Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Calcot Manor

Rates from (ex tax)$297.02

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP269.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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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 $297.02 (£224), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP269.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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.

Please note

The Conservatory restaurant will be closed for renovations from 8 to 24 January 2018. Throughout this period, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in Calcot's sister property, The Gumstool Inn. You can get to the Gumstool through the main house, so there's no need to go outside.

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
Cotswolds
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 an hour's country stroll from Tetbury – 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 with us, 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 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.

Rating

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.

Rating

Stayed on 21 May 2017

We loved

The friendly staff, the food, the spa.

Rating

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

We loved

Friendly courteous staff, great food, little extras (freshly baked biscuits in room for kids, maps for local walks, garden games), creche/play zone, spa. Lovely local walks.

Don’t expect

Changing mat in room

Rating

Stayed on 17 Aug 2016

We loved

Excellent day care facilities for children, exceptionally friendly staff, breakfast is unlimited! All food was exceptional. Facilities for children is second to none. Local antiques hunting is very good

Don’t expect

To want to go anywhere else with children once you've stayed here

Rating

Stayed on 31 Jul 2016

We loved

The lovely barn for a private function; sumptuous breakfasts; a great range of dining options - from pub to fine dining all under the same roof. Wellies at the front door.

Don’t expect

...raging nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

The beautiful decor and friendliness and attentiveness of the staff. The food was superb. 

Don’t expect

To be able to try all the different gins. (the bar is a gin lover's paradise and you may need to stay an extra night!)

Rating

Stayed on 10 Jun 2016

We loved

The way that small people were accommodated/entertained and well catered for, giving parents some free time - we were travelling with five children. We did not go outside the hotel as it catered for all our needs! 10/10

Don’t expect

It to be too quiet, this hotel caters for families. At peak times I would expect lots of young children.

Rating

Stayed on 6 May 2016

We loved

Children love Playzone, we love the Spa and we all love the big open spaces. It is really a great family place to go away on holiday for a short time or a long time. Any of the towns or villages around are worth a visit. Tetbury is great full of little shops to investigate, Cirencester is a great town worth a visit

Don’t expect

Wild nights

Rating

Stayed on 4 Apr 2016

We loved

The fantastic staff who went out of their way to make our stay special, the brilliant kids club (we were travelling with our 3 children, all under the age of 5), fabulous breakfast and great family suite. Barton Farm, the local horseriding stables, hosted a pony ride for my son's 3rd birthday and they were absolutely lovely and made it very special for him.

Don’t expect

Glitz and glamour - the hotel is fabulous in its understatedness.

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Stayed on 18 Feb 2016

We loved

The hotel in general, very beautiful and gorgeously decorated. Our room was lovely.

Don’t expect

To be really impressed by the food.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Feb 2016

We loved

The staff are very friendly and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. The kids creche is outstanding and my grandchildren aged 5 and 2 loved going there. They serve a special kids tea from 5:45pm, which is great and everything including bibs and plastic cutlery is on hand, as well as a very kids friendly menu.

Don’t expect

If you do not have kids and go during one of the half terms you might not find hotel as peaceful as it would ordinarily be!

Rating

Stayed on 27 Oct 2015

We loved

Discussion prior to arrival paid dividends in the necessary arrangements to accomodate a large family party of adults and children of varying age. Management proved receptive and helpful. We had seven children in total from 4 to 14. Calcot hospitality for them was a credit to the Hotel, and the specific Playzone/Mez facility well supervised and much enjoyed. Go-Karting proved a highlight for all ages. Gloucester is more welcoming and better equipped for children than Hullavington, where stag hen parties appear to remain dominanant, to the potential exclusion of families.

Don’t expect

Ultra designer chic. This is essentially "Country House" and all the better for it. That said, bedrooms and bathrooms can sacrifice some practicality for design. eg lack of shelf/cupboard space, baths that are less accessible to older guests.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Oct 2015