Wednesday 20 March 2019

Cowley Manor Hotel

Cowley, Near Cheltenham, GL53 9NL | (01242) 870900

Cowley Manor is a chic and contemporary country house hotel set in 55 acres of picturesque Cotswold countryside near Cheltenham.

Cowley Manor photo gallery

If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of staying at the exquisite Cowley Manor near Cheltenham, get an insight into this spectacular country manor with SoGlos.com’s photo gallery.

While Gloucestershire plays home to a wealth of country manors, after seeing SoGlos.com’s photo gallery you might argue that there are none quite like Cowley Manor.

Combining the beauty of a traditional manor with funky design, Cowley Manor not only sports its own classic restaurant, unique bar, contemporary spa and dedicated billiards room – but there’s 55 acres of gorgeous gardens thrown in for good measure too. What more could you ask for? Wellies on demand perhaps – well, Cowley Manor has them too.

Find out more about Cowley Manor, The Restaurant at Cowley Manor, The Bar at Cowley Manor and Cowley Manor’s award-winning spa, C-Side.

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Cowley Manor Hotel review

Cocooned in a charming setting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Cowley Manor offers a luxurious hotel experience as soon as you step through the door, as SoGlos had the pleasure of discovering.

In a nutshell

A peaceful Cotswold haven located just outside of Cheltenham, Cowley Manor is a chic and contemporary 30-bedroom hotel that's set on 55 acres of beautiful grounds. Expect to feel rested and revived after a stay at the hotel, which effortlessly combines style and substance.


The review

The setting

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Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend break or a family getaway, Cowley Manor caters for all, with the luxurious Cotswold bolthole providing the perfect setting to escape from it all.

The hotel, which dates back to the 1860s, is housed in an impressive property that was owned by malted milk magnate, Sir James Horlick, and began welcoming a hip design-conscious clientele when it opened its doors in 2002.

Cowley Manor has a laidback vibe and offers plenty of spaces for relaxing, with the bar ideal for pre-dinner cocktails, while the colourful lounge area, complete with mid-century style furniture, makes the perfect spot for post-supper liqueurs. Or if you’re feeling competitive, head to the games room for a round of snooker.

The hotel’s stunning grounds encompass 55 acres that are just made for exploring, and with complimentary Hunter wellies for all sizes including little ones, you’ve got no excuse if it’s raining! If we’d had more time, we’d definitely have taken advantage of Cowley Manor’s picnic hamper service and enjoyed a romantic lunch for two on the grounds.


The room

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Cowley Manor has 30 light and spacious guest rooms to choose from, with some located in the Main House and others in the Stable Block, while all feature handmade furniture and striking bright fabrics created by British designers.

We had the absolute pleasure of staying in the Best Room, and it certainly lived up to its name. Situated in the Main House, the incredibly spacious room benefitted from an inviting four-poster bed, complete with fine Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy pillows, along with a wrap-around balcony that provided stunning views of the ponds and peaceful grounds.

The bathroom, which is easily bigger than my living room, has a bathtub for two and walk-in shower, while there were plenty of Cowley Manor’s own Green & Spring products to use during our stay.

And if it wasn’t luxurious enough, we arrived back from dinner and all the shutters and curtains had been closed, the duvet had been turned down and there were two delicious little brownie bites that made the perfect midnight snack. Why can’t this happen at home on a regular basis?!


Food time

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The on-site restaurant definitely isn’t your run-of-the-mill hotel eatery and offers a destination in its own right that attracts locals as well as residents. You can choose from bar snacks and lighter choices or go for the full à la carte menu and savour some of the chef’s creative cuisine that incorporates quality ingredients and seasonal flavours.

After a peaceful night’s sleep, we headed down to sample the breakfast buffet selection, which was brimming with crispy buttery pastries, thick and creamy Greek yoghurt with homemade granola, fruit salad and a drizzle of honey, along with an array of bread, cheeses, meats and smoked salmon.

There’s also the option to have cooked breakfast although we were more than happy to fill up on the buffet – maybe sneaking back for a second pastry to enjoy with our coffees.


SoGlos loves

If you fancy a little bit of retail therapy during your visit, head to The Hambledon, a design-led boutique that’s housed in a converted stable block and stocks a range of bath and beauty treats, homeware and clothing.


Top tip

Make time to enjoy some time at the hotel’s C-Side Spa, which benefits from an indoor and outdoor pool, a steam room and sauna, along with offering a host of relaxing beauty treatments. Find out what to expect by reading our review of C-Side Spa.


What next?

For more information see Cowley Manor Hotel, call (01242) 870900, email stay@cowleymanor.com or visit cowleymanor.com directly.

By Anna Marshall

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