The Best Hotels to Book Near Birdland Park and Gardens

Check into a charming Cotswolds property on your next trip to Birdland Park and Gardens
Check into a charming Cotswolds property on your next trip to Birdland Park and Gardens | Courtesy of The Slaughters Manor House / Expedia
Sadie Whitelocks

Nature lovers will be in heaven at Birdland Park and Gardens, often called Birdland, which is a wildlife park in the scenic village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the heart of rural Cotswolds. Make your visit even easier by checking into one of the best hotels nearby, bookable with Culture Trip.

Birdland Park and Gardens first opened in 1957, and moved to its current site in 1989. Today, the 9-acre (3.6ha) site is home to more than 500 birds including flamingos, pelicans, cranes and waterfowl that live in the riverside habitat. As well as the many birds, you’ll also be able to meet England’s only breeding group of king penguins. To make the most of your day at this wonderful feather-filled sanctuary, we’ve picked out some of the best accommodation options in the area.

1. The Slaughters Country Inn


Double bedroom at the Slaughters Country Inn, with a freestanding bath, neutral decor, and a large bed with blue headboard
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Right next to the River Eye in Lower Slaughter and five minutes by car from Birdland Park and Gardens, this traditional village inn is as pretty as a picture. Despite its historic guise, the 17th-century property has a modern feel inside with contemporary furnishings complementing its original period features. The ground floor restaurant is a popular haunt with locals and tourists alike, with sittings for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. For accommodation, there are 31 stylish bedrooms ranging from classic doubles to family suites, and there are six cottages that can sleep up to two adults and two children.

2. Lords of the Manor Hotel

Hotel, Luxury

Stone exterior and front entrance of the Lords of the Manor Hotel, with flowers and and plant bushes out front
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Feel like a lord or lady of the manor at this stunning 17th-century former rectory, which is located in the unspoiled Cotswold village of Upper Slaughter and less than a 10-minute drive from Birdland Park and Gardens. The honey-coloured manor house – once owned by Henry VIII – is set amid 8 acres (3.2ha) of lawns and manicured gardens. There’s a 3 AA Rosette-awarded fine dining restaurant, a more spacious dining room serving an all-day menu and 26 individually styled bedrooms.

3. Wyck Hill House Hotel And Spa

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

Wyck Hill House Hotel And Spa
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Feast on prime country views at this charming 18th-century hotel, which is set on a 50-acre (20ha) plot just a short drive from Birdland Park and Gardens. This property is ideal for a spot of rest and recuperation, with a swathe of land to explore and a spa complete with sauna, steam and treatment rooms. The 55 bedrooms also have a serene atmosphere, with neutral tones throughout and the sound of birdsong to greet you in the morning. Other highlights of the hotel include a fine-dining restaurant set inside a light-filled conservatory, and a delightful bar with Elizabethan style oak-panelled walls and a traditional open fire.

4. The Mousetrap Inn


Detached stone building at the Mousetrap Inn
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Slap bang in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, this family-run village inn makes for a comfortable and well-located base to explore the surrounding area. Cotswold Motoring Museum is just a five-minute walk away, while Birdland Park and Gardens is 10 minutes on foot. The property has seven double and four twin ensuite bedrooms with homely furnishings. Several rooms are located on the ground floor off from the cosy pub, where you’ll find a fine selection of local ales and well presented dishes making use of seasonal ingredients. The full English breakfast, with an option available for vegetarians, gets top marks.

5. Chestnuts Bed & Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

Chestnuts Bed & Breakfast
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Get a taste of village life at this homely bed and breakfast, which overlooks the green and the rippling River Windrush in the scenic village of Bourton-on-the-Water. It’s close to several attractions and the Birdland Park and Gardens is just six minutes away on foot. The 300-year-old property has six individually furnished ensuite rooms and a couple are located in the attic, with the original wood beams on show. Free parking is a bonus, and you’re also treated to a free afternoon tea if you stay for two nights or longer.

6. The Old New Inn


The Old New Inn
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Step inside this 18th-century, Grade II-listed bed and breakfast and prepare to be wooed by the country-chic interiors. The inn, just a three-minute walk from Birdland Park and Gardens, houses nine superbly finished bedrooms with the decor and names inspired by the area and its local wildlife, such as Duck to Meadow. One of the standout rooms is the Cotswold Suite, which has a contemporary four-poster bed, a freestanding tub and views over the River Windrush. Another plus of this family-run property is that it’s next to the Model Village, a Cotswold stone replica of Bourton-on-the-Water, so you see the attraction in the morning before the crowds arrive.

7. The Slaughters Manor House

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

The Slaughters Manor House - Cotswolds
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Revel in a refined and relaxed atmosphere at this photogenic 17th-century four-star manor house, which is set within 5 acres (2ha) of landscaped gardens. Along with 19 luxurious rooms and spacious suites, the property serves up a quintessentially English croquet lawn, a tennis court, a billiards room, sumptuous lounge spaces, a slick horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar and a fine dining room. The award-winning restaurant is a real treat, with salt aged beef rib eye, dressed Cornish crab and chocolate and brown sugar torte among some of the popular dishes. If you’re looking to visit Birdland Park and Gardens, it’s less than 10 minutes by car.

8. The Feathered Nest Country Inn


The Feathered Nest Country Inn
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Soar over to this delightful country inn, where you can choose from four light-filled and spacious suites with their names based on its bird theme, from the Cockerel’s Roost to the Cuckoo’s Den. Downstairs, the pub is a popular spot with both locals and tourists, with a great atmosphere and live music scheduled throughout the week. Come winter, the roaring fire is a real treat. The inn’s restaurant is another highlight, with topnotch views over the surrounding countryside, artfully presented dishes and an impressive wine list with a sommelier on hand to suggest the perfect tipple. This fowl-themed inn is certainly a fitting choice if you’re planning to visit Birdland Park and Gardens, which is 10 minutes away by car.

9. The Bell at Stow

Pubs with Rooms

The Bell at Stow
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Perched on the edge of the tranquil Stow-on-the-Wold, 10 minutes by car to Birdland Park and Gardens, this rustic yet stylish country inn makes for a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The ground floor pub and restaurant have a delightful atmosphere with low beams, roaring fires and flagstone floors setting the tone. During the summer months, there is also a garden with tables for dining al fresco. Upstairs, there are 13 beautifully finished boutique bedrooms, inspired by the surrounding Cotswold countryside. In-room treats include home-made biscuits and handmade personalised soap. You’re also offered free rhubarb gin and Fever Tree tonics if you book a two-night package stay.

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