Hotel Highlights

  • Historic building, hip decor, glorious Cotswolds setting
  • Stylish bedrooms and lavish bathrooms, some with hot tubs
  • Beautiful scenery surrounding the hotel

Overview

A stately old stone home converted into a modern design dream den, the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa is a rural, child-friendly retreat with a cotemporary edge in the ancient village of Chipping Campden. No two rooms are alike, but all are cleverly designed and furnished, and all include huge comfy beds and stylish Bang & Olufsen entertainment centres.

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Need To Know

Rooms

28, including three suites.

Check–out

11.00am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $147.03 (£88), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

The Cotswold Spa uses La Saltane de Saba products; be sure to book a treatment in advance to avoid disappointment.

At the hotel

Spa with hammam and hydrotherapy pool, gardens, croquet lawn, DVD/CD library. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, fridge, tea/coffee, free broadband internet access.

Our favourite rooms

All the cottage rooms are lovely; ask for one with its own fireplace. Hidcote Cottage and Longborough Suite have private gardens with outdoor hot tubs. Rooms in the Montrose House wing are all-singing and all-dancing, with in-shower mood lighting and bath tubs built for two: room 11, a suite, has a steam bath; the Sezincote suite has a stone bath.

Also

Dogs can be accommodated – enquire when booking.

Children

Cotswold House is family-friendly (although the spa is adults-only): there is a children’s menu, and cots and high chairs are free to borrow. Foldaway beds can be added to some rooms for £35 a night.

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Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The Cotswold Grill is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and – as you'd expect – has perfected the humble grill; mouthwatering local sausages, homemade burgers and fresh fish dishes are all on offer. There's also the hotel's fine-dining restaurant, the refined Dining Room.

Hotel Bar

The Pavilion Bar serves drinks and light meals on the terrace in good summer weather. Juliana’s Bar is open as long as residents are cosied up on its inviting sofas. Delicious champagne cocktails are served in the Cotswold Grill bar.

Last orders

The Cotswodl Grill is open from 7.20am–3pm for breakfast and lunch; sandwiches and afternoon tea are served 3pm–6pm, and dinner 6pm–9pm Sunday–Thursday and till 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The Dining Room is open from 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Room service

There’s a full menu until the kitchens close at 9.00pm (10pm at weekends) and cold snacks thereafter.

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Dress code

Things are nicely relaxed in the Cotswold Grill, but you may want to snazz up a little for dinner in the Dining Room.

Top table

Dine outside, weather permitting; inside, near the French windows.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

A 10-minute drive away in Shipston on Stour, The George (+44 (0)1608 661453) has a relaxed bar with all-day eating options, as well as a more refined dining room. If you crave all-out luxury, hot-foot it to Cheltenham, where, as well as culinary heavyweight Le Champignon Sauvage (+44 (0)1242 573449) and upscale Lumière (+44 (0)1242 222200), there’s The Daffodil (+44 (0)1242 700055), elegantly housed in a converted art deco cinema. Expect a neat line in mouthwatering modern Anglo-Mediterranean dishes. The Noel Arms Hotel (01386 840317) is Cotswold House’s sister property (it’s just across the street), and here you will find a smart restaurant and a snug bar.

Local bars

In the centre of the village, Eight Bells (+44 (0)1386 840371) is a traditional pub that’s ideal for a Sunday roast after a long walk, or a casual supper. You’ll need to book, unless you're lucky enough to get an alfresco table on the terrace. Also on the Square, The Kings’ restaurant (+44 (0)1386 840256) is brimming with country charm and cheer, and has a ‘greatest hits’ menu of British classics with an experimental streak: try steak and kidney sausages with bubble and squeak. The Feathers at Woodstock (+44 (0)1993 812291) is a well-respected inn and restaurant. Montpellier Wine Bar in Cheltenham (+44 (0)1242 527774) has a lively atmosphere.

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Charming Chipping Campden

Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

The Square, Chipping Campden, Cotswolds GL55 6AN, United Kingdom

Planes

Birmingham airport is 35 miles from the hotel.

Trains

The station in Moreton-in-Marsh is nine miles away. Trains go from here all the way to London Paddington in an hour and 40 minutes.

Automobiles

Handy motorways include the M40, M6 and M5. You’ll need the B4081 or B4035, following signs for Chipping Campden. There’s parking when you get here.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mrs Smith is AWOL. Her Gloucestershire-bound train from Paddington has been delayed. As a result, I’m alone in Cotswold House Hotel & Spa’s sleek Sezincote suite, watching a Chinese vet giving a panda what one might refer to as an ‘executive massage’. Sir David Attenborough’s soothing toffee tones fill the snug, fire-warmed lounge; as I crack open a miniba...

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Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mrs Smith is AWOL. Her Gloucestershire-bound train from Paddington has been delayed. As a result, I’m alone in Cotswold House Hotel & Spa’s sleek Sezincote suite, watching a Chinese vet giving a panda what one might refer to as an ‘executive massage’. Sir David Attenborough’s soothing toffee tones fill the snug, fire-warmed lounge; as I crack open a minibar merlot, the giant TV tells me about panda porn, animal Viagra and breeding these black-and-white bears in captivity.

Perhaps it’s the wine, or maybe I’m missing my lady, but when cubs finally appear on the scene – bald, blind and mewling like kittens – I shed a (manly) tear. It’s moving stuff, this mating lark, so I decide to explore a Christmas fair outside. It’s bitingly cold, and only the hardiest are out, scarf-wrapped and hat-topped. All I can spy of the locals are a chink of eyes here, a glint of teeth there – they might be aliens beneath their thermals. However, Chipping Campden is too pretty for sci-fi thoughts, so instead I shop for beauty unguents for my sweetheart.

As a second free mince pie makes it into my mouth, Mrs Smith rings to announce her arrival. I hasten back to our stately Regency townhouse, to find her waiting by a crackling fire in reception. Another hearth in full flame can be heard nearby in the bar – if there were an award for ‘Hotel with the Most Most-Crackling Fires’, Cotswold House would win. As Mrs Smith tries to pry in my bags, I distract her with suite talk: ‘Palatial bath, disco shower, private courtyard, three TVs, a remote-control fire...’

My spiel works; by the time I’m mentioning the La Sultane de Saba products, Mrs Smith is flinging open Sezincote’s door to discover the boutique bounty for herself. I trail around in her wake, offering bits of trivia – ‘The shower’s LED lights change colour, the spa can be accessed from our courtyard, I ordered you an orthopaedic pillow’ – until Mrs Smith silences me by diving onto our bed, heels and all. All that animal mating earlier might have spurred me on to strip my Mrs Smith, but there’s an obstacle: I’m hungry. Starving, in fact. Mrs Smith is in accord; we de-rumple our attire and head to the restaurant. The ruby-red Cotswolds Grill is a hotel hug: warm and inviting, relaxed but luxurious, smart without being stuffy.

Nestled in a fireside nook, Mrs Smith and I study the menu. One glance and I’m happy – it’s short but beguiling; of the seven or so mains, I’m torn between five. We embark on a waistline-widening feast: roast pheasant and a silky quail’s egg, duck so tender it must have lived off butter and marshmallows, an earthy pumpkin salad, a ravishing apricot soufflé, and a cheeseboard in a rainbow of local varieties. Such excess is exhausting – when Mrs Smith and I retire, we clamber into bed and promptly start snoring.

The next morning, I awake and leap straight to my feet. Having arrived in darkness, neither of us has properly appraised our surroundings. I yank the curtains aside, realise I’m still naked, scream like a girl, and dive back into bed. Mrs Smith, in contrast, stands serenely in her robe and admires our courtyard. ‘There’s nobody to see you’, she reminds me. ‘And if they could, who’s to say they’d be interested?’ she laughs.

A bath is begging to be run in the gargantuan stone cauldron lording it over our ensuite, and soon Mrs Smith is asoaking, emerging only to peep at the TV flickering on the wall. Meanwhile, I marvel at the raspberry and emerald lights in the shower – where I’d stay all morning, if Mrs Smith’s stomach didn’t start rumbling. Breakfast is most civilised: we sit in the Garden Room by the French windows, perusing the papers. Mrs Smith tackles whisky-laced porridge, before we both demolish a faultless full English.

From one pleasure to another; it’s Temple Spa time. Having crunched along the garden path, admiring the manicured hedges and sculptures, Mrs Smith then commandeers the pool, before hitting the hammam. I’m dispatched to a massage room and treated like human pastry: pummelled, kneaded and flattened. Not a fan of the timorous poke-and-stroke variety, I’m putty in masseuse Melissa’s forceful hands. Ingeniously, my massage bed is heated, and I slip into an impromptu slumber. ‘You fell asleep,’ murmurs my therapist as I come to. ‘Oh no – I wasn’t snoring?’ I ask. ‘No,’ she replies. ‘But you were sleeptalking. And I could swear you mumbled something about pandas and Viagra.’
 

 

 


The Guestbook

Reviews of Cotswold House Hotel & Spa from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 3 Apr 2014

We loved

The hotel was boutique but without being pretentious. We were given a free upgrade which was great and the spa was really good.

Don’t expect

The TV reception could have been better and the lights were a bit too complicated.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 28 Mar 2014

We loved

The service was excellent and we were upgraded without even asking, what a pleasure! I really appreciated that.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 22 Feb 2014

We loved

I enjoyed the lovely room, excellent food and very polite and helpful staff.

Don’t expect

The spa floor was wet and slippy when I went in. I nearly fell.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 16 Feb 2014

We loved

The room was lovely; it had great views and was very clean. The staff were attentive. We only ate Sunday lunch and breakfast but what we had was very good.

Don’t expect

The cooked breakfasts were a bit on the small side; the room was very nice but could have done with a little bit of TLC. However, overall we loved it here and would definitely return.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 7 Feb 2014

We loved

The room was lovely, staff friendly and food excellent.

Don’t expect

Directions from car park to reception could be better; we wandered around for quite a while until a staff member came across us!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 6 Feb 2014

We loved

I liked everything. I was upgraded to a suite on arrival, and the staff were personal and very friendly.

Don’t expect

The restaurant seemed under staffed for what seemed to be a busy night.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 30 Oct 2013

We loved

Nothing was too much trouble; we were upgraded as well. The food was excellent; all in all, a fab couple of days !

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 13 Jul 2013

We loved

The hotel is perfectly situated right in the middle of Chipping Camden. It also has a sister hotel opposite which provides a more informal setting. The hotel has lovely gardens for sitting out for lunch or pre-dinner drinks; the spa was very busy and quite small. The breakfast was excellent. The staff were also very accommodating and bent over backwards to give us a late check out.

Don’t expect

There was a shortage of water supplied in the bedrooms.

Rating: 4/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 19 Feb 2013

We loved

We loved the Cotswold House Hotel. The room was incredible: hot tub, open fire, TV in the bathroom, champagne on arrival – it was amazing from the moment we arrived. The staff were friendly and helpful and the dining room food was unbelievable! We had seven courses and every one was perfect! Fantastic atmosphere, wonderful spa and beautiful surroundings. We would recommend this hotel to anyone, and we will definitely be visiting again!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 11 Jan 2013

We loved

The hotel staff were so accommodating. We asked to move rooms after the first night as we discovered the bath (which was of swimming pool proportions) did not have any kind of shower. They arranged this with the minimum of fuss. They also provided us with lots of recommendations for everything from dining options to the best local walking routes. It's so lovely to stay somewhere and feel like the staff genuinely want you to get the most from your stay.

Don’t expect

We had visions of sitting in front of a fire with a bottle of red and a good book, however the lounge is not the most inviting. I would have swapped a few of the modern leather chairs with a big squidgy sofa!

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 28 Sep 2012 Yes - one son of 18 months

We loved

Dining room food, dining room service, grill service, the Ashbee cottage, location – Chipping Campden is a lovely place. The spa building.

Don’t expect

Reception service – forgot the cot, forgot the champagne. Room service – forgot to provide turn-down service and didn't clean room from the first night to the second. Spa service – very strict on timings, even when I had to wait for them.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 5 Sep 2012

We loved

The service was incredible, I went for my birthday and let them know beforehand. When we arrived we found that we had been upgraded to a suite with the most amazing bath and our own patio plus some complimentary champagne, it really made my birthday so much better. We had gorgeous afternoon tea on the terrace in the sun and went for a walk around Chipping Campden which is just idyllic. We had breakfast in our room with bucks fizz which was delicious and we even had a call to say when our food was on its way. Overall our stay was amazing, would definitely recommend Cotswold House Hotel to anyone. Felt so indulged and relaxed and would love to go back again.

Don’t expect

There was a slight mix up with our dinner reservation as it had been changed from six people to eight, which we were told was fine. When we got round to it however, we were told that we were dining in the Grill and not the Dining Room as we expected because they could no longer fit us in. This was slightly annoying as there was clearly a communication error somewhere. We still had a lovely evening and it wouldn't put me off going there again.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 28 Aug 2012

We loved

The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was also 10/10 in the Cotswold Grill.

Don’t expect

With our Smith members extra offer we chose a bottle of champagne over the cream tea. But we were disappointed to find out you are only allowed to drink it in your bedroom. Not in the public areas and not in the lovely gardens. This was a shame as it was a really nice sunny day, but we had to stay up in our room to drink it. Would have been perfect to sit in the garden. However, if you are happy to pay £25 corkage, you can drink it anywhere.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 23 Aug 2012 Yes, and it worked well: good children's menu and they were very good with them – although I would not call the hotel child-friendly per se.

We loved

The Longborough Cottage is just perfect as a weekend getaway... It feels like its own little cottage and has the best hot tub in the back garden. It worked very well for a young family but would be superb for honeymoons or romantic breaks. Staff were excellent, they could not have put themselves out more for us. 5 for service.

Don’t expect

The staff brought dinner to our room without any kind of heating facilities, so we had delicious starters but steaks sitting there looking a bit sad. They took them away to keep them warm, but it was not ideal.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 3 Aug 2012

We loved

Our weekend included dinner in the restaurant, dinner in the grill, breakfasts and an afternoon tea. One of the breakfasts was supposed to be with champagne but on our request they let us have it with the afternoon tea instead - perfect! We walked over to Hidcote and back. A surprisingly quiet walk ( we only saw 3 other walkers) totalling 7 miles with a lovely stroll around the beautiful gardens and a coffee. We returned to the hotel for afternoon tea and then a relaxing couple of hours in the Spa. In the evening we headed out into the village to visit a couple of the local pubs before returning to the hotel for another lovely meal in the Cotswold Grill. It was our third visit and I can't wait to go again!

Don’t expect

Wi fi for the whole hotel. Coming back to the room after breakfast and not finding the girl in the middle of housekeeping when I wanted to get ready to go out for the day. They really should wait until you have left the hotel. Big fluffy dressing gowns for ALL the rooms please!

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 3 Aug 2012 two children with us, one 3 yrs and the other 1 yrs. Both slept in the lounge together. Charge per night was £35 per child, not entirely sure what you got for that as £70 a night seemed a bit much for two mini beds.

We loved

We have been visiting this hotel for a long time now and it has changed quite a lot over time, from small family run hotel, to a large extension to a corporate boutique hotel with Spa. We had not been back for quite a while since our children were so small but we decided that we would return now and take our children with us. Our room was fantastic with a giant egg bath and a rainfall shower and the children slept in the lounge together in a z bed and cot, which they loved. We had room service the first night and sat in our little courtyard drinking wine and generally relaxing, whilst the children slept in the lounge. Both restaurants looked very nice, the Grill was great for an informal dinner and can be as many or as few courses as you want and was really good fun with the children, the staff were great even though our youngest was very keen on still throwing her food around. The other restaurant is a bit more formal and decided it would be unfair on the other guests to take our children in there but it is great for pre-dinner drinks in the bar and we had some lovely cocktails. We all had afternoon tea on the Saturday with dainty finger sandwiches and the yummiest little cakes, hot chocolate for the children and Champagne for us adults, it was great fun and as it was pouring with rain outside we all cuddled up and watched Olympics and Toy Story 3 in the giant bed. There is a little fridge in your room, which is great for storing children food/drinks bits and also any bubbly/wine that you might want to have in that big bath.

Don’t expect

House keeping was a bit hit and miss and clearly did not hoover under tables or dust all the glass shelves in the bathroom and breakfast in bed was a let down, eggs were over cooked, porridge was truly awful and several items had been forgotten which I had to call Reception for twice. However, breakfast in bed is never that good in any hotel as the time from kitchen to bedroom is too long and the food is generally cold or over cooked so here was no different.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 20 Jul 2012

We loved

Great destination, great ambiance and friendly, efficient staff.

Don’t expect

Service in the garden can be hit or miss.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 9 Jul 2012


This hotel is great for all ages. We loved it so much that we went home, collected our two year-old, and returned for another two nights. We loved the Snowshill lavender farm and it was wonderful to have room service in our room looking out over the beautiful garden and listening to the sheep and the birds having spent a hard couple of hours in the spa. With the said two year-old we were spoilt for choice, visiting the Cotswold Farm Park which she loved, and the railways at Toddington and Winchcombe which we all loved once I had got over the horror of being a bona fide trainspotter. We came home squeezing a quick trip in to the Cotswold Wild Life Park which was so much more fun than I had remembered from school trips in the 90s. If you only have time for one though, go to Winchcombe – it was such fun.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 4 Jun 2012


Run don't walk to the Cotswold Grill restaurant – attached to Cotswold House hotel – for the best steak you'll have for a long time, served on boards in a pleasantly relaxed setting. If you like the funky tableware, it's all from Robert Welch (www.robertwelch.com), the famous local manufacturer with a shop a few yards down the high street.

Rating: 8/10 stars