Hotels in the Cotswolds

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.
The Bay Tree at Burford, in the Cotswolds

Hotels in the Cotswolds

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The Lygon Arms

The Lygon Arms - Spring Staycations Special Offer

Broadway

An impressive list of famous guests, including both Charles I and Oliver Cromwell, have stayed at this rambling Tudor coaching inn with beams and inglenooks, panelled walls and leaded windows.
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • indoor_pool
  • weddings
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
  • disabled_facilities
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • historic
  • honeymoon
  • romantic
  • babyfriendly
  • spa
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Lords of the Manor

Lords of the Manor - Overnight Stay with Dinner and Breakfast from £199 per Room per Night Special Offer

Upper Slaughter

This 17th-century manor house of honeyed Cotswold stone looks every bit the smart country house hotel.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • parking
  • romantic
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • for_winelovers
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Widbrook Grange

Widbrook Grange - 'Gin Tasting Stay' Special Offer

Bradford-on-Avon

‘Staying here was an experience,’ wrote Guide inspectors of Nick Dent’s Georgian farmhouse hotel, which is so dog-friendly it even hosts doggie birthday parties, and where creative reuse has been raised to an art form.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • conference_meeting
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • boutique
  • for_winelovers
  • historic
  • great_breakfast
  • outdoor_dining
  • babyfriendly
  • foodie
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The Feathered Nest

The Feathered Nest - Three Nights for the Price of Two Early Bird Summer Staycation Special Offer

Chipping Norton

An 18th-century malthouse on a hilltop, with spectacular views across the Evenlode valley, is today a village hub, pub and foodie destination.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • gourmet
  • pub_with_rooms
  • wine
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • for_winelovers
  • veganfriendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • child_friendly
  • parking
  • outdoor_dining
  • foodie
  • wheelchair_accessible
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The Broadway Hotel

The Broadway Hotel - Cotswold Midweek Offer: Four Nights for the Price of Three

Broadway

Golden stone abuts Tudor black-and-white at this historic hotel, which has a large terrace for alfresco dining overlooking a picture-postcard village green.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • outdoor_dining
  • electric_charging_point
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The Swan

The Swan

Bibury

‘What a setting!’ Creeper-covered and wood fire-warmed, this busy 17th-century coaching inn (now owned by Fuller‘s) stands on the banks of the River Coln, in a quaint village William Morris described as the most beautiful in England.
  • babyfriendly
  • bird_watching
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • electric_charging_point
  • fishing
  • garden
  • parking
  • pub_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
10% discount voucher
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Russell’s

Russell’s

Broadway

Tables are set for some seriously good dining at Andrew and Gaynor Riley’s restaurant-with-rooms, occupying the former showroom of Sir Gordon Russell, wartime pioneer of utility furniture, in a picture-postcard Cotswold village.
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • historic
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • good_value
  • outdoor_dining
  • foodie
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The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

Buckland Marsh

You can mess about in boats with a fishing rod, sip a pint of bitter in the sunshine or enjoy classic gastropub fare at this cheerful pub-with-rooms beside the Thames, with moorings that are free to guests.
From £130 per night
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • gastropub
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • child_friendly
  • fishing
  • foodie
  • pub_with_rooms
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • mooring_available
  • outdoor_dining
  • walking
  • great_breakfast
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The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

Tetbury

With a free jukebox, Art Deco piano, loyalty cards and children’s menus, this dog-friendly 18th-century inn is truly a community hub.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • pub_with_rooms
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • walking
  • ecofriendly
  • babyfriendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • good_value
  • great_breakfast
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Artist Residence Oxfordshire

Artist Residence Oxfordshire

South Leigh

On the outside, it looks like a chocolate box stone thatched pub, but that belies the funky interior of this Cotswold outpost of Justin and Charlotte Salisbury’s portfolio of Artist Residence properties in Brighton and London (see main entries) and Penzance (see Shortlist entry).
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • babyfriendly
  • dog_friendly
  • good_value
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Old Swan

Old Swan

Minster lovell

‘Everyone’s idea of a Cotswold pub’, this 600-year-old inn is one of the oldest buildings in a picturesque village of thatched houses on the River Windrush.
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • garden
  • historic
  • outdoor_dining
  • pub_with_rooms
  • spa
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • fishing
  • walking
  • cycling
  • tennis
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The Maytime Inn

The Maytime Inn

Asthall

Recently refreshed, this ‘delightful, friendly’ 17th-century coaching inn retains its authentic country air.
  • babyfriendly
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • good_value
  • outdoor_dining
  • parking
  • pub_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • wifi
10% discount voucher
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Butlers

Butlers

Cheltenham

‘Enjoyable, quirky and good value’, Paul Smyth and Shaun Bailey’s butler-themed B&B occupies a 19th-century gentleman’s residence, ‘an easy walk’ to the promenade and the Montpellier district.
  • garden
  • good_value
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wifi
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The Old Stocks Inn

The Old Stocks Inn

Stow-on-the-Wold

In a historic wool town, the classic Cotswold-stone exterior of this ‘likeable’ 17th-century inn gives way to a cool, contemporary decor that mixes wooden beams and ancient floorboards with Scandi-chic furnishings, a fine cocktail list and a family-friendly feel.
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • outdoor_dining
10% discount voucher
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The King’s Arms

The King’s Arms

Badminton

Embracing its rural roots, this traditional inn cosies up deep in the Cotswold countryside.
  • wifi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • parking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
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Woodchester Valley Vineyard

Woodchester Valley Vineyard

Stroud

Amid the green fields of the Stroud valleys, Fiona Shiner’s family-owned vineyard and winery shelter a modern B&B.
  • cycling
  • disabled_facilities
  • for_winelovers
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
10% discount voucher
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Cotswold Grange

Cotswold Grange

Cheltenham

Between town and racecourse, Nirav and Dhruti Sheth’s conveniently situated hotel is in a fine stone mansion in leafy Pittville.
  • dog_friendly
  • guest_house
  • parking
  • wifi
  • good_value
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Sign of the Angel

Sign of the Angel

Lacock

You may feel a sense of déjà vu at Tom and Jack Nicholas’s timber-frame coaching inn: it starred as the Babberton Arms in Harry Potter films, while the picturesque streetscape has stood in for Cranford in the BBC drama.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • historic
  • british
  • babyfriendly
  • pub_with_rooms
  • boutique
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The Painswick

The Painswick

Painswick

In one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, this Palladian house overlooking the Slad valley in Laurie Lee country is a soothing escape for rattled city-dwellers.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • gourmet
  • walking
  • romantic
  • spa
  • cycling
  • for_winelovers
  • foodie
  • great_breakfast
  • boutique
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Calcot & Spa

Calcot & Spa

Tetbury

‘We had a wonderful family holiday here.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • conference_meeting
  • romantic
  • disabled
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • tennis
  • babyfriendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • cycling
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
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Old Parsonage Hotel

Old Parsonage Hotel

Oxford

Built in the 1600s for a chop-house owner and chef, this gabled stone building has long opened its oak door to paying guests.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • boutique
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
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The Lamb Inn

The Lamb Inn

Burford

The very model of an olde worlde inn, with its flagstones, beams, blazing fires and jumbled interiors, The Lamb sits on the edge of a picture-perfect Cotswolds wool town, in the aptly named Sheep Street.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • historic
  • romantic
  • electric_charging_point
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Old Bank Hotel

Old Bank Hotel

Oxford

Jeremy Mogford indulges his passion for art and literature at his luxury city-centre hotel, where the walls are hung with works from his collection, with a library for residents to browse.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • gourmet
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • parking
  • weddings
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • honeymoon
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Barnsley House

Barnsley House

Cirencester

The late Rosemary Verey, doyenne of the 20th-century English country garden, created the flourishing grounds at this 17th-century Cotswold stone mansion, her home from the late 1950s.
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • spa
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • honeymoon
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • dog_friendly
  • boutique
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The King’s Head Inn

The King’s Head Inn

Bledington

‘The staff were friendly and helpful, the setting on the village green was delightful – what a wonderful place to stay,’ says a trusted reviewer of this Cotswolds inn-with-rooms.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • pub_with_rooms
  • good_value
  • dog_friendly
  • foodie
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Thyme

Thyme

Southrop

A ‘beautifully manicured estate which fits its billing as a village within a village’, Thyme is a collection of Cotswold stone buildings with a cookery school, pub and spa interspersed with ‘perfect English country gardens’.
  • with_cooking_school
  • wifi
  • parking
  • spa
  • ecofriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • garden
  • romantic
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • outdoor_pool
  • tennis
  • cycling
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Bay Tree Hotel

Bay Tree Hotel

Burford

A wisteria-festooned arch frames the entry to this prettily refurbished hotel, forged from a row of 17th-century honey-hued houses.
  • babyfriendly
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • electric_charging_point
  • garden
  • romantic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • weddings
  • wifi
10% discount voucher
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The Bell at Hampton Poyle

The Bell at Hampton Poyle

Kidlington

George Dailey’s honey-stone roadside inn, north of Oxford, is a popular village hub where locals come for the ‘excellent’ cooking – and where farther-flung guests settle in for ‘a very nice stay’.
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • good_value
  • parking
  • pub_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • weddings
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
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The Village Pub

The Village Pub

Barnsley

The hub of a pretty Cotswolds village, this mellow-stone pub-with-rooms (Calcot Collection) is liked for its stylish accommodation and relaxed nature.
  • babyfriendly
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • good_value
  • parking
  • pub_with_rooms
  • spa
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • wifi
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No. 131

No. 131

Cheltenham

Across from Imperial Gardens, this trio of well-restored Georgian town houses forms an alluring whole: one modish, metropolitan hotel with a smart restaurant, two lively bars and a collection of very-voguish bedrooms.
  • boutique
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • parking
  • romantic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • veganfriendly
  • outdoor_dining

Choosing places to stay in the Cotswolds

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 Cotswolds 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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Last updated: April 10, 2021