I can’t say I’m surprised (#SMUG) but it seems people are flocking from the city to the Cotswolds countryside to relax in truly picturesque surroundings.
With quaint villages, stunning views and countryside for miles, there is so much to enjoy and experience from luxury Cotswolds hotels to Michelin starred Gloucestershire dining, so it’s difficult to know where to begin..
Whether it’s a romantic retreat or an opportunity to unwind, here’s everything you need to know for a one night stop in Gloucestershire…
Where to stay
For the ultimate luxury experience, it’s only right that you stay in one of the finest hotels in Gloucestershire. Somewhere with true character and Cotswolds charm, Michelin Star dining and award-winning accommodation.
Recently acclaimed Good Hotel Guide’s Country House Hotel of the Year and listed within The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurant Guide, Lords of the Manor hotel is situated in the beautiful village of Upper Slaughter. Relax and unwind in stunning boutique country house rooms with stunning views and grounds to explore.
Where to dine
With the critically acclaimed Head Chef, Richard Picard-Edwards at the helm, Lords of the Manors’ Michelin Star hotel dining room is the only one within the county, making it one of the top restaurants in Gloucestershire.
I’m headed there on Saturday so I shall let you know how I get on!
If you fancy venturing outside of the hotel, there are many restaurants, Cotswolds pubs and quaint coffee shops to visit including The Plough, Kingham, The Chequers, Churchill and Horse and Groom, Bourton on the Hill.
What to do
If you’re staying in Gloucestershire, we would always advise venturing out and exploring because it truly has so much to offer. Below is just a snapshot of some of our favourite places to visit and things to do:
Cheltenham is also a great town for a spot of shopping with all of the favourites including House of Fraser which has been the town’s centre point for years as well as quirky one off shops full of gorgeous finds.
On a sunny day, head to Hidcote Manor, this National Trust garden is presented as a series of ‘rooms’ around a manor house in truly stunning surroundings.
Make sure you are at the ‘place to be seen’ – Daylesford farm shop is the ultimate celeb spotting venue and restaurant and known as ‘Harrods on the Hill’.
Alternatively, find options which work if there’s a little shower. Snowshill Manor, another National trust property is a fine house full of a collection of thousands of objects from around the world. Bourton-on-the-Water is a gorgeous quaint little village with stone bridges across the river and rainy day attractions. Recently given listed status, Bourton Model Village is the only grade 2 listed Model Village in the Country, so a definite a must-see. Additionally, Stow-on-the-Wold is the ultimate antiques central with village stocks and a market square.
Come rain or shine, Gloucestershire is somewhere you must visit at least once.
I live here so I might just see you around!