The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you don’t have to look far to see why. With its quaint, fairytale villages, its winding cobbled streets and honey-hued stone cottages, it really is the definition of ‘picturesque’. Here are our top picks for places to stay in the region this weekend…
The Rectory Hotel, Wiltshire
The Rectory Hotel is a contemporary Georgian country house hotel and restaurant. Beautifully furnished throughout, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind during your trip to the Cotswolds. Fifteen of the hotel’s eighteen bedrooms are set within the main house and vary from ‘small and cosy’ to ‘the biggest room’, which boasts a magnificent super king size four-poster bed and a luxurious freestanding bath.
The Wild Rabbit, Chipping Norton
If you’re looking for the perfect UK staycation, it doesn’t get much better than The Wild Rabbit (pictured above). Situated in the picturesque village of Kingham, this is a great place to base yourself if you want to experience everything the Cotswolds has to offer. Each of the hotel’s boutique bedrooms has been impeccably decorated, with fresh contemporary furnishings and a nod to its country roots. With soft, sinkable beds and tempting toiletries, I guarantee you won’t ever want to leave your room.
The Swan, Chipping Norton
Tucked away in the honey-coloured stone village of Ascott-under-Wychwood, this 16th-century inn combines all the trappings of a modern venue with the charm and character of a historic property. If you like your hotels adjoined to quaint country pubs, then The Swan may be just what you’re looking for. There are eight bedrooms to choose from, each uniquely designed with traditional country touches, which only add to their charm.
It’s an appealing foodie venue too, with an adventurous menu based on artisanal ingredients. The dining room is incredible – taking rustic-chic to the next level – while outside, there’s a sweet courtyard area, complete with cottage garden and tables and chairs. Sit back and enjoy a glass or two of wine, or an al fresco dinner when the weather is a little warmer.
Thyme, Southrop Manor Estate
Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds and surrounded by grazing livestock, Thyme is a charming country estate that you’ll never want to leave…
Known as ‘a village within a village’, Thyme is driven by a love of nature, beauty and conservation. Lovingly restored and brought to life by Caryn Hibbert and her family, the estate is now open to guests, who can discover its state-of-the-art cookery school, curated shops and fabulous restaurants and bars.
Accommodation ranges from cosy double bedrooms to supremely elegant suites. Every room is impeccably decorated and provides guests with access to the house honesty bar (so you can help yourself to a glass of wine or nibbles if you’re peckish).
Broad Street Townhouse
This Grade II-listed boutique hotel is set within the heart of historic Bath, making it the perfect base to immerse yourself in the history and architecture of the city. It boasts 11 king-size en-suite bedrooms, each individually decorated and paying homage to the townhouse’s Victorian heritage (think regal headboards and eclectic bathroom tiles).
There’s a cafe and bar downstairs that offers a delicious range of pastries, sandwiches and light bites. Grab a cup of artisan coffee or start your evening in style with a craft beer or cocktail from the drinks menu. What’s more, next door sits their newly refurbished sister venue, The Pig & Fiddle. So, make sure you pay a visit for a pint of award-winning Butcombe beer or some classic pub grub.