Cotswold House Hotel & Spa
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Our new favourite hideaway
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.
Not worth the drive
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.
Always a treat
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.
Stylish, but choose room carefully!
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.
A real gem
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.
We were among the first guests to enjoy the new bar and dining room, which are gorgeous. But the food is what really counts, and in this case, it is truly some of the best around. The hotel's young chef has won a major award, and we have no doubt that he's on his way to a Michelin star. Even the informal restaurant, Hicks' Brasserie, is excellent (and very reasonably priced).
As for the rooms, the garden cottages are well worth the extra cost - they are huge and luxurious, with fabulous bathrooms that you wish you could take home with you!
If you're looking for a chintz-filled country house hotel on a big estate, Cotswold House isn't for you. It is a townhouse hotel with an elegant contemporary style. But the owners have created a real gem where the service is exceptional, and returning guests are welcomed back as old friends.
Lacking a cozy Cotswold feel
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.
Romance and Peace
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.....
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