Boutique Inns in the Cotswolds
We love the Cotswolds; the rolling hills, relaxed pace of life, easy access from London and Birmingham… but most of all we love their inns! Full of charm and character, the popularity of the area means that many of these ancient buildings have been lovingly renovated to provide boutique accommodation.
A good night’s sleep is only the beginning though, as many of these inns in the Cotswolds are now renowned for their fine dining and have been awarded AA Rosettes and Michelin Stars as a consequence. Imagine walking the picturesque countryside during the day, and then retiring back to a cosy inn for dinner, drinks and a comfy bed. It doesn’t get much better than that!
So without further ado, here are our staff picks for our top 5 favourite boutique inns in the Cotswolds.
Top 5 Boutique Inns in the Cotswolds
Our first choice is the 12th century Castle Inn Hotel in Castle Combe. With its open fires, exposed beams and quirky sloping walls, it’s not hard to imagine that the inn was once a retreat of Oliver Cromwell! The bedrooms are all elegantly decorated with antique furniture, and the restaurant serves a creative British menu. After dinner, guests are welcome to relax in the lounge bar which offers an extensive range of drinks.
Although not strictly in the Cotswolds, be sure to explore the village of Castle Combe as it is renowned for its beauty, especially with the picturesque Bybrook River running through its centre (see the picture below).
Number two on our list is the Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden. This four star luxury hotel dates as far back as the 1600’s, and now offers 15 stylish bedrooms in the hotel and 5 brand new luxury rooms in a cottage at the back of the property. Flatscreen TV’s and wireless connections are standard throughout.
The restaurant has been awarded two AA rosettes and serves locally sourced British cuisine. The friendly bar offers everything from afternoon teas to fine wines and again offers WiFi access. During the summer, definitely take advantage of dining alfresco on the terrace or lawned garden!
The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden
Although not strictly an inn, at number three is an elegant property situated just 2 minutes from the heart of Cheltenham. The Thirty Two is an elegant 5 star boutique hotel that provides luxuries such as in-room treatments, WiFi internet access and Egyptian cotton linens. One room even boasts a unique copper bath.
The hotel serves freshly prepared breakfasts in a stunning dining room with high ceilings and feature fireplace. For lunch and dinner, there are a host of good restaurants nearby.
The Thirty Two, Cheltenham
Our fourth choice is the Old Swan in Minster Lovell. With a history dating back over 600 years, the property is full of English charm and is ideal for a romantic break. Tucked away in one of the most romantic corners of the Cotswolds, the 16 beamed guestrooms offer luxurious accommodation with WiFi and flatscreen TVs.
The hotel boasts a gastro-pub full of original features such as beams, roaring log fires and flag-stone floors. In the summer, you can also relax in the picturesque gardens with a drink from the bar. Finally, due to open in late 2012 is a state-of-the-art Spa set alongside the River Windrush. It will offer an indoor and outdoor pool, along with a sauna and steam room.
The Old Swan, Minster Lovell
Last but not least is the five star New Inn at Coln. This charming hotel has recently undergone a major renovation and features an award winning restaurant, boutique-style bedrooms and all of the character and charm you would come to expect from a classic coaching inn. The guestrooms all boast plump mattresses and flat screen TV’s, along with a choice of en-suite power showers or roll top paths. There are also dog friendly rooms for those wishing to bring along their canine companions!
Be sure to try either lunch or dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, especially during the summer when guests are able to dine alfresco on the sunny terrace.
The New Inn at Coln
Well that’s it! If you think we’ve missed out any boutique inns then let us know by dropping us an email or a tweet.
Disclaimer: The properties listed above are only suggestions from Historic UK, and Historic UK takes no responsibility for any facilities and descriptions that may have changed since the writing of this article.