A wonderful Winter getaway….and the best facial I've ever had!
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Feeling the January blues and need to get away? Escape to this Cotswold retreat for pampering, fine dining and picturesque walks through one of England’s most beautiful towns.
By Beth Colmer
What they say:
The contemporary style makes Cotswold House and Spa one of the most admired boutique hotels in the Cotswolds. With its idyllic location, flexible mix of spaces and immaculate service, it stands as an ideal venue for board meetings, away-day training and corporate events. Dining is available in both the informal Bistro On The Square, alongside fine dining dinner service in Fig Restaurant.
What our reviewer says:
Chipping Campden looks how American films portray all of England to be; quaint, cosy and so very pretty. Frequently described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Cotswold towns, Chipping Campden is also one of the best preserved towns. The original layout, from the 14th century, can still be traced along the High Street which is now littered with boutique clothes shops, residential cottages and the Cotswold House Hotel and Spa, nestled neatly at the centre and made from the area’s uniform honey-coloured brick.
The hotel itself is part of Bespoke Hotels and has recently undergone a refurbishment. Going through the tall front doors with pillars either side, I am greeted by a roaring fire, wingback chairs and a striking spiral staircase - a feature in many a wedding photo. There are 28 rooms in total made up of cosy doubles and classic rooms, which are still a good size, two suites, made up of a lounge, bathroom and bedroom, a hot tub cottage and if you’re feeling flush, the hot tub suite. Rooms start at £130 and go up to £420 depending on the month. I am in the Sezincote Suite on the ground floor which is one the few rooms to have its own walled patio.
Luxurious and modern are the words that spring to mind. The enormous bath is oval-shaped and made from stone. A shower with three different heads sits beyond it as well as a television embedded within the bathroom wall. In fact, all three rooms of the suite come equipped with a television.
Nice extra touches within each hotel rooms are delicious coffee, your choice of newspaper delivered in the morning and a batch of fresh cookies.
There are complimentary robes and slippers and with the spa open until 9pm, there is only one place I’m going. A Baltic walk down the enchanting back garden (nervously following signs so as not to end up on the high street in a bikini and dressing gown) and I arrive at the spa – approximately 25 metres from the back of the hotel. The sauna is welcomed but the hydrotherapy pool is a little chilly.
The hotel’s fine dining restaurant is called The Fig and upon arrival the atmosphere is also a little chilly. A slight stiffness sits in the air with no music and very quiet murmuring from the other guests too scared to make a peep. Some light music soon gets turned on as the maitre’d arrives and takes us through the wine list and menu. The food more than makes up for any lack in ambience – it’s decadent and delicious. A goat’s cheese salad with dried beetroot chunks looks like something from Masterchef and the chocolate bomb finishes. Tip: make sure you book a table when you book the hotel room.
After dinner I head to the much more casual and contemporary brasserie which offers cocktails, gins and beer as well as a much simpler menu of tapas and steaks if fine dining isn’t your thing.
The town square looks even more beautiful in the morning sunlight. A buffet of cereals, pastries as well as cooked options is served back in The Fig restaurant which overlooks the long and well kempt garden.
Those wanting treatments at the spa would do well to book with your hotel reservation – they were very busy. I am treated to the best facial I’ve ever had - so much so that I fall asleep half through! It lasts an hour and afterwards I am given mint tea and lemon sorbet in the relaxation room. I leave feeling total refreshed.
You won’t want to leave Chipping Campden it’s so stunning, especially in the winter months. The hotel is just as lovely, welcoming you in with warmth, luxurious décor and delicious food. The spa is small but book a treatment and you won’t be sorry.
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