It’s the perfect place to visit at least once a year when there’s a chill in the air. Lured by the sandy coloured brick buildings, quaint villages, tranquil streets and boutique shops – Chipping Campden is the perfect escape from the daily grind.
I was recently invited to enjoy a one night stay at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa in Chipping Campden. I can now say, hand on heart, that it’s one of the nicest (and more luxurious hotels reviews) I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved with. Considering there’s a whole hotel category on my blog, there is certainly a lot of competition. In terms of idyllic location, the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa is slap bang in the middle of the small market town, on the Upper High Street – The Square. Notable for its elegant terraced high street, with noses from travellers and tourists poking into every window frame, you’re surrounded by independent tearooms and antique stores, with a few small restaurants thrown in for good measure.
When posting about the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa on my social feeds, I was surprised by the number of people who have already visited here, with numerous people saying ‘I’ve been there, it’s amazing‘ or ‘I love that place, I can’t wait to go back‘. I didn’t realise the place was so popular. More fool me. The hotel stretches across a row of four properties with a private car park in the back, so there’s no need to find loose change or worry about parking tickets whilst here. Featuring 28 luxurious bedrooms, as well as boasting hot tub cottages, the hotel offers diners both the option of a laid-back ‘Bistro On The Square’ or a more fine dining experience at the ‘Fig Restaurant’.
Gorgeous, modern styling offsets original features of wooden beams, spiral staircases and log fires inside the main lobby. Once inside the reception, you’re guaranteed friendly customer service, swift check ins, and if visiting in the colder months – a roaring log fire cocooned by luscious chairs and sofas. Unbeknown to us, our room was ready by the time we arrived at 1PM even though we were told check-in was from 3PM. A welcoming receptionist kindly picked up my suitcase and carried it for me. I didn’t realise until we were shown out of the main hotel building that we were in for a complete and utter surprise.
The Grevel Suite
Passing through a private gate, we were led up to the door of the Grevel Suite. My first words were ‘have you got the wrong room?’. Stepping into our own private, the Grevel Suite consists of three separate areas – the lounge, the bathroom and the bedroom. Not just your average getaway, the suite is absolutely stunning; showcasing a private abode for a luxury stay. Guests can take advantage of the two flat screen TVs in the lounge and the bedroom, alongside high speed WiFi. In a neat little twist, each room is supplied with a little A4 newspaper about Cotswold House, with updated news about WiFi, menus, contact info and more.
Plush white towels await visitors on the heated towel rail behind the bathroom door and the oval stone bath is one of the biggest I’ve ever seen in a hotel. I could lie flat with my feet not even touching the other side. Guests are provided dressing robes, slippers, and a walk in shower. Little luxury samples of ‘White Company’ products sit on the shower ledge and although I’m not a fan of single-use plastic, whatever I don’t use I always bring them back with me and recycle them afterwards. Complimentary water, orange juices and chocolates are also provided, along with a little welcome card, high quality tea, coffee and the jar of home-made cookies. This room, including dinner in the Bistro and spa access for two comes in at £375 per night.
Spa Access at Cotswold House Hotel
After checking in, we headed over to the former coach house through the hotel gardens. Home to the hotel spa, it’s the perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries. They offer a wide range of aromatic Decléor treatments (I was kindly treated to a Radiant Mum To Be massage worth £90 with enhancing massage techniques ) and guests can relax on the loungers and enjoy reading free magazines, the steam room and hydrotherapy pool. The Cotswold House Hotel Spa facilities include seven treatment rooms, clean changing facilities and a separate area for hot complimentary herbal drinks.
If you’re feeling plush, guests can order alcoholic drinks and coffees to the lounge area. Once inside, everyone is offered a complimentary robe, a towel and slippers on arrival with a unique locker key. If you’re interested in booking a treatment, it’s a good idea to book beforehand by phone or via the front desk to make sure they have an appropriate time for you. Busiest times of the day for the spa are generally between 2pm and 5pm in which we witnessed a horde of people coming to enjoy the pool and treatment rooms. More info on the spa can be found here.
Spa Day Guests can also access to the Hydro Pool, Steam Room and Jacuzzi for £15.00 per person for 2 hours, including a robe, towel, slippers and teas. 3 hours usage is avaialble Mon – Thurs for £22.50 per person.
My ‘Radiant Mum To Be’ massage was exceptional and I was really looked after the entire way through. It consisted over a full body massage, including a hydrating facial routine at the end. Afterwards I was given some water and sorbet. Best 90 minutes of the entire weekend!
Bistro On The Square
Boasting two fabulous dining spaces, on the night we dined at The Bistro On The Square which provides reasonable prices; a perfectly relaxed and informal setting to have drinks, with good selection of dishes to choose from. Our room offer entitled two people to £35 each off the menu – so picking three courses just about fit the bill. We paid extra for the drinks. The Fig next door has also been awarded 2 Rosettes for their culinary dining excellence including Afternoon Teas from 2-5pm, weekly. Open seven days a week to both hotel users and general public, the dinner menu at the Bistro provides a wide range of classic options. From meat and veggie platters, fish dishes to scallops – to a more meaty consumption of steak, pork belly, lamb shank and duck breast for mains (with more options for veggies and vegans, too) – there is something for everyone. The Bistro Bar also offers a wide range of wines by the glass, an impressive cocktail list and a great selection of gin.
Before our individual starters arrived (vegetarian and sharing charcuterie boards), a basket-load of bread was served with a generous serving of salted butter. Unexpectedly, a hefty portion of bread also arrived with our starters which was way too much. We heard a group on the next table say the same thing so the server made sure to note this down. Regardless of the carb dump, I can’t fault the portion sizes or the taste of the fresh produce. Mains of fish and chips and pork belly were just as delicious, and we were so full by the end we took our puddings of brownie and sticky toffee back to the room with us.
Turn Down Service & Breakfast
After dinner we returned back to the suite to find the turn down service had been activated. Duvets rolled back and a quick tidy of the room. Happy to say we slept very well in the huge bed and I barely felt Josh at all during the night. We awoke early the next morning and headed to breakfast in The Fig restaurant. Morning service consisted of a small selection of continental items, pastries, juices, fruits and the likes; with a range of cooked-to-order hot options from the menu. The salmon and eggs were probably the best I’ve ever eaten. Crisp white table cloths and posh decor aside, breakfast service at The Fig is family friendly and set us up perfectly for the drive back to Birmingham.
I can’t thank the staff at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa enough for the fantastic stay we endured from Saturday – Sunday on a cold October weekend. We felt right a home with the addition of pleasant luxurious surrounding us. I’d love to go back and sample the afternoon tea if this stay is anything to go by I can imagine their tea offering is just as wonderful. Would I return here? Certainly, and is something I’m considering when we have our baby in December and are looking for a wonderful family getaway. Although pricey, the suite is a luxury but standard hotel rooms are also available. Everything from our suite to the service, my gifted massage treatment to the sleep was exceptional. To find the best prices for a stay here, check them out directly on their website.
The Square, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AN, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire,
Please note, I was invited to the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa on a gifted basis. All food, spa treatments and room access was complementary in return for a blog post and social media posts.