If you’re considering heading to the Cotswolds for a weekend away then we’ve collated a short list of places to stay nearby, with wistful interiors, stunning architecture and frankly the nicest surrounding countryside you will find in the UK (in our opinion).
The Lygon Arms – The historic coaching inn with country chic interiors
The hotel was recently acquired by Iconic Hotels and completely overhauled with classic yet quirky interiors, fusing country chic with modern elegance.The Lygon is a stunning historic coaching house in the centre of Broadway village, dating back to the 1300’s. It is thoroughly enshrouded in history and over the years has played host to royals and dignitaries, perhaps most famously, King Charles I. In recent times the guest book reads as a who’s who of celebrities, movie stars and royals.
A tweed cushion here, an antique four-poster there and sumptuous bathroom fittings in every room are to be expected.
You can’t help but fall immediately in love with the Lygon Bar & Grill, within the huge wood panelled great hall complete with minstrel’s gallery.
The designers have clearly loved utilising the history of the building to their advantage and with all the perks of a luxury hotel, you’ll be inspired to recreate the look at home.
Cowley Manor – An Italianate house and spa with modern interiors
Although the parkland surrounding the house has an extensive history, the current house with its Italianate exterior is only just over 100 years old. (There was a house on the site before the current one was built).About a 40 minute drive from Broadway, Cowley Manor is situated amongst beautiful countryside a stone’s throw from bustling Cheltenham.
The interiors are bright, colourful and ridiculously quirky. With vibrant geometric carpets and contemporary artwork everywhere you look, the stunning design of this boutique hotel is firmly in the realms of modern living.
Young designers were chosen to supply many of the fixtures and fittings and all of the bedrooms are different with bespoke furniture and hand crafted items.
Visually incredible inside and out.
Number 131 – Georgian dreams mixing traditional and modern luxury
Bold colours add to the sumptuous feeling of luxury in each of the individual bedrooms and high quality textiles provide a heavenly touch to every surface.Number 131 is a Georgian townhouse in the heart of Cheltenham’s fashionable Promenade district. The hotel has recently been renovated. The style is very much modern luxury, enhancing the traditional architecture of the building.
With an equally funky and eclectic new ‘Gin & Juice’ bar, a stay here is a feast for the senses.
Abbotts Grange – Step back to the Middle Ages
The interiors are exactly what you would expect from such a unique and historic building. Think banqueting, knights and roaring log fires, subtly combined with all the modern luxuries you would expect from a five-star B&B (flat screen TVs and mood lighting)This hidden gem sits just a two minute walk from the High Street in Broadway and is one of Britain’s best preserved medieval, monastic manor houses.
This is an adult’s only accommodation and with such impressive architecture and stunning grounds you will be sure to have a peaceful stay.
There are many more guest houses, holiday cottages, luxurious hotels and plenty of hidden gems to discover in the Cotswolds, some off the beaten track and some in the heart of it all. Wherever you stay in the Cotswolds you are sure to find somewhere to suit your taste and remember to shop local and support our small businesses whilst you’re here.