So as an Interior Designer I am a bit of a sucker for a beautiful hotel design and living in the Cotswolds you don’t have to look far for a whole wealth of gorgeous boutique hotels and cosy pub B&B’s, you are really spoilt for choice!
If you follow our blog you’ll be familiar with our guide to the cotswolds. It’s no secret when it comes to fact that I quite obviously think the Cotswolds is one of the best places to live. I can’t say I ever need to stay in a hotel but really is there a rule against going on a ‘mini break’ just down the road from your house?!
So let’s get into our list of the best Cotswolds hotels to visit…
First on the list is the beautiful No. 131. We actually included this place in our previous post about where to visit in the Cotswolds as it’s just an all round great spot to stop of for a coffee, meal or even the night. Situated in Montpellier in Cheltenham this gorgeous hotel is housed in an old Georgian building. However inside the contemporary British design brings to life this old building making it the perfect hideaway for a cosy coffee or fancy cocktail. Although No.131 belongs to the Lucky Onion family, a portfolio of 6 properties in the Cotswolds, it in no way feels like a chain. The eclectic and slightly theatrical design makes No.131 feel very much like a stand alone, one off retreat.
Thyme is another beautiful Cotswold gem tucked away in Southrop. Situated on The Southrop Manor Estate, founder Caryn Hibbert and her father began restoring the collection of derelict Cotswold stone barns which has taken over 12 years, using technology to ensure the properties were as energy efficient as possible. The love and care that his gone into this renovation is completely evident in the luxury boutique hotel that stands today. Thyme now is now home to the hotel, a spa, cookery school and ample entertaining space making it a fiercely sought after countryside destination.
The Wild Rabbit is part of the Daylesford estate, located just five minutes away in Kingham. The building is in gorgeous Cotswolds stone whilst the interior echoes modern design with a nod to its British heritage. The Wild Rabbit has a beautiful restaurant with large open fires and a menu to die for which all local produce. There is also a more traditional cosy pub bar area, the whole place is very relaxed and comfortable making it sumptuously inviting.
Aside from the restaurant there are also bedrooms and cottages. The bedrooms for me truly represent what is Cotswold style. They are beautifully simple and understated yet at the same time completely luxurious with soft linen bedding and cosy textiles. I really could not recommend staying here enough, you feel in a complete sanctuary tucked away in the depths of the countryside.
We couldn’t possibly write this post about Cotswolds hotels for design lovers without mentioning Soho Farmhouse. The Soho House style is so iconic today and their sought after design has now been translated into their own homeware shop where you can buy the look. But if you just want to dip your toe in the water and treat yourself to a stay at their Farmhouse then here is why we love it.
It is situated in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire which is the perfect setting for this countryside hot spot. When you hear Soho Farmhouse your first thought is probably of their stunning cabins. The idea behind these is that you can stay cosied up without having to even venture into the outside world. You have everything you need from a delicious mini bar and a breakfast cart that pulls up outside your door in the morning. The cabins are beautifully designed with a rustic and eclectic edge making them feel homely and inviting but still such a luxurious treat. And if you do fancy having a wander then there is an outside pool, bicycles, Cowshed spa and the House bar to keep you entertained. This place is really the creatives perfect hideaway oozing style and creativity.
To round it up…If you are fancying something a little different and off the beaten track then Unique Home Stays have some absolutely gorgeous places all around the country.
If you are planning a getaway to this beautiful part of the country then I’d also recommend having a look at Cotswolds Concierge and The Cotswold Gentleman as both websites have a whole load of useful information on places to eat and stay and also events that are on.