Living in a city is stressful.
If you’re feeling the strain of life in the concrete jungle, then a long weekend in the country could be just what’s needed to break the monotony of your daily commute, to clear your head of smog and fumes, and to reacquaint yourself with the beautiful British countryside.
And it doesn’t get more beautiful and British that the Cotswolds in the South of England. Covering parts of 6 counties, notably Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds is England’s green and pleasant land, full of rolling hills, medieval villages, and cosy country pubs,
Escape the city and treat yourself to a revitalising rural retreat at one of these wonderful Cotswolds hotels.
Oak House No1 9.9
With countless awards and consistent recognition for being one of the Cotswolds’ best boutique hotels, the 5-star Oak House No.1 sits right in the heart of the picturesque town of Tetbury in Gloucestershire.
A regular home away from home for celebrities, and even royalty, Oak House No.1 offers a discreet stay in unique and opulent surroundings. Glamour meets classic British luxury at this charming Cotswold hotel.
East House 10.0
This idyllic 5-star bed and breakfast country retreat in Broadway, Worcestershire dates from 1759. A beautiful stone building, East House is nestled within its own gorgeous grounds, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
Just a few minutes walk to the restaurants, country pubs, and tea rooms for which Broadway is renowned, East House makes the perfect country escape.
The Old Swan & Minster Mill is a quintessentially English inn and adjoining mill located just 15 miles outside Oxford, nestled within 65 acres of idyllic grounds and countryside. With plenty of rural charm, combined with a modern design and luxurious amenities, The Old Swan & Minster Mill is a true British gem.
It also just opened a brand new spa, featuring a heated indoor plunge pool, poolside rock sauna, aroma steam room, ice fountain, and tropical rainforest showers right in the heart of the hotel’s stunning grounds.
Cranbourne House 10.0
A stylish and self-contained Bed and Breakfast located in the “Venice of the Cotswolds” (Bourton-on-the-Water), Cranbourne House is a charming stone house discreetly positioned a few minutes from the village centre.
Six extremely comfortable rooms feature Antique French king-size beds, high-quality mattresses, and ensuite bathrooms. Cranbourne House is intimate and has a real homely atmosphere, perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway with a touch of luxury.
Abbots Grange 9.8
Located in the lea of Broadway hill, delightfully tucked within eight acres of grounds and beautiful gardens, Abbots Grange is one of Britain’s best preserved medieval, monastic manor houses.
Dating from roughly 1320, Abbots Grange has its own very distinctive character, while its setting provides guests with plenty of peace and tranquillity. Sit with a warm drink and be mesmerised by the gorgeous open log fire for a relaxing evening.
Following a recent renovation, The Northey Arms has been one of Bath’s most popular dining venues, while its ten well-appointed rooms continue to impress guests staying at this 5-star Cotswolds hotel.
Despite its quaint setting and beautiful furnishings, The Northey Arms’ highlight is its Michelin starred restaurant, where head chef Chris Alderson goes to great lengths to source fresh, seasonal and local produce to create his delicious selection of classic and modern pub dishes.
Secluded within 500 acres of stunning English countryside, Lucknam Park Hotel is one of the England’s finest country houses. Just few minutes from Bath, the 5-star property is an ideal setting for spa breaks, weddings or just a weekend away.
The hotel has its own Equestrian Centre and Cookery School, 42 individually styled rooms and suites, and offers fine dining at The Brasserie and Michelin-starred Park restaurants. Overall, Lucknam Park is an elegant and distinguished hotel, with some of the best British fare around.
Mill Hay House 9.0
Nestled between the quaint Cotswold towns of Broadway and Snowshill village, Mill Hay is an enchanting 5-star bed and breakfast with luxurious rooms, a stunning garden, and authentic atmosphere.
Brimming English elegance and boat-loads of character, this charming country hideaway offers plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind, while a delicious gourmet breakfast will make you feel at home and tended to.
Burford House 8.8
A much renowned boutique hotel, Burford House is a charming Cotswold stone house offering flawless service, delightfully designed rooms, and sumptuous cuisine.
Six spacious, individually-designed rooms ooze charm and boast huge en-suites. Situated right on Burford High Street, a Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Burford House is a relaxing place to spend an afternoon or a couple of days.
The New Inn is an idyllic country pub and inn, renowned for its hearty English fare, gorgeous rooms, and traditional bar – a favourite with the locals.
Dating back to the 16th century, the historic inn has 15 rooms, each individually decorated, offering an abundance of charm and character.