The Cotswolds is a very special and beautiful part of the UK. With its close proximity to London, it makes for a perfect weekend getaway. It’s also very big! At around 800 square miles, the Cotswolds runs through five counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire – so there’s lots to explore. With its quaint villages and gorgeous hotels, a trip to the Cotswolds for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary is always a good idea! Here are the best hotels in the Cotswolds for couples.
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Barnsley House is located just 4 miles from the historic market town of Cirencester in Gloucestershire. The nearest train station is Kemble and the train takes under two hours from London’s Paddington station.
We stayed in the Davina Suite, which was huge! It was located in a building adjacent to the main hotel and it had a separate living room and a beautiful roll top bath in the bedroom itself – very romantic!
As well as a stunning spa with a heated outdoor pool, the hotel has a cinema room that you can book for free – and there’s a popcorn machine!
The restaurant at Barnsley House is great – delicous food and great service. I highly recommend booking dinner at the hotel.
What we loved: the spa is absolutely fabulous. The heated outdoor pool is lovely and relaxing and also beautifully designed.
Cotswold House and Spa
The Costwold House and Spa is located in the picturesque Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire and is considered one of the Cotswolds most prestigious hotels.
We stayed in a junior suite that had a private outdoor hot tub. When we visited it had snowed so the fireplace in our room and heated outdoor hot tub was perfect.
The spa is also gorgeous and very relaxing. It was formed from the old stables and has an indoor hydrotherapy pool and a steam room.
What we loved: the heated outdoor hot tub was a luxurious touch!
The Manor House
Located in Castle Coombe, which has been named ‘England’s prettiest village’ is the stately Manor House hotel. The nearest town is Chippenham in Wiltshire and it takes just over an hour by train from London.
Pulling up to Manor House in a taxi or car, you’re blown away by how majestic it is! Dating back to the 14th century, there’s the main building and then the mews cottages just a short walk away.
The hotel is quintessentially British with racks of wellie boots, roaring fireplaces and of course, afternoon tea. The Full Glass Bar also has historical significance as it is where Margaret Thatcher sat and wrote her memoirs.
We stayed in Doolittle, which is one of their Plush rooms in one of the mews cottages. The room was spacious and cosy with outdoor space and a large bathroom with a bath tub and huge shower.
One of the highlights of our stay was dinner at their Michelin starred restaurant, The Bybrook. The tasting menu was exceptional and service was excellent. It’s quite pricey but absolutely worth it.
What we loved: the room was really spacious, well decorated with a very comfy bed. The Manor House also owns The Castle Inn which is a short walk away and I’d highly recommend booking lunch or dinner there as it’s great.
Although I felt the room was overpriced, I’ve included Thyme in this roundup as it’s a really beautiful hotel with a lot of positives. Located in Southrop in Gloucestershire, Thyme is a luxury hotel that describes itself as ‘a village within a village’.
The hotel consists of a number of buildings and cottages, as well as a shop, restaurant, spa, cookery school and event space. We stayed in Angelica, one of the Divine rooms, which is located in The Lodge. The room was nice but we’ve definitely stayed in better rooms.
I’ve added Thyme to this list, not for the room, but for the hotel itself. It really is stunning. The decor in the hotel is absolutely gorgeous and you actually enjoy spending time in the hotel itself.
The restaurant was incredible – both the decor and the food. We enjoyed it so much that we ate dinner there both nights. If you’re staying at Thyme then dinner at Ox Barn is an absolute must!
What we loved: we were lucky to have good weather when we stayed at Thyme, even though it was in March. Thyme has bicycles, which you can borrow, so we loved cycling around the village.
The Wild Rabbit
Nestled in the quaint village of Kingham in Oxfordshire, The Wild Rabbit is a cosy Cotswolds ‘modern British inn’ that is perfect for couples. Located near Chipping Norton and the beautiful market town of Stow-on-the-wold, there’s lots to see and do. You can also walk to Daylesford Organic Farm, which is a must.
We stayed in the Fox room, which was a bit on the small side for what we’re normally used to but it was beautifully decorated and perfectly functional. The windows overlooked the outdoor bar area but thankfully it wasn’t noisy.
It had a lovely bathroom with a generous bath tub – a must in my opinion! I do love a good bath. The Wild Rabbit doesn’t have a spa so having a bath gives it that luxury touch. I also loved the stone bricks that made the bath unique.
What we loved: the restaurant was absolutely fabulous! The food was fantastic and the restaurant itself is really lovely. Also, the staff were so kind! They picked us up and dropped us off at the train station – superb service.