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WHAT WE LOVE...

A countryside getaway for grownups, Whatley Manor - originally Twatley Manor - was built in the 18th century as a farmhouse and has slowly evolved into a luxurious country pile with a superb spa and Michelin chef dining. The driveway - lined with 90 Scottish lime trees and a dry-stone wall using 90,000 hand cut stones - sets the scene for one of the Cotswold's most celebrated country house hotels. Suited to couples after a romantic getaway, celebration stays and anyone in need of restorative escape, the statuesque house is set in nature with 12 flourishing-acres of gardens and beautifully kept grounds. The dog-friendly hotel is something of a hot-spot in the area, offering a quintessential countryside retreat where sustainability sits at the root of everything; there's a focus on wellness, alongside an innovative tasting menu - recognised with a Green Michelin star.

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Natalie Millar-Partridge
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For over 15-years, Natalie has written extensively for regional, national and global publications, offering an inside track on unusual and exciting destinations; a highly curated approach to the most groundbreaking places to stay – from the super-luxe to the quirky, curiously different and considered properties to have on your radar. Natalie is based in South West England.

THE DETAILS

Location

The Angel - located just minutes from Whatley - is a cute café-with-rooms with a pretty courtyard, offering specialty-roasted coffee, the yummiest homemade cakes and lifestyle gifts.

Sitting in 12-acres of countryside, Whatley Manor is a short drive from the B4040 and close to the picturesque village of Easton Grey.
By car: The hotel is around two hours' drive from London or 45 minutes from Bristol. There is free parking for guests. After arriving on the B4040, travel for around one mile before turning into the Whatley Manor driveway.
By train: London Paddington to Chippenham takes 1 hour 10 mins. A taxi transfer from the station takes 25 minutes. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

A superb spot for couples who're looking for a romantic getaway or luxury countryside escape, as well as spa-goers and larger parties of family and friends celebrating occasions. Soak up sophisticated interiors, from handcrafted lighting in the drawing room to the Christian Tortu vases in the dining room and the ticking-striped Andrew Martin chairs in the lounge.

Service & Facilities

It was a joy to explore the meandering pathways down to the river, through manicured lawns and hedgerows into wildflower meadows.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Dog-friendly
  • No under 12s
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The gorgeous ground-floor garden suite stole the show, located just off the courtyard with original stone walls, exposed wooden beams and a striking archway. We adored the beautiful stone archway leading through to the bedroom with its picture-perfect window overlooking the wild garden.

Classic, Superior, Junior Suite, Suite, Deluxe Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with Molton Brown toiletries, homemade biscuits, coffee and tea-making facilities, free Wi-Fi, Chromecast TV

Food & Drink

Tucking into afternoon tea on the terrace, overlooking the herbaceous garden, ticked all the boxes for an indulgent treat. A feast for foodies, Ricky's tasting menu will take you on an gastronomic journey, from the mussel tart with tangy roasted-lemon and caviar to an indulgent chocolatey end.

The Dining Room: Michelin-starred, inventive European cuisine. Open for dinner, Thu-Sun. Tasting menu from £175pp.

Grey's Brasserie: open Thu-Sun for lunch, Wed-Sun for dinner.

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