Castle Combe, popular with location scouts looking for that ‘quintessential English village’, is also pretty well connected. Just 12 miles 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 estate featuring a golf course, spa, tennis courts and croquet lawn, Manor House Hotel is well equipped to offer visitors an action-packed stay. In the main house the bedrooms are nothing short of palatial, where king-sized mahogany beds, featuring handmade mattresses and 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 decor 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.
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.
Lucknam Park epitomises Cotswolds luxury with its Michelin-starred restaurant, extensive spa and on-site equestrian centre. Each of the bedrooms and cottages showcases an elegant, stately style with four-poster beds, Egyptian cotton bedding and 24-hour room service. With a salt water plunge pool, thermal cabins, an indoor and outdoor pool and extensive treatment menu, you can easily spend an entire day in the spa. More active types can ride the 500-acre estate on one of Lucknam’s many horses, or book onto a cookery course. Whether you’re visiting with friends and family or after a romantic retreat, Lucknam has everything covered in five-star style.
A fifteen minute drive from Castle Combe, you’ll find 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 claw foot baths in the larger rooms. The restaurant is a must, particularly for those partial to afternoon tea.