When you imagine England the first thing that comes to mind (no not the huge amount of kebab shops and overweight people…including me) is the beautiful quintessential villages, made up of cobbled streets and chocolate box cottages. For me, this is everything that the beautiful area of the Cotswolds is about…just like in the film The Holiday (which is also one of my firm favourites!).
I have been to the Cotswolds lots of times, mainly when I was younger on caravan holidays with my Mom and Dad, and I’m pretty sure I moaned consistently because I wanted to go back to the holiday park and play on the park with my new friends that I had made that week, and the only way my parents could keep me going was by bribing me with ice cream…somethings never change!
Now I am adult (well attempting to be) I have a new found love for the UK and all of it’s beautiful places and I actually have Coronavirus to thank for that (the only thing Coronavirus can be thanked for!). Before this year I would never dream of a UK break and would always opt for somewhere that can pretty much guarantee sunshine, palm trees and copious amounts of cocktails.
I am very lucky that I have still managed to get abroad this year to do some island hopping in the stunning Cyclades Islands in Greece but the dreaded 14 day quarantine that we had to endure when landing back in the UK has put me off travelling abroad for the time being…I will be back!
So instead we have done some great UK breaks this year in the Cotswolds and soon to be York (next week, YIPEE) so whilst I have been stalking the internet and looking for cute places to stay in the Cotswolds, I have come across some of the prettiest hotels in the most beautiful villages that I have ever seen, so I thought I would share them with you so you can narrow down your searches and save time when you next want to visit the Cotswolds…you are welcome 😉
There are so so many beautiful places to stay in the Cotswolds, so narrowing it down to 5 (so I don’t bore the hell out of you) was pretty hard, these are of course based on my own personal preference and by looking at the hotels reviews to make sure I don’t recommend any shit holes to you 😂
The Manor House Hotel – Moreton In Marsh
The beautiful Manor House Hotel is where we stayed for our Cotswolds break earlier this year, located in the market town of Moreton In Marsh which is a perfect base to get out and explore lots of the nearby, pretty Cotswold villages.
The 16th Century building has plenty of charm and has beautiful manicured gardens at the back of the property which is the perfect spot for an afternoon tea (or a glass of wine) weather permitting…this is England, after all!
The hotel also has a beautiful restaurant, The Mulberry which offers a wide range of freshly cooked dishes using locally sourced ingredients. If you do not want to eat in the hotel then Moreton In Marsh also has a wide range of cafes, pubs, delis and restaurants for you to chose from.
The rooms are the Manor House are all individually designed and offer a modern twist with period features…which I loved, I felt like the lady of the Manor! The only issue we had at this hotel was the low doorways, which do not mix very well with my 6ft 4 husband…bumped heads galore!
I cannot recommend this stunning hotel enough and we had a fantastic stay here!
The Swan Hotel – Bibury
Hotels do not come much prettier than the stunning Swan hotel which is centrally located in the picturesque Village of Bibury, which is also said to be one of the prettiest villages in all of the UK. The village is also very well-situated for exploring the wider Cotswolds with Cirencester, Burford and other charming towns nearby.
The boutique style hotel has 22 cosy and beautifully designed rooms and also has 4 cottages which can be rented out for those looking for extra space and self catering facilities, which is ideal for those looking for a longer stay in the Cotswolds.
The hotel is well know with locals for its fantastic home cooked food and guests can choose from a casual lunch in the bar or hotels courtyard, a traditional afternoon tea in the library or a relaxed tipple in the sunshine of the hotels private riverside gardens. For those looking for a more formal and sophisticated dining experience, The Swan Brasserie offers a seasonal menu including fresh fish from the next door Trout farm…it doesn’t come much fresher than that!
This hotel is on the top of my list for our next Cotswolds visit thanks to its stunning, riverside location and of course…plenty of dining options to keep me and the hubby happy!
The Lygon Arms – Broadway
I LOVE this hotel and had originally booked here for our wedding anniversary but sadly the hotel flooded so they had to cancel our reservation…anyway I digress…The amazing Lygon Arms is an iconic Cotswold hotel in the pretty village of Broadway, which again is a great location from which to explore the villages and rolling hills on offer nearby.
The hotel has a long and vast history, the coaching inn originally dates back to the 1300’s and is where Oliver Cromwell rested his weary head the night before the Battle of Worcester in 1651, the hotel still has some of its original period features which will make the history buffs out there very happy!
Each of the beautifully designed and decorated rooms offer quirky features but in keeping with the hotels period features and history. With a choice of rooms, suites and also cottages available at the hotel, there is something for everyone…and its also pooch friendly so your beloved four legged friends can also experience the Lygon Arms!
The hotel also offers a beautiful spa which features an indoor pool covered by a retractable roof where guests can relax, unwind and enjoy a range of treatments. Foodies out there will love the Lygon Bar & Grill which serves seasonal British dishes and also has a vast wine list…yes please!
The Lygon Arms is the perfect hotel for those looking for some luxury, celebrating a special occasion or just wanting a nice relaxing stay in the heart of the Cotswolds. To check prices and availability for the Lygon Arms, please click here.
The Slaughters Country Inn – Lower Slaughter
The name may be slightly off-putting but the Slaughters Country Inn which is centrally located in the picturesque village of Lower Slaughter is a 5* world class hotel and inn which offers its lucky guests a beautiful base from which to explore the local area and the attractions that it has to offer.
With 4 acres of land to explore and a beautiful cosy bar and lounge with beamed ceilings and log fires to relax in after a tiring day of venturing out and about. The food at the hotel is exceptional (I have eaten here so can confirm this!) and offers a modern seasonal British menu which will keep even the fussiest of eaters out there, more than happy with a full tummy! When the sun is shining guests can also dine and have a drink on the terrace which overlooks the beautiful River Eye…I can think of a worse view to enjoy a nice cold pint on a summers day!
The hotel has 31 beautiful, individually designed bedrooms which are all the perfect place to kick off your shoes and relax after a long day exploring the Cotswolds.
If you are looking for a beautiful stay, in stunning surroundings then the Slaughters Country Inn could be the perfect option for your Cotswolds break.
Whatley Manor – Malmesbury
If you are looking for some luxury for your Cotswolds break then Whatley Manor in beautiful Malmesbury is a great option for you. The stunning 5* hotel and spa is nestled within 12 acres of picturesque Wiltshire countryside, this hotel is a stylish venue where you can relax and revive.
The hotel is home to a stunning spa which has been voted in the top 10 spas in all of the UK. Make good use of the indoor/ outdoor hydrotherapy pool, stretching out on the heated stone recliners, indulging in the therapeutic benefits of the salt scrub showers and thermal suite. One of the most relaxing spa experiences you will find in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The foodies amongst us will definitely not be disappointed with the dining options at the beautiful hotel. The Dining Room is a two Michelin starred restaurant which offers a twelve course tasting menu…twelve whole courses! You will certainly be needing to take a walk around the hotels, beautifully manicured gardens or take a swim to burn all of the amazing food off!
The hotel offers 23 beautifully designed rooms and suites which are all individually designed and offer utter luxury and comfort…as you would expect from a 5* hotel!
For those amongst us looking for a luxury base from which to explore the Cotswolds with time for some relaxation and pampering as well the Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa is a great option for you!
Fingers crossed that we have helped you narrow down your next Cotswold stay options and can save you time scrolling through hundreds of hotels and reviews to find the right stay for you.
I would love to hear if you have stayed at any of the hotels and also which one is your favourite out of all of the hotels featured!
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