Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Calcot Manor

Rates per night from$224.74

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP174.17), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Family-friendly farmhouse

Setting

Homely heart of Gloucestershire

Three rolling miles from the village of Tetbury, in the leafy hills of the Cotswolds, Calcot Manor hotel is a smartly renovated 14th-century farmhouse that is perfect for action-craving families and romance-seeking couples alike. There's an impressive array of activities to keep everyone happy, including an all-day crèche, full-service spa, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, children's play room, a cinema and sophisticated fine-dining. For twosomes sans toddlers, don't worry – all of the rooms in the main house are couples only.

Smith Extra

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A Calcot house champagne cocktail each

Facilities

Photos Calcot Manor facilities

Need to know

Rooms

35.

Check–Out

11am – but later check-out may be available. Earliest check-in: 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $223.25 (£174), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

There’s three miles of cycles paths woven around the manor, and the hotel has bikes freely available if you didn’t pack your own pedals.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, tennis courts, two lounges, DVD/CD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Hypnos beds with Frette linen, flatscreen TV, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The 10 rooms in the converted old barn have been specially designed for families, so if you’re after a more romantic rendezvous, book one of the rooms in the main house. Large Standard and Deluxe Rooms have king-size beds and Deluxes also have walk-in showers in their ensuites. Of the family suites, Woodchester is our favourite, with its little private garden and double-bathed first floor bathroom, but we also like the cottage, Malmesbury, which has a lovely bathroom with nautical-style teak flooring.

Poolside

The hotel has both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as an outdoor hot tub that just begs for champagne-supping soaks under the stars.

Packing tips

Bring the kids: Calcot Manor’s children’s facilities truly are a cut above, and staff have been trained to cater to youngsters of all ages.

Also

Weekends require a minimum stay of two nights. Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement (so the hotel can arrange one of its rooms that opens onto the outside). Please note that Standard, Large Standard and Deluxe rooms do not have space for kids.

Pet‐friendly

Fido can be accommodated in selected rooms – no charge – but please ask when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.

Children

Calcot’s a strong contender to be the most child-friendly hotel in the UK: family-designed bedrooms, a crèche (up to four hours at a time), an over-eights' entertainment area, a kids’ tea every day and a special swimming pool for little ones.

Best for

Tots, toddlers, tykes and teenagers

Recommended rooms

13 spacious rooms and suites have been specially kitted out for families. The Large and Deluxe Family Suites are sit on two floors, and have separate kids’ bedrooms, dotted with teddies and toys.

Crèche

The Playzone is a fully staffed, Ofsted-accredited day nursery where you can leave little ones unattended for a couple of hours at a time (9am–12.30pm and 1.30–5.30pm, seven days a week). There’s a wealth of fun and creative activities available, including art, games and dressing-up, as well as a good selection toys. Booking recommended.

Activities

The Mez children’s area for over-eights is stuffed to the rafters with games, including table football, Wii, Xbox, PlayStation and a home cinema. For more outdoorsy diversions, there’s 220 acres of grounds featuring cycling trails (bikes with child seats are available free), walking paths, tennis courts and during the summer months, a maize maze.

Swimming pool

Older children will love the in- and outdoor pools and the outdoor hot tub; younger swimmers have a dedicated pool beside the main one. Children may use the spa pool between 3.45pm and 5.15pm during the week and 8.45am and 10.15am at weekends.

Meals

There’s an excellent children’s tea served in the Gumstool every day at 5.30pm. Under-eights are discouraged from the main Conservatory restaurant but the Gumstool children’s menu is one of the best we’ve seen – entirely home-made and organic. For the miniest of Smiths, organic baby purées are also available. High chairs are available, baby food or milk can be heated at any time, and staff will readily prepare a packed lunch.

Babysitting

Either crèche staff or members of the hotel’s known nanny network can be booked for babysitting, for £8.50 an hour (paid directly to the sitter).

No need to pack

Even if you forget everything but the children, the hotel will either provide or obtain all the essentials. Family rooms come with special baby boxes containing bottle warmers, sterilisers, changing mats, nappy bags and bottle brushes.

Also

Rooms have fridges, and travel cots can be booked in advance. Children staying in parents' rooms are charged at £40 a night, including breakfast, high tea and unrestricted use of the Playzone facilities.

Food and Drink

Photos Calcot Manor food and drink

Top Table

In the Conservatory, take a table in the alcove by the window for light, views and privacy; the Gumstool has a lovely terrace for sun-soaked summer dining.

Dress Code

Cotswolds chic in the Conservatory; more relaxed in the Gumstool.

Hotel restaurant

Partly thanks to its wood-fired oven, Michael Benjamin’s the Conservatory serves dishes infused with a Mediterranean flavour, all made from fresh, local ingredients. Its gastropub sister the Gumstool offers hearty fare in a traditional country air; head there for burgers, steaks and warming winter meals by the fireplace. 

Hotel bar

The Gumstool’s cosy log fire and warm, lodge-like interiors create a charming country-pub environment in which to laze with a fine wine or artisan ale, and there’s an elegant hotel lounge for pre-dinner drinks or afternoon tea too.

Last orders

Lunch is on offer in both eateries between noon and 2pm; Dinner in the Conservatory is served until 9.30pm (9pm on Sunday); the Gumstool’s open until 11pm (Sunday: 10.30pm).

Room service

Sandwiches and drinks are available 24 hours a day; the Gumstool menu is available during pub opening hours.

Location

Photos Calcot Manor location
Address
Calcot Manor
Near Tetbury
Cotswolds
GL8 8YJ
United Kingdom

Planes

Bristol International is an hour's drive from the hotel and operates flights to many cities, including Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin. A taxi to the hotel will cost around £85.

Trains

First Great Western runs a direct service from London Paddington to Kemble station (10 miles from Calcot Manor). The journey takes roughly an hour and a half. A taxi from the station will cost around £25.

Automobiles

A car will be very handy for bumbling about sleepy Cotswold villages and taking in the gently rolling hills. Calcot is a two-hour drive from London; the village of Tetbury is just a short drive from the M4. The handsome, historic city of Bath is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Calcot Manor has free parking and a valet service on request.

Worth getting out of bed for

Indoor go-karting is available at Hullavington, a 20-minute drive from Tetbury. There are golf clubs at both Minchinhampton, 15 minutes drive away, and Cirencester, 20 minutes away. Browse the beautiful vintage clothes and handmade jewellery at Qetty Bang Bang at 32 Long Street, Tetbury.

Local restaurants

Tetbury, three miles down the road, may be a small Cotswolds market town, but it's got its fair share of dining options, including the Blue Zucchini Brasserie, which offers both great bistro food and a great spot to stop for a cappucino. The Ormond at Tetbury plays host to an award-winning ever-changing menu of locally sourced foodstuffs. Five minutes out of town on Cirencester Road, The Trouble House Inn is a traditional Cotswolds country pub serving a daily-changing blackboard menu of specials such as Cornish fish soup and hay-roasted ribeye of beef.

Local bars

A favourite haunt of pub-loving Princes William and Harry, The Cat & Custard Pot is a 15 minute's drive from the hotel – the perfect spot for Sunday lunch after a morning ramble.

Reviews

Photos Calcot Manor reviews

Anonymous review

I have a confession to make. This isn’t my first visit to Calcot Manor. My wife and I came here about five years ago, eager to see whether it was right for the then-youthful Mr & Mrs Smith collection. We enjoyed our stay, but felt it wasn’t quite what we were after. Since then, though, both we and this Cotswolds boutique hotel have grown up considerably. We’ve got a 14-month-old son in tow and, according to the Smith members who regularly post on our website, the Manor has a whole new look. Like us, it’s become a lot more child-focused.

As we turn off the A46 and roll our way up Calcot’s driveway, I have to say that little seems to have changed. The slightly corporate signposts telling us where to park and which way to turn for the spa are still here, and, so far, the feel is definitely more golf club than boutique hotel. I turn to Mrs Smith and make my ‘told you so’ face. ‘Oh come on,’ she says, rolling her eyes. ‘Give it a chance.’

I have to admit that the manor itself is a pretty building and the gardens that surround it perfectly pleasant, but, as I walk into reception with a bag under one arm and a toddler under the other, I’m still not convinced. The manager on front desk greets us very politely, the check-in he carries out is efficient and quick, and the assistance he gives us with our luggage is gratefully received, but it is only when he throws open the door to our room that I really begin to change my mind about the place.

Our room, the Woodchester, is simply lovely. Even though my eyes range over the room in search of style faux pas, I find none. There’s not a hint of chintz in sight, and they seem to have got that hard-to-pull-off blend of classic look, contemporary feel just right. There’s a plasma-screen TV, high thread-count sheets, stripped wooden floors – everything, in fact, screams luxury. This continues in the upstairs bathroom, where we admire twin sinks, a glut of Aromatherapy Associates products and a shower big enough to host a Sumo bout.

Our favourite discovery, though, is a neatly appointed corner bunk bed, which blends into the room so effortlessly that both Mrs Smith and I completely failed to notice it on our first exploratory circuit. It comes with an intercom system that feeds directly down to reception, which means that we’re going to be able to enjoy ourselves and dine like adults, rather than having to scurry up and down the stairs every half hour. Mrs Smith gives a firm nod of approval.

In an effort to stop Tom from wrecking our perfect new pad, we head out of the room to explore our new surrounds. Our first stop is the Gumstool Inn, the country pub-like restaurant, where we decide to put Calcot’s child-friendly ethos to the test. The kids’ menu is certainly everything you’d hope for. All the food is home-made and organic – no hyperactive tots pumped up on E-numbers here – and the young staff combine willingness and ability with being impressively smiley. They’re still beatific when I apologise for the umpteenth time as Tom hurls another fish finger five metres (his current food-throwing record) across the dining room.

The hotel is home to a fabulous spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a courtyard hot tub that just begs to be lazed in with a glass of champagne. There’s even an outdoor open fireplace that roars away just metres from the water. As it’s a bit nippy outside, Mrs Smith and I both agree this is a nice touch. We toy with the idea of leaving Tom in the fabulous, fully staffed crèche, but, alas, any thoughts of massages have to be put to one side as our son has no intention of being left without his parents.

Later, when he finally drifts off to sleep, we drift down to the reassuringly grown-up Conservatory Restaurant. Much more formal than the Gumstool Inn, it offers fine but unpretentious dining in a space filled with high-backed chairs and tables swathed in white cloths. The food rather than the design, however, is the real star of the show here. Head chef Michael Croft, formerly of London’s Mirabelle, has been serving up gourmet cuisine at top hotels for years, and has garnered plenty of awards for his cooking while at Calcot, so our expectations are high. Thankfully, they’re met – and then some. Hungry after a day of entertaining a demanding toddler, we devour the freshly baked bread before enjoying Dorset crab salad, roasted pork belly with seared scallops and some of the best beef I’ve ever tasted. The wine list, too, is excellent (all your favourites are laid out in a simple, easy-to-understand format), and we treat ourselves to a delicious bottle of Pomerol.

Full and ridiculously content after the meal, we take what’s left of the wine through to the comfortable and stylish lounge, where, on suede sofas beneath low-level lighting, we relax with a final glass before heading up to bed. ‘Your son hasn’t made a noise,’ says the woman on reception, completely unprompted, as we pass. ‘I hope you had a good evening.’ We have. In fact, we’ve been having such a lovely time that we’d completely forgotten we had a child back in the room.

There are a lot of hotels out there that put style over substance. Calcot Manor isn’t one of them – it’s got plenty of substance and now there’s a healthy coating of style, too. In fact, I can’t think of a better place to take the family for a break. If you think these are empty words, you’re welcome to check my diary. The last thing I did before we departed was to book my entire family in over Christmas. Peace and goodwill to all men – and children – is just what we need.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Calcot Manor’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The REN products in the spa; that it was very tidy and clean; the lovely interior design.

Don’t expect

We had the Deluxe suite 'Highland' and had to shower over the bath – water sprayed everywhere. We didn't have a sofa in our room like the other Deluxe suites, so it would have been better to be in the main house. I felt that we were given the worst Deluxe room. Service in The Gumstool Inn was really slow on the Sunday – I had to walk over to the waiter to order dessert. The spa area had a lot of empty glasses and champagne flutes left around for over an hour.

Rating

Stayed on 20 May 2018

We loved

We went to Calcot for our second wedding anniversary (reserved a large standard room which was lovely) and were made to feel really special. The hotel and spa are beautiful and the staff couldnt have been more helpful. The little touches were lovely too. I wouldn't hesitate to book again or to recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing break. Thank you for having us Calcot!

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2018

We loved

The outdoor hot tub at 47 degrees, the cute hotel gastro pub! The staff were all lovely too!

Don’t expect

To want to leave...

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Stayed on 25 Mar 2018

We loved

Everything about the hotel. The facilities are excellent. The listening service is especially good for parents.

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Stayed on 19 Mar 2018

We loved

Spending time together.

Don’t expect

Silence.

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Stayed on 26 Nov 2017

We loved

The location, rooms, food, facilities and staff were all exceptional. Thoroughly recommend!

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Stayed on 28 Oct 2017

We loved

The food, the staff, the room, the spa, the kids club, the setting and the truly wonderful family hotel. The local town of Tetbury is an easy stroll, with a wide array of lovely independent shops. The Westonbirt arboretum is a great space to walk around.

Don’t expect

To be stressed in any way.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Sep 2017

We loved

The spa.

Don’t expect

IPA in the pub! Seclusion in The Conservatory for breakfast or dinner.

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Stayed on 21 Jul 2017

We loved

Very child friendly with a comfortable Cotswold feel. Well heated outdoor pool and fun games on the lawn for kids.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jul 2017

We loved

We had a lovely room and a very attractive bathroom. The service was excellent at all times and the food delicious. The hotel has loads of lovely areas to sit outside in the nice weather.

Don’t expect

Don't expect to be disappointed as you won't be.

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Stayed on 21 May 2017

We loved

The friendly staff, the food, the spa.

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Stayed on 5 Feb 2017

We loved

The little touches and attention to detail - bath toys and baby bath as well as a nappy bin.

Don’t expect

Super speedy service when the restaurants are busy

Rating

Stayed on 16 Sep 2016