The cosiest motels within the Cotswolds


t’s the honey-hued cottages lining snaking lanes and trickling streams, and puffing smoke into the silent night air that pulls us to the Cotswolds as quickly because the temperature drops, in addition to the undeniably cosy attraction of its native pubs-with-rooms.

Right here, crackling fires heat a scene of previous stone, dogs-on-rugs and gnarled beams, whereas within the surrounding nation piles, friends sink into drawing room sofas and afternoon tea rituals or stew in outside sizzling tubs amid the frost and crisp nation air.

From time capsule nation pubs with very good meals to motels towing the standard (but unstuffy) nation dwelling line, listed below are the cosiest motels within the Cotswolds to ebook now.

Calcot Manor & Spa, Tetbury

A Cotswoldian favorite, Calcot Manor & Spa’s primary, honey-hued constructing is surrounded by a maze of renovated barns and outbuildings, all set inside 220-acres of rewilded meadowland for post-lunch ambles. Removed from imposing, the lodge’s wisteria-clad facade glows an inviting amber within the darker months, engulfing friends by its entrance for afternoon tea in one in every of a number of drawing rooms or a correct pub lunch on the Gum Stool Inn.

The Conservatory might seize on a extra elegant theme with intensive wine lists and refined plates similar to lamb rump with artichokes or bream with confit fennel and bisque, however the tone is refreshingly unstuffy. Very similar to the rooms, which retain their cosy, timber beam and heavy mattress linen attraction amid the trendy touches and intelligent tech. However the final snug-factor will be discovered within the tastefully renovated spa barn, the place a big sizzling tub sits on the centre of a lavender-infused courtyard, with an open hearth guaranteeing exits are toasty.

From £265;

Calcot Manor & Spa

The Lygon Arms, Broadway

That is the historic, ruddy-faced Cotswolds the punters got here for, the place muddy wellies and labradors splay out throughout unique flagstones, and period-style rooms thrust friends into the sixteenth century. Counting Oliver Cromwell and Charles I amongst its illustrious friends, this unique teaching inn sits alongside Broadway’s primary thoroughfare and elicits a shiver of pleasure because it pulls you in from the chilly to a warren of crackling fires and cushty corners.

The Lygon Arms

The primary pub’s low-slung beams and convivial character is the final word publish stroll tonic, but when cosy is any means synonymous with roasty hues and a profound sense of historical past, the grand restaurant with its banquettes and stucco ceiling absolutely prevails (the place Chef James Martin will shortly be shaking up the menu). Courtyard suites are a contemporary riff on tartan-clad nation bedrooms, so for the characterful unique floorboards, Jacobean home windows and beams bearing the centuries, verify into the primary rooms by way of an previous creaky staircase.

From £185;

Thyme, Southrop

Thyme riffs on an enlightened type of cosy: the botanical type the place consolation is present in ethics and organic-styled interiors reflecting the chic environment. It’s actually all in regards to the meals right here. A handful of cottages, tastefully renovated barns after which a good-looking honey-stone previous rectory took their cue from the cooking college previous them, which continues to take a seat entrance and centre.

Sheep stools honour the Baa’s earlier life as a lambing shed, the place velvet sofas, blonde timber and gin and tonics infused with backyard herbs have changed the hay. Now a foodie pilgrimage spot, the Ox Barn serves up a lofty, seasonal spin on cockle-warming numbers, similar to confit guinea fowl with potato and pancetta, or baked chickpeas with pumpkin and goats curd, all immaculately cooked with the property’s personal bounty or produce from surrounding farms.


/ Rachael Smith

When not wallowing within the heated springwater pool or being lathered in botanical oils within the Meadow Spa, the cosiest place to be is underneath the rooms’ luxurious mattress linen following a piping sizzling bathtub, or certainly within the Swan – a time-battered pub with wildly scrumptious meals.

From £360;

Lucknam Park

Set inside 500 acres of parkland not removed from Tub’s Georgian symmetry, Lucknam Park is the blue-blooded aunt who loves kids, canines and nation pursuits. Renovated to a rustic-yet-refined design transient, a collection of serviced cottages scatter the grounds for final privateness, whereas a far grander proposition will be discovered above the primary 18th century pile’s salons and drawing rooms.

Lucknam Park

Right here, resplendent bedrooms of mahogany 4 posters, silk drapes and floral wallpaper embody clipped English nation idylls with out the rooms on the decrease finish of the size, or within the courtyard, feeling quick modified on nation home oomph. Following a brisk morning experience or archery lesson, friends can cocoon themselves within the spa’s sauna or Japanese salt room earlier than curling up within the library with an elaborate cup of tea and a great ebook.

From £295;

The Painswick, Stroud

With its bucolic views of the Slad Valley (carpeted in snow when you’re fortunate) and chesterfield sofas dealing with onto mottled stone fireplaces, the Painswick, at first look, is your traditional nation pile with rooms and distinctive meals. But look just a little nearer and the trendy artworks lining the wooden panelling, nordic lighting and artistic cocktail menu really feel centuries away from its mullion window character, easing the lodge into relevancy.

Steve Russell Studios Ltd.

It’s the playful, artsy youthful sister of Tetbury’s Calcot Manor, who relishes a sport of pool or backgammon adopted by a cream lathered scone by the hearth, washed down with just a few glasses of champagne. Pastel-hued rooms are infused with the identical playful twist on custom, with quirky retro touches and roll high baths studded with scrumptious Ren potions. Chef Jamie McCallum’s sourdough has gained a legendary standing, whereas his new menu of Cotswold venison and Wiltshire truffled pumpkin agnolotti reveals off the area’s farming prowess.

From £197;

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

If an emotional and aesthetic sense of consolation is articulated by organically-minded interiors and menus honouring their location, Carole Bamford’s The Wild Rabbit, is the epitome. Only some wild acres from its spruce natural HQ, Daylesford, this flawlessly renovated pub attracts on the group’s free-range hallmark, with earthy tones, 4 posters crafted out of wobbly delivery branches and linen with that coarse, just-spun end.

The Wild Rabbit

The pub’s gray stone partitions and unique beams are gently perked up with a smattering of recent artwork (nothing too jarring), whereas the bar weaves reverentially into its conventional character (it’s value nabbing the deep leather-based armchair by the crackling hearth – a major spot). Chef Sam Browser whips up progressive spins on the hearty crowd pleasers, the place in signature Daylesford model, provenance sits entrance and centre. That is cobweb-clearing-country-romps-and-roast territory, but when all nation authenticity vanishes on the considered a therapeutic massage, the Bamford Spa is conveniently shut.

From £140;

The Stump, Cirencester

There are pubs with rooms, then there are pizza-shacks with rooms. The Stump is finally an amalgamation of the 2 – a Cirencester success story that noticed two buddies develop their pizza-making prowess from London to the Cotswolds. Right here their decidedly trendy tackle down-time fills out the previous bones of an previous teaching inn, and whereas a creative-yet-unfussy menu, cool playlists and microbrewery beer all qualify because the hipster trappings Londoner’s could also be attempting to flee on a Cotswolds jaunt, these roll out amid artwork depicting nation pursuits, vintage chairs and and wonky wood beams, all of which protect the pub’s historic soul.

The Stump

Upstairs, light-filled rooms serve up comfy beds, walk-in showers with Bramley merchandise and little extra – such is the allure of a gasto-pub with rooms.

From £90;

The Swan Inn, Swinbrook

A blue-blooded pub is there ever was one, The Swan Inn on the sting of fairly Swinbrook is owned by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire ‘Debo’ (youngest of the Mitford sisters) and embodies all Cotswoldian tropes, from the speckled stoned partitions softened with wisteria to the understated, tavern-style interiors warmed by log burners and candles.


David Cameron might have chosen this as a lunch spot for then French President Francois Hollande, however the inn has an appropriately low-key character, with kids celebrating fiendish board sport manoeuvres and photogenic plates of breaded tiger prawns and posh fish and chips swung underneath the watchful gaze of the 5 Mitford sisters’ sketched portraits, hung casually above hearth. The Mitford memorabilia continues alongside the partitions of 11 comfortingly traditional rooms occupying a renovated steady block and riverside cottage (faraway from the din of the primary pub).

From £92;

Barnsley Home, Cirencester

A whimsical imaginative and prescient of wisteria-coated turrets, topiary and curly backyard gates, Barnsley Home is a paean to English gardening prowess which doubles up a comfortable, spa-centred retreat through the frosty months. A soak within the outside hydrotherapy pool comes with heart-tugging pastoral views over the standard property fencing, into the rolling meadows, whereas inside gown-glad friends float between Elemis therapies, leisure nook and steam rooms in a scrumptious state of delirium. Cosy is synonymous with peace right here at Barnsley, which is assured by each its bucolic location and 14+ stance on kids.

Barnsley Home

Drawn out suppers at The Potager (tables scattered in a earlier drawing room) of Herdwick lamb croquette and aubergine caviar then quail wellington or lobster ravioli, are sometimes rounded off with a botanically-infused cocktail on the bar or a recent mint tea within the room. These are discovered both within the renovated stables as multi-level, trendy, creamy takes on nation residing, or in the primary home – all with deep, dreamy beds and that crisp linen that solely top-brass motels appear to know the place to supply.

From £349;

Dormy Home

A few of this Worcester retreat’s polished, white-washed rooms of with french greys and pink patterned prospers might not chime with the idylls surrounding cosy Cotswoldian stays, however Dormy Home delivers on the shoulder-lowering home-from-home really feel the place so many others fail to. The interiors really feel restrained, clear and recent – not your typical merlot-hued and tartan-clad Cotswoldian decor – although the laid again agenda on this renovated seventeenth century farmhouse renders it a bona fide weekend bolthole.

Todhunter Earle Dormy Home

The encircling walks and village safari are actually value it, however friends can be excused for merely holing up on this labyrinth of cream linens and velvet sofas with its three eating places (two gourmand, yet another unbuttoned), or whiling away the hours within the superlative spa’s Natura Bissé-stocked therapy rooms.

From £309;

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