A selection of the best luxury hotels in Cotswolds, UK. A selection by Laura Becker
Unwind in luxurious sophistication at Whatley Manor, a boutique hotel nestled within 12 acres of Wiltshire’s picturesque countryside. Revel in a relaxing atmosphere as you explore the beautiful landscaped gardens, adorned with sculptures, fountains, and lighting. Enjoy a twelve-course gourmet dining experience from Thursday to Sunday, or sample the delights of the informal brasserie, The Grey’s, for lunch and dinner. Unwind further with a visit to Aquarias, the hotel’s award-winning spa, voted in the top 10 of UK spa retreats by Condé Nast Traveller Readers, and offering Natura Bissé signature treatments for ultimate well-being.
Rooms: 23 Stars: 5
The Old Stocks Inn, a lovingly refurbished 17th-century coaching inn situated in the picturesque village of Stow-on-the-Wold, offers a unique experience. With its cool and cosy bedrooms, the Inn is the perfect spot for a getaway. The bar and terraced patio garden provide the ideal setting for a relaxing al fresco dining in good weather. The Inn also has two restaurants, each with friendly staff, and is conveniently located 2 miles from The Slaughters and 4 miles from Bourton-on-the-Water. Experience the charm of this historic inn and take in the view of the original penal stocks that still stand in the village green.
Rooms: 16 Stars: 5
Experience the best of luxury and relaxation in the majestic Lords of the Manor, one of the top 200 hotels in the UK. Nestled in 8 acres of secluded gardens and parkland, the 17th-century rectory offers 4 AA Red Stars and award-winning food with three AA Rosettes. Each bedroom is individually designed with elegant furnishings, flat-screen TVs, and DVD players, some with views of the parkland and pond, or the walled gardens and Upper Slaughter Hill. Atrium at Lords of the Manor presents a signature tasting menu with Head Chef Charles Smith’s culinary skills, while The Dining Room offers an à la carte menu in a less formal dining environment. Explore the beautiful Cotswolds, with nearby Longborough and its opera house just a 15-minute drive away, and Oxford an hour away by car.
Rooms: 26 Stars: 4
Experience the beauty of the Cotswolds and the 16th-century Double Red Duke Hotel. This picturesque getaway boasts cosy log fires, delicious local fare, and a garden terrace for outdoor dining. Relax in one of the 19 spacious, en suite bedrooms with free WiFi. Explore nearby Kelmscott Manor, the River Thames, Bampton (Downton Abbey), and Oxford, all within easy reach. Enjoy a charming, cool, and lovely stay in this unique Cotswold village.
Rooms: 19 Stars: 4
Experience the height of luxury at Barnsley House, one of the best hotels in the Cotswolds. Enjoy the delightful property, relaxing atmosphere and stunning views. Located in Cirencester, just 13 km from the Cotswold Water Park, this hotel features free bikes, private parking, a garden, terrace, restaurant, bar, and a tennis court. Relax in the comfort of your room, equipped with a desk and fridge, or enjoy a delicious breakfast. With a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service, and free WiFi, Barnsley House offers the ultimate in convenience and comfort. Explore nearby attractions such as Lydiard Park and Kingsholm Stadium, both within a 30-35 km radius.
Rooms: 18 Stars: 4
The Bay Tree is a charming 16th century boutique hotel nestled in the picturesque town of Burford. Its rustic beauty and historic character are unrivalled, making it an idyllic retreat for leisure, business or special occasions. Awarded Small Hotel of the Year and a Gold Award for Excellence by Enjoy England, it features mellow stone walls adorned with wisteria, wooden beam rafters and oak-panelled public rooms. Rich fabrics, woven tapestries and antiques add to the charm of its original stone fireplaces, including an inglenook. Relax in the library or in the tranquil walled gardens during summer. With its enchanting atmosphere, the Bay Tree is the perfect place to escape from everyday life.
Rooms: 21 Stars: 4
The iconic ivy-clad Swan Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Coln in the heart of Bibury Village, one of the most picturesque towns in England. There are 22 distinctively designed rooms, including four Cottage suites, each equipped with a spacious bathroom, full-size Molton Brown toiletries and a comfy robe. The village is ideally situated for exploring the Cotswolds, with Cirencester, Burford and other charming towns nearby. The Swan Hotel offers a variety of dining and drinking choices for all. Guests can enjoy a light meal or a drink in the bar or courtyard, have Afternoon Tea in the homely Library, or relax with a beverage in the private riverside gardens. For a more sophisticated dining experience, the Swan Brasserie serves a seasonal menu, including the locally caught Bibury trout, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Rooms: 22 Stars: 4
The Frogmill Hotel is a beautiful, cozy accommodation in Cheltenham with stunning interior design. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant, bar, free private parking, a terrace and a garden. Each room is equipped with a desk, flat-screen TV, private bathroom, bed linen and towels, a coffee machine, and some with a balcony and garden views. Enjoy a delicious à la carte or Full English/Irish breakfast. Located 22 km from Kingsholm Stadium and 34 km from Cotswold Water Park, the hotel is also close to Sudeley Castle (15 km) and Gloucester Cathedral (23 km). Bristol Airport is 90 km away.
Rooms: 28 Stars: 4
Experience the timeless charm of England’s oldest hotel and its unparalleled service. Built in 1220, the Old Bell Hotel has been a staple of Malmesbury, England’s first capital, for centuries. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of log fires, period furniture, and stone walls, and relax in individually furnished bedrooms. Whether you’re in the main house, with its classic character and period features, or the Coach House, with its light and airy atmosphere, you’re sure to feel right at home. With its proximity to the famous Abbey and the Cotswolds, and its convenient location near Junction 17 of the M4 motorway and Chippenham, the Old Bell offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Start your day with a delicious breakfast, and be sure to experience the unbeatable service that you’ll find hard to match anywhere in England.
Rooms: 31 Stars: 4
The Close Hotel, a historic 1535 town house in the picturesque Cotswold market town of Tetbury, offers a luxurious stay with comfortable beds and stylish decor. Enjoy views of the walled garden and fountain from the on-site restaurant, and relax with free Wi-Fi and free parking. Each of the individually decorated rooms feature a blend of antique and modern furniture, flat-screen TVs and en suite bathrooms. Start your day with a full cooked breakfast in the common dining room, and explore the local shops and eateries just a 5-minute walk away. With Bristol only 35 minutes away by car, and Cirencester 20 minutes, The Close Hotel offers the perfect base to explore the Cotswolds.
Rooms: 18 Stars: 4
Best areas to find hotels in Cotswolds, UK
The Cotswolds are a stunning region of England, offering visitors a unique and charming holiday experience. With its rolling hills, lush green valleys, historic towns and villages, and beautiful countryside, the Cotswolds is an ideal destination for a relaxing getaway.
The best areas to search for a hotel in Cotswolds, UK, depend on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a luxurious stay in a historic setting, you may want to consider the larger towns such as Bath, Cheltenham, and Stow-on-the-Wold. These towns offer a variety of accommodation options, including luxury hotels, B&Bs, and self-catering cottages. For a more rural experience, the smaller villages of the Cotswolds are a great choice. The villages of Chipping Campden, Broadway, and Burford are popular destinations for those looking for a peaceful break in the countryside.
The Cotswolds also offer plenty of accommodation options for those looking for an active holiday. The Cotswold Way is a popular walking route, and there are numerous hotels and B&Bs located along the route. If you’re looking for a more active holiday, you can explore the region’s many picturesque villages, or take part in activities such as fishing, cycling, and horse riding. There are numerous hotels in the Cotswolds that cater to the needs of active travellers, offering facilities such as bike storage, maps, and advice.
For those looking for a more secluded and romantic stay, the Cotswolds offer plenty of options. The villages of Bibury and Castle Combe are particularly popular for couples seeking a romantic getaway. There are numerous hotels and B&Bs in these villages, offering a range of luxurious amenities and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
No matter what kind of holiday you’re looking for, the Cotswolds offer something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious stay, an active holiday, or a secluded and romantic escape, you’ll be sure to find the perfect hotel in the Cotswolds.