If you want to feel like you’re a million miles from home, take in some glorious views, relax in a top-class spa, and then still make it home in time to walk the dog or pick up the kids, a Cotswold staycation could be just what the doctor ordered.
They say a change is as good as a holiday, so why not save the money and time you’d spend on flights and hotels abroad, and be a tourist in your home county – conveniently home to some of the most luxurious and indulgent destinations in the UK.
A 17th century manor house, peacefully located near to the Stroud Water Canal, Stonehouse Court boasts 36 stunning bedrooms set within six acres of expertly manicured grounds.
Promising glorious views from its spacious rooms and Court Brasserie restaurant, Stonehouse Court provides an indulgent Cotswold stay, whilst maintaining excellent transport links to the nearby town of Stroud, and is just a short drive from Cheltenham and many other Cotswold destinations.
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Sink back into a sumptuous armchair by the fireside in one of Stonehouse Court’s contemporary lounges, or enjoy a drop of sunshine while you sip on a perfectly mixed cocktail out on the venue’s landscaped lawns, during the summer months.
With views across the Stroud Valleys as far as the eye can see, it’s easy to forget that you’re just 10 minutes away from the friendly market town of Stroud, and just 25 minutes from the bustle of Cheltenham’s nightlife and festival scene.
Stonehouse Court is home to a fantastic cocktail bar (Bar 1601) and Brasserie, which serves up delicious lunches, afternoon teas, and sumptuous suppers. With 36 deluxe bedrooms to choose from, and a range of regular offers available, Stonehouse Court is sure to be a hit if you need a taste of luxury, without straying far from home.
With the accolade of being Gloucestershire’s only five-star hotel, Cheltenham’s Ellenborough Park offers unparalleled luxury whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or are looking for a base to explore the Cotswolds.
The 15th century country house estate benefits from a range of opulent rooms and suites, each with fantastic views from its location – between the highest point in the Cotswolds and Cheltenham’s world-famous racecourse.
Located on the Farncombe Estate just between Broadway and Morton-in-Marsh, Dormy House Hotel and Spa offers a quintessential Cotswold staycation, with a range of packages available to those wanting to spend the day relaxing in its onsite spa.
Promising a farmhouse-chic theme that’s ‘like home, but better’, Dormy House has a range of rooms and suites available to suit all budgets, and some even have hot tubs!
Nestled within 55 acres of beautiful gardens and rolling Cotswold countryside, Cowley Manor is the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – even if just for the day!
The Cotswold manor house benefits from 31 chic bedrooms, decorated in a contemporary style that isn’t afraid of a pop of colour. Guests can enjoy a trip the hotel’s C-Side Spa, which boasts both an indoor and outdoor pool, or can borrow some wellies to enjoy a picnic within the stunning grounds.
Located just 15 minutes from the centre of Cheltenham, Cowley Manor provides glorious views across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whilst maintaining great links to the town’s many festivals and entertainment options. Read more in our Cowley Manor review.
Located not far from Tewkesbury town centre, but feeling a million miles from the bustle of busy lives, Tewkesbury Park has recently benefitted from a multi-million pound renovation, and is now home to a par 72 golf course, and a series of luxurious rooms and suites.
The hotel’s main restaurant, Mint, offers an incredible Sunday Brunch; and there’s even an outdoor hot tub and sauna to enjoy.
Read more in our Tewkesbury Park review.
One of the finest country house hotels in the south of England, The Slaughter Manor House is a 17th century manor with 19 rooms, each with its own luxurious identity.
The venue is home to a highly acclaimed fine dining restaurant which celebrates the very best of Cotswold produce, matched with freshly foraged ingredients and wines picked by the inhouse sommelier.
A superbly unique countryside retreat, The Slaughters Manor House is steeped in charm for those looking to indulge in a real Cotswold escape.
While No. 131 is located in the centre of Cheltenham, it can be the ideal base for those looking to enjoy a fun-filled short break within easy reach of the Cotswolds, but still in the heart of the action!
After launching its Gin and Juice Bar in 2019, No. 131 is a popular, stylish and effortlessly cool destination to spend a staycation, giving guests the chance to enjoy boutique style rooms, rolltop baths, and locally sourced food that’s prepared by passionate chefs.
Situated atop Rodborough Common in Stroud, The Bear is a stylish countryside hotel with a bar, beer garden and fantastic restaurant.
Offering panoramic vistas across the Stroud valleys, this relaxed hotel oozes Cotswold charm, without feeling stuffy.
An ideal staycation spot for exploring the surrounding Cotswold villages, or simply taking in Stroud’s rolling green spaces, The Bear is a great choice for those looking to immerse themselves in the countryside.
Located close to Cheltenham, The Frogmill has benefited from an extensive refurbishment in 2018, becoming a country house destination that combines high quality food and drink with 28 luxurious ensuite bedrooms.
Styled as plush boutique hideaways, The Frogmill is perfectly placed for exploring the Cotswolds, with stunning views from its landscaped gardens, which lead to an idyllic stream.
Hidden away from prying eyes, yet near to both Gloucester and Cheltenham, The Greenway Hotel and Spa is a stunning destination hotel, housed within a luxurious Elizabethan manor house.
Boasting three AA rosettes in its restaurant and a sumptuous onsite spa, you really can forget you’re anywhere near home when booking a staycation at this boutique getaway.
A boutique inn in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, The Old Stocks Inn is a Scandi-chic destination that’ll leave you both relaxed, and wanting to redecorate when you return home!
Accented by pops of mustard and teal throughout, The Old Stocks perfectly blends its traditional Cotswold roots with a modern and contemporary style that’s unrivalled in the area.
Known for being a dining destination filled with gastronomic delights, The Painswick, as the name suggests, is a boutique Cotswold hotel in the village of Painswick.
The 18th century hotel boats luxurious sofas to sink into, 16 stylish and comfortable rooms and roaring fires, perfect for snuggling up next to on a winter’s evening.
Located close to Stroud and Gloucester, The Painswick makes an ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds, with stunning views across to the nearby beacon.
With gorgeous grounds, Dumbleton Hall is an impressive and grand manor house with 19 acres of woodland, gardens and even its own lake.
Located near Evesham, Dumbleton Hall is known for being a fantastic Cotswold wedding venue, but is perfectly placed for a staycation, offering locals the chance to experience some of Gloucestershire’s most incredible views through the eyes of a tourist.
The picturesque venue boasts heaps of period features and is close to part of the Cotswold Way – a popular walking route, as well as some of the best-known Cotswold villages
For more information visit stonehousecourt.co.uk
By Melissa Hamblett
Friday 04 October 2019
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