Whatley Manor – Malmesbury, Wiltshire
This beautiful Cotswold country manor hotel, set in 12 acres of gorgeous English gardens, makes a popular choice for Londoners who crave a sybaritic weekend away (and a haven for grown ups – no children under 12). Close to the quaint market town of Malmesbury, it offers 23 recently refurbished, individually designed and luxuriously furnished rooms, with new solid wood floors. Unwind in the Aquarias Spa, where features include an indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool, a series of heated relaxation experiences and spoiling treatments. Relax in the 26 stunning garden areas or watch a film in the 40-seat cinema. There’s a refreshing lack of pomp in The Dining Room, where new executive chef Niall Keating’s innovative, seasonal cooking quickly earned him a Michelin star and draws inspiration from many cuisines, including Korean, Japanese and classic French. For casual dining, Grey’s Brasserie has smart looks and a sophisticated city brasserie vibe and in summer months the Garden Terrace in the kitchen garden comes into its own.
The Green Room is a relaxed space to enjoy small plate dishes, watch the chefs in action seated around a central island
Melting away treatment in Aquarias Spa