Bay Tree Hotel, Burford
This is Burford’s most luxurious hostelry, for that is what Inns/hotels were on this old coaching route, hostelries. It is traditional and charming with oak-panelled rooms, stone fireplaces and tapestries. Dinner can be formal and there is a secluded walled garden for pre-prandials and intimate conversation.
Close Hotel, Tetbury
This is a traditional Cotswold hotel that has been transformed into the present day with contemporary furnishings, decor and a smart bar. Lunch can be exceptional value, and a comfortable chair awaits you in their lovely garden whilst you look forward to your afternoon tea.
Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, Chipping Campden
The building is very fine, of gold Cotswold stone set overlooking the Town Square. Out back is a lovely garden where you can find peace. The stairwell is a feature to admire. Two restaurants; Fig Restaurant (formal) and Bistro On The Square, innovative and deliciously sublime. Two bars. Spa with 6-treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool and aromatic steam room.
Dial House, Bourton-On-The-Water
A small, intimate hotel with individually designed bedrooms. Informal lunches, candlelit dinners, roaring log fires and romantic rooms are all for your pleasures. Not forgetting that it’s nicely tucked away (from the hordes of Bourton visitors) within a large garden.
Feathers Hotel, Woodstock
This romantic C17 hotel has a labyrinth of rooms on all levels; the bedrooms are plush, intimate and hidden up narrow stairwells. The restaurant has been producing superb food for years. Add the log fires and antique furniture, and it makes for a winning combination. Within easy walking distance of Blenheim Palace, a short drive to Oxford and the Cotswold hills.
The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden
Handsome Cotswold hotel and brasserie with spacious interior. Drop in for their delicious breakfast, as I did pre-walk. Chic bedrooms. French-ambience to decor.
Noel Arms Hotel, Chipping Campden
A C16 coaching inn that has been transformed into a luxurious contemporary hotel: it’s all log fires, four-posters and fine ales. Event Nights; curry, mexican, beer…to keep you wanting more.
No. 131 The Promenade
You really can’t find a better location than this, in this Regency town. Smack opposite Imperial Gardens, and a short walk onto the finest shopping street in England. The rooms are all independently decorated, and designed with locally sourced materials. Lavish and a wee bit over the top but good fun. And, not forgetting the stupendously popular restaurant Crazy Eights in the basement. For something a little more intimate, try their little sister at No. 38 Evesham Road.
The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury
England’s oldest purpose built hotel dating back to 1220. A fine place to stay if you seek comfort coupled with historic charm. Dine in the formal Edwardian Restaurant, or the less formal Hanks Room. Next door, Malmesbury Abbey, the burial place in 941 AD of Athelstan, the first King of all England.
The Porch House, Stow-On-The-Wold
Claims to be the oldest Inn in England, dating from 947 AD. It has a had a complete make-over, and a new name. It is thus, now a luxurious hostelry; cosy and comfy, backed up by fine dining. 13-bedrooms. Adjacent, The Pub and Conservatory for informality.
The Rectory, Crudwell
This is a really lovely C16 house that has been transformed into a small, comfortable country house hotel with 12-bedrooms. Three acres with Victorian walled garden, croquet lawn and heated, outdoor swimming pool. Beauty and Health therapies on hand. Noted, however, for its cuisine.
The Swan Hotel, Bibury
Few hotels have such a fabulous location as this. Overlooking the River Coln brimming with trout . Photographed by every Bibury visitor. It is an iconic site. Café Swan (brasserie). Fishing rights. 18-luxurious bedrooms.