Cotswold House Hotel & Spa
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Ok, so I know this is where I'm supposed to talk about how relaxing, quiet and picturesque the Cotswolds are. How the fresh crisp country air is rejuvenating, the cottages and cobble stone streets are straight out of an oldy worldy english movie and how the tea rooms are so quaint that you feel as though you're at your Grandma's pad. Yep, the …
Anne: The lines of the song by Peter, Paul and Mary have been running through my head of late- (wonder why!). We've been planning and looking forward to this mega adventure for so long.... You must understand that it all began when we booked a cruise back in October 2012!! We've been asked, "Which bit are you looking forward to the most?" And my reply has always been, " The car coming to take us to the airport". ...
Glorious weather (to hot for some) all the tourist attractions were packed with visitors. The inn I stayed at last night were hopeless 08.30 breakfast meant that's when the chef got up, didn't get going till 10. 21 miles and 5000ft of ascent , I'm well and truly cream crackered, be glad of an easy 15 ...
... that there was a Shakespeare gift shop right next door.
We had seen just about all of the sights so we decided we would stop to grab a drink and something to eat. It wasn't quite time for dinner, so just something light. We went into a café and Logan had a pot of tea and slice of pecan pie, I had a traditional cream tea, with tea a scone jam and clotted cream. The pecan pie was good but had a very different spin on it from what we were used to back home. ...
Good nights sleep on nice soft bed. Got to chipping Camden at 09.30 very"hazy" and overcast, weather got better as day progressed and the afternoon was glorious. No cows but plenty of horses, came across two leaning on a gate waiting for me to open it, didn't fancy being trampled so it was over the gate for me. Loads of lambs that look like there at least a week old. 18 miles, 2500 ft of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cotswold House Hotel & Spa Chipping Campden
We booked last minute and had the smallest room in the hotel. The room was very stylish and, as you might expect, small but perfectly formed. The whole hotel is pretty stylish. The only room I didn't like that much was the informal dining room/braserrie, which is a bit soulless. Having said that, I know other guests really liked it - it just wasn't to our taste. We ate in the formal dining room and the food was fantastic. The gardens are beatiful and the pimms delicious. It's not cheap, but great for a romantic getaway and we would love to back if we could afford it! I have read a few of the other reviews. I agree that it can be noisy at the front at pub kicking out time, but that's only 11.30, so no great issue. The pros to this place far outweigh the very slight negatives.
I booked a room at Cotswold House as a surprise birthday treat for my husband. I made a point of asking for a quiet room. When we arrived in the afternoon, we found a wedding in full flow in the restaurant which was also spilling out onto the patio at the back of the hotel. It turned out that our room was in a converted building at the back of the hotel overlooking the patio. The bedroom had a net curtain, not surprisingly so we did not have a nice view from our room. We also had to keep the blind shut in the bathroom and could hear evey word spoken on the patio. In addition, we discovered there was a bedroom above us. The couple had their stereo on very loudly which we could clearly from our room. We could also hear them walking across the room as presumably it had wooden floor boards. We asked if we could have another room but there was nothing suitable. I asked to speak to the manager/owner who had nothing much to say and appeared more interested in my chest! We ended up paying for a bottle of champagne and leaving early evening. We wasted three hours getting there and did not even get an apology from the owner, even though it was supposed to be a birthday celebration. Neither did he bother to send us a letter of apology. Needless to say, we would not recommend this hotel.
We stayed here for the second time just before Christmas. As it was a special occasion, we splashed out and booked The Hidcote Cottage. We certainly weren't disappointed. The room was beautiful. It was large, superbly decorated, with the added addition of a cosy fire. The bathroom was to die for, a shower big enough for two, a bath with the built-in TV screen and of course for those adventurous enough to brave the cold air outside, a fantastic hot tub in the garden!! The Brasserie is very relaxed, we prefer the informality here, and the food is fantastic. We love the fact you can sleep in and have breakfast as late as midday, you really feel as though the clocks have stopped ticking. Our previous stay had been in Room 1, which we found cosier than the Cottage, but for a special occasion, it's worth the extravagence. The weekend totalled over £800 (with food and drinks added), not for the faint hearted. In January the special offers are worth looking at, much more reasonable with deals to include Dinner. We will always consider this hotel to be our little retreat, and so far we have not been disappointed.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel between Christmas and New Year 2004. Overall, we were very pleased, although it's certainly not cheap. Including breakfast and dinner, we paid £310 per night for a king room. Our room (room 4) was very well decorated with a small but very nice bathroom. All rooms have a Bang and Olufsen TV/DVD/CD player, tea and coffee facilities, minibar, and ISDN line. You order what you want in your minibar online before you arrive, and you can also order pillow and bedlinen preferences. The only downside to this is that you have to consume everything in the minibar because you've already paid for it! The website is worth mentioning because it also has a floorplan of the hotel with room measurements and pictures. It's worth looking at this and picking a room on the 2nd floor towards the rear or side of the hotel. Our room was at the front overlooking the high street and also above Hick's Brasserie (the hotels' informal restaurant), this meant it was rather noisy. The music from Hick's filters through the floor from below and isn't turned off until about 11.30pm - this doesn't make for a very relaxing in-room experience. As the house is very old and creaky, expect to hear people walk accross the floor in the room above if you have a first floor room. The staff were all very pleasant except one waiter who was a bit over-familiar (I think because we are young, he thought it was OK to swear during coversation with us!) Overall, I found this hotel pleasant and stylish with some nice touches, but I don't think it really has the wow factor that I expect when paying £310 per night (including dinner) outside of London.
Just as it say's on the packet
We booked to stay at the Cotswold House for a relaxing anniversary break. I had read several book reviews and the Tripadvisor reviews, most of which had described the hotel with high regard. I have to say that the Cotswold House Hotel was as good, if not better than described.
The food was superb- especially the froie gras, the staff are friendly and helpful and the deluxe bed wasn't bad either.
I can definitely recommend this hotel if you are looking for good food and serious relaxation.
We stayed in the Cotswolds House Hotel for the night of the 25 of September 2004. We booked at short notice and got the last king room. Late on the night before we arrived my husband decided it would be nice to have yellow roses in the room for me. He rang the hotel and this was done with no fuss. It was a lovely display of flowers.
It was obvious there were renovations going on - the view from both windows in our room looked over a building site but this was explained when we booked. our room (which was beautiful - the bathroom divine) was quiet and very comfortable. the decor modern and stylish - no fussy cottage prints or chintz.
The food in the brasserie was excellent. we couldn't fault any of the staff. we will go back. we had a perfect night away.
We love the Cotswold House and have stayed there several times, most recently during the renovations. Although it was a bit chaotic during the day, with the inevitable dust and noise, Christa (the owner) made sure, as she always does, that our stay was perfect.
I know the Cotswold House has very good reviews however we had a very mediocre experience there. The hotel was being refurbished which we were not aware of and on arrival there did not seem to be a proper reception. On our way up to the room we saw scuffed walls, skirting boards missing, and large hanging wires where there should have been lights. One wall near our room was completely covered in newspaper. The room itself was lovely although we didnt have the pillows we ordered or the food for the mini bar. The doors to all other the rooms [we were in the main house] banged shut noisily like dormitory doors. I know you need fire doors for safety but this was very un-relaxing. The staff were sweet but a bit young and a little inexperienced. The food was good. The restaurant was clinical and very modern. I suppose we just chose the wrong hotel for the cotswolds. The garden was the best part of the hotel and had been designed to detail. Chipping Campden itself is divine.
Great Place to Stay
I was a guest at Cotswold House in February weekend, and I was very impressed. My girlfriend and I shared the Ashbee Suite and it was simply wonderful. From picking our own linnens, to watching a flat-screen tv in the tub, to the plush robes, the facilities were simply excellent. The service the hotel (and I use the term "hotel" very broadly here) was impeccable and the staff all very friendly. I recommend getting dinner included, as the Garden Room was a very classy restaurant. Overall, my experience at Cotswold House was excellent, and I will be sure to reccomend it to everyone I know and return on my next trip to the UK. Although it was expensive to stay, it was worth every penny.
Following a particularly traumatic time in our lives, we needed tranquility and each other...the Cotswold House provided the first and never intruded into the second! Our suite was secluded large, comfortable, with superb furnishings and wonderful gadgets! The sound quality from the Bang & Olufsen cd/dvd/tv was outstanding (there was even a tv to watch as I relaxed in the bath!) and a shower just the right size for two! We indulged in champagne breakfasts, served with great courtesy and excellent dining in the restaurant. We had a private garden with a hot tub of our own, where we enjoyed the peace and watched the stars....Every attention to detail had been paid in the decor and fittings in the room, from beautiful local glassware to subtle lighting and every accessory imaginable. We could choose everything from our own bed linen to the contents of our mini bar...but my highest accolade must be paid to the staff...who were there to chat if required or who blended subtly into the background to allow moments of intimacy...our very grateful thanks to Julian, Murray and Richard, who made this a very special end to a very special chapter in our lives.....