Monday 21 January 2019

11 five-star venues for your Cotswold minimoon

From deluxe hotels and bijoux B&Bs to swish country inns, celebrate your wedding in style, with 11 five-star places for your Cotswold minimoon.

If you’re looking for luxurious accommodation for a quintessentially Cotswold minimoon, The AA has awarded 11 places to stay with its coveted five-star rating.

The AA writes that five-star guest accommodation must be of ‘excellent quality’, include breakfast made from ‘high quality, fresh and local produce’, as well as the staff being aware of the guests’ needs, with ‘nothing being too much trouble’.

While five-star rated hotels are specifically described as being ‘luxurious’, with a ‘range of extra facilities’, along with a ‘high quality menu and wine list’.

So whether you’re looking for an intimate B&B getaway, an indulgent town house retreat, or a lavish country manor stay with all the trimmings, discover which Cotswold accommodation boasts a five-star rating.

1. Ellenborough Park

Located in an impressive manor house dating back to the 16th century, Ellenborough Park boasts a five-star hotel rating and three Rosettes for its superb food; with its menu designed by head chef and star of Great British Menu, David Kelman.

Located in a rural setting on the outskirts of Cheltenham, this stunning period property is set within 90-acres of beautiful parkland, offering 60 rooms and suites, spa and leisure facilities, as well as a selection of restaurants and bars.

Beautifully combining the modern comforts of a deluxe bolthole while retaining the history and charm of the period property, this is the perfect destination for a lavish getaway with your new husband or wife.

2. The Slaughters Country Inn

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Nestled in the Cotswold village of Lower Slaughter, The Slaughters Country Inn offers a relaxed ambience in a building dating back to the 17th century, with 31 stylish bedrooms in an idyllic countryside setting.

The Slaughters Country Inn also boasts a good restaurant with a two AA Rosette award, serving a seasonal menu of British cooking married with classical dishes.

What’s more, the picturesque venue is conveniently situated just a stone’s throw away from local landmarks, with plenty of opportunities for day trips.

3. Cleeve Hill House

Set on Cheltenham’s Cleeve Hill, one of the highest points in the Cotswolds, this boutique B&B boasts stunning views of the Malvern Hills, while conveniently located adjacent to Cheltenham.

Cleeve Hill House is home to a beautiful glass conservatory, an honesty bar and comfortable lounge area, while its nine individually decorated bedrooms, with some including four poster beds, provide happy couples with a touch of luxury.

Perfect for taking long walks with your partner, the B&B backs onto Cleeve Hill, which benefits from stunning panoramic scenes of the Cotswolds and beyond.

4. The Fleece Hotel

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Centrally located in the picturesque Cotswold town of Cirencester, The Fleece Hotel is grade II listed and one of the oldest buildings in the area, yet finished to a high standard.

Steeped in period details, the Fleece Hotel boasts original beams and log fires, perfect for cosying up next to your partner, while its many thoughtful touches create a venue that is bursting with charm and character.

Guests can wake up to a traditional Cotswold breakfast, with its hearty portions promising to set guests up for the day, before the chance to explore the local market town.

5. Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa

Set within 12 acres of beautiful countryside near Malmesbury, Whatley Manor provides a luxurious setting for a lavish post-wedding holiday, with a selection of restaurants and bars; a beautiful spa boasting outdoor facilities; and even a cinema with popcorn and ice-cream available.

Its 15 spacious bedrooms and eight suites are individually decorated, with a blend of contemporary and antique design, offering views over the attractive gardens, unique works of art on the wall and splendid features.

If you’re really pushing the boat out, its Grand Suite spans the entire second floor of the house, and boasts a stand-alone bath, beautiful furnishings, morning tea or coffee served to the room, full access to the spa, magazines and newspapers, as well as complimentary DVDs from the in-house library.

6. Beaumont House

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Situated in Cheltenham, Beaumont House has been awarded five stars by The AA, as well as being listed in its Good Hotel Guide, with the house boasting a fascinating history dating back to the 1800s.

The 16-room house offers a spacious garden with elegant bedrooms decorated in Asian and African themes, which are luxuriously furnished and well-equipped, while guests can enjoy handcrafted chocolates upon arrival, fresh daily fruit and an award-winning cooked breakfast.

What’s more, ring ahead and ask for its Romantic Stay Package to surprise your partner, with Champagne served on ice upon arrival, a box of luxury chocolates, towel swans on the bed and silk rose petals.

7. The Bradley

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Having been recently refurbished, The Bradley in Cheltenham is a contemporary and stylish B&B, offering plenty of quality and comfort and conveniently situated just a short stroll from the centre of the Regency town.

There are six luxury rooms to choose from, coming in a range of shapes and sizes, with choices including a king sized bed, a four-poster bed, a room with a private balcony, and even the option of a silk mattress for that extra touch of romance.

Meanwhile guests can wake up to a range of tasty breakfast options in the elegant dining room, with The Bradley using ingredients from fresh and local produce.

8. The Village Pub

Priding itself on its relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, The Village Pub in Barnsley, near Cirencester, is a stylish and contemporary country inn, offering exceptional quality modern British food.

Overnight guests can choose from six newly-refurbished bedrooms, bursting with country luxury, with a fuss-free Cotswold farmhouse breakfast in the morning.

Rooms enjoy separate entrance from the pub and boast old beams in the rafters, sunken roll top baths and the choice of a four-poster bed for the ultimate indulgence.

9. The Porch House

Rumoured to be England’s oldest Inn and dating back to the 10th century, The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold has 13 individually designed rooms – including a dog-friendly room for animal-loving couples.

Guests can also relax in the conservatory and dine at its well-regarded restaurant – with a private dining area for up to 12 people perfect for an intimate wedding reception or post-wedding debrief.

With exposed stone walls and log fires to snuggle up next to, as well as an unmissable breakfast featuring lots of local produce, The Porch House is perfect if you’re after a quiet Cotswold getaway.

10. Lucknam Park

Situated in Chippenham and down a mile-long tree-lined avenue, the Palladium mansion of Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa promises an enjoyable and memorable stay.

Surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens, couples can enjoy being pampered within the indulgent spa and wellbeing centre, as well as the chance to enjoy equestrian pursuits and luxury retreats.

With a host of dining options, including its two AA Rosette award-winning Brasserie, guests will be spoilt for choice before retiring to one of its sensational suites.

11. The Manor House

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Situated in a secluded valley adjacent to the picturesque village of Chippenham, couples can enjoy 365 acres of glorious grounds, with an 18-hole golf course and Italian garden.

Guests can choose to stay in either the main house or its row of stone cottages, with its Lordsmeer Suite boasting a flat-screen television, ‘his and hers’ sinks, a large walk-in shower, under-floor heating, a granite fireplace and a large ornate oak fireplace.

The venue’s public rooms include a number of cosy lounges and roaring fires, while its award-winning food utilises top quality local produce, with a kitchen garden on-site.

By Alice Lloyd

© SoGlos
Wednesday 21 September 2016

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