From cosy inns to grand manor houses, here are some of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is a dream holiday destination for many, but with so many beautiful villages and towns to choose from, where is one to stay?
As part of our Cotswolds special travel issue (get your copy here), below, we’ve highlighted some of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds, from hotels, inns and boltholes, each brimming with charm and character, but with differing levels of luxury, depending on your taste and budget.
The best places to stay in the Cotswolds
This 17th-century townhouse hotel is little more than a hop and a jump from Blenheim Palace, one of the most spectacular stately homes in the Cotswolds, so is a popular choice for an overnight stay.
The 16 rooms and five suites are all different, but a chic ‘city club’ atmosphere is found throughout, right down to the excellent restaurant and cosy gin bar.
Moving towards Cheltenham – Ellensborough is exceptionally well located for the Cheltenham Races, making it one of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds. This country mansion, which has evolved from its Tudor beginnings, is a luxurious and romantic hotel where guests want for nothing.
There is a well-tuned concierge service; guests can borrow boots and jackets for walks on the estate and its surrounds; and the lovely spa, complete with outdoor pool, is the perfect place to relax in after a day exploring.
In the pretty village of Broadway, this honey-hued hotel is soaked in history, making it one of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds. Most notably, both King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell are known to have stayed here – though not at the same time – and guests can spend the night in a four-poster bed in the very room where the doomed King Charles is believed to have slept.
The hotel itself, which has a surprising number of rooms – 86 at the last count – has a laid-back feel throughout, two on-site restaurants, two bars, a spa, and plenty of sofas in which to slouch and plan your day.
On the outskirts of Castle Combe, one of the most picturesque of all the villages and towns in the Cotswolds, this 14th-century Manor House is a smart retreat, with lots to keep guests entertained, from the elegant Italian gardens to the 18-hole Championship golf course to the Potting Shed, where facials and other spa treatments can be booked.
There are 50 rooms to choose from, with varying levels of comfort on offer, including large rooms with four-posters and hot tubs, and cosier rooms above the hotel’s country pub. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds.
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Another offering near Broadway, Dormy House is renowned for its warm and spotless interiors that make you feel as though you are staying in the home of a wealthy friend with very good taste.
Inside there are big fireplaces and welcoming lounges, while the spa is another highlight and includes an infinity pool, a lavender sauna, and a salt-infusion spa.
The Lamb Inn, Burford
For more of a boutique bolthole with personal service, try this peaceful pub, situated on a quiet street away from the main hub in Burford.
Antique furniture abounds throughout, from grandfather clocks to old armchairs where you can settle into as you leaf through one of the many books from the shelves, while the bedrooms are all reassuringly English, with lots of home comforts including Molton Brown toiletries.
Read our guide to the best villages in the Cotswolds here: