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The Best Hotels In The Cotswolds

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There’s nothing quite like waking up in this part of the UK. We’ve found the best hotels in arguably the prettiest countryside in England, which will make you want to stay longer than a weekend. Start planning your next country escape with our roundup of the best hotels in the Cotswolds.

Best Hotels In The Cotswolds 2021

Reviews are taken from this year’s Great British & Irish Hotels Guide, you can read the full reviews online or purchase your print Hotels Guide here

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  • The Falcon

    The Falcon 

    The idyllic rural village of Castle Ashby is set within the 10,500-acre Castle Ashby Estate, the ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton, and at its centre sits The Falcon. A Grade II-listed coaching inn built in 1594, it will open as a magnificent country retreat having been lovingly transformed and completely reimagined by Lord and Lady Northampton. There’s 22 bedrooms spread across the main hotel and adjacent cottages; bedroom five is the showstopper, with a private terrace and far-stretching lake views. Some cottages can be booked together to create larger suites, perfect for families.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1604 698005 | thefalcon-castleashby.com

  • The Bradley Cheltenham

    The Bradley

    Whether you’re going to the races, spending a weekend at one of Cheltenham’s many science, jazz and literature festivals, or simply sightseeing and shopping, The Bradley will be your home from home. This lovely, honeyed- stone Regency townhouse in the fashionable Montpellier district of Cheltenham has been a B&B since 2011 and was recently given a significant refurbishment by owners Peter and Lana de Savary. The resulting interior is elegant in style with beautifully curated antiques, paintings and objets d’art. There are ten lovely bedrooms, including one with a romantic four-poster and another in the Art Deco style.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1242 519077 | thebradleyhotel.co.uk

  • No. 131 – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

    No 131

    This is the hip place to stay in Cheltenham: classic on the outside, fashionable on the inside. With hangouts and hideaways aplenty, its newly landscaped sun terraces with outdoor bars and al fresco dining make for relaxed daytime get-togethers. There’s 36 fabulous bedrooms, including three family suites, which are adorable cocoons with divine beds, stylish bathtubs, bold fabrics, original artwork from some of the UK’s biggest creative names and period bathrooms for a touch of old-fashioned luxury.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1242 822939 | no131.com

  • The Fuzzy Duck - Armscote, Warwickshire

    The Fuzzy Duck

    A brilliant example of a village pub that has been rescued with skill and panache. Brother and sister business owners Adrian and Tania Slater have transformed this modest Midlands inn (formerly The Fox and Goose), into an expression of the same ‘affordable luxury’ ethos they’ve also applied so successfully to their bath, body and fragrance company, Baylis & Harding, and with the same stylish, sky-high standards. The pub’s top- to-toe transformation has created a slick, sophisticated and cosy place in which to drink, dine and stay – you’ll find it’s more like walking into a private home than an inn. Choose from four elegant bedrooms, with beautifully neutral interiors, big, comfortable beds, Frette linens and contemporary fabrics.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1608 682635 | fuzzyduckarmscote.com

     

  • The Fish

    The Fish

    Tucked away on the handsome Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds, alongside Dormy House and Foxhill Manor, The Fish Hotel is a boutique property with some extraordinary features. A recent £4 million revamp heralds the arrival of several new additions to the hotel: alongside new rooms and suites in The Coach House and Farmhouse, there are now three show- stopping luxury treehouses accessed via rope bridge (perfect for a family escape) and a collection of five converted shepherd’s huts dotted around the grounds, with cosy double beds and freestanding baths. A stroll down the hill leads to Hook, the restaurant helmed by culinary director Martin Burge.

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    Contact: +44(0)1386 858000 | thefishhotel.co.uk

  • Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

    Tudor Farmhouse Hotel 

    In the heart of the Forest of Dean in the magnificent Wye Valley, surrounded by ancient woodland, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel is an utterly chic 20 room boutique retreat. All low ceilings, ancient wood beams and crackling fires, the 17th-century farmhouse and its converted outbuildings house luxurious rooms and particularly sumptuous beds, most with a freestanding tub. Its 14 acres of wildflower meadows are a protected site of Special Scientific Interest, due to its rare plants, and foraging trips are one of many nature activities on offer from the hotel’s expert team.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1594 833046 | tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk

  • Ellenborough Park

    Ellenborough Park

    An outstanding address on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park is an immaculately restored, sumptuous Cotswold-stone manor, bristling with turrets and towers, parts of which date back to 1500. In the 1830s it was home to Lord Ellenborough, former governor general of India – the influence of his travels is visible in the Great Hall and Minstrels’ Gallery. The peerless Nina Campbell has reinvented the interior, with 61 classically English bedrooms furnished with antiques, rich fabrics, heavenly beds and roll top baths in the bathroom.

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    Contact +44 (0)1242 545454; | ellenboroughpark.com

  • Feldon Valley

    Feldon Valley

    There has been a par 71, 18-hole golf course at Feldon Valley for more than two decades, but it was only last year that accommodation was added to create a tranquil North Cotswolds retreat. Positioned parallel to the golf course, the 25 contemporary rooms are spread across four minimalist wood and glass lodges, as well as the main building, all linked by a raised boardwalk and with views out across the countryside. Some rooms come with a private veranda; others have floor-to-ceiling windows facing the woods and golf course beyond (larger groups can book an entire lodge). The spacious lounge area has glass doors that open onto a welcoming terrace with firepits and valley vistas – perfect for a leisurely leaf through the papers or a peaceful nightcap.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1608 685633 | feldonvalley.uk

  • No38 The Park

    No38 The Park

    Part of the brilliant Lucky Onion Group that was started by Julian and Jade Dunkerton, this fine Georgian house, tucked away in the centre of Regency Cheltenham overlooking leafy Pittville Park, combines the independence of a B&B with the luxury of a hotel. Whether you take just a room or the entire house, you’ll feel completely at ease here – and even your favourite canine companion can join you, too, for an extra element of home-from-home comfort.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1242 822929 | no38thepark.com

  • Woolley Grange

    Woolley Grange

    The homely, relaxed atmosphere of this Jacobean manor house, the original Luxury Family Hotel, puts you immediately at ease. Its wood-panelled interior, open fires and antique furnishings are impressive but not pretentious, and it’s unmatched for making children and dogs welcome. The 14-acre garden is one big adventure playground, with swings, play houses and dipping pond. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the complimentary Woolley Bears Den children’s club and the Hen House for older children. Adult treats include picnics in the grounds, a luxurious ELEMIS spa, roaring log fires and a terrace for champagne on summer evenings. The bedrooms are both family friendly and full of character. Read our Woolley Park staycation review.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1225 864705 | woolleygrangehotel.co.uk

  • The Swan

    The Swan

    This 16th-century timbered inn, complete with inglenook fireplaces, reclaimed wooden floors and a large central bar, has become the latest in Sam and Georgie Pearman’s new Country Creatures collection of delightful and stylish rural establishments. You’ll find seven dashingly pretty bedrooms and a family cottage, all balancing comfort and luxury in equal measure, with antique and modern art pieces, natural linens, velvets and printed fabrics, and Georgie’s 100 Acres Apothecary products in the bathrooms.

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    Contact: + 44 (0)1993 832332 | swanascott.com

  • Bowood

    Bowood Hotel

    There are 43 spacious, contemporary bedrooms in this fine estate hotel, but it’s the stunning reception rooms, designed by the Marchioness of Lansdowne, that make the place: the soft grey hall, book-lined library and the sweeping Shelburne bar and restaurant, perfect for elegant but contemporary dining. Stay here – in 2,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland – and enjoy one of the finest all-weather PGA Championship golf courses in the South West. Alternatively, take over the four-bedroom Queenwood Lodge, made for special occasions. Alongside the hotel, enjoy a spell in the beautiful award-winning spa with infinity pool or sit down for a delicious afternoon tea in the library.

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    +44 (0)1249 822228 | bowood.org/hotel 

  • The Trout

    The Trout At Tadpole Bridge

    What a delightful spot. It’s here that the infant Thames is at its most peaceful, slipping past miles of understated countryside, rich in wildlife. Downstream from Tadpole Bridge are the wildflower meadows and wading birds of the Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve; across the fields is Bampton, one of the prettiest villages in the county. Kelmscott Manor lies farther along the river, while Blenheim Palace and Cotswold Water Park are within easy reach. It’s hard to think of a better base for a weekend away.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1367 870382 | troutinn.co.uk

     

  • Dormy House

    Dormy House

    Hidden deep within the sprawling 400-acre Farncombe Estate, on a hill overlooking the picture-postcard village of Broadway, this 17th-century farmhouse-turned-boutique retreat underwent a £10 million renovation. Inside, flagstone floors, plush sofas and stone fireplaces offer a home-away-from-home level of comfort – albeit in a grander setting. Its 39 cheerful bedrooms and suites are the exemplar of quintessential country living with a touch of Scandinavian style. Dormy House is also home to an internationally renowned spa, offering utter relaxation in the form of thermal suites, lavender infusion saunas and an outdoor fireside hot tub.

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    +44(0)1386 852711 | dormyhouse.co.uk

  • Lygon Arms

    Lygon Arms

    Visit a hotel that has been coloured by the characters of history. At The Lygon Arms you can eat in the suite (now dining room) that Oliver Cromwell stayed in the night before the Battle of Worcester in 1651, and whose former guests include Edward VII, Elizabeth Taylor and Prince Philip. Offering a glorious overview of the Cotswolds, The Lygon Arms in the centre of Broadway is the ideal destination from which to discover one of the most beloved regions in the country. Explore the Cotswold Way, a walk that will reward you with countryside views, picture- perfect villages and pre-historic landmarks.

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    Contact: + 44 (0)1386 852255 | lygonarmshotel.co.uk

  • Thorpe Manor

    Thorpe Manor

    Pulling up to this gloriously grand grade II*-listed Georgian house in the pretty Oxfordshire village of Thorpe Mandeville, it’s clear that this is an English country pile with a difference. No fusty furniture or creaky floorboards here; recently completely restored, each of its many sprawling rooms including 14 standout ensuite bedrooms, which have been meticulously designed, seamlessly blending modern touches with period furniture. An exclusive-use homestay, it’s popular for special occasions, especially parties and weddings, with a wealth of sociable spaces, like its inviting dining room seating 30; a sumptuous drawing room with plump sofas and piles of boardgames in front of the cosy fireplace; a lavish wood-panelled bar for an intimate night cap and a showstopper cinema with velvet armchairs and an enormous screen.

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    +44 (0)1295 711006; thorpemanorhouse.co.uk

  • Cowley Manor Cheltenham

    Cowley Manor

    From the outside it’s a stunning Italianate manor house set in classical cascade-filled grounds; inside it’s a flawless, hip hotel, with 21st-century good looks. And although the style is cool, the welcome from ever-helpful staff is warm. After checking into your state-of-the-art room – in six categories with plenty for families – you can while away time playing pool in the padded leather billiards room, drinking in the funky bar or relaxing on the elegant stone terrace, a sun trap with fabulous views.

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    +44 (0)1242 870900; cowleymanor.com

  • The Kinham Plough

    The Kingham Plough 

    The Kingham Plough has always been far more than a traditional gastro-pub. Since it was first opened by chef Emily Watkins in 2007, foodies have flocked here for her creative interpretation of bygone British dishes, often based on old Cotswold recipes. Now, new owners Matt and Kate Beamish (who have worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc, Jamie Oliver and Fergus Henderson) have picked up the mantle. Head chef Jonny Pons champions artisan and seasonal ingredients in his modern British menu with a Mediterranean twist, making everything in-house except for the sourdough loaves, which are freshly baked by Marks Cotswold Bakery. Expect favourite pub classics – fish and chips, Ploughman’s boards, cheeseburgers – alongside refined dishes such as Tamworth pork ribeye and pea and mint tortellini.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1608 658327 | thekinghamplough.co.uk

  • Thornbury Castle – Thornbury, Gloucestershire

    Thornbury Castle

    Thornbury Castle is the real deal: so real that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed here and Princess Mary, later Mary I, lived here. After centuries as a picturesque ruin, the Howard family transformed it in Victorian times into a splendid private residence. All the panelling and decorative features are either original or hand-crafted reproductions, including much of the furniture, the ornate carved ceilings and tapestry wall-hangings. Spiral staircases lead to 27 unique, romantic bedchambers, most with coronet or four-poster beds. Their baronial style has been cleverly updated with 21st-century luxuries: rooms are well-heated with opulent bathrooms. For total privacy, there’s also The Gatehouse; self-contained with two bedrooms, set within its own garden.

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    Contact: +44 (0)1454 281182 | thornburycastle.co.uk

MORE HOTELS: The Great British & Irish Hotels Guide

Photo by Liv Cashman