Cotswold House Hotel and Spa
Hotel in Gloucestershire
4-Star Hotel & Spa
“Location, location, location” was the spot-on mantra for hotel-keeping success famously laid down by that redoubtable hotelier Conrad Hilton.
This charming hideaway certainly follows that cardinal rule. Cotswold House is in the right place, at the very heart of quaint Chipping Campden – for many the prettiest of all Cotswold towns, with its mellow honey-coloured stone buildings of great antiquity.
And, on the opposite side of the street is Cotswold House’s three-star sister hotel, The Noel Arms – with an open invitation for guests to mix and match the various facilities.
An elegant Georgian townhouse, Cotswold House has a lavishly modernised interior, featuring an award-winning spa. There’s a charming terrace and extensive cottage gardens while the town is full of interesting little shops and boutiques. Take time out to visit the local museum and the old watermill that has been turned into a craft centre.
Rooms are spacious in both hotels, with equally generous bathrooms and simple but classy furnishings and windows that open wide to let in the sounds of the market that straddles the bustling street outside. There’s an evening turn-down service.
We elected to dine at The Noel Arms, where Sri Lankan master chef Indunil Upatissa holds court. Three-time winner of the Morning Advertiser ‘Pub Curry Chef of the Year’ award, he also has his own inspired take on modern British cuisine. There’s an acclaimed Noel Arms Curry Club night on the last Thursday of every month but we stayed with the main menu featuring such signature mains as slow-braised shoulder of light horn lamb and pan-fried pork tenderloin. Aged rare breed longhorn steaks are a speciality. Such stand-bys as rhubarb crumble and bread and butter pudding feature among the desserts.
Next morning I summed up the courage to order chef’s breakfast special – green egg curry with aromatic milk rice, coconut roti and fried onion relish accompaniments – masterful. A full-English alternative featured Gloucestershire Old Spot sausage.
Try to be there on market day when this classic little English country town really bustles.
Just minutes away are the delights of Broadway, with its long row of scarilly expensive antique shops, while Stratford upon Avon, with its Shakespearian heritage attractions is also close.
Make a diary note for the Great Indian Food Feast, on December 5th 2013 and February 1st to 9th 2014, when the sister hotels will be at the hub of BITE, the Cotswold Food Festival.
Roger St Pierre is a seasoned professional travel writer and editor with over 30 years in the industry
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Culture / Sightseeing|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Free Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Health Spa|
|Ambience||Hidden Gem, Charming, Cosy|
|Number of Rooms||28 Rooms and Suites|
28 Standard and De Luxe King Rooms; Garden Cottages and two Suites. Free use of spa (supplement for Noel Arms guests).
Noel Arms Restaurant mains from £12 to £16.50. Wines from £3 a glass.
Last updated on 02-10-2015