Attention to detail is what earns a hotel its luxury status, and every accommodation on this list takes care to do so, in addition to offering something extraordinary – be it location, facilities, service or style. Curated by Culture Trip, these are the best luxury hotels in the Cotswolds, UK.
If anywhere symbolises the old-world splendour of the Cotswolds, it’s Lords of the Manor Hotel – a Jacobean manor house dating back to 1649, originally purchased from King Henry VIII and later transformed into a luxury hotel by the Slaughter family. Honey-coloured stone borders 8 acres (3ha) of grandiose gardens, where giant fleece flowers stand bright against the green and blooms buzz with insect life. Among its major draws is its on-site restaurant, the Atrium, which has been awarded several AA Rosettes for its seasonal and innovative tasting menu.
With a motto of “whatever you fancy, whenever you fancy it”, five-star boutique hotel Foxhill Manor pulls out all the stops to spoil its guests. In addition to your personal host who will make sure you have everything you need 24/7, you’ll also have your pick of five rooms and three suites – each individually designed with four-poster beds and clawfoot tubs by the window. Extensive facilities include a 52ft infinity pool, outdoor hot tub and the use of the House Spa at the Dormy House, complete with a Scandi-style thermal suite.
Gloucestershire’s only AA five-star-rated property invites you to discover 90 acres (36ha) of the beautiful Cotswold countryside, which can be admired from its grand bedrooms and private patios. This 15th-century building still retains many of its period features, including original fireplaces and stained-glass windows, while all bedrooms have large bathrooms with roll-top baths and heated marble floors. As an archetypal English country estate, royal activities such as polo and archery also take place on the grounds; you’re welcome to participate.
This old stone manor house is one of the Cotswolds’ long-standing luxury choices, established back in the 17th century. Rooms are a blend of contemporary interiors with country charm, with some featuring original stucco ceilings, four-poster beds, crackling fireplaces and his-and-hers slipper baths. Outside, 5 acres (2ha) of landscaped gardens look onto the pretty village of Lower Slaughter – ideal for summer afternoon tea – and the restaurant, one of the region’s most acclaimed, serves a seasonal menu.
Lucknam Park is set within extensive private parkland, approached by a magnificent avenue of lime and beech trees planted in 1827. Lining the graciously restored Palladian mansion, you’ll find an award-winning spa and wellness centre, Michelin-star restaurant with a tasting menu, and stables, home to glossy-flanked horses. Ample bedrooms ooze luxury, with bathrooms adorned with silver fittings and white marble, freestanding baths and traditional-style deluge walk-in showers.
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