Castle Combe, popular with location scouts looking for that “quintessential English village”, is also pretty well connected. Just 12 miles (19km) from the city of Bath, it’s perfectly placed for a spot of Roman bathing, country walking, wining and dining. If you’re looking to explore this country retreat, make sure to check out Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels in Castle Combe.
Set across a sprawling 365-acre (148ha) estate featuring a golf course, spa, tennis courts and croquet lawn, Manor House Hotel is well equipped to offer its guests an action-packed stay. In the main house, the bedrooms are nothing short of palatial, where king-sized mahogany beds, featuring handmade mattresses and a pillow menu, give way to enormous marble bathrooms. Each suite has underfloor heating and TVs over the bathtub.
The Castle Inn sits on Castle Combe’s bustling main road – aptly named, the Street. Much of the cottage’s 900-year history can be seen in the building today – in its wooden beam structure, fireplaces and stone walls – but, thankfully, the decor has been brought up to a more modern standard. The design is both chic and traditional, mixing dark antique-style beds with brocade fabrics, and the bathrooms are blissfully contemporary. Book in for the cream tea or schedule a game at neighbouring Manor House Hotel’s famous golf course.
A 15-minute drive from Castle Combe will bring you to Stanton Manor Guest House – an understated, modern hotel within an Elizabethan building. Ideally situated to reach Bath, Bristol and Chippenham, it provides a great base for those looking to explore the Cotswolds. The guest rooms are beautifully light, and all enjoy queen- or king-sized beds. One of the greatest joys of this hotel are the unique pieces of furniture, including ornate standing mirrors or rustic writing desks. The bathrooms are compact but contemporary – you’ll find walk-in power showers and clawfoot baths in the larger rooms. The restaurant is a must, particularly for those partial to afternoon tea.
Hill House bed and breakfast is only a few minutes’ drive out of Castle Combe in nearby Ford. With only four rooms, it’s perfect for large groups, with the convenience of someone else cooking you breakfast (included in the price and made using locally sourced produce). Each room is stylishly decorated in a country home style, and two feature modern en-suites, while the other two share a bathroom. You’ll find pure cotton linen sheets in each, along with REN toiletries, fluffy towels and free Wi-Fi.
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