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Boutique hotels in Gloucestershire (6)

BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE


Gloucester, Cheltenham and the honey-hued limestone villages of The Cotswolds all fall under Gloucestershire’s beautiful banner. The Chic Retreats collection of boutique hotels in Gloucestershire feature several boutique hotels in The Cotswolds including the Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach, a 14 room modern take on a traditional coaching inn where you can guarantee you’ll be served real ales at the bar and great food in the restaurant. For pure luxury, consider Cowley Manor, a country house hotel and spa in Gloucestershire: book in for the signature Cloud 9 treatment, a sublime combination of a holistic massage with aromatherapy, reflexology and acupressure. Another great choice if it is pampering you are after is The Greenway Spa Hotelwhich is just 5 minutes from Cheltenham. And for excellent accommodation on a small scale, book into Oak House No. 1, a luxury hotel in Tetbury, Gloucestershire (it’s near Highgrove so you might bump into Prince Charles in town), which has just 4 rooms filled with an eclectic mix of art, antiques and unusual objects.

Gloucester makes a great starting point from which to see the county. It’s most famous attraction is the 7th-century cathedral which has a whole new fan base thanks to its appearance in the Harry Potter movies as ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’. Nearby Cheltenham is renowned for hosting a handful of festivals throughout the year, from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in the spring to the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October. Tickets for the festivals sell out fast so do book tickets in advance if you can.

Active, adventurous types might want to get outdoors and walk all or part of The Gloucestershire Way. It crosses from the Welsh border town of Chepstow, through the Forest of Dean, the Severn Vale and finally, The Cotswolds before it continues west to the River Severn Tewkesbury. Tewkesbury itself is a medieval town with a 12th-century Abbey worth visiting. There are also plenty of villages and towns waiting to be discovered in The Cotswolds - from Bourton-on-the-Water to Chipping Norton and Burford - plus a handful of glorious gardens.

Foodies should enrol in cookery courses at Daylesford Organic in Kingham or Thyme at Southrop Manor. And if you prefer eating food to cooking it yourself, you can’t go wrong with dinner at two Michelin-starred French restaurant Le Champignon Sauvage, run by chef David Everitt-Matthias and his wife Helen. If chilled-out gastro pubs are more for you, try The Butchers Arms in rural Eldersfield, near Gloucester. You’ll find old wooden tables, roaring log fires in the winter and real ales served straight from the cask. Produce is locally sourced and the menu is seasonal; dishes could include onion tart with melting wigmore cheese, cider braised pigs’ cheek with egg yolk ravioli or Seville orange marmalade pudding with Drambuie custard. There’s alsoThe Gloucester Old Pot near Cheltenham, The Swan in Southrop and of course, one of Chic Retreats hotels in Gloucestershire, The Wheatsheaf Inn. Even if you choose not to stay here, do pop in for a meal. The food - slow cooked pork belly, confit duck leg - is sublime.

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THE WHEATSHEAF INN

cotswolds, united kingdom

A stay at The Wheatsheaf Inn in the Cotswolds is all about the simple pleasures in life; real food, real ale and real comfort. This traditional coaching inn is just like staying in a small boutique hotel but a stay here is like being given a big hug.

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NO.131 THE PROMENADE

cheltenham, united kingdom

Every detail in the 11 bedrooms at No.131 The Promenade is on point, from the Egyptian cotton bed linen to the roll top baths and original pieces of art. This Cheltenham hideaway is close to perfection.
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NO.38 THE PARK

cheltenham, united kingdom

No.38 The Park is a 13 room Georgian townhouse in the heart of the spa town of Cheltenham. Perfect for a weekend or midweek escape, it's available for private hire. This Chic Retreat is perfect for celebrations with friends and family, and is dog-friendly.

COWLEY MANOR

near cheltenham, united kingdom

Cowley Manor is a country house hotel and spa in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. This luxury, kid-friendly hotel is surrounded by 55 acres of gardens, lakes & cascades. The 30 rooms have all been designed by outstanding young British designers and the hotel also boasts the award winning C-Side spa that uses its own line of products sourced from sustainable natural resources. 

THE GREENWAY SPA HOTEL

cheltenham, united kingdom

In the heart of the Cotswolds just 5 minutes from the centre of Cheltenham, The Greenway Hotel and Spa provides the ideal combination for a relaxing country and city break.  

THE SLAUGHTERS INN

lower slaughter, united kingdom

The Slaughters Inn is a beautiful 17th-century building (once an Eton cramming school) sitting directly on the River Eye in the heart of the Cotswolds. Situated in Lower Slaughter, one of the prettiest villages in England, it mixes contemporary chic with traditional splendour throughout it's 30 bedrooms, restaurant and bar.

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