From Kate Moss to the Beckhams, most of London’s elite have a place to weekend in the Cotswolds. If you’re yet to sign a deal for a chocolate box cottage cuter than Kate Winslet’s home in The Holiday, don’t worry, there are plenty of chic boutique hotels and luxe country manors to satiate your Home Counties hankerings.

From stylish pubs with rooms to the hotel that’s all over Instagram, here are the best hotels in the Cotswolds.

Our favourite hotels in the Cotswolds

Cowley Manor

Ditch the noise and stress for a perfect weekend escape at Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds. The hotel itself has beautifully designed rooms and suites that are both comfy and stylish. The plush beds, fancy furnishings, and windows with views will make you want to stay in bed all day (don’t worry, no judgement here).

In case you want to take your relaxation elsewhere, the on-site C spa offers all sorts of treatments. From massages to refreshing dips in the indoor/outdoor pools, this spa has it all. 

The décor of this country estate-turned-Cotswold’s classic is stunning, but its grounds are really something to swoon over. Sprawling greenery that Blake would go wild for, a lake, and Grade II listed gardens make it one of the most popular places to visit in the Cotswolds.

Cowley Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 9NL


www.cowleymanorexperimental.com

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

Located in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote, The Feathered Nest has been carefully refurbished to preserve its period charm, while offering a touch of modern luxury; not to mention its stunning garden, which boasts unbeatable views across the Evenlode Valley.

In the bar’s cosy snug, expect to be greeted by a roaring wood burner and a broad range of modern and traditional cocktails (arguably the best in the Cotswolds). While in the kitchen, their emphasis on quality seasonal ingredients and traditional flavour combinations makes for the perfect menus. Whether it’s the 6-course Tasting Menu with a wine pairing or, the 8oz Nest Burger with a local Hooky ale, the idea is to offer the best of what’s in season.

Traveling from London? The mainline train is located a few miles away in the village of Kingham and is just over an hour’s train journey from London Paddington, making it the perfect weekend escape.

Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire, OX7 6SD

www.thefeatherednestinn.co.uk

The Fish

This laid-back lodge is one of the Cotswolds’ newer members and there’s a wealth of accommodations to choose from depending on what you’re after (and how deep your pockets are). Book into the stylish main rooms for the cheaper option, the shepherd’s huts for something unique, or the treehouse rooms for a staycation to outdo all staycations.

The vibe is cool, the interiors are Scandi-inspired and they’ve found that perfect balance of romantic getaway for two and somewhere you can take the kids.

The Fish, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LJ

www.thefishhotel.co.uk

Soho Farmhouse

Outrageously overpriced and totally overexposed on the ‘gram, but it’s got to be done at least once. Soho House’s answer to Center Parcs, it’s set across 100 acres of land with endless facilities meaning you don’t have to leave the hotel or get muddy – it’s probably the cleanest place in the Cotswolds.

Sleeping quarters come in the form of Hobbit-style huts – although they’re nice and spacious inside and come complete with outdoor metal tubs – and cosy Canadian-style cabins. There are also manmade lakes (photo ops) a Cowshed Spa (naturally, given that it’s Soho House), a pub and restaurant to make it feel like actual Soho House goes to the country, and bikes to get to and from them all on.

It might be one of the most expensive places in the Cotswolds but you will certainly have a good time.

Soho Farmhouse Great Tew, Chipping Norton, OX7 4JS

www.sohofarmhouse.com

Calcot & Spa

Dip your toe in Calcot’s famous outdoor fireside jacuzzi before pampering yourself in the spa with Comfort Zone & CACI treatments. If food is more your thing, The Brasserie focuses on seasonal, fresh ingredients and uses the team’s Michelin-starred experience to take the dining to the next level. While the Hive is a stylish café lounge and cocktail bar perfect for nightcaps.

And while Calcot will earn you brownie points with your other half for a romantic weekend away, the hotel is really accommodating for children too.

Calcot & Spa, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8YJ

WWW.CALCOT.CO

The Wild Rabbit

This one’s for foodies for sure. Set up by Queen of the Cotswolds, Carole Bamford, who also started the countryside behemoth that is Daylesford, The Wild Rabbit is a pubs-with-rooms fare. Tuck into delights such as curried Jerusalem artichoke velouté and Wootton Estate venison, before flopping into bed upstairs.

The Wild Rabbit, Church St, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YA

www.thewildrabbit.co.uk

Lakes By Yoo

Kate Moss has designed some of the interiors at these luxury barn houses on the lake. I mean, it doesn’t really come much cooler than that.

The double-height properties are out of this world and look more like an A-lister’s home in LA rather than the Cotswolds. From the gallery wall on the stairway littered with cool imagery of rock stars to inspiring coffee table books, jewel-hued soft furnishings, and a kitchen so cool it may as well be a bar; this place screams Le Moss and we guarantee you will not want to leave.

The Lakes By Yoo, Cotswolds GL7 3DT

www.thelakesbyyoo.com

Barnsley House

Gorgeous gardens, immaculate interiors, an indulgent spa and seriously good food. This is the perfect getaway for every occasion, from romantic stays in the secret garden suite to secret retreats for you and the girls.

Unfortunately, your relaxing vacation will have to wait until summer 2024 once Barnsley House finishes their renovations, but don’t let that stop you from planning your next holiday.

Barnsley House, Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EE

www.barnsleyhouse.com


Thyme

From the Meadow Spa to the onsite Cookery School, if you’re a Londoner who gets itchy feet in the countryside after 24 hours, Thyme has plenty to keep you occupied. That is at a slow, Cotswolds’ speed of course.

The cosy pub-cum-boutique hotel takes food very seriously with a menu inspired and created prominently from the onsite farm and kitchen garden and a cookery school that teaches guests to whizz up anything from simple suppers to perfect patisseries.

Genuinely one of the loveliest boutique hotels in the Cotswolds, if not the country, make sure Thyme is right at the top of that staycation list.

THYME, NR, SOUTHROP, LECHLADE GL7 3PW
WWW.THYME.CO.UK

Dormy House

They call themselves “a bit like home, but better,” and we’d have to agree. The interiors are chicer, beds comfier and food tastier – ok, not that much like home then but somewhere we’d happily while away a weekend.

Perched high above the village of Broadway, the views are unrivalled, but we’d happily take the cosy corners and warm fireplaces of Dormy House’s interiors instead.

Dormy House Hotel, Willersey Hill, Broadway, WorcestershireWR12 7LF

www.dormyhouse.co.uk


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