Lower Slaughter Manor
- Style Refined country seat
- Setting Gloucestershire’s prettiest village
In one of the prettiest spots in Gloucestershire, Lower Slaughter Manor hotel scraps the traditional country retreat template by offering all the trimmings and luxury design flourishes that you’d expect in a stylish boutique hotel in the city. (Think rich fabrics, aubergine-and-taupe décor and oversized beds.) Of course, all of this is set in a stately home in the Cotswolds, surrounded by impeccably landscaped gardens, green rolling fields and a charming village.
Need to know
- Rooms 19, including nine suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $266.13 (£163), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include full English breakfast and a newspaper.
- Facilities Five acres of landscaped gardens, croquet lawn, tennis court, DVD library. In rooms, Vi-Spring mattresses, TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, free WiFi, bottled water and sherry, fresh fruit.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Children Lower Slaughter Manor is a good choice for getaways en famille, particularly if your children are young. Three sets of rooms can be connected for families. Cots (free) and extra beds (£50 a night, including breakfast) can be provided.
- Also Two-night minimum stay at weekends.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms For an extravagant weekend of romance, book one of the ground-floor Garden rooms in the Coach House: Valentine Strong is a decadent suite with a bathroom featuring twin roll-top baths that gives onto a private garden with a hot tub; Magnolia is a huge double with a freestanding bath and private garden. Deluxe and Master rooms on the second floor of the main house have wonderful views of the village; Mrs Smiths will love Longborough – it has a freestanding roll-top bath and a separate dressing room.
- Packing tips Slippers, robes and luxury toiletries are all provided. Bring your bathers if you fancy a dip in the hot tub, and activity-proof clothes if you want to try quad-biking, rock-climbing or any of the other more mud-prone outdoors options.
- Also Book in-room beauty treatments, or get the hotel to arrange boredom-busting activities: they can sort out anything from archery and rock-climbing to murder-mystery evenings, blind 4x4 driving, and duck herding. Yes, you did read that correctly.
Food and drink at Lower Slaughter Manor
- Hotel restaurant Silk-lined, crystal-spangled Sixteen58 offers fine dining from Jamie Raftery (former chef at The French Laundry), using local, seasonal delights. The sommelier has amassed an impressive cellar of vintage champagnes and prestige wines.
- Dress code It’s not stuffy here, but pack your smartest casuals.
- Top table An intimate table for two overlooking the gardens.
- Last orders 9.30pm in the restaurant.
- Room service During restaurant hours you can order from the Sixteen58 menu, out of those hours classic room service favourites are available, such as sandwiches and soup.
- Hotel bar There’s no bar, but waiters will bring you whatever you desire. The drinks menu will melt whisky-lovers’ hearts.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details