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The Best Country House Hotels in the Cotswolds

Buckland Manor

Depending on the way you speak the Cotswolds are ‘gorgeous’, ‘delightful’ or simply ‘beautiful’. Some people gush about the colour of the stone against the lush green of the gently rolling hills, some people are enchanted by the villages, which look like something out of a mythical Ye Olde Merrie England and some people just want to get lost in the views. Pint in hand or not. Basically this is a really peaceful and beautiful looking part of the world, and its popularity and rural charm mean it’s where you’ll find some quintessential county house hotels. So our Guru’s recommendations for the best country house hotels in the Cotswolds also includes some of the best country house hotels in the UK

Bibury Court

Because there’s plenty to choose from, our Guru’s collection of the best country house hotels in the Cotswolds is in useful groups, so you’ve got the most romantic country house hotels, the best value country house hotels and the best country house hotels in the Cotswolds for walkers, for example. Hopefully that will help you find the property that’s perfect for you. And hopefully solve one of the main problems with visiting the Cotswolds: finding a hotel and not being overcharged for your room.

Dormy House

The Best Country House Hotels in the Cotswolds

For Romantics

Barnsley House

  • Barnsley House is an imposing house set within stunning grounds. There are 18 rooms and suites, which have been delightfully decorated so that they’re light and airy, as well as having all the mod. cons.. There’s also an indulgent spa and a restaurant serving great British cuisine.
  • Foxhill Manor is a Grade II listed manor house with just eight stately bedrooms and suites. Idyically located near Chipping Campden, this is a luxurious property with an easy atmosphere.
  • The Lords of the Manor Hotel is an elegant country manor in classic honey-coloured stone. There are 26 spacious rooms and suites, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a lake and a beautiful walled garden.
  • The Dormy House is a place of oak beams, beautiful panelling and open fires, but they’ve been used in a contemporary way and the interiors are stylish and comfortable. There’s a pool and spa and great family facilities. A wonderful bolthole, especially if you’re looking for something romantic but child friendly.

The Best Country House Escapes

The Painswick

  • The Painswick is a lovingly restored 18th century manor boasting ornate Rococo gardens and 16 lovely bedrooms. The decor feels very countrified, but there’s a very modern spa and an excellent restaurant.
  • Buckland Manor is a charming, 13th century manor house with 13 graceful rooms and beautiful views across the Cotswold escarpment. The restaurant has won awards and the ten acre grounds are picturesque. This is the kind of place where you want to dress for dinner.
  • Cowley Manor is a contemporary-chic manor house on 55 beautiful acres of Cotswold countryside. This is the perfect escape for stressed urbanites, with two pools, a gym, an award-winning modernist spa, beautiful grounds and even a ‘lifestyle shop’.

For Walkers

Dial House Hotel

  • The Dial House Hotel in pretty Cotswold classic, Bourton on the Water, was an elegant 17th century mansion before it became a charming, 14 room hotel - the premium rooms have four-poster beds and roll-top baths. The interiors are stylish, yet traditional and there’s an award-winning restaurant.
  • Bibury Court, perfectly located on a trout-filled river near Cirencester, is a Jacobean manor turned 18 rooms country house hotel. After a recent refurbishment, the bedrooms are now elegant and stylish and the bathrooms modern, but the breakfast room, dining room, conservatory, 1920s themed bar and other public spaces have lost none of their charm.

Country House Hotels with Hot Tubs

Lower Slaughter Manor

  • Lower Slaughter Manor is an elegant country manor escape with just 19 rooms and suites. The garden suites have their own hot tubs. The manor has beautiful gardens, lawns perfect for croquet and tennis, opulent pubic spaces and a gourmet restaurant. It’s classic country house hotel stuff.
  • The Manor House Hotel has been converted from a 16th century manor house in the centre of picturesque Moreton in Marsh. There are 35 rooms and suites, some with their own private hot tubs and one with its own private garden! There’s also an award-winning fine dining restaurant and a less formal bar and brasserie.

If you like the sound of these properties then you might want to consult our Guru’s recommendations for hotels with hot tubs in the Cotswolds.

For Great Value

Hare and Hounds Hotel

  • The Hare and Hounds Hotel on the edge of Tetubry is a traditional feeling country house hotel with 19 freshly refurbished rooms and suites and a popular local restaurant and pub. Rooms start from around £100 per night.
  • For a similar room rate, you could also stay at The Rectory Hotel in Malmesbury. This stylish, listed property has been carefully renovated by its owners and now offers 12 light and elegant rooms, with decor that’s a blend of antique and contemporary. The hotel has its own restaurant, a large pool and a relaxed atmosphere.

If you haven’t found your idea of the best country house hotels in the Cotswolds on our Guru’s list you could:

The Best Country House Hotels in the Cotswolds

  • Barnsley House 18 rooms from £299

    Cirencester (Barnsley)

    An imposing Cotswold house set within stunning (deservedly famed) gardens. Gorgeously renovated rooms are light, airy and full of mod cons. The chic modern interiors, indulgent spa and contemporary British cuisine make it hard to leave! A popular rural escape for urbanites.

    Exclusive offer  -  4 nights for the price of 3
    Romantic Break  -  A stately home with indulgent chic interiors- think dual baths, large suites and a pampering spa.
    Country Escape  -  A rural abode on another level, the ultimate luxury getaway in stunning surrounds.
    Great walks  -  This area is littered with beautiful walks, ask at the front desk to be pointed towards a favourite.
    Cooking classes  -  The nearby reputed Foodworks Cookery School offers a number of different classes for various levels.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Kiwi Collection
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  • Foxhill Manor 5 rooms from £295

    Broadway (The Cotswolds)

    Private manor-house hotel in the Cotswolds, with eight stately bedrooms and suites. A Grade II listed manor offering pure luxury served with heartfelt personal service and an easygoing at-home atmosphere. 24 hours a day service from a personal host. Hundreds of country activities.

    House party feel  -  Exclusive Hire available
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the chocolate box villages and pretty historic towns of the Cotswolds
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Lords of the Manor Hotel 26 rooms from £199

    Upper Slaughter, The Cotswolds

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

    Restaurant  -  Michelin-starred
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Sawdays, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
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  • Dormy House 38 rooms from £210

    Broadway, The Cotswolds

    Newly refurbished country house hotel in the heart of Cotswold country. Oak beams, wooden panelling and open fires complement stylish modern interiors, with tablets as standard for every room, and great facilities for families. Fantastic bolt hole for a pampering country weekend.

    Sights nearby  -  The Cotswolds are on your doorstep
    Spa  -  Opening in January 2014
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Buckland Manor 13 rooms from £195

    Buckland nr Broadway, The Cotswolds

    Charming 13th Century manor house, steeped in tradition, on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment. Graceful rooms exude comfort and a timeless elegance. Dress for dinner in the award-winning seasonally inspired restaurant. Explore the beautiful grounds and countryside,

    Country Escape  -  Read by the roaring fire, try your hand and tennis and croquet or simply wander the grounds- an ideal country retreat.
    Great walks  -  Wander by the river and through the ten acres of beautiful gardens, or head down to the village for a pint.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Relais & Chateaux, Fodors
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  • Cowley Manor from £250

    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.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • The Painswick 16 rooms from £149

    Painswick, Stroud, The Cotswolds

    Following a loving restoration, this 18th century abode has been catapulted into the 21st century. Sixteen lovely rooms with original features decorated in soft hues and country style. Rejuvenate in the Spa, relax by a roaring fire and feast in the excellent restaurant. A gorgeous relaxing getaway.

    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
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  • Dial House Hotel 14 rooms from £140

    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.

    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
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  • Lower Slaughter Manor 19 rooms from £195

    Lower Slaughter, The Cotswolds

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

    Private Hot Tub  -  If you book a garden suite
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel
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  • Bibury Court 18 rooms from £145

    Cirencester, NOT TO SHOW

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

    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
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  • Manor House Hotel 35 rooms from £159

    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.

    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
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
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  • Hare and Hounds Hotel 42 rooms from £100

    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.

    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.
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  • The Rectory Hotel 12 rooms from £105

    Malmesbury, Wiltshire

    Stylish, informal listed period house, renovated by ambitious owners into a mellow bolthole. Each of the 12 rooms is spacious, light & elegant – a blend of antique and contemporary. A relaxed retreat & a perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds with an excellent restaurant and large pool.

    Foodies  -  The restaurant supports the Slow Food Movement, so all produce is locally and responsibly sourced- you can taste the difference!
    Total relaxation  -  Curl up on the soafas with the papers, or move it to the bedroom for a movie fest and a massage!
    Great walks  -  The wellies lining the hall are testiment to the fantastic walks around here, ask your hosts for their favourite.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the lovely Cotswold triangle of Tetbury, Malmesbury and Cirencester. A great base for exploring
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 7th June 2017
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