Cotswold Summer Luxury: The Fine Art of Choosing a Cotswold Manor House Hotel
The Cotswolds is an area of England roughly 100 miles (160km) north to south. It’s famous for gently sloping hills (‘Wolds’) and a near-uniform honey-colored limestone used in houses and other buildings. It’s also famous for a potentially baffling array of accommodation as a quick search for ‘luxury hotels cotswolds’ or ‘luxury hotel cotswolds’ quickly reveals. Before choosing, it’s wise to reflect on what you’re looking for and why. Isolated rural? Town House touring base?
Broadly speaking, the North Cotswolds has the greatest concentration of well known towns and villages; Chipping Campden, Burford, Broadway, Bourton on-the-Water. The area around Stow-on-the-Wold is a good call for the first time visitor – all roads seem to lead there and there is easy access to the Foss Way, the Roman road that still acts as a spine to the Cotswolds.
It’s also worth planning your choice of hotels in the Cotswolds according to festival and events lined up for the Summer. Most of the Cotswold gardens and historic attractions are at their peak, with an opportunity to extend that ‘luxury hotel in the Cotswolds’ vibe, with visits to Sudeley Castle, the National Trust Hidcote Garden and other such splendid places. Look out too for Village fetes, wonderful great places for buying plants, discovering a Vivienne Westwood original on a village stall or simply having a peek around the garden of the local village houses.
Look out, too, for Giffords Circus, a touring country circus that pops up at various locations across the Cotswolds through the year. If a circus doesn’t sound as if it has much in common with luxury, hotels or the Cotswolds, this one is 100% Cotswolds – possibly the only one to be reviewed by Vogue.
Here at Lords of the Manor, we love our village location in Upper Slaughter, a delightful small village near Stow-on-the-Wold. We’re close to chic places to shop such as Daylesford Farm Shop and one-off antique, design or quirky places such as the Yellow Hat Art Company (Nether Westcote), Robert Welch in Chipping Campden or Manfred Schotten sporting antiques in Burford.
Food and drink plays its part in choosing amongst hotels in the Cotswolds, of course. We modestly mention our Michelin-starred kitchen team, although in fact the Cotswolds these days is a hotbed of creative talent, not least in food and drink production.
Summer Highlights to look out for:
Cheltenham Science Festival
Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival
Longborough Festival Opera
Cotswold Show, Cirencester
Giffords Circus, various locations
Football in the River, Bourton on the Water
Big Feastival, Kingham