Hotels in Cotswolds

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The Redesdale Arms

Moreton-in-Marsh

‘Friendly, efficient’ staff, ‘very comfortable’ rooms and ‘excellent’ food draw visitors to this 17th-century coaching inn ‘with a modern twist’.
From £140 per night
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  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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The Pear Tree at Purton

Purton

A ‘lovely’ country welcome awaits at Anne Young’s ‘outstanding’ small hotel. It stands in a ‘very special’ garden filled with ‘a treasure trove of wild flowers’.
From £110.00 per night
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  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • country_house
  • dog_friendly
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The Painswick

Painswick

An ‘easy informality’ fills this ‘fun’ hotel, in an ‘unspoilt’ Cotswold village in the green Slad valley. The newest in the Calcot Hotels group, it enters the Guide thanks to inspectors who found it ‘a happy place, with attentive staff’.
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  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking

Calcot Manor

Tetbury

White-glove service may be the norm at any luxury hotel, but even the youngest guests receive white-mitten treatment at this exceptionally family-friendly spot.
From £249 per night
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  • romantic
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking

Lords of the Manor

Upper Slaughter

In ‘attractive’ gardens, ‘just as fetching in winter frost as in the spring’, this honey-stoned former rectory welcomes guests into plush luxury (with, some visitors point out, a price tag to match).
From £195 per night
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  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
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Old Parsonage

Oxford

With ‘excellent food and comfortable rooms’, Jeremy Mogford’s luxury hotel ‘never disappoints’, writes a trusted Guide correspondent, a regular guest, in 2016.
From £225 per night
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  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking

The Horse and Groom

Bourton-on-the-Hill

Now owned by Cirrus Inns, this ‘cheerful’ village pub-with-rooms stands on a steep hill.
From £96 per night
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  • gastropub
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
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Old Bank

Oxford

‘Standards remain reassuringly high’ at Jeremy Mogford’s ‘well-run’, ‘very pleasant’ hotel, in a ‘perfect’ location steps from the Bodleian Library.
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  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking

Barnsley House

Barnsley

Soak in the ‘serenity’ and ‘romantic air’ of this ‘relaxed’ 17th-century gabled stone manor house, once home to the garden designer Rosemary Verey.
From £199 per night
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  • romantic
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • spa
  • disabled
  • wifi

Russell’s

Broadway

Andrew and Gaynor Riley’s ‘excellent’ restaurant-with-rooms is ‘unhesitatingly recommended’ by regular Guide readers, who praise the ‘exceptional’ food, the ‘rather special’ rooms, and the staff who ‘take the trouble to please’.
From £120 per night
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  • historic
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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The King’s Head Inn

Bledington

Horse brasses hang above the stone fireplace, and old hunting prints decorate the walls of the beamed pub in this old stone inn on the village green.
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  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi

The Feathered Nest

Nether Westcote

In a ‘delightful’ converted 300-year-old malthouse in a tiny Cotswolds village, Tony and Amanda Timmer continue to receive feathers in their cap.
From £195 per night
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  • tennis
  • gourmet
  • gastropub
  • wine
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
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Kings Head Hotel

Cirencester

Mark and Alison Booth spent a king’s ransom to transform this medieval inn on the market square from staid to ‘state of the art’.
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  • child_friendly
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi

The Plough

Kelmscott

The setting is ‘wonderful’, the welcome ‘informal and warm’. In a ‘beguiling’ spot close to the River Thames, Guide inspectors in 2016 were won over by this ‘popular’ village pub-with-rooms.
From £90 per night
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  • gastropub
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi

The Feathers

Woodstock

In the centre of a ‘handsome’ market town, this characterful town house hotel, formed from a row of diverse buildings, is made lively with modern colours, bold wallpapers and a collection of more than 400 gins from around the world.
From £159 per night
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  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Mill House Hotel

Kingham

There’s ‘a warm atmosphere’ at Paul and Maria Drinkwater’s ‘good-value’ hotel, in a ‘lovely old building’ standing in extensive, ‘well-kept’ grounds that run down to the River Evenlode.
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  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking

Bay Tree Hotel

Burford

Step under the arch of wisteria draped across the entrance and into this ‘lovely old building’, as visitors have done for more than 400 years.
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  • romantic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking

The Swan

Bibury

Pass meadows dotted with grazing cows and sheep on the way to this 17th-century former coaching inn, in a village that William Morris proclaimed to be the most beautiful in England.
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  • wifi
  • walking
  • parking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly

Burlington House

Oxford

Wake up with an appetite. In a leafy suburb north of Summertown, this ‘cheerfully decorated’ B&B, in a large, refurbished Victorian merchant’s house, is gaining a reputation for its delicious breakfasts.
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  • value
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking

The Bell at Hampton Poyle

Oxford

Contemporary design and a timeless, pubby feel combine in this spruced-up honey-stone roadside inn in a small village near Oxford.
From £95 per night
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  • gastropub
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • parking

The Village Pub

Barnsley

The hub of the village, this stone-built restaurant-with-rooms (Calcot Hotels) is also a style hub, with country-chic rooms and smartened-up drinking and dining areas.
From £99 per night
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  • gastropub
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value

The Maytime Inn

Asthall

A smithy once took care of the horses at this 17th-century coaching inn near the River Windrush. Today, the pretty, mellow-stone building is more likely to host local villagers, gin drinkers, countryside walkers and ramble-weary dogs.
From £95 per night
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  • gastropub
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi

Butlers

Cheltenham

True to form for a butler-themed B&B, Guy Hunter and Robert Davies offer ‘consistently exceptional service’ at this former gentleman’s residence, ‘an easy walk’ from the town centre.
From £75.00 per night
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  • garden
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking
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The Five Alls

Lechlade

Quirky touches bring a splash of the unexpected to this mellow 18th-century refurbished dining-pub-with-rooms in the Cotswolds.
From £95 per night
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  • gastropub
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking

The Royal Oak

Tetbury

Family-friendly, dog-friendly, all around fun and lively, Chris York and Kate Lewis’s pub-with-rooms attracts locals and passers-by with its real ales, updated pub menu, and bright-and-breezy vibe.
From £85 per night
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  • gastropub
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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Dormy House

Broadway

Large vases of flowers, a well-stocked fruit bowl at Reception, a tray of mix-it-yourself cordials and mineral water by a sofa – the details set the scene at the Sorensen family’s upmarket countryside retreat, built around a ‘lovely’ refurbished farmhouse.
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  • romantic
  • indoor_pool
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking

The Swan Inn

Swinbrook

The setting is ‘heavenly’, say Guide inspectors this year: the rustic inn stands by a bridge over the River Windrush, a cricket pitch up the road; in the spring, newborn lambs bleat in the fields.
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  • wifi
  • gastropub
  • garden
  • child_friendly
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The Wheatsheaf

Northleach

Like coachmen and travellers of yore, visitors today head for this ‘youthful, buzzy’ pub-with-rooms, a smart conversion of an old coaching inn, in a Cotswold market town.
From £120 per night
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  • wifi
  • gastropub
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • discoveries
  • child_friendly

The Cheltenham Townhouse

Cheltenham

Off to the races? Doff your beau chapeau at this airy Regency B&B – it’s well located for the racecourse.
From £78 per night
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  • child_friendly
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking

Beaumont House

Cheltenham

A noble, white-painted Victorian merchant’s house is now home to Fan and Alan Bishop’s ‘excellent’ B&B.
From £75 per night
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  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking

The Old School

Moreton-in-marsh

Gather up your pencils and books: there’ll be no sums in Wendy Veale’s Victorian schoolhouse B&B – just a warm welcome over tea and home-made cake.
From £120 per night
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  • wifi
  • garden
  • b&b

Vanbrugh House Hotel

Oxford

Pristine yet unfussy, this sophisticated B&B near the Oxford Union is handsomely outfitted in natural fabrics, exposed stone and soothing, grey-painted wood panelling.
From £176 per night
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  • b&b
  • disabled
  • wifi

The Lion Inn

Winchcombe

In ‘a lovely old town’ below the Cotswold Hills, this ‘fine modern inn’ houses a popular bar and restaurant, and modern-rustic bedrooms ‘decorated with wit and imagination’.
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  • gastropub
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi

No. 131

Cheltenham

Friendly staff create a ‘nice atmosphere’ at this chic hotel on the promenade. The conscientiously restored Grade II* listed villa is owned by Sam and Georgina Pearman; Liz Greenstock is now the manager.
From £150 per night
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  • romantic
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking

Timeless English countryside

The writer J B Priestley once described the Cotswolds as ‘the most English and least spoiled of all our countrysides’. His observation continues to hold true many decades later. This region, formed from six counties along the spine of the Cotswold Hills, retains a timeless quality much loved by visitors from Britain and overseas. It is England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, with gently rolling hills (wolds). The highest point is just over 1,000 feet.

The area is perfect for a hotel stay and the Good Hotel Guide has reviewed some charming establishments, from hotels with luxurious individual suites offering a hot tub to a 14th -century converted farm house. All offer a warm Cotlswolds welcome and are ideal for exploring the pretty area. The Cotswold region reaches more than 100 miles from Bath in the southwest to Chipping Campden at its most north-easterly point. While it is bordered by significant cities and towns, including Cheltenham, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, the area is defined by its charming market towns and sleepy villages. They are built in shades of golden-coloured Cotswold stone which blends naturally into the surrounding landscape.

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