- Style Funked-up stately home
- Setting Acres of spectacular Cotswolds
Once you have taken in the astonishing grandeur of this Italianate stone house near Cheltenham, you may think yourself convinced that whatever is within cannot match it. To call the look 'designer' doesn’t do justice to Cowley Manor’s funky, flamboyant aesthetic; the effect of cowhide window seats and comical papier-mâché ‘hunting trophies’ is certainly a world away from the usual country-house hotels.
Need to know
- Rooms 30.
- Rates Double rooms from $238.27 (£146), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include full English breakfast.
- Facilities 55 acres of land, billiards room, spa (the C-Side) with four treatment rooms, gym, sauna.
- Poolside C-Side spa has two pools: a 17m, slate-lined indoor pool and an elegant outdoor pool with a bar, waiter service and rows of sleek sun loungers. Both are heated year round.
- Check–out Midday. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Babysitting is available by arrangement. A children’s supper is served between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.
- Also CD and DVD library. Wellington boots are provided. Pets welcome in one of the two dog-friendly rooms; £25 charge per pet, a night. Two-night minimum stay at weekends.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The stable-block rooms, especially the split-level ones. Half of the Exceptional rooms have own balcony, and the Best room (actual name) has a private terrace, double bath and four-poster bed.
- Packing tips Running kit, if you fancy scenic cross-country.
Food and drink at Cowley Manor
- Hotel restaurant The grand, oak-panelled dining room is formal but candlelit and welcoming. The hotel has a new chef, Matthew Cuthbert, fresh from perfecting his art alongside the likes of Marco Pierre White and Heston Blumenthal. Expect punchy, flavoursome food that focuses on the very best of seasonal, local ingredients.
- Dress code More uptown than dressed down.
- Top table By the window, especially in summer.
- Last orders Food: 11pm at weekends and 10pm during the week. Breakfast is available from 7.30am until 11am.
- Room service 24 hours.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details