A glorious combination of eclecticism, heavenly food and creature comforts, all set in one of the Cotswolds’ prettiest towns, the Painswick was renovated and relaunched by new owners, The Calcot Collection, in spring 2016, and has been transformed into a relaxing, chic haven with ace cuisine and fabulous views over the Slad valley. The Calcot Collection are masters at the art of creating laidback luxury, having developed Calcot Manor and Barnsley House and the Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland. Now they’ve worked their magic on this 18th-century mansion, conjuring an arty, subtly funky feel in the sitting rooms and furnishing the 16 bedrooms in pale, soothing tones, with characteristic attention to detail. The Painswick is billed as a restaurant with rooms, so you can expect strong focus on delicious food; menus are brilliantly inventive and wonderfully seasonal. Breakfast in the sunny restaurant is a delight too – don’t miss the zinging apple and ginger tonic.
Doubles from £139
+44 (0)1452 813688; thepainswick.co.uk
Take a wander to the Painswick Rococo Gardens, which are known for their snowdrops in the spring. Back at The Painswick, cosy up in front of the fire in the winter or admire the views over the valley from the hotel’s terrace come summer.
The freshly baked focaccia is to die for but save space for a loin of Cotswold venison or Beef Wellington, topped off with a selection of local cheese.
A creative cocktail or two at the Painswick’s quirky bar, which nods to the hotel’s past as the village vicarag.
CLAIM TO FAME
Painswick is home to an annual arts festival that attracts fashion designers, creatives and artists to the village.
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