Housed in an elegant village called Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire is Cotswold House Hotel & Spa. Whilst staying here I met a gentleman who now resides in Australia who actually was born here. He said the house was the heart and soul of Chipping Campden. Cotswold House Hotel & Spa cuts quite the exterior with its Cotswold stone facade and white pillars. This honey-coloured architecture village is so picturesque. It is why I love staying at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa.
There is a dedicated parking space at the rear of the hotel. But I turned up with over £350,000 worth of cars, the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, and Bentley Continental GTC Speed. But I decided to park them outside the hotel for all the locals to see. Chipping Campden is my favourite Cotswold village to visit and the only hotel for me to rest is the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa.
Clearly staying at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa is like a home. So from the moment, I entered interior design weaved an equally interesting story of both past and present. It is like skipping the queue at a gallery and checking in at one of these elegant art-inspired hotels.
Drawing Room Breakfast
This drawing room sits alongside the original interior features, even though this beautiful Grade II listed property has been renovated with modern artistic wallpaper, it still conveys all the historical charms of the past.
If you all looking for a fabulous background for an Instagram shot this wallpaper is it.
This is also the breakfast sitting area which is fabulous when soaking up the morning and peeking out at locals. The wall-to-ceiling windows are just stunning to soak up the sunshine that peers through them. Even if you are just passing through Chipping Campden drop by for some afternoon tea or lunch.
There are two dining spaces and the Fig is a more formal setting. The food is fresh and sourced from the local area. The portions are big and well-presented.
Tender steak with fresh vegetables you can’t go wrong with that. This hearty meal gave me all the energy I needed for my drive the next morning.
The Bistro is more casual and equally great food. I had great sausage rolls with fresh salad and yummy chips. Again the food served is simple but it is made from scratch and is so tasty.
Spa & Gardens
Ashbee is a first-floor, spacious suite that reflects the neighbourhood’s way of living. This is what I adore about Cotswold House Hotel & Spa experience. It is everything and more regarding a Cotswold stay. From the moment I walked up the gorgeous garden path I knew I was going to live like the locals do here in Chipping Campden.
If you keep walking further you will end up at the spa which has direct road access to it including private parking. Just to the left was Ashbee cottage which was fabulous because I had nonobtrusive views of the gardens and the main house. The spa is big enough to soak up after a long day walking and you can also book treatments. Make sure you make an appointment way ahead to avoid disappointment.
Cottage Junior Suite
I was pleasantly surprised when walking into Ashbee cottage through the private entrance on the ground floor. This was fabulous to leave your muddy boots if you were hiking and also to leave your umbrella and coats, so it kept the upstairs clean. Once I walked up I felt the room turned into a tardis of immense space. The landing was another great space for extra luggage. There were plenty of windows where I could peek out into every direction of the garden, reminding me of the leafy Cotswolds that is ever so popular.
There were lots of tables I could place my items on, plenty of chairs to lounge on or lay my wardrobe on. There was a dedicated wardrobe with an iron board and an iron which I used and worked very well. There were ample drawers to place items in if I needed to.
This quaint suite had such a relaxing Feng Shue. The huge bed had lots of fluffy pillows, and lovely bed linen, and was so warm and snug. Perfect after a long day driving for me. The bed head was comfortable to lie on and I liked the lights which were easy to access during the night. There was a nice flat TV for anyone wanting to catch up on some news.
The large separate bathroom was opposite the sleeping area in a different room and is perfect for people like me. That wake up at 2 am after the distress of driving a 650bhp, Bentley Continental GTC Speed convertible. It meant I could be loud and close the two doors and no one else could hear me. The deep soaking bath which I found huge for me was great. I liked the large bottles of refilled spa products that relaxed my aching body. Don’t worry you can buy the products, just ask reception.
There were ample large fluffy towels, they were so big one towel could dry two people. The dedicated rain shower was appealing to relax in eliminating the tension in my shoulders after a fun day of driving the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster.
The access to so many windows in this cottage created natural light in the room. The garden view from any part of the suite was a reminder of why Britain is famous for its tea gardens.
Big thanks to Craig and his staff who went above and beyond to make my stay a memorable and unforgettable one. Being responsible for two luxury cars on this occasion two was no small task. I can only describe my stay as a woman who reclines amongst the Cotswold gardens, gazing directly at her mother’s nature paintings. But my thoughts were elsewhere. I am perfectly serene.
- Room reviewed: Cottage Junior Suite
- Website: www.cotswoldhouse.com
- Address: Upper High Street The Square, Chipping Campden GL55 6AN, United Kingdom
- Phone: +44 1386 840330