Debate continues over which is the quirkiest bedroom amongst Cotswold hotels - at The Painswick you can bathe whilst overlooking an entire Cotswold Valley. The funky bedrooms at Foxhill Manor have been used by members of Take That and Lady Gaga (not at the same time) and if you simply prefer a bit of heritage to provide atmosphere where you sleep, it’s hard to beat The Old Bell at Malmesbury, Britain’s oldest purpose built hotel.
The view from your hotel is also a key part of the pleasure. At Lords of the Manor you can look out over a private 8 acre Cotswold garden, complete with meadow, lake and island. Barnsley House has the distinct advantage of its Rosemary Verey designed garden, unique amongst Cotswold hotels. Step out of the Dial House and you are immediately amongst the hustle and bustle of the Cotswolds’ busiest village.
The variety on offer isn’t limited to nice bedrooms, the best Cotswold hotels are usually at the centre of village life and often have quirky bars and restaurants to add a little extra to a stay.
At The Feathers in Woodstock you’ll find the first bar to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the greatest number of gins available on the planet. Today, there are over 400 available, with Gin Experience menus to help you find your way around.
The Pudding Club is based at the Three Ways House hotel in Mickleton. Regular meetings, where puddings are celebrated, are open to all. Foxhill Manor or Dormy House can arrange a Segway Safari for you, Russell’s in Broadway happens to also run a very fine fish and chip restaurant whilst the team at Lords of the Manor are always happy to show you the ancient wine cellars. Cotswold hotels don’t come much more ‘Cotswold’
than the Swan at Bibury, with its views over Rack Island to Arlington Row, one of the most photographed places in England. Thyme, a gem of property in Southrop offers an in-house CookerySchool. A stay in one of these Cotswold hotels offers a little more.
Cotswold hotels can be hard to leave, but relax. You could always plan your return visit to a Cotswolds Finest hotel on your way home.