Hotels in The Cotswolds
The 17th-century Barnsley House was recently the dwelling of Rosemary Verey, the late author and landscape architect (her clients included Elton John and Prince Charles).
One could hardly get further from the chrome-and- wengewood minimalism of many contemporary hotels than the Lygon Arms (pronounced liggin). Furlong Hotels, the family-run firm that bought the place nearly two years ago, has taken on the task of bringing it into the 21st century.
Twelve stunning houses, furnished with quality antiques, one sleeping up to 10, are set on proper gardens, with a swimming pool and play areas.
Housed on a dramatic 55 acres, the hotel may look to be out of a Knoll showroom, and the spa may be frequented by boldface names, but there are rows of wellies for visitors who have chosen not to haul their own.
This hotel for style-conscious urbanites is a great alternative to pricier spots in the Cheltenham area. The rooms have whimsical accents such as Panton chairs and Orla Kiely patterned wallpaper.
If you’ve been looking for an English country weekend straight out of a Jane Austen novel (minus the heartache), look no further than Temple Guiting, a private estate in the Cotswolds, where Sophie Conran hosts custom and all-inclusive getaways.
This swinging new boutique hotel is on aesthetic overdrive. The owner's previous experience is with city nightclubs and it shows: loungy electronic music is piped into the common areas, which are a riot of clashing, on-trend upholsteries and eclectic antiques.
On the outskirts of the Cotswolds, the lively university town of Cheltenham finally has a hotel to mirror its youthful energy.
Emily Watkins is the chef-owner of this recently refurbished laid back B&B. She gets her quail eggs from a 12-year-old boy down the road as part of her commitment to the locavore movement.
The rooms are thick with over-the-top modern furniture and the main restaurant, Juliana's, is so formal you need to bring dress-up clothes. Though, to be fair, the food is inventive, refined, and pristinely executed, and the pricey wine list is extensive and global.