“Unlike King Henry the VIII, under whose reign The Close was built, this property has only improved with age. Commanding a prime position in the historic town of Tetbury its austere grey stone facade is softened by wisteria-draped walls. Like a modern adaptation of a Shakespearean play this property refers to its history through modern means. Antlers adorn the walls accompanied by contemporary paintings of beagles and wildlife. A huge, wrought iron candelabra hangs above stylish, herringbone chairs. In the bedrooms furnishings reference Tudor shapes, though arched headboards are made of brightly coloured floral fabrics rather than ageing oak. Large bathrooms enjoy country views, roll top baths and design novelties such as a chess board for a side table. The period juxtaposition continues at The Brasserie where hearty dishes are served with the modern flair of a AA Rosette awarded restaurant. Expect locally sourced, seasonal British and Continental dishes and even a slice of battenberg with the afternoon tea. Perambulate the quintessential English country garden on a pleasant afternoon. ”
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The friendly, relaxed atmosphere we have created.
What is there to do in the area?
Highgrove, Westonbirt Arboretum, Chavenage House, many beautiful Cotswold villages.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Both continental and Full English Breakfast, using locally sourced quality products.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
We offer a wide choice for our guests, The Brasserie offers an informal menu, our 2 rosette Dining Room offers an a la Carte menu and for lighter meals we offer a bar menu which includes sharing boards and sandwiches.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Our excellent rooms which boast four poster beds, luxurious bathrooms and a fabulous view of our stunning garden.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
We offer extra beds for children and a children menu.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
The Close Hotel is a relaxing hotel which gives the guest a home from home experience. The staff are professional and friendly and take pride in ensuring all guests enjoy their experience.”
In the heart of Tetbury, not far from its 16th-century marketplace, you will find the distinguished grey stone façade of the Close Hotel. It’s been in various hands over the years, including those of Sir Richard Branson, who ran it as his flagship hotel in the 1980s. A recent acquisition and revamp by Cotswold Inns & Hotels has brought an upbeat look to the bar and lounge, with modern paintings, designer lighting and comfy leather armchairs.
Originally published by The Times (view article)