Revealing our 2019 Refurbishment

When discussing luxury hotels in the Cotswolds it is commonplace for Lords of the Manor to be frequently mentioned; rightly so, given our impeccable standards and decadent spaces. 2019 saw change in the air when it was decided that we were to undertake a lengthy and impressive refurbishment to mark a new chapter in the hotel’s history. Keep reading to learn about each detail and then, join us to experience it for yourself.

A truly English country house

Julian Fellowes, the writer of Downton Abbey remarked that the English country house “is certainly an icon of British culture”.  We must agree; Country House style is certainly an aspect of staying in the Cotswolds that our guests from around the world enjoy and it sees them return time and time again. Far from dull or boring, this style evokes hospitality in its truest form. Functionality is key, but in design terms the English tradition embraces the likes of William Morris and Liberty, neither of whom made their name with shy or retiring pattern or design.

This brings us to the refurbishment of Lords of the Manor’s public rooms, completed recently.

The brief for the redecoration of the ground floor of Lords of the Manor was to capture the excitement of a weekend away in the countryside, to be a little playful and to capitalise on the extraordinary location of the hotel. Our wonderful gardens and beautiful views speak for themselves – whether your gaze is drawn to the walled garden or is cast out beyond the picture windows, you are guaranteed one of the finest views from any Cotswold hotel lounge, including the River Eye and the countryside beyond.

Employing a local designer

Finding a local designer was first on the agenda, and so the Lords Team decided on Louise Jackson who is based in nearby Stow-on-the-Wold. “My view on this property was to bring back its grandeur and provide a wow factor to the wonderful public rooms on the ground floor, whilst always remembering that this was a family home once. For centuries it would have had people bringing back memorabilia and objects from perhaps the grand tour; it was natural to be influenced by more exotic hues and tones of fabrics and colours. I wanted each room to have its own personality and surprise elements and to showcase vibrant colours whilst still balancing a very Cotswold Country feel!”

The 2019 refurbishment includes the main lounge, the bar and reception area, as well as the garden room, pantry private dining room, library and games room.  The hotel has now extended to two restaurants, with both rooms fully refurbished and redecorated. Dining at Lords of the Manor has always been a special event and now that we have two restaurants (‘The Dining Room’ and ‘Atrium at Lords of the Manor’), our guests can choose between a 16 cover fine dining experience in Atrium at Lords of the Manor, or the more casual Dining Room. We’ve long been all about excellence in terms of cuisine, but we’re also a luxury hotel and that is the ‘feel’ that both restaurants wanted to deliver in appearance, cuisine and service.

The Dining Spaces

Dining at Lords of the Manor has always been an unforgettable experience; we are renowned for being one of the best restaurants in the Cotswolds. So, during the refurbishment, we sought to further align Chef’s ideas and ethos with the visuals and atmosphere that diners were surrounded with each time they sampled a dish. In The Dining Room you’ll now find sumptuous gold and silver tones and large art works on the walls. Where The Dining Room is a casual affair, the Atrium at Lords of the Manor is a more intimate space and the team here wanted to create a smaller dining experience with a real sense of opulence and luxury. This was deliberate; it is all about reflecting the personal attention given to an ever-changing seasonal menu by Charles Smith, the Head Chef.

Care and attention have also been extended to The Pantry. Lesser-known but by no means less impressive, this space has been refreshed making it a perfect little dining room for up to 8 people and popular for private dinner parties and special occasions.

The Lounge

Any hotel will tell you that the Lounge and Bar are some of the most popular and frequented public spaces in their establishment. This holds true at Lords of the Manor. Not one to shy away from a challenge, our designer wanted to give these rooms an elevated feel and succeeded thanks to the combination of practical comfort and the exciting a sense of being somewhere special.

The lounge now showcases a classically elegant colour scheme with the most beautiful new curtains. What brand, what pattern, why chosen? As Lords was once a family home, it makes perfect sense that the fireplace in the lounge should be inviting; the open hearth perfectly complements the stunning country views, and with newly upholstered sofas and armchairs you can enjoy the scenery in a comfortable and elegant afternoon tea setting.

During the refurbishment, Jackson Interiors spotted a rather overlooked alcove in this room. It now has a second life as a cosy space – perfect for a romantic afternoon tea and sure to be in demand. If you take tea in this quaint spot, you will be treated to the softest of double seats encompassed by a graphite and chartreuse colour scheme. There is even a classic rustic scene adorning the wallpaper.

The Bar

A place to talk, a place to plan and above all, a place to relax. No hotel would be complete without a bar, and at Lords of the Manor our refurbishment called for this space to be transformed. A new wooden bar supports a feature hare-shaped lamp, which is a deliberate choice as the hare is symbolic of the Cotswolds. Reupholstered chairs feature tango weave and velvet piping. It’s all at once decadent, inviting and dramatic. If you cast your gaze to the walls, our unique wall-hangings will command guest’s attention as soon as they walk in – this detail is a little nod to the tradition of chinoiserie in English country houses. This is also based on a British Museum painted silk scroll from the Ming Dynasty; think kingfishers and lotus leaves. It’s a clever choice and one that is as suited to afternoon tea as it is to the glamour of cocktail hour or morning coffee with views of the hotel’s impressive lawns through the windows. To truly make this design the main theme in this room, we’ve also reupholstered the highly comfortable window sofa in this beautiful fabric.

We’re delighted to share that there are also several other romantic little corners to discover. The Library is a small room to the right of Reception; a great little space for those post-dinner conversations. Next door our Games Room offers Scrabble, Monopoly and other trivial pursuits. The Chesterfield sofa takes pride of place and is the perfect touch in any country house; ours is of a velvet pattern that pays homage to the pheasant (the unofficial ‘bird of the Cotswolds’). Cosy at night, we envision many guests wanting to spend time in here enjoying some peace, surrounded by various textures and weights of fabric that complement impressive lighting.

Experience Lords of the Manor for yourself

Refurbishing our ground floor public rooms has been a rewarding venture, and we would like to thank all our guests for their understanding as the work took place. We aimed to bring our interpretation of the classic English country house hotel up to date, and it is safe to say that thanks to the guidance of Jackson Interiors we have achieved just that. Isn’t it time you enjoyed our 17th century country house for yourself?

When it comes to luxury hotels in the Cotswolds, Lords of the Manor has no rival. Book your stay today.