A town of delightful cottages surrounded by natural green beauty, Broadway is everything you want from a Cotswolds getaway. With its fair share of wonderful countryside stays, we round up our pick of the best hotels in Broadway.
Featuring the classic cosiness we’ve come to expect from historic Cotswold hotels, the Lodge is a small but perfectly formed boutique hotel in Broadway. Each of the rooms is spacious, bright and decorated in a simple country style. The bedrooms are complemented by plump white bedding, plenty of table lamps and paintings of wildlife, as well as far reaching views across the surrounding countryside. Bathrooms are modern and well kept, and you’ll get your own tea and coffee-making facilities.
This picture-perfect and dog-friendly hotel in Broadway overlooks the village green. Given that it’s 500 years old, the 19 bedrooms are a treasure trove of irregular sizes and intriguing character. The homely wallpapers and prints give them a cosy feel and even the smallest bedroom is large enough for two people to comfortably move around in. An equestrian theme pervades thanks to the hotel’s longstanding affiliation with Cheltenham Racecourse, with each of the rooms named after a winner of the famous event. A great bar and top-quality restaurant make the Broadway Hotel a popular destination on the High Street, giving it an electric atmosphere in the evenings. For an aperitif, opt for a Cotswolds Collins before feasting on dishes such as locally sourced pork tenderloin and lamb cutlet.
This 14th-century coaching inn has welcomed everyone from Charles I to Prince Philip. After passing through the flagstoned lounge, with an original kitchen fire, guests will find themselves in the deliciously cosy lounge that boasts plush velvet sofas around roaring fires, ceiling beams and wood panelling. The cosiness continues upstairs, where tartan bedding, lounge chairs and historic paraphernalia make staying in one of the bedrooms an unforgettable experience. It’s not all old-fashioned, though – Nespresso machines and power showers feature throughout, and there’s an extensive spa with a Grecian-style jacuzzi to be enjoyed. Book a spot in the hotel restaurant, which resides in a stunning wood-panelled, vaulted-ceiling room, all low-lit by table lamps. Romantic and luxurious, it’s the perfect country bolthole for a weekend away.
Set a mile and a half (2.4km) outside of Broadway, Buckland Manor offers the best of both worlds – all the charm of an English country house, with all the sleek finesse of a modern luxury hotel. Mixing old with new, each of the rooms is designed with flair – plush furnishings and rich colours complement the original features such as window seats, vaulted ceilings with wooden beams and old fireplaces. The bathrooms are marble-lined, with most featuring showers over baths and huge mirrors. When the weather’s fine, take a stroll around the 10 acres (4ha) of private garden with Oscar, the resident dog, or book a spot on the tennis court or croquet lawn. Back at the Manor, the restaurant is presided over by head chef Will Guthrie, who has transformed it into a culinary must-visit. Dishes are seasonal and refined, so expect to be served delights such as roast quail breast and loin of Toddington lamb.
Welcoming you in like a long lost friend, your hosts at East House will greet you with a glass of champagne and a comfy seat by a log fire while they get you checked in – setting the tone for what will inevitably be a magical stay at this hotel in Broadway. In the bedrooms, you’ll feel as if you’re staying in a particularly glamorous country house with enormous beds and heavy drapery. Breakfast is a treat, served in the wood-panelled dining room and with a focus on locally sourced produce.
Additional reporting by Molly Codyre.
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