Country House Hotels
Bath Priory Hotel, Weston Road BA1 2XT
The Priory epitomises luxury and efficiency. Comfortable rooms with delightful garden views from the windows + more. A Country House Hotel noted for its fine dining, all within a short walk to Bath's many attractions. A retreat, indeed, from the hurley-burley of England's second most visited city.
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Buckland Manor Hotel, Nr Broadway WR12 7LY
The benchmark for the Country House Hotel: quiet, understated luxury set within a 10-acre garden of sweeping lawns amidst stunning countryside. A lovely, modest-minded contrast to the ephemeral boutique hotel; oak-panelled walls, oil paintings, porcelain, antiques and traditional fireplaces with roaring log fires, and discreet staff on hand. There’s a formal dress code for dinner - the exquisite cuisine deserves your respect. Displays of flowers in abundance. Open all year.
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Ettington Park Hotel, Nr Stratford-Upon-Avon CV37 8BS
A flamboyant Victorian Gothic hotel noted for its rococo plasterwork and much admired for its architectural flavours. The recent renovations have extended its market to include various leisure and spa facilities. But, in all its very much aimed at the corporate and wedding markets. A short distance by car to Stratford and Shakespeariana.
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Foxhill Manor, Farncombe Estate, Broadway WR12 7LJ
The old (traditional architecture) meets the new (bespoke baths, and beds) in a titanic clash that will seduce all those seeking a hedonistic break. Your very own private Cotswold retreat. Only 8-luxurious rooms. Butler service. And, down a swirling drive you come to The Fish, an exclusive, up-market style of centre-parc.
01386 858000 thefishhotel.co.uk. All part of the Farncombe Estate, previously known as Group 4 who used to run HM Prisons.
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Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter GL54 2JD
Classy, well established country house hotel with C17 origins set in 8-acres of parkland. Child friendly. No dogs. The former home of the Reverend F E B Witts, Rector of this parish who wrote his famous chronicle of the C18, 'The Diary of a Cotswold Parson.' Afternoon Teas.
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Lower Slaughter Manor GL54 2HP
If you seek a hotel with style, and old-fashioned virtues, this perfectly proportioned C17 Cotswold manor house may well be to your liking. There are large, spacious rooms furnished with antiques and classic art. No children U-12. No dogs.
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The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe SN14 7HX
A manicured and formal hotel within an C18 build, more at home in Surrey rather than a dingley dell in Wiltshire. Popular with corporate events, and Americans seeking the English Style. All surrounded by 365-acres of gardens, woodland and an 18-hole golf course.
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The Painswick, Kemps Lane, Painswick GL6 6YB
A Palladian-style Cotswold rectory that has been transformed, again, but this time (thankfully) back into a comfortable country house hotel with contemporary furnishings, feastings of lovely food and various hedonistic treatments. The perfect location for a weekend without your car and multiple circular walks.
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