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The 5 best luxury hotels in the Cotswolds

If you fancy a visit to the Cotswolds, but you are not sure where to stay. Let us help you take the guess work out of booking the right hotel and give you our top 5 luxury hotels in the Cotswolds.

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Why you should visit the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds run through five rural English counties; Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire, covering eight hundred miles of beautiful landscape. Famous for its quintessential chocolate box villages, all honey-coloured Jurassic limestone, thatched rooves and amazing country gardens, the Cotswolds are a highly regarded bolt hole for many Brits.

There is lots to see and do in the Cotswolds too, whether you want art, history, entertainment, or relaxation. And then there are the ancient woodlands and wildflower meadows to walk through, where you can feel your very soul exhaling a sigh of relaxed contentment. Here are some of our favourite tourist attractions

This amazing natural landscape also yields some of the finest food and drink in the UK, with plenty of dining choice from gastro-pubs to Michelin starred restaurants.

Where to stay in the Cotswolds

We like to think we know our clients very well and so picking just five luxury hotels for you to choose from was not as hard to do as you might think. In fact, it was simple… so here they are in no particular order.

1. Buckland ManorBuckland Manor is a truly elegant country house hotel, near the country town of Broadway in Worcestershire. This award-winning manor is part of the Andrew Brownsword hotel group. Staying at a Manor house almost demands a suite with a four-poster bed and so we recommend booking this room, if you like to read books by the fire before bedtime. 

The restaurant is headed by chef William Guthrie who specialises in seasonal local produce to maintain his three AA rosette standing. Not sure what to order? The Michelin guide has a number of mouth-watering recommendations!

There are lots of attractions nearby too, so you will not have too far to go to find your hearts desire in a day out, whether that is sightseeing, strolling through country gardens, or visiting castles and palaces.

2. Calcot ManorCalcot Manor and Spa is located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, which gives you plenty of opportunity to visit attractions such as the Royal gardens at Highgrove, or Chavenage House… you could even try a lesson at Beaufort Polo Club, or watch the Festival of Polo in June.

If you are looking for a family room, we recommend the Tetbury, which will give you everything you and your family need for a truly luxurious stay. Calcot also has two restaurants, the Gumstool Inn, serving traditional British cuisine and the Conservatory, which offers a modern British menu, both recommended by the Michelin guide.

When you feel like relaxing a bit more, we recommend visiting the spa… but make sure that you make some time for tennis, because they have two good size courts, which is so much fun in the summer with friends and family.

3. Dormy HouseDormy House hotel is situated in Broadway, Worcestershire, which itself is well situated for many local tourist attractions, from Blenheim palace to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

We recommend either a standard suite, such as the ‘Studio’, which has all the luxury amenities you would need, including a pair of wellie boots to borrow during your stay for the long countryside walks. Or you could choose a hot tub suite, which includes the floral extravagance that is Rose cottage. With either choice dogs are welcome at Dormy House, where they will get their own bed, towel and even a treat for when they arrive.

Dormy House offers a highly reputable menu from its two restaurants, recommended by the Michelin guide and founded under the guiding hand of Michelin star chef Martin Burge, but it’s real gem of a dining experience is the latest restaurant MO, which offers an eight-course tasting menu for up to twelve guests.

If you really want to relax during your stay, then we highly recommend a day at the Dormy House spa. Alongside their bathing room and thermal suite, they have six treatment rooms providing everything you need to unwind in luxury.

4. The Gainsborough Bath and SpaThe Gainsborough hotel is a beautiful listed building from the 1800s, set in the centre of Bath’s thermal springs (a World Heritage site), making it the perfect location for a spa-based luxury holiday.

There is a lot of choice in rooms, but we recommend you go for either the Bath Spa Suite, or the adjacent Townhouse. With the Bath Spa Suite, you will get all the luxuries you desire in a city break stay, plus in-room access to the healing thermal waters and unlimited spa village access. The Townhouse however, although off site, offers a more lavish private stay with over four floors of exquisite décor and full access to hotel staff and services, plus a day’s full access to the spa village.

Whichever choice you make in room, one thing you can count on to be the same is access to the Dan Moon at the Gainsborough Restaurant. We particularly recommend the five-course tasting menu, which will not disappoint!

Of course, staying in Bath opens you up to the beautiful city’s tourist attractions and delightful shopping. There is lots to see, from museums and art galleries to historic sites and the theatre… something cultural for everyone.

5. Lygon Arms Hotel – The Lygon Arms hotel was built in the 1300s and is set in stunning Worcestershire countryside town of Broadway. Steeped in Tudor history this wonderful building has played host to historical and celebrity guests, from Oliver Cromwell and King Edward VII to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

We recommend booking a suite, naturally, so that you have the comfort in space and amenities. The Lygon Arms is a dog friendly hotel too, so bringing Mr. Belvedere along is the perfect excuse to go on those long walks you have been dreaming about.

Don’t forget to put aside some time to have a treatment from the Lygon Arms spa, or try some of the dining specialities that the Michelin guide recommends.

Concierge Tip

We hope in writing this that we have helped you decide on your perfect choice of luxury hotel for a trip to the Cotswolds. But before you leave us and start booking, we wanted to give you just a little more advice. We believe there are five things you should never do without when planning your luxury stay and these are;

- A chauffeured transfer – let’s face it, the travelling to your destination can sometimes feel bothersome. Take all the stress out of it and have your own personal driver take you direct from your transfer point to the hotel.

- Fresh flowers and champagne in your room – a holiday should start with a bang and what better way to do that than a glass of bubbly on arrival and a room freshly scented with cut flowers.

- Book private tours – whether you want to take a tour of Blenheim Palace, or boat trip along the Cotswold Canal a private tour gives you so much more insight to the place you are visiting, a real opportunity to immerse yourself in the countryside life and a chance to see things you would otherwise miss.

- Book at least one luxury dining experience –give yourself the excuse to dress up and really look forward to something special. Remember the high-end restaurants may be booked for months in advance, so planning this with your trip is crucial if you want to experience a chef’s best tasting menu.

- Book something cultural – it’s not often in our busy lives that we feel like we have chance to get to the opera, or the theatre. Being away from home gives us the perfect excuse to book something entertaining during our stay. A Cotswold based choice could be the Longborough Opera Festival which runs from June to August each year and hosts a private dining experience in their Gothic Tower.

If you need help making these bookings, or with the details of your extras feel free to contact us because luxury is what we do.