Right in the heart of one of the finest towns in the Cotswolds The Kings Hotel is the perfect place for a weekend away.
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Stay overnight from £90 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast.
Click here for more information on The Kings Hotel or call 01386 840 256
Set in an 18th-century Cotswold-stone townhouse The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden, part of the Eden Hotel Collection, is an ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds. With 18 well-appointed bedrooms and an excellent restaurant serving seasonal food it’s the perfect spot for foodies looking for a relaxing and slow paced weekend away.
We stayed in one of the peaceful cottage rooms, tucked away in the pretty garden of the hotel. The spacious room had a lovely big bed, piled high with comfy pillows and a large bathroom with his and her's sinks, a large bath with a shower over it and plenty of ESPA bath products for a pampering soak.
A welcome note from the hotel manager was a nice touch, as were the little jar of homemade lemon shortbread biscuits and the crunchy apples. There were tea and coffee making facilities in the room and a large flat screen TV.
We were blessed with warm weather so we didn’t need to snuggle up in the fluffy towelling dressing gowns and slippers provided but it was nice to have them anyway.
As tempted as we were to spend the afternoon lounging around in our lovely room, there was plenty to entice us out into Chipping Campden. This beautiful little town is full of pretty shops, perfect for pottering and poking around and so many tea rooms and restaurants that we found it hard to choose where to go for a spot of lunch.
In the end our hunger got the better of us and we were persuaded by the sunny courtyard garden of Huxley’s where we tucked into plates of pasta and salad served by a slightly surly, but ultimately friendly waiter.
Flower fans might be interested to know that Chipping Campden is home to the Cotswold’s branch of the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, which offers full and half day floristry and flower arranging courses from £85.
Just down the road is the glorious Hidcote gardens, a National Trust Property and one of the UKs finest gardens. And of course Stratford upon Avon is just a 20 minute drive if you love a bit of Shakespeare.
Back at The Kings Hotel after a cold drink in the evening sunshine in the garden we had an excellent dinner in the candle lit dining room. We started with warm home baked bread with shallot butter, followed by Wye Valley asparagus for me with hazelnuts, parmesan and sauce gribiche, and grilled king prawns with sauce antiboise and sough dough croutons for my husband.
My main course of roasted cod with polenta, chorizo and capers was beautiful and the spiced lamb chump with babaganoush and salsa verde was tender and delicious. The cheese board was perfectly proportioned with lovely homemade chutneys and three different cheeses. Very happily I still had room to steal a few bites of my husband's dark chocolate and cherry dessert, an amazing assortment of chocolate mousse, cherry sorbet and pistachio. The staff were friendly and attentive but without being intrusive which was perfect. We went to bed pleasantly full and very happy.
After a great night’s sleep and a nice soak in the bath we were ready for breakfast. The buffet table with groaning with fruit, locally made yogurts, pastries, cereals and fresh bread. The full English breakfast was freshly cooked and not at all fatty, with delicious sausages and bacon from the local butchers, perfectly cooked eggs, griddled tomatoes and plenty of hot toast. The hotel was so peaceful we were surprised to see just how many people there were eating breakfast.
We had a lovely stay at The Kings Hotel and would heartily recommend it. It was the perfect place to recharge our batteries and fill our bellies and I would love to return one day to explore more of this lovely area.
To book an overnight stay including full English breakfast at the The Kings Hotel call 01386 840 256 or visit www.kingscampden.co.uk