10 best hotels in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has a reputation for being an almost Hollywood interpretation of life in the UK. Honey coloured buildings, rolling countryside and plenty of opportunity for a classic cream tea. With all those credentials and more, it’s little wonder that this part of the world has also developed a reputation for hospitality excellence. Here, the expert independent reviewers at The Good Hotel Guide select ten of the best hotels in the Cotswolds.

Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter

A sandy coloured manor house that exemplifies welcoming luxury in the Cotswolds, Lords of the Manor in Upper Slaughter is a 17th century hotel surrounded by rolling hills and charming countryside. Stylish and sophisticated, but cosy and inviting, it’s a dog friendly destination, which is just as well given the abundant opportunity for good walks in the area. Return to cracking fires and award-winning dining – it’s the ideal fusion of historic elegance and contemporary hospitality.

The Swan, Bibury

Indulgent and enchanting, The Swan is a former coaching inn that sits on the banks of the River Coln. Peaceful and intimate, it encapsulates the concept of ‘small but perfectly formed’ with 18 bedrooms in the main hotel and four garden cottage suites, all of which are individually designed with a sense of decadence. Think four poster beds and William Morris style wallpaper, all with views of swans swimming by when you wake in the morning.

The Rectory Hotel, Malmesbury

Stylish and sophisticated, The Rectory Hotel is a country house and restaurant with distinctly modern flair inside its historic facade. Transporting you to a Gatsby-esque era of house parties, it’s all sumptuous soft furnishings and turning a Georgian property into the best of contemporary hotels. Striking dining experiences are offset by historic architecture and elegance is tempered by welly-boots countryside and the sister pub, The Potting Shed, perfect for a pint by the fire, next door.

The Lamb Inn, Burford

On a quiet street in this market town, The Lamb Inn is cosy and sumptuous. There’s no doubt you’re in for a treat when you’re here, but you feel instantly at home as well. Charming details such as a log fire and grandfather clock greet you as you arrive at the 15th century weaver’s cottage, while days can be filled with rambles in the surrounding countryside, reading the paper or playing board games.

The Feathered Nest, Chipping Norton

It’s all about the food at The Feathered Nest, a gastropub with three AA rosettes to its name. Centred around the quintessentially Cotswolds pub, there are also four individually decorated bedrooms peppered with antiques and beds you can sink into. Breakfast is a wholesome affair, and you wake in the morning to chattering birds and scenic views.

The Maytime Inn, Asthall

A picture perfect pub in Oxfordshire, The Maytime Inn dates back to the 17th century and is an intimate setting for award-winning dining. While it is most definitely elegant and stylish, the pub vibe is at its core and its menu of over 100 different gins is certainly a feature. Seasonal dining ranges from a la carte dishes to pub classics, and of course, nothing beats a good old fashioned sandwich. Meanwhile, accommodation sees four individually named rooms overlooking the garden and courtyard, provide a tranquil space to rest your head.

The Painswick, Painswick

The Painswick, set in a uniquely beautiful Palladian house, aims to be a home from home… if your home is a lesson in superb design. A delightful combination of supremely elegant and just a little bit quirky, attention to detail is second to none. The elegance is undercut perfectly by the ‘tuck in’ attitude to dining – a Smorgasbord-style approach characterises The Hearth restaurant, while 16 rooms and suites of varying sizes all have their own unique attributes to recommend them.

The Royal Oak, Tetbury

Described as a “lively old inn [with] a funky-chic feel”, The Royal Oak in Tetbury is an 18th century pub that’s had a piecemeal creative makeover over the years. Today it welcomes delighted guests with details such as an Art Deco piano and a vintage jukebox, up-cycled furnishings and a saloon bar. Its six guest rooms include the option to stay in a lodge, all of which offer contemporary country chic style.

Sign of the Angel, Lacock

Lacock is known for its movie-worthy vistas, a chocolate box village where the likes of Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice have both been filmed. The Sign of the Angel is very much an attraction in its own right however. A 15th century coaching inn, it has two AA rosettes and lots of original features that lend it its character. That said, proprietors take great care with the details, and as such, everything from the soft furnishings to the presentation of the food is carefully considered. Its five rooms continue this talent for fusing luxe and historic detail complete with all the amenities you could ask for as well.

Calcot Hotel and Spa, Tetbury

In 220 acres of grounds, Calcot Hotel and Spa has a little something for everyone. A family friendly hotel, it’s also superbly romantic, great for foodies and infinitely relaxing. The hotel’s spa is well known for being the height of luxury, a purpose built addition where details like the outdoor hot tub, that’s welcoming at any time of the year, are dramatically beautiful. Rooms and suites are made for lazy lie ins, while dining offers everything from afternoon tea to celebratory dinners, all offering a balance between style and sophistication.

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