quirky collection of houses, huts and treehouses – perfect for those seeking seclusion and a chance to reconnect with nature. 

Passionate about alfresco dining and outdoor experiences, the country hotel provides open-air heated bathtubs with each treehouse and offers activities like yoga, clay shooting, falconry, axe throwing and archery, as well.

Calcot Manor in Tetbury

Offering stylish accommodation, a spa and local produce in the delicious dishes at its restaurant, Calcot Manor is a wonderful place to relax and unwind in the Cotswold countryside. 

Surrounded by 220 acres of grounds, guests can get closer to nature with a stroll in the sunshine or enjoy a glass of fizz whilst soaking in the view. For those who want to explore further afield, the hotel is just four miles from Tetbury, with the spectacular Westonbirt Arboretum right on the doorstep, too. 

The New Inn in Coln St Aldwyns

Just over eight miles from Cirencester and nine miles from the Cotswold Wildlife Park, the five-star ivy-covered country house, The New Inn, has 14 elegant and contemporary rooms.

Styling rustic wooden tabletops with neon lights and foliage, the hotel also boasts a fashionable restaurant, where you can enjoy its famous burgers with Cheltenham’s own Deya craft beers.

Buckland Manor near Broadway

One of the most elegant country house hotels in the Cotswolds, Buckland Manor offers 15 luxurious rooms and suites, 10 acres of award-winning gardens and a restaurant.

Tucked away in the village of Buckland, the manor provides an idyllic setting for a summertime staycation, with afternoon tea and croquet in the garden a must!

The Frogmill in Shipton Oliffe

Not far from Cheltenham, The Frogmill is a country house retreat with 28 luxurious ensuite bedrooms and its own restaurant and bar. 

Styled as a plush boutique hideaway, the hotel boasts landscaped gardens, leading to an idyllic stream. As well as being perfectly placed for exploring the Cotswolds, it won Gloucestershire Pub of the Year 2022 at the National Pub and Bar Awards.

The Slaughters Manor House in Lower Slaughter

Located in the gorgeous chocolate-box village of Lower Slaughter, The Slaughters Manor House describes itself as a contemporary country manor, offering 19 luxurious rooms, each with their own distinctive character and charm. 

With suites boasting romantic side-by-side roll top baths, four-poster beds and gorgeous garden views, not to mention luxury L'Occitane toiletries, bath robes and fluffy slippers, guests are thoroughly spoiled during their stay. There's also a restaurant showcasing the very best Cotswold produce and a bar stocked with small-batch spirits, too. 

Foxhill Manor in Broadway

Surrounded by stunning scenery and woodland, Foxhill Manor is a private manor house hotel overlooking the picturesque Cotswold village of Broadway.

The countryside retreat offers an intimate staycation, with the Grade II listed manor house home to five beautiful bedrooms and three sumptuous suites. Sister to both The Fish Hotel and Dormy House, guests can make use of their facilities, with complimentary shuttles to and from Dormy House spa, too. 

The Painswick

Known for being a dining destination filled with gastronomic delights, The Painswick is a boutique Cotswold hotel housed within an impressive 18th century stone mansion, just a 15-minute walk from the Rococo Garden.

The hotel boasts luxurious sofas to sink into, 16 comfortable rooms, not to mention stunning views, perfect for gazing out over with a cocktail on a summer evening - with roaring log fires to cosy up next to in the winter, too. 

Barnsley House near Cirencester

The elegant Barnsley House on the outskirts of Cirencester looks like something out of a fairytale. Its grounds are inspired by former owner and internationally-renowned gardener Rosemary Verey, with each of its rooms echoing those serene vibes.

Its suites are adorned with ornate furnishings and boast views over the stunning gardens, while the Barnsley Spa offers a tranquil, botanical-inspired escape with an outdoor pool.

The Lygon Arms in Broadway

Broadway's The Lygon Arms is both charming and luxurious, with a choice of stately rooms and showstopping suites - including one which King Charles I himself stayed in.

As well as a spa and swimming pool to relax in, there's also a bar and grill with a menu championing local Cotswold produce, a stylish wine bar and cosy lounges to enjoy an evening cocktail. 

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