- Style Period-detail family retreat
- Setting Walled gardens in Wiltshire
A 12-room former rectory, this family-friendly Cotswolds charmer is blessed with walled gardens, a heated outdoor pool and a talented chef. With its open log fires, canoodle-perfect armchairs and all that crisp Egyptian linen waiting for you in the bedrooms upstairs, Rectory Hotel is the ideal place to kickstart or rekindle a romance – with or without the kids in tow.
Need to know
- Rooms 12.
- Rates Double rooms from $143.06 (£88), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast. There's a two-night minimum stay over bank holiday weekends or public holidays.
- Facilities Heated outdoor pool; gardens with croquet lawn; library of books, CDs and DVDs; free WiFi; loaner iPod and digital camera; wellies and walking maps. In rooms, flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, Organic Conscious Skincare toiletries.
- Poolside There's a heated outdoor pool in the hotel's gardens.
- Check–out 11am (can be extended to midday in some cases). Check-in, 3pm, but flexible subject to availability.
Children As befits the former home of a rector who had 14 children, the hotel is very family‑friendly. Cots and baby monitors are available; an extra bed costs £15 a night, including breakfast. Organic children’s menus. Babysitting is £8 an hour.
- Also Canine guests welcome. For New Year's Eve, the Rectory is available in its entirety for £5,000, including dinner, canapés, champagne and a party for 24 people.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Every room has a view over the gardens; they are similarly decorated in pale, soothing colours, but all have unique details, such as a fireplace or wooden beams. Of the Deluxe rooms, we like Leckhampton for its huge bed and roll-top bath; Sudeley has a four-poster. Standard rooms Nympsfield and Cam Peak can be combined for families.
- Packing tips Your swimsuit in the summer, if you fancy a dip in the outdoor pool.
- Also Book a massage, either at the hotel or at a nearby spa. Try a game of pétanque on the lawn.
Food and drink at Rectory Hotel
- Hotel restaurant You can’t fail to enjoy Peter Fairclough’s Modern British menu of fresh, seasonal produce – mostly organic – especially in summer, when it’s served outside in the Victorian gardens. The restaurant comprises two spaces: a handsomely wood-panelled dining room and a bright, airy conservatory. For pub-style fare, skip to the Potting Shed.
- Dress code Battered casuals won’t do your genteel surroundings any justice, but things are very low-key here.
- Top table The light and the garden views are wonderful, so choose a table by the windows.
- Last orders From Sundays to Thursdays, last orders in the restaurant is 9pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9.30pm.
- Room service A full menu is available during restaurant hours, but the kitchen can usually magic up a sandwich, salad or omelette if you’re peckish at peculiar times.
- Hotel bar Smart armchairs, comfy sofas and Perspex tables strike just the right balance between homely and stylish. If G&Ts aren’t your thing, there’s an excellent list of wines and whiskies; the bar closes when the last guest has gone to bed.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details