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Gloucestershire is the green heart of England. From the postcard perfect, thatched-cottage towns of the Cotswolds and the architectural splendour of Gloucester cathedral to the beautifully refined 18th Century mansions of Cheltenham. It is rich in beauty, and in country house hotels and townhouse B&Bs, which make up many of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire.

Best places to stay in Gloucestershire:

The Cotswolds

The gently rolling wolds (hills) of the Cotswolds are the green and pleasant rural England many visitors are looking for. Biscuit-tin villages nestled along winding rivers, and the smattering of honey coloured churches and manor houses make this one of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire.

  • Cowley Manor is one of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire if you're looking for a rural escape. Its gardens are heritage listed so that covers the rural bit, but the spa and restaurant are both modern and award winning - so also one of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire if you need to unwind and treat yourself.
  • If you're looking for something 'in town', then No. 12 is one of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire for you. In historic Cirencester, this converted wool merchant's house has a grand facade and just the four individually decorated rooms, making it ideal for couples. What with the restaurants and boutiques in walking distance etc.

The Forest of Dean

Gloucestershire's second Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (most people think of the Cotswolds first) is a glorious part to visit too, with much to see apart from the countryside.

  • Tudor Farmhouse is a perfect base for exploring this region. On the edge of the Forest of Dean and just outside historic Clearwell village, it offers country chic rooms and suites, acres of gorgeous gardens and an award winning restaurant.


Like Bath, Cheltenham was a spa retreat in the 18th Century, and there are similarities in the city's graceful architecture. And it's well loved and cared for, and regularly embellished with a festival. And of course the races. Definitely one of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire if you like shopping, dining and a flutter.

  • Hanover House, an Italianate city centre townhouse, is a B&B run by a very welcoming couple. They've filled the three bedrooms they rent out with music, colour and culture, making it one of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire if you love a 'home from home'.
  • Montpellier Chapter is one of the best examples of period/modern fusion design. The stately exterior makes it appear one of the grandest and best places to stay in Gloucestershire, but the inside is sophisticated and chic. Someone people would say that's a good analogy for Cheltenham itself. Montpellier Chapter is also one of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire if you want to fit in some shopping.

What are the best places to stay in Gloucestershire on a budget?

If you're on a budget the best place to stay in Gloucestershire has got to be The Big Sleep. A cross between a hostel and a hotel, the rooms are simple but well designed, the location is excellent and the facilities are pared back. And all from £55 per night including breakfast - so also one of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire for families.

And what about Honeymooners?

One of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire for people looking for something unique is Oak House No.1. Georgian by age, but eclectic by design and interior, their four rooms are all individually designed and fabulously filled with art and antiques collected from around the world. This is also one of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire if you like things 'rock 'n roll'. What the Oak House doesn't have is a Michelin-starred restaurant. But Whatley Manor does. It also has an award winning spa, all the best high-tech luxuries, the buildings are outstanding and they don't allow children under 12. So definitely one of the best places to stay in Gloucestershire for honeymooners.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Gloucestershire for you? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Gloucestershire, or feel free to call or email one of our gurus for advice

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  • Cowley Manor

    nr Cheltenham, The Cotswolds

    A contemporary-chic manor house set on 55 beautiful acres, in the Cotswold countryside. Trendy rooms mix the best of both worlds, with original sash windows, high ceilings and fireplaces mixed with sleek handmade modern furnishings and bold colour combos. A sophisticated, fun country escape.

    Spa  -  Wide range of treatments using Green & Spring products.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and indoor heated pools.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  55 acres of parkland surround the proerty with natural springs, lakes, and Victorian cascades.
  • Montpellier Chapter


    Understated, sophisticated hotel behind a neoclassical facade that mixes modern and traditional to good result. Contemporary bedrooms some with large free standing baths. British and European classics served in the brasserie. Centrally located in a hip part of town. A chic option.

    61 rooms from $73
    City Style  -  A chic contemporary hotel with regency charm in the fashionable Montpellier district.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Pittville Pump Rooms and sample the healing waters.
    Great walks  -  Explore the quintessentially British Cotswold countryside.
    Spa  -  Small spa offering treatments with REN products.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • The Big Sleep


    Great value for money with a town centre location and contemporary design throughout. Simple rooms some dormitory style and a bar that serves up drinks and refreshments. Well sized meeting room and extensive breakfast buffet. Ideal for exploring Cheltenham on a budget.

    60 rooms from $83
    Value chic  -  An ideal budget option, just a ten minute walk from the centre and boasts special rates at local restaurants.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Pitville Pump Rooms and learn a little of their history.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
  • The King's Arms

    Didmarton, Gloucestershire

    A traditional 17th century coaching inn situated in the heart of the Cotswolds. Stylish rooms with feature walls of George Stubbs paintings, antique furniture, four posters & cosy sheepskin rugs. Or cottages for groups or families. Great British pub food, real ale and excellent value too!

    6 rooms from $91
    Value chic  -  Stylish rooms which can be had for as little as £75 per night B&B.
    Local exploring  -  Ideal if you want to explore the wider Cotswolds.
    Sights nearby  -  A wide range of places to visit close by including Badminton House, Highgrove House and Westonbirt Arboretum
    Fishing  -  Private tuition or guidance can be arranged
  • The Bradley


    Located in the desirable Montpellier district of town this Regency house has been in the same family for over 100 years. Rooms are decorated in a traditional Edwardian style with antiques, rich fabrics and four poster beds yet with all modern amenities and bathrooms. A local breakfast is served.

    8 rooms from $107
    Sights nearby  -  The period properties of Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Snowshill Manor, Hidcote Manor and Lodge Park are all worth a visit.
    Great walks  -  Lineover Wood & Ravensgate Hill, just on the outskirts of town, have beautiful vistas of the English countryside.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of 11 are welcome.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Porch House

    Stow on the Wold, The Cotswolds

    Britain's Oldest Inn (c.947AD) offers thirteen comfortable and stylish rooms in its English Heritage listed building. Think exposed beams, exposed stone walls, roll top baths and Nespresso coffee machines as standard. The perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds and great value for money.

    13 rooms from $108
    Historic  -  C.947A.D. England's oldest Inn.
    Value chic
    Outstanding location  -  In the Cotswolds: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    Sights nearby  -  Stow on the Wold, a picturesque market town.
  • Tudor Farmhouse

    Clearwell, Gloucestershire

    A picture perfect country house hotel set in the stunning landscape of the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. Charming chic rooms and suites, an acclaimed British restaurant, acres of emerald garden, and plenty of countryside pursuits to choose from. The perfect country escape.

    21 rooms from $116
    Views  -  Stunning woodland walks and views over bubbling brooks and meandering rivers.
    Active Holiday  -  The countryside landscape offers plenty of activities.
    Country Escape
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
  • Old Stocks Inn

    Stow on the Wold, The Cotswolds

    A traditional country inn with a modern twist. This boutique hotel has 16 stylish bedrooms with big comfortable beds and contemporary Scandinavian design features. A bright yellow roll top bath and cosy patterned throws. Artisan coffee, a garden pizza oven and good modern British food.

    18 rooms from $121
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located for exploring the Cotswolds
    Sights nearby  -  Chastleton House, Blenheim Palace and all the beautiful Cotswold villages in the surrounding area.
    Great walks  -  Good local walks right from the doorstep
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Hare and Hounds Hotel

    Tetbury, The Cotswolds

    The Hare and Hounds is a traditional Cotswold country house hotel. The newly refurbished rooms and suites have an air of elegance and surround a delightful courtyard. The restaurant's creative menu is popular with locals and visitors alike. The best in comfort with its own country pub.

    42 rooms from $122
    Local markets  -  The historic Cotswold market town of Tetbury is only two miles away.
    Private Hot Tub  -  Two suites feature private hot tubs
    Sights nearby  -  Highgrove House is just a mile away
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
  • The Seagrave Arms

    Chipping Campden (Gloucestershire)

    Dating back to 1740 this commanding double fronted Georgian property sits in a quintessentially Cotswolds village. Original features including flagstone floors, sash windows and open fireplaces are complemented with soft patterned linens and comfy beds. Locally sourced food is top notch.

    8 rooms from $134
    Fishing  -  Hook yourself a prize winning trout in the surrounding rivers and chalkstreams.
    Sights nearby  -  Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon are both no more than 20 minutes drive away.
    Great walks  -  Walk a portion of the famous Cotswolds Way.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Hanover House


    Elegant and instantly welcoming B&B in the centre of town. Full of warmth, colour and personality. Only three rooms in this intimate family home full of antiques. Traditional breakfasts served in a spacious Victorian dining room on blue and white china. A charming base for local exploring.

    3 rooms from $134
    Hideaway  -  A cosy little home from home in a Grade-II listed Victorian townhouse with welcoming drawing room and open fires.
    Great walks  -  Excellent walking nearby in the Malverns or the Forest of Dean.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • The Ragged Cot

    Cirencester (Gloucestershire)

    Lovely 17th century inn in a beautiful rural spot overlooking 600 acres of National Trust common land. Comfortable rooms and an excellent seasonal menu complete the stay. Fuel yourself for long walks in the country and wind down with an evening by the fire.

    9 rooms from $134
    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by bucolic Gloucestershire there are plenty of 'country' activities - and lots of pubs.
    Romantic Break  -  The perfect hidey hole for a weekend break in the country.
    Great walks  -  The National Trust lands of Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons are prime walking territory.
    Local markets  -  The market town of Minchinhampton hs awash with farm stalls and antique shops.
  • Lower Brook House

    nr Moreton-in-Marsh, The Cotswolds

    Charming countryside B&B with scenic backdrop. Spacious and cosy rooms. Log fires, flagstone floors, four poster beds. Restaurant and garden.

    6 rooms from $134
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
  • Horse and Groom

    Moreton in Marsh, The Cotswolds

    Informal restaurant with rooms cum gastro pub in the now familiar mould - towny style, a buzzing bar and restaurant, and a small number of stylish bedrooms.

    5 rooms from $146
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Buttress House

    Chedworth, The Cotswolds

    Bijou B&B in the heart of the Cotswolds. With just two rooms this is an intimate property and the perfect bolthole for city types looking to escape! Stylish interiors complement period features, all set in beautiful gardens. Delicious breakfasts & supper on request.

    2 rooms from $146
    Sights nearby  -  Bang in the heart of the Cotswolds, with lots to explore. Just 10 miles from Cheltenham & Cirencester
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • The Lion Inn

    Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

    The only thing ordinary about this Gloucestershire B&B is the name. Each of the seven rooms are beautifully presented with exposed beams and stone walls next to soft hues and knitted throws. There is an outdoor patio restaurant with seasonal menu and bar with fine wines and real ales.

    5 rooms from $158
    Sights nearby  -  The nearby Snowshill Manor is a warren of hidden treasures.
    Great walks  -  The many Cotswold walking trails are on your doorstep.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
  • The Wheatsheaf Inn

    Northleach, The Cotswolds

    Popular, luxurious and imaginatively decorated converted inn - of which the Cotswolds abounds. Except the rooms here are super comfortable and the food exceptional. Family friendly.

    14 rooms from $158
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  Lovely local walks, and you can borrow their wellies.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
  • Three Choirs Vineyards

    Newent, Gloucestershire

    Pretty 100 acre vineyard still producing 300,000 bottles a year. Hilltop restaurant with rooms. Fabulous views, tasty food, delicious wine, and wine tasting. Something different.

    11 rooms from $165
    Wine tasting
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
  • Dial House Hotel

    Bourton on the Water, The Cotswolds

    Elegant 17th century mansion turned hotel in a very pretty classic Cotswold village overlooking the river. The interiors are traditional yet stylish. Premium rooms feature four poster beds and roll top baths. The cuisine is award winning. Ideal for that country get away.

    14 rooms from $171
    Country Escape  -  A traditional property, perfect for a cosy weekend away, with great walking around the picteresque Cotswolds.
    Sights nearby  -  Model Village is situated just behind the hotel and entertains both children and adults alike.
    Birdwatching  -  Birdland has over 500 species to spot set in beautiful surrounds.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 10 only
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Sawdays
  • Bibury Court

    Cirencester, The Cotswolds

    One of the most beautifully situated hotels in the Cotswolds - a Jacobean manor on the trout filled Rover Coln. Classic Cotswold village, much photographed.

    18 rooms from $177
    Garden  -  6 acres bordered by the river Coln
    Fishing  -  Private fly fishing on site
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Johansens
  • The Painswick

    Painswick, Stroud, The Cotswolds

    Following a loving restoration, this 18th century abode has been catapulted into the 21st century. Taking pride of place in the quaint Cotswold's village of Painswick it features 16 stylish rooms with original features. Rejuvenate in the Spa whilst a warm ambience awaits in the excellent restaurant.

    16 rooms from $182
    Total relaxation  -  Uncommonly comfortable rooms, roll-top baths, squishy sofas, fantastic food and massages and facials to boot!
    Country Escape  -  Located in the quaint village of Painswick, with lovely walks and stunning views.
    Sights nearby  -  The ornate Painswick Rococo Gardens are within walking distance.
    Great walks  -  Across the village green to your new local: The Falcon Inn.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Manor House Hotel

    Moreton in Marsh, The Cotswolds

    16th century manor house in the centre of picturesque Moreton in Marsh. Classic yet contemporary rooms and Apple Cottage Suite with its own private garden and hot tub. Award winning fine dining. A chic yet relaxed spot and ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds.

    35 rooms from $194
    Sights nearby  -  Moreton in Marsh is the perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds, Bath or Oxford.
    Private Hot Tub  -  If you book the Apple Cottage Suite
    Four poster beds  -  Some rooms feature four poster beds
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
  • The Close Hotel

    Tetbury, The Cotswolds

    In the market town of Tetbury you will find The Close's grand grey stone façade. Dating back to 1535 and lovingly transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. Each of the 18 rooms is unique, ranging from pretty florals to dark country cheques with roll-top baths and views. A full English is included.

    18 rooms from $195
    Hideaway  -  Beautiful rooms, deep roll-top baths and breakfast in bed: there are so many reasons not to leave.
    Local markets  -  Held every Wednesday, Tetbury market stalls display a colourful array of locally produced foods.
    Sights nearby  -  The stately home of Cirencester Park will give you some serious 'house' envy.
    Great walks  -  Whatever the season Westonbirt Arboretum is alive with colour.
  • The Swan Hotel

    Bibury, The Cotswolds

    With views over the River Coln this 17th century coaching inn is a welcoming Cotswolds abode. Crackling fires in the winter and viridescent gardens in the summer: the menu is similarly seasonal (and locally sourced). Rooms have an instantly cosy feel with fourposters, gingham and floral upholstery.

    22 rooms from $195
    Sights nearby  -  The famous Blenheim Palace, birth place of Winston Churchill, is arguably the country's best stately home.
    Great walks  -  Walk through the village to the postcard worthy Church of St. Mary.
    Fishing  -  Catch some trout in the River Coln, just opposite the hotel.
    Private Hot Tub
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Oak House No. 1

    Tetbury, The Cotswolds

    Boutique B&B in Georgian townhouse. Four luxurious and individually designed bedrooms. Art collection and antiques from around the world.

    3 rooms from $201
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • The Slaughters Inn

    Lower Slaughter, The Cotswolds

    Country house hotel. Cotswold stone, beamed ceilings, views over the gardens. Restaurant, bar, riverside terrace. Comfortable light bedrooms.

    30 rooms from $201
    Great walks  -  Great walks on the doorstep.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
  • Ellenborough Park

    Cheltenham (Southam)

    16th century rambling manor restored to its former glory in a beautiful Costwolds setting. Opulent luxury suites boast antiques, four posters and Nina Campbell interiors. A serious country house hotel, with spa, pool and gourmet dining for the ultimate indulgent getaway.

    62 rooms from $216
    Country Escape  -  Set in 90 acres of stunning National Trust land, with flower filled gardens and a lovely heated pool, just outside Cheltenham.
    Spa breaks  -  A well equipped spa with a juice bar, mood showers and an extensive treatment list using therapies from the East and West.
    Great walks  -  Borrow hunter wellies and brollies for a stroll in the Cotswolds.
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Lower Slaughter Manor

    Lower Slaughter, The Cotswolds

    Manor house hotel country escape. Gardens, lawns. Elegant public rooms, individually decorated bedrooms, restaurant.

    19 rooms from $238
    Private Hot Tub  -  If you book a garden suite
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
  • Calcot Manor Hotel

    Tetbury, The Cotswolds

    A charming 14th century manor house in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Chic rooms feature bold wallpaper prints, soft tones, deep soaking tubs and trendy artworks. The beautifully landscaped gardens feature a range of family activities as well as a pool and spa. An elegant country retreat.

    35 rooms from $242
    Exclusive offer  -  Sunday spa break
    Swimming Pool  -  Stunning indoor Swimming Pool
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
  • Lords of the Manor Hotel

    Upper Slaughter, The Cotswolds

    Elegant but understated country manor. Honey-coloured stone, parkland, walled garden & lake. Michelin-starred restaurant, spacious bedrooms.

    26 rooms from $242
    Restaurant  -  Michelin-starred
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Hotel Du Vin Cheltenham


    An old townhouse turned designer hotel in the fashionable district of Montpellier. Rooms feature romantic dark hues, Egyptian cotton sheets and in room freestanding baths. Enjoy the Brasserie food, buzzy bar and pampering spa services. Ideally placed to easily access Cheltenham and its surrounds.

    49 rooms from $249
    Local exploring  -  Well placed in the stylish Montpellier district, perfect for exploring the historic spa town and famous racecourse.
    Total relaxation  -  Bask in the glorious spa, plush suites, pampering service and fine dining at the trendy in house restaurant.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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