Just inside the Cotswolds, in a village that dates back to the Domesday book, The Rectory Hotel has long been cherished as a lovely bolthole. Now, under new ownership, it’s become a truly special address. If you yearn for somewhere that mixes the best attributes of a stylish hotel together with the easy going welcome of a friend or relative’s gorgeous country house, then this is the retreat you’ve been looking for. There’s a sitting room with log fire, bundles of newspapers and stacks of glossy magazines, plus a drawing room where guests meet for after-dinner drinks or settle down to watch a film together. In the elegant wood-panelled restaurant that faces the pretty garden, menus are old school, updated for modern tastes and unpretentiously presented. The 18 bedrooms, including three in a separate cottage, are simple, relaxing and beautifully furnished, as is the whole house, and the owners’ own delightful pub, The Potting Shed, stands just across the road.
Westonbirt Arboretum, 15,000 specimens from all over the globe.
The Potting Shed just over the road, for the best pub grub around.
Some comfy shoes and head off to explore Tetbury and its stunning array of antiques shops and independents. We love Artique and popping into Yellow-Lighted Bookshop where they have read every book on the shelf and haven’t yet failed to match us with the perfect story.