Often dubbed ‘the jewel of the Cotswolds‘, Broadway is undoubtedly one of England’s most beautiful villages, also boasting serious gastronomic credentials, not to mention luxury spas. Culture Trip has picked the best hotels in Broadway for your next visit.
Featuring the classic cosiness we’ve come to expect from historic Cotswold hotels, The Lodge is a small but perfectly formed boutique hotel in the heart of Broadway High Street. Each of the rooms is spacious and 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 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 clashing wallpapers and prints give them a cosy, rather than claustrophobic 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 boasting plush velvet sofas gathered 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 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 ten acres 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.
Just a stone’s throw from Broadway’s cafés, museums and shops sits Abbots Grange, easily one of the best B&Bs in the country. If you’ve ever pictured the perfect country weekend away, it’s probably included waking up somewhere similar to Abbots Grange. King-sized four-posters take centre stage in the large bedrooms, which include armchairs perfect for reading the morning papers and walk-in wet rooms for washing off the mud after a country ramble. You’ll find welcome trays set out with tea, coffee and locally made biscuits and – whether you’re into a full English, french pastries or a hearty bowl of porridge – the breakfast spread is in a league of its own. Tucked away off the main road, this is the perfect haven to return to after a day exploring the local villages.
Laid-back and thoroughly modern, this country gem sits on the Farncombe Estate just outside Broadway. Segway tours are offered on arrival and you can book into one of the huts or tree houses, featuring outdoor bathtubs, for a truly rustic retreat. Rooms are either in the main house or the old stables where guests can expect to find regal armchairs draped in sheepskin throws, reclaimed wood writing tables and Victorian-style bathrooms. There’s a bar with an indoor fire pit, in-house cinema and the spa over at Dormy House, all available for Fish Hotel guests. Thanks to the integration of technology and the abundance of activities on offer, The Fish Hotel has a distinctly youthful feel, making it a great escape for young couples and families alike.