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Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, Chipping Campden, Cotswolds
It would be a tall call to find a more picturesque setting; in a prime position in the very heart of gloriously picturesque Chipping Campden, Cotswold House Hotel is the essence of honey-stone elegance. Its core is a landmark Regency building that adds to the considerable charms of the little town's handsome high street. Step inside and you're in a splendid hall complete with a welcoming fireplace in a lounge area. There's a restaurant on one side and a bar/bistro offering relaxing seating areas on the other. The main building gives on to a magical garden divided into semi-hidden spaces by cleverly-devised topiary. Follow the principal path fringed by well-planted beds to reach the neatly conceived spa, housed in a former coach house.
Don't miss The Gallery at the Guild on Sheep Street; it's filled with works by local artists and there's a traditional silversmith's studio on the floor above it.
Chipping Campden is a pretty town in the heart of the Cotswolds. Hidcote Manor is a short drive away.
By car: around 3 hours from London, and 1 hour 30 minutes from Oxford and Bristol. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh (via Oxford) takes 1 hour 30 minutes. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits romantics, Cotswold enthusiasts, visitors with dogs and families (probably in that order). There's live music during afternoon tea at weekends - a sax player on Saturdays and a harpist on Sundays.
Service & Facilities
We loved curling up by the fireplace in the bar/bistro.
- Swimming pool
- Wellness suite
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs may stay in many of the garden and ground-floor rooms.
The Hot Tub Suite is set over two floors in a garden cottage; it has its own outdoor hot tub and a sitting room with a fireplace - the bedroom is upstairs under the eaves. There are Natural Spa Factory fig and vanilla scented products in the bathrooms - they're vegan-friendly and made fairly locally in Bath.
Cosy, Classic, Superior, Feature, Cottage, Suite, Junior Suite, Cottage Junior Suite, Hot Tub Suite, Hot Tub Cottage
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, mini fridge, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The hotel's own blend of spicy fig gin was delicious. We recommend the Barbary duck breast with juniper jus.
Bistro on the Square: informal dining and lively bar. Open daily for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Mains include fillet steak, lamb rump and halibut supreme. Sunday brunch 11am-2pm.
Fig: sophisticated restaurant. Open daily for breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner. Same dinner menu as the Bistro.