Top 10 Cotswold Luxury Hotels

Top 10 Luxury Hotels in The Cotswolds

Luxury Cotswold Hotels

Top 10 Cotswold luxury hotels, The Cotswolds region in England is arguably one of the most beautiful rural areas in the world.  If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and take in the delights of the countryside, then you will love England’s Cotswolds.  The Cotswolds have been featured in numerous films and television shows, and can make a visitor feel like he or she has left the modern world behind and entered a pictorial, storybook setting from England’s distant past.  Once you’ve visited the Cotswolds, you’ll probably want to return again and again.

Most of the accommodations below are located in Gloucestershire County, near the towns of Cirencester and Cheltenham, which are two of the larger towns in the area.  Cheltenham is England’s best preserved Regency town, and rose to fame in historical times as a spa town.  Cirencester is a beautiful market town located on the banks of the River Churn, a tributary of the Thames.  It is the largest town in the Cotswold District.  Its history dates clear back to Roman times, and there are architectural monuments and museums to showcase every period of history since.  So no matter what period in history interests you, you will find plenty to explore, and more than you can possibly see in any short vacation.

The countryside around these Cotswolds towns is equally engaging, offering vistas graced by rolling hillsides, mysterious forests, and beautiful manor houses.  Much of the Cotswolds is protected land, preserved against change so that the natural beauty of the region can flourish.  Many of the Cotswold manor houses that dot the English countryside offer lodgings featuring delightfully modern furnishings and amenities.  We’ll introduce you to some of the finest manor hotels in the region, as well as a couple of lodgings you can stay in downtown while visiting the town of Cheltenham.

Below we list our choice of:

Top Ten Luxury Cotswold Hotels

1.Barnsley House Hotel


Barnsley House Hotel is a beautiful, historic lodging located in the village of Barnsley, just northeast of Cirencester.  This luxury Cotswold hotel brings together old-style charm and stylish contemporary décor and amenities into one unified whole.  If you enjoy modern comforts but still want to surround yourself with the scenic beauty of the Cotswolds, this is a perfect choice for your lodgings.

Perhaps the most picturesque aspect of the house is the grounds.  The gardens feature knot gardens, statues by Simon Verity, orchards and vegetable gardens, and are open to guests staying the night or eating at the restaurant while passing through the area.  Because the gardens are so delightful and picturesque and the setting is so intimate, the Barnsley House is often used as a venue for wedding ceremonies and celebrations.  Make sure that you make your reservations well in advance; this is one of the most famous places to stay in the Cotswolds, and space can fill up quickly!

Visit for more information

2.  Lower Slaughter Manor Hotel


Lower Slaughter Manor is a privately owned luxury hotel in the village of Lower Slaughter in the central Cotswolds.  The manor house was erected in the 17th century, and features a spacious interior, a broad, beautiful lawn, and lovely gardens with many quiet, private corners where you can relax and take in the beauty of the Cotswolds.  The manor is also equipped with many amenities include tennis courts and rooms set aside for business meetings.

Like many other lodgings in the area, Lower Slaughter Manor features luxury modern décor and furniture inside a historical exterior.  If you stay at Lower Slaughter Manor, you will be located near several of the most exciting market towns in the Cotswolds:  Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Stow-on-the-Wold.   If luxury is something you appreciate and love to indulge in, you will feel right at home in this elegant and well appointed manor house.  You may even be so comfortable that you don’t want to leave the hotel to explore the surrounding area!  But if you can bring yourself to leave the beautiful grounds, you will find plenty of local attractions to entertain and delight you.

More information about  Lower Slaughter Manor

3.  Cowley Manor Hotel


Cowley Manor is among the most stately and striking lodgings in the Cotswolds, located in the small village of Cowley near Cheltenham and Cirencester.  The manor is large and opulent, proudly overlooking gorgeous green lawns and several beautiful blue lakes surrounded by lovely trees.  You’ll discover 55 acres of meadows and woods to explore while you are visiting, so lovers of the outdoors will want to put Cowley Manor high on their list of lodgings to check into.

Cowley Manor itself is a historic building, but it has only been open to the public as a luxury hotel since 2002.  It is the main feature of Cowley village, but nearby you will also find a local parish church called St. Mary, which was constructed in the 12th century.  The hotel itself features beautifully appointed rooms, a delicious restaurant, a bar and sitting room, a private dining room and sitting room, a billiard room, a village shop and more.

 4.  Ellenborough Park Hotel


If you’re looking to stay in a romantic, atmospheric, and historical lodging while you’re visiting Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park is a perfect choice.  This elegant manor house stands on the original Cheltenham Racecourse estate, and has undergone restoration so that it can function as a comfortable, luxury hotel.  There are 62 bedrooms and suites in the hotel, each individually designed, and many pleasant amenities including an oak-paneled dining room, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and a beautiful Indian themed spa.  Rooms include traditional, classic, luxury, and tower rooms and four different suites named in honor of famous racehorses.

The exterior of Ellenborough Park is arguably among the most beautiful and ancient facades you’ll find in the Cotswolds, and as with other lodgings in the Cotswolds, Ellenborough Park offers lovely gardens where you can relax and enjoy the weather and the fresh air.  There is a lot to see and do in Cheltenham, but you may have a hard time tearing yourself away from this gorgeous hotel!

5.  Calcot Manor Hotel


If you’re looking for a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds that perfectly blends together new and old, Calcot Manor may be the ideal choice.  The manor was constructed in the 14th century, and includes 35 rooms, each designed individually with unique features.  Two restaurants are located on site, the Gumstool Inn and the Conservatory Restaurant.  Spa lovers can relax and get pampered at the Calcot Spa, and those who enjoy swimming will be thrilled with the contemporary design of Calcot Manor’s indoor swimming pool with its beautiful and unique lighting scheme.

Each room in Calcot Manor has its own unique design with contemporary décor and modern furnishings and wall art.  No two rooms look alike, but each of them is equally artistic.  Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’ll love the Calcot Manor, and you’ll probably have a tough time choosing which of the artfully designed rooms to stay in!  The hotel is located near Tetbury in Gloucestershire.

Calcot Manor Hotel

 6.  Cotswold House Hotel & Spa


Cotswold House Hotel is a luxury hotel and spa you’ll find in the village of Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire.  Cotswold House & Spa offers modern rooms and amenities in a historic setting, allowing you to relax in full comfort while still immersing yourself in the ambiance of the region.  Standard Rooms, Deluxe King Rooms, Cottage Rooms, and Junior Suites are all available to choose from, along with two Luxury Suites.  There are also special  Hot Tub Suites and Cottage Rooms.  Two restaurants are ready to serve your every need, The Cotswold Grill and The Dining Room at Cotswold House.

Cotswold House is as famous for its gardens as it is for its rooms, restaurants, and spa.  You’ll find secluded hedges, comfortable seating areas, shady corners, and intriguing pathways which lead you through a blend of traditional English gardening and contemporary landscape design.  The gardens are the perfect place to admire the lovely exterior of the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa.

Cotswold House Hotel

7.  Thirty Two Cheltenham


While the Cotswolds are renowned for their countryside hotels, there are also wonderful places you can stay which are in town.  One such establishment is Thirty Two Hotel in Cheltenham.  The exterior doesn’t look like much—but once you step inside, you’re in for a treat.  Contemporary, creative décor, all the amenities you could ever need, and a great location all combine to make Thirty Two Hotel one of the most luxurious and unique accommodations in the Cotswolds.  If you’re still in the mood for more of an escape from the bustle of town, you can stay in one of the property’s two cottages.

Cheltenham is one of the larger spa towns in Gloucestershire, so you will find plenty there to see and do.  Cheltenham features some of the best Regency architecture in England, and is considered the most complete example of Regency period construction in the entire country.  Fans of the Arts and Crafts Movement will find much of historical interest.  And of course, if you love spas, this is the place to be.  Thirty Two Cheltenham allows you convenient, immediate access to town without sacrificing privacy and comfort.

8.  The Montpellier Chapter Hotel


If you’d like to stay in downtown Cheltenham, another great option is The Montpellier Chapter.  This luxury hotel is distinctly modern, both outside and in.  The style of the exterior combines contemporary and Regency influences for a look which is at once modern and stylish.  Inside, you’ll find a welcoming and well stocked bar, warm, cozy fireplaces, a delightful library, and a comfortable garden room.  Because it has its own grounds, it offers its guests a little more privacy and space than would be possible in an apartment setting.

There are several different types of rooms available, including Regular, Superior, Deluxe, Feature, and Penthouse, all of which are designed in bold, contemporary styles.  The Montpellier Chapel has some lovely outdoor sitting and eating areas, despite its location downtown, so you can enjoy some seclusion while you take in the fresh air.  And then when you’re ready you can head out your door to explore one of England’s most famous and historic towns.

 9.  Cotswolds 88 Hotel


Cotswolds 88 is a Painswick hotel with a historic exterior and a surprising modern interior.  Those who enjoy quirky, trendy designs and bold, bright colors and contrasts will love the artistic interiors of the Cotswolds 88 Hotel.  Boldly patterned furniture and wallpaper adorn every room of Cotswolds 88, making it a fun and charming place to stay while you’re visiting the area.

Cotswolds 88 is as well known for its dining as it is for its rooms, where you can enjoy delicious fine dining served in style.  Even if you don’t plan on staying at the hotel, you should at least make time to stop in for a bite before you head out of Painswick.  For those with a sense of humor and an appreciation of modern art, the hotel’s eclectic interior will amuse and inspire.

10.  The Wheatsheaf Inn


The Wheatsheaf Inn, located in Northleach, Glouchestershire, was originally a coaching inn located at a key staging area in the Cotswolds.  In historic times, horses were kept in the stables below, while inside the inn, travelers met and entertained each other, and were, according to the Wheatsheaf Inn’s website, apparently very badly behaved indeed.

Wheatsheaf Inn is no longer the site of such debauchery, but those who enjoy imagining historic coaching inns will have no problem populating the rooms and dining areas with personages from England’s past.  Today, the Wheatsheaf is very comfortable, but retains its classic style and décor, making it one of the most authentic lodgings in the region.  With only 14 rooms, it offers a more intimate setting than most.  And while it is entirely cozy and comfortable, it lacks the updated décor and contemporary styles which are found in so many historic Cotswold inns.  If you want to experience a trip back in time while still enjoying total comfort, then the Wheatsheaf is the inn for you.