This beautiful boutique hotel is nestled in Chipping Camden - a picturesque fairytale-style village with Snow White cottages and oak panelled pubs. It's the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.
As well as top-notch accommodation, Cotswold House Hotel offers incredible food, lush gardens and a hydrotherapy pool spa which is open to all guests. It's just over an hour on the train from London and easily accessible from all areas of the country by train or car.
When you step through the big double doors of the hotel you're met with a gorgeous black spiral stair case, huge works of art, two comfortable sitting rooms and very helpful staff.
We were blown away with our huge double room and the crystal white bathroom (complete with REN spa products) that made us feel at home straight away.
After exploring the hotel we stepped outside into the beautifully landscaped garden with Alice in Wonderland-style secret pathways, sitting areas and a croquet lawn for the more up-standing guests!
Right at the back of the hotel is where the magic really happens - the spa. It's only small; with a hydrotherapy pool, aromatic steam room and six therapy rooms, but it's peaceful, comfortable and the perfect escape for stressed out city types.
And it's not just us who have high praise - LateRooms.com have named it their Spa of the Year in the Best Kept Secrets Awards 2013.
Massages and other treatments are performed by expert staff using luxury products, so you feel calm and refreshed. We nearly fell asleep on the table!
If you're planning an intimate wedding the hotel has its own license and dedicated wedding planners. Plus, the gorgeous Montrose Suite has access to the flower strewn gardens and a private bar...perfect for a newly married couple.
Eat and Drink
All hotel guests are provided with breakfast during their stay, which includes cereals, fruit platters and cooked meals (we had a lovely plate of Eggs Benedict and a bowl of fresh fruit). Guests are encouraged to relax, read the newspaper and take their time over breakfast before hopping off to explore the surrounding area or dip back into the spa.
The Cotswold Grill is the Hotel's premium restaurant serving lunch and dinner to guests and non-guests. Its head chef has recently been named 'Chef to Watch' by the Good Food Guide 2013, so expectations are high when you sit down to eat.
We tucked into a warm sticky chicken salad, followed by tender lamb and finished off with generous scoops of ice-cream and biscuits. It's not cheap (roughly £60 per person including drinks) but the food is expertly cooked, full of flavour and presented beautifully. Perfect for seasoned foodies looking for quality nosh.
Prices and Essential Info
Rooms start from £120 pp per night. A deluxe king suite starts from £160 pp for bed and breakfast.
For further information, hotel and restaurant reservations, visit www.cotswoldhouse.com or call 01386 840330.
For more information about the Spa and to see a list of the treatments (prices start from £30) on offer click here.
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