The Best Country House Hotels in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a rural area of rolling hills and grassland, dotted with Medieval villages ánd stately homes. Some of these historic mansions are now luxurious country house hotels. Perfect for a relaxing stay in England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

From a Tudor experience to a country house hotel with fresh modern interiors or a country house hotel with luxurious spa facilities. The diverse country house hotels in the Cotswolds have the perfect accomondation for everyone’s wishes, including family-friendly & dog-friendly country house hotels in the Cotswolds and country house hotels with fresh modern interiors.

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De Vere Tortworth Court

Where: Tortworth, Gloucestershire • 4-stars

Facilities: spa & gym • Victorian arboretum • wedding venue

Tortworth Court is a Victorian manor house in Tortworth designed in Gothic style by Samuel Sanders Teulon. The country house was built between 1848 and 1853 for the 2nd Earl of Ducie.

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A multi-milion pound restoration turned Tortworth Court into a luxurious country house hotel in the Cotswolds. The manor house combines the historic Gothic architecture with 21st century style and comfort.

The hotel stands on a 30 acre estate. This estate includes a Victorian arboretum, housing more than 300 plants and tree specimens and an Orangery that is now used as a Wedding & Event Venue.

The hotel is perfect for a countryside escape. It has two restaurants incuding 1853 Restaurant & Bar in the former library overlooking the garden. It also houses a leisure club with indoor pool, spa, gym & sauna.

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Ellenborough Park

Where: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire • 5-stars

Facilities: Indian inspired spa with swimming pool • golf course • family friendly

A country house with 500 year history can be found in Southam, Gloucestershire. In 1485 the built of a manor house started on an elevated spot in the countryside. The Great Hall was first built and over the years the manor house extended to the impressive country house that you see today.

The name Ellenborough comes from one of its owners. In 1833 1st Earl of Ellenborough and former Governor General of India purchased the estate. He made changes to the house in Gothic and Neo-Norman style.

Ellenborough Park has a luxury Indian inspired spa, spacious bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms and several restaurant options.

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Barnsley House

Where: Cirencester, Gloucestershire • 4-stars

Facilities: spa (with swimming pool) • cinema • gardens • wedding venue • tennis court

Located in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village and nestled in a fairytale garden stands the 17th century manor Barnsley House.

The 18 rooms in Barnsley House are decorated in soft grey and cream color tones. With artowrk inspired by the beautiful gardens. Those gardens are the centerpiece of this countryside retreat. Which is unsurprising since English landscape designer Rosemary Verney owned Barnsley for 50 years.

Barnsley offers more than just beautiful gardens. It has its own cinema, spa facilities offering a range of indulgent treatments and therapies – tucked away in a corner of the beautiful gardens.

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Cowley Manor & Spa

Where: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire • 4-stars

Facilities: Spa (with indoor & outdoor pool, special treatments for men & pregnant women and day & evening spa) • children activities • dog friendly

This country house hotel in the Cotswolds is not like the others. Cowley Manor & Spa has a historic Italianate exterior combined with bold artsy interiors. Cowley Manor is a country house inspired by Villa Borghese in Rome dating form the 1860s.

The 31 bedrooms at Cowley Manor (15 in the main house, 16 in the converted stable block) are decorated in a Scandinavian style with bold colors with modern furnishings. The entire hotel is a haven for modern design lovers who also love a bit of color.

Cowley Manor hasa multi award-winning spa including heated indoor & outdoor pools, 55 acres of gardens with contemporary sculptures and the food served at Cowley is locally sourced.

Cowley is also family friendly with large grounds, perfect for a little adventure. Special kids swimming hours and kids menus.

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Dormy House Hotel

Where: Broadway, Worcestershire •

Facilities: Spa (with soothing therapies, pool, hot tub and Scandi-style thermal suite) • 3 restaurants • children & dogs more than welcome

The 17th century farmhouse has been turned into a lovely country house hotel just minutes from the Cotswolds town of Broadway. The hotel houses 38 light and comfortable hotel rooms and suites.

For a romantic dinner you can eat in The Black Garden overlooking the gardens of Dormy House. Two more dining options are available at Dormy House: the informal Potting Shed and the interactive chef’s table style gourmet tasting at MO.

The House Spa offers guests an indoor/outdoor blend of soothing therapies, serene pool, terrace hot tub, and Scandi-style thermal suite.

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Foxhill Manor

Where: Broadway, Worcestershire • 5-stars

Facilities: spa (at the sister hotel The Dormy House) • dog friendly • exclusive hire of the entire manor • wedding venue

An Arts & Crafts country house turned into a luxurious private house hotel. The hotel, overlooking Broadway village, is the perfect destination for a Cotswolds retreat. Staying at Foxhill will feel like staying with good friends. You’ll get personal service combined with the character and style of a luxurious boutique hotel. Your personal host will be on hand 24 hours a day to make sure you have everything you need, every minute of your stay. 

The five spacious bedrooms and three suites at Foxhill Manor are each individually styled. The rooms are decorated in a light color scheme and each room has Roberts DAB radios and Nespresso machines.

Guests can use the Spa facilities at Foxhill’s sister hotel (The Dormy House)

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Whatley Manor

Where: Easton Grey, Wiltshire • 5-stars

Facilities: spa • Michelin star restaurant • wedding venue

Originally Whatley Manor was a farmhouse built in the 18th century. In the 19th century the farmhouse was extended into the manor you see today. Whatley Manor Hotel & Space is set in 12 acres of gardens in the center of the Cotswolds.

The hotel has a 2 Michelin star restaurant “The Dining Room” runned by chef Niall Keating. For leisurely dining the hotel offers the Grey’s Brasserie.

At the Aquarias Spa you can restore mind and body, reset and recharge. The spa has an indoor/ outdoor hydrotherapy pool; stretching out on the heated stone recliners. Or try the the salt scrub showers and thermal suite.

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Lucknam Park Hotel

Where: Colerne, Wiltshire • 5-stars

Facilities: spa • horse riding • Michelin star restaurant • wedding venue

“Lucknam Park is unspoilt, elegant country house living at its very best. However, whilst it is a glorious, grand house, it is not run in a formal and stuffy manner and therefore the ideal place to relax.”

The central part of Lucknam Park was presumably built in the 17th century James Wallis. In the 19th century the house belonged to Andreas Christian Boode. In his time the house was extensively altered. Dark oak was added to the Hall with coats of arms on the ceiling. A library was added, which is now the Drawing Room. And the hotel’s restaurant is located in the former conservatory.

The 43 bedrooms of Lucknam Park Hotel are each individually styled blending antique English furnishings with 21st century touches.

The hotel offers a luxurious Spa and Horse Riding facilities for the perfect countryside adventure.

From Thursday-Sunday guests can dine in the Michelin star Restaurant Hywel Jones. For a more informal athmosphere you can dine in The Brasserie.

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Buckland Manor

Where: Buckland, Worcestershire • 4-stars

Facilities: family friendly • wedding venue • tennis court

Buckland Manor is a 13th century manor house surrounded by gardens, croquet lawns and a tennis court. The idyllic country house is everything you expect from a luxury country house hotel. Warm comfortable rooms with stone fireplaces, antique furnishings and a personal atmosphere.

The country house hotel has 15 bedrooms, ranging from classic bedrooms to master rooms. Each room is individually furnished with antiques and warm textures.

Buckland Manor is family friendly, you can picnic in the gardens and children are free to play in the vast gardens.

The restaurent in run by Head Chef, William Guthrie with modern dishes that are English at their core.

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The Slaughters Manor House

Where: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 4 stars

Facilities: tennis court • golf course • in-room spa treatments • croquet lawn • billiards room family friendly wedding venue

A 17th century manor house completely renovated in 2016 which combines contemporary interiors with country charm. The 19 bedrooms at The Slaughters Manor House are divied between the main house and the renovated stable block. THe rooms are spacious and all individually decorated.

Inside the hotel has a modern bar and billiards room. The restaurant is run by chef Nik Chappell and uses Cotswolds produce. The grounds include a tennis court and golf course.

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Thornbury Castle

Where: Thornbury, Gloucestershire • 4-stars

An early Tudor Manor house, built in 1511 for Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham. After his death, the castle was confiscated by King Henry VIII who stayed here for 10 days with Queen Anne Boleyn. In 1554 the castle was again given to the Stafford family, but it fell into disrepair after the Civil War. Afterwhich it was renovated by the Howard family.

Today Thornbury Castle is a luxurious hotel with 26 bedrooms where Tudor grandeur and 21st splendour come together for the perfect countryside escape.

You can dine in one of four dining rooms, including a 2AA rosette restaurant. Led by Executive Chef, Carl Cleghorn, and Food & Beverage Manager, Frederic Bellard

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The Old Bell Hotel

Where: Malmesbury, Wiltshire • 4-stars

Built on the remains of the outbuildings of Malmesbury Abbey, The Old Bell Hotel is the oldest existing hotel in England. The foundations of the building date back to 1220 and used to be the Abbey’s Guest House.

In the 15th century the guest house was extended on the east side. The current roofline and dormers were added in the 17th century. In the 19th century another extension was added on the west side.

In 2021 the hotel (and nearby Abbey House Gardens) are bought by Whim Hospitality of Texas and received a full renovation of the interiors.

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These are the best country house hotels in the Cotswolds. Are you planning on visiting one of these hotels? Please let me know in the comments. I’d love to know your experience in the Cotswolds.

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