This elegant-looking Regency hotel offers a perfect retreat in what is one of the Cotswold’s most charming towns.
There is no hustle and bustle here, just a place where you can spend time relaxing, pottering around the shops or taking a walk in the surrounding countryside. This is a small, intimate hotel with just 21 rooms and eight suites, offering a little luxury but with a homely feel.
We stayed in one of the junior suites, tastefully decorated in the hotel’s shabby-chic way. A fireplace takes centre stage of the room with a huge bed on one side and a patio door on the other, opening out to a secluded terrace and the hotel’s pretty gardens beyond.
Cotswold House obviously takes technology very seriously. There were more switches to operate the lights than you would find on the Starship Enterprise and there was much confusion for a while as we tried to work out whether we wanted a landing strip on the ceiling or interrogation spotlights by the bed.
The bathroom is like your own private spa, with an outlandishly large dinosaur egg-shaped bath, in the centre, where you can enjoy a long soak while watching the plasma TV embedded into the bathroom wall. Along one side of the bathroom is a giant shower with more knobs than a door handle salesman. One option is to let it heat up to become your very own steam room, but, and this could well have been down to user error, we couldn’t really get it to reach the desired temperature of 40C.
However, it certainly was a fabulous shower – no trickles of water here – and once you have twiddled with all the switches you are sure to be blasted with jets of water from all sides. The hotel’s Temple Spa at the end of the garden in a converted coach house, although it is not out of place if you wish to wonder through the tulips and topiary in your dressing gown.
There is one hydrotherapy pool and Turkish hammam, seven treatment rooms and a manicure bar. When we arrived it was fairly quiet and there were plenty of perfect spots to relax on the pool-side chairs in between dips and treatments.
Despite its small size, the spa does have a decent range of treatments on offer, including full day and half-day packages, where you can get a spa lunch thrown in. All of the treatments use the Temple Spa range of products.