Experience the idyllic countryside in style this season with our top picks for exploring the Cotswolds.
DINE AND DRINK
The Wild Rabbit
Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, discover this beautiful and traditional, eighteenth-century English stone-built inn, adorned with simple handcrafted furniture and wonderfully exposed beams. Relax by an open fireplace and enjoy home-grown, locally supplied ingredients from either their seasonal menu – incorporating freshly picked and organic ingredients from their own garden – or à la carte dishes, such as Wooten organic lamb, steaks cooked over charcoal, Cornish monkfish or veal with a truffle purée for a touch of indulgence.
Church Street, Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YA
The Bay Tree
The Bay tree dates back to the 1560s and encompasses a limestone country house, located just a two-minute walk from the main street. This restaurant sits ornately with original flagstone floors, leaded windows and antique furnishings. You can pamper yourself in its opulent and picturesque rooms with designer toiletries; cosy up near the fireplace after your meal, enjoy a bite with friends choosing from their locally sourced ingredients which showcase the best of British food, or grab a quick after-work drink with friends, sampling local ciders and ales.
The Bay Tree Hotel, Sheep Street, Burford, OX18 4LW
Daylesford Cotswold Cottages
These beautiful Cotswold cottages are located next to the farm shop of an award-winning organic farm in the village of Daylesford. Each cottage is quaintly named, such as - ‘The Wood Store’, ‘The Egg Store’, ‘Honeysuckle Cottage’, ‘The Apple Store’ and ‘The Potting Shed’ - and are all available for guests who wish to stay a while and immerse themselves in the Daylesford experience. Enjoy a relaxing treatment, join a class or one of the special workshops at the Bamford Haybarn Spa, or acquire new skills in our organic-cookery school. Each cottage guest enjoys a one-hour treatment in the Bamford Haybarn Spa (choose from bespoke facial, de-stress massage, pregnancy massage or deep tissue massage).
Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG
Set within a seventeenth-century Cotswold farmhouse, Dormy House is part of the picturesque Farncombe Estate, stretching across an amazing 400-acre country estate from Broadway village to the top of Fish Hill and has been transformed into a beautiful hotel and spa. The hotel has two younger siblings: Foxhill Manor is a boutique private house hotel-hideaway situated within a Grade-II listed arts and crafts country manor, for a new type of stay with eight unique bedrooms and suites. The Fish Hotel – part-boutique, part-holiday village bolthole with a touch of luxury – has 67 contemporary rooms spread over an attractive cluster of buildings.
Willersey Hill, Broadway, WR12 7LF
Bamford Haybarn Spa
Indulge in simple pleasures focusing on beauty and quality. Taking inspiration from nature, the Bamford Haybarn Spa uses natural, body and skincare products made in England for each of their treatments. Pamper yourself with photo regeneration non-invasive treatments, facials or body massages incorporating a fusion of traditions including Shiatsu, Meridian, Swedish, abdominal and Indian head massage, reflexology, lymphatic drainage and yoga breathing. Holistic treatments that work on both the physical body as well as subtle energetic layers. Owner Carole Bamford is dedicated to holistic living with a passion for organic farming, natural clothing and well-considered beauty products. “What goes on the body is as important as what we put inside” – Carole Bamford.
Bamford Barn, Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG