There are honourable mentions too for Charingworth Manor, on it’s hilltop location and Cotswold House which has drawn inspiration from the amazing gardens (such as Hidcote and Kiftsgate) nearby to create a unique hotel garden in a village centre setting. The Manor House in Moreton in Marsh in a surprise garden, step into the hotel from the busy High Street to discover a surprisingly quiet garden at the rear. It’s a lovely space and in demand for weddings. Lords of the Manor has just planted a new herb garden, a nice addition to the classic walled garden at the rear of this most idyllic of Hotels in the Cotswolds. Meanwhile, a stay at Thyme gives the feel of living in an entire Cotswold village, with the walk to the church by the river Leach a haven for wildflowers.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 visitor season for Cotswolds gardens really runs from Easter to October, although two arboreta (Westonbirt and Batsford) are certainly worth visiting on any day of the year. Hotels in the Cotswolds benefit from perhaps 20 nationally important gardens within the Cotswolds area.
Hidcote Manor is the National Trust flagship, a sequence of ‘rooms’ that draws visitors from the around the world. Kiftsgate Court offers one of the most spectacular sights in any garden, the Kiftsgate rose which grows 25m high up into a nearby tree. Bourton House Garden is popular, featuring herbaceous borders and topiary. Sudeley Castle holds a popular June Rose Week and Painswick Rococo is literally a ‘must see’ if you want to experience a Rococo period garden: it's the only one in the country. Further south in the area, Hotels in the Cotswolds have being relishing the chance to introduce guests to Prince Charles’ Highgrove Garden near Tetbury. It’s become easier to get a ticket recently but you’ll still need to book. The Hare and Hounds hotel offers packages.
We need to make special mention of Autumn in Cotswolds. The Beech tree is the Cotswold tree, often lining the roads and lanes leading to Hotels in the Cotswolds and producing the most fantastic display of copper colours every Autumn.