Five Things You Didn’t Know About Lords of the Manor

In addition to being one of the most luxurious Cotswold wedding venues and best Michelin star restaurants UK wide,  Lords of the Manor is one of the oldest and finest hotels in the Cotswolds. Steeped in history, there is always something to learn about the beautiful manor so here are five things you probably didn’t know about the estate and the surrounding area.

1. As commonplace as the rich smell of freshly varnished mahogany in grand houses, Latin mottos are prevalent throughout grand estates in the UK. But have you ever wondered what they mean? The Latin motto over the door at Lords of the Manor translates to “There can be no pleasure before death”.  While we won’t speculate as to why, we would like to confirm that this is not current hotel policy!

2. The World Wars claimed the lives of two million British soldiers, but there were some ‘doubly thankful’ areas that saw all their boys and men return safely – twice. Upper Slaughter is one of only 14 such towns or villages in Britain who were fortunate enough to have their servicemen return. With this is mind, Remembrance services held here mourn the loss of the country and reflect on the gratitude felt by the towns.

3. The Slaughter family’s name was originally Sclostre, meaning “a slough or muddy place”.  They purchased the Manor from Henry VIII who has strong ties to the area – the Cotswolds is full of Tudor tales and heritage.

4. Lords of the Manor dates back to approximately 1649. Over the years there have been some alterations and additions, but the oldest part of the house includes ancient cellars which wine can be kept at an optimum condition – even if they do occasionally flood. A pair of waders is kept ready to rescue the vintages!

5. The Cotswolds is an extremely desirable location to visit, let alone live in. With a large number of visitors all year round, people come from around the world to see the scenery, take in the fresh air and learn more about the history of the area. It’s an exciting time as the hotel is expecting new neighbours – The Beckhams have acquired the nearby Abbotswood Estate.

So, there you have it – five secrets about one of the most historic and best Cotswolds hotels. If you want to see the Manor for yourself, and possible discover some more secrets, then call us on 01451 820243, email reservations@lordsofthemanor.com or book here to stay with us today.