With ivy clinging to its grey stone exterior, The Close in Tetbury epitomises Cotswolds charm. Its modern-country-house interior – all Kate Lightfoot paintings, two thoroughly British eateries and a cosy bar with roaring fireplace – has us planning our escape to the countryside…
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A welcome glass of chilled Prosecco each on arrival
11am; earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible by two hours for £20, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $109.60 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include breakfast; choose from a Continental buffet, full English, cooked-to-order and à la carte options.
Become one with the Cotswolds and indulge in a cream tea (with champagne, of course) in the hotel’s bar or gardens.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, on-site parking. In rooms: TV, WiFi, homemade flapjacks, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities and Molton Brown bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms are individually decorated and have pops of vibrant colour. We love the eaves in Jubilee, a cosy top-floor Very Good Room; there’s a separate seating area, too. For light-flooding windows and a relaxing soak, spring for the Dove Excellent Room, which has garden-view windows, a feminine four-poster bed and an impressive roll-top tub in the bathroom.
Bring a book to read by the fireplace, a whimsical picnic basket to take on your country strolls, and a longer-than-average-lead for your furry four-legged friend.
The Cloisters Room is available for private dinners or special celebrations. Arrange anything from a cosy lunch to a formal dinner party.
Pampered pooches can join you in one of the five dog-friendly rooms (three of the Good and two of the Very Good Rooms) for £20 a night, per dog (doggy beds and bowls are included); they’re also welcome in the bar, library and garden. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.
Welcome, but there isn’t much space for running around in the quiet communal areas or the guest rooms. Kids can eat in the Close Brasserie until 9pm; there are special menus and chairs for littles.
In the Garden Room Restaurant, try to snag a seat by the window for the garden views, which are all lit-up and twinkly at night.
It’s a relaxed and homey hotel, so cosy country cardigans won’t go amiss… but no one will bat an eyelid if you fancy getting glammed up for dinner in either restaurant.
The appropriately named Garden Room Restaurant has lovely views over the grounds, with a seasonal menu that spans from breakfast through to lunch and dinner. Handsome parquet floors and decadent deep-blue wallsunfurl beneath a stuccoed, double-height ceiling. Mounted stags heads, stacked bookshelves and an array of country-style paintings help set the Cotswolds scene. Refined dishes include sloe-gin-cured salmon, pan-roasted duck breast and local Gloucester old spot pork chops with sautéed potatoes and baked-apple sauce. In short, you won't leave hungry.
With its high domed ceiling and candle chandelier, inviting leather seating and walls of Katherine Lightfoot paintings, the cosy bar is a serious Cotswolds crowd-pleaser. Curl up with a book and a warming dram of whisky or decadent mug of cream-topped hot chocolate by the fireplace, or snag bar-side bucket seats for apéritifs. Order light bites, sandwiches and sharing plates throughout the day, and sip afternoon tea from 2.30 to 6pm.
The Garden Room Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Have anything from the bar or restaurant menu delivered to your room, from sandwiches to sharing platters and the full children's menu.
You’ll find the hotel in the centre of Cotswolds market town Tetbury, 45 minutes from Bath.
Bristol Airport is an hour away by car; arrange a transfer with the hotel for around £70.
Trains from London pull into Kemble station, eight miles from the hotel; arrange a taxi for around £20.
Drivers are in luck: the M4 and M5 from London, the Midlands and the South West make motoring to the hotel a breeze, so long as traffic cooperates. There’s also free on-site parking behind the garden; to get there use postcode GL8 8DU for the SatNav.
Worth getting out of bed for
The Close is the perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds, from its little market towns and greenery-filled rambles to historic Bath and royal gardens. Enjoy the foliage at Westonbirt Arboretum, with its manicured walks and viewing platforms, or take a tour of beautiful Highgrove Gardens, and book a champagne tea for afterwards. In town, markets of the antique, farmer and crafts kinds pop up every Wednesday and Saturday, and if you’re visiting in September, be sure to check out classically-inclined Tetbury Music Festival. Active types will enjoy a spot of sailing in the Cerneys and walking in nearby Malmsbury. Afterwards, treat yourself to a massage at Calcot Manor.
For gourmet wood-oven-cooked pizza, head to locavore-loving the Priory on London Road. For fine dining, dinner at nearby Calcot Manor’s Mediterranean restaurant The Conservatory is not to be missed. Five minutes out of Tetbury 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. For a fresh fish lunch, make the 20 minutes drive to William's Food Hall in nearby Nailsworth. Further afield, The Potting Shed in Crudwell is wonderful for lunch or dinner. The menu changes seasonally, but start with the smoked duck and end with the maple roasted figs if you’re given the chance.
Quirky Cafe 53 on Long Street is a good bet for pancake breakfasts and warming coffee breaks. For lunches and afternoon pick-me-ups, stop by Church Street’s the Blue Zucchini Brasserie, which serves bistro food, insane-looking milkshakes, and giant slices of home-made cakes.
Pull on your wellies and ramble over to the Snooty Fox for drinks, or work up an appetite with an hour’s country stroll to The Cat & Custard Pot: the perfect spot for Sunday lunch. Just past Westonbirt, local favourite The Holford Arms has local ales and modern British pub fare.
The Flake girl from those iconic 1990s adverts ain’t got nothing on me. The minute I see a freestanding roll-top bath tub – especially one in the centre of a spacious bathroom, complete with a black-and-white checkerboard-topped side table for my magazine – I am in it. Up to my eyeballs in steaming hot bubbles. After a swift check-in at the cosy Close Hotel in the chocolate-box market town of Tetbury (the reception desk situated next to a roaring fire, where we gratefully warmed our hands on a freezing evening), my husband and I found ourselves ensconced in our capacious room, overlooking the hotel’s charming courtyard.
Our room, named Dove, came complete with a large, brass bumblebee door knocker, resembling something out of an English countryside interior-design dream. Pink, rose-patterned, floor-to-ceiling heavy curtains matched the pleated headboard of the grand, four-poster bed. And my goodness, what a bed; Louis XIV would have been envious of its dizzying height and twisting wooden posts. We immediately regressed to a childlike state and threw ourselves onto its colossal, bouncy mattress – coats still on.
The walls were half clotted cream-coloured wood panels and half mottled, grey-and-white-spotted wallpaper. We both particularly appreciated two large, red brocade armchairs set up by one of the grand windows, around a dainty coffee table primed for morning newspaper reading – having just ordered our rag of choice. But oh, the bathroom – let us return there. While I got straight to the running of my steamy, dreamy bath night – ahem – in the white-waffle hotel robe, my husband enjoyed figuring out the mood music, fiddling with the clever, mirrored-wall TV.
A delightful – if unexpected – touch were the evening church bells as we warmed up our cold, British bodies before our eight-course feast.
As a loather of mornings, I was surprised to find myself looking forward to being awoken by a similarly glorious peal. The slightly uneven floors on the way to dinner in the brasserie were a quiet nod to the history of this 16th-century building. The butter-yellow walls, filled with framed pictures birds, butterflies and leaves, gave way to a dark blue-grey downstairs, where walls were adorned with endless paintings of animals. A cornucopia of sheep, dog, cow, horse and elephant pictures made up an entire wall of the well-appointed bar – which boasted a magnificent glass roof and ceiling.
The atmospheric, dimly lit restaurant, also painted midnight blue-grey, was fitted with ornate working fireplaces at both ends, adding to its cosy feel. Mercifully, however, it was kitted out with modern furniture: tan-leather tub chairs as opposed to those awful shabby-chic benches or unforgiving rough-wood seats, which love snagging tights and causing bottom-numbness during a lengthy meal.
We were almost immediately greeted with some lovely, unordered nibbles – my favourite kind; food, before food. Piping-hot parsnip arancini and homemade bread sticks with creamy carrot hummus were welcome friends as we picked our cocktails of choice.
This is a chef who knows how to please. We ambled our way through an adventurous tasting menu, opening with seared mackerel, followed by rich venison and – for all my fellow Nineties kids – ending with a homemade, dark-chocolate Aero. But the pièce de résistance? A fluffy Poire William soufflé which was rolled out last, and finished us both off brilliantly. It really was a triumph, as was the whole meal – apart from a cold cauliflower bavoir that missed the mark.
Breakfast was a similarly tasty, warming affair, especially the innovative ham-and-gruyère hash-browns. The atmospheric lighting was now replaced with the cold light of a Cotswold day, illuminating a pretty, corniced cream ceiling, as well as the manicured grounds of the hotel. A freezing-cold Cotswolds day greeted us outside, but thanks to the hotel’s central position on Tetbury’s main street, we were soon ensconced within the bosom of the busy weekend outdoor market, situated in the historic Market House structure first erected in 1655 and expressly designed for the sale of wool and yarn.
Once we’d stocked up on local jams, we headed into the town’s other great commercial draw: the official Highgrove shop, a sort of mini Harrods, filled with gorgeous produce from the aforementioned home of HRH the Prince of Wales, situated just outside of Tetbury, and where you can book garden tours. The small town is also famous for its quirky antique and interior-design shops, all housed in the same traditional, warm Cotswolds stone as the Close Hotel. Shopping was very much the order of the day, while the ice-cold wind bit. Consequently, we decided to save the nearby national arboretum of Westonbirt for our last day, post check-out, and scuttled back to the warmth of our room and into those massive armchairs.
Complimentary flapjacks, delivered with our tea, were soon in our grateful hands while we dreamily gazed over the Close’s courtyard and the day’s newspaper headlines, all within our comfortable room. All that was left for us to do on our final afternoon was fill up the bath tub again. It would be rude not to…
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 The Close’s Guestbook below.
The lovely old restored building, the beautiful garden, the luxurious room and the very good service all round. We ate in the hotel restaurant and the food was very good.
Stayed on 5 Jul 2019
Friendly, helpful staff (we were made to feel very welcome and we were given an upgraded room to give us more space). The weather was so miserable that we spent most of the time in the hotel and we had a fabulous time. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all delicious, and the library is perfect for spending rainy days playing cards and enjoying the odd drink. Tetbury itself is a lovely little town with walks on the doorstep, if you get better weather than we did.
To need to get dressed up.
Stayed on 6 Jun 2019
The room was nicely furnished and bathroom was very nice. We had a nice meal in the bar after a long day of driving.
Quiet. Sadly, I could hear everything from the upstairs room and anyone walking past the door.
Stayed on 5 May 2019
The warm welcome, room upgrade, and Smith Extra of bubbles was the perfect start to a special two night break. The rooms were very well-appointed, with copious amounts of Molton Brown products. We had a huge bathroom and lovely large walk-in shower. Ignore previous comments about it being street-facing spoiled with road noise – The Close has clearly listened because the secondary double glazing eliminated this and we weren't disturbed with any traffic noise at all. Our friends stayed in Tudor, which had the perfect view overlooking the garden at the rear of the hotel. The hotel's garden is the best spot in Tetbury and so relaxing. Breakfast is great with plenty of choice. The decor and art throughout the hotel is beautiful. We'll be back!
Buzzing night life – you make your own fun. A small fridge in the room would have been a nice addition, but that's a tiny point.
Stayed on 29 Apr 2019
This little oasis in the pretty town of Tetbury. Lovely garden to sit in with a glass of something or have afternoon tea. Food was excellent, beautifully presented and tasty. Friendly staff.
Stayed on 18 Apr 2019
The friendly service and the local produce. There are plenty of other local options if you want a change from the hotel food, but we didn't find this necessary. Great cocktails at the hotel bar, too.
Stayed on 13 Apr 2019
The hotel's location and the amazingly friendly staff. We were made to feel welcome and relaxed from the moment we walked in. The garden and bar areas are excellent for relaxing and catching up with friends. The food - breakfast and dinner - were excellent. The size and quality of the meals was first rate.
A pool or spa, however there is a health spa/shop for treatments next door.
Stayed on 12 Apr 2019
The hotel food and location.
Stayed on 23 Feb 2019
Food was outstanding and the staff were great. All in all a great stay. Would definitely stay again.
Stayed on 13 Jan 2019
The staff, the food and the general feeling of the hotel. It is a lovely hotel right in the middle of Tetbury and all it's lovely independent shops. But then it takes minutes to get out into the countryside. We also loved the welcome that dogs staying were given.
Stayed on 14 Dec 2018
The bed in Cuckoo – so comfy. Good food in the bar and restaurant. Great location with lovely walks places to visit nearby (including the Arboretum… even in the rain!). Lovely building with lots of history. The perfect place to get away from it and relax.
Stayed on 30 Nov 2018
We loved the cozy bar/restaurant area and central location in Tetbury – the garden would be amazing in the warmer months! And I am always happy to stay somewhere that has Molton Brown products in the bathrooms.
Don't expect great water pressure up on the 2nd floor and don't expect to sleep well if your room is on the end of the hall near the fire door. I heard it slam shut every.single.time. both nights we stayed at The Close.
Stayed on 30 Nov 2018
I had my dog with me and the hotel always made sure a table was reserved for me in the bar, as dogs are not allowed in the dining room. I loved and so appreciated the fact that they upgraded me. It is only the second Mr & Mrs Smith hotel to do this as I have a dog (the other one which did was No 38 in Cheltenham). I am sometimes disappointed that only the smaller more isolated rooms accept dogs so as a gold member it means I have less choice. The room was absolutely divine. The food at dinner was outstanding. The hotel is perfectly situated in the centre of town, but the rooms themselves are very quiet. I adore the fact that there are plenty of locals there with their dogs too.
The cooked breakfasts were disappointing. I ordered a ham and cheese omelette the first morning, scrambled eggs the second day (which were mediocre) and decided not to order anything on the third day. It was clear to me that those who had taken care of breakfast had not cooked the three dinners, which I very much enjoyed.
Stayed on 25 Nov 2018
We really enjoyed our stay at the Close Hotel, our room was beautiful and so comfortable, looking out over the garden. Food was excellent. Staff really friendly and courteous and couldn't do enough for you. A great place to switch off and relax when you want to get away from it all.
Don't expect an exciting night life, Tetbury itself is very quiet – a few pubs and restaurants.
Stayed on 3 Apr 2018
A great hotel for a winter break – the snug armchairs and real fires in every room downstairs made it feel very snug. Great modern country decor, with wonderful bumblebee door knockers on all the rooms! Our room was in the turret and was super cute with a warm duvet and Molten Brown shower goodies. The town itself is small but there are plenty of cafes and dinner spots and a large number of antique shops. Yummy cocktails from the bar. The hotel is close to Westonbirt arboretum which is wonderful for a walk.
To spend a lot of time watching TV – ours didn't angle towards the bed! To feel cold – our room was so snug we had to turn the radiators off. To find a place to rave – it's very quiet! Cheap cocktails – except on a Sunday night when they are two for fifteen pounds. Otherwise they are London prices!
Stayed on 14 Jan 2018
The cozy atmosphere of the hotel made for a perfect January getaway from London. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming and had good suggestions about what to do in the nearby area. We loved the breakfasts – my partner said it was the best full english he'd had in ages – and they gave us lots of energy for going on nice walks through the fields around Tetbury. The rooms were very comfortable (although not quite as beautiful as the one highlighted on the Mr & Mrs Smith website) and we slept very well in the big bed.
Don't expect...any kitchen in Tetbury to be open past 9:30! We arrived late on Friday and they did kindly make us some sandwiches, though.
Stayed on 12 Jan 2018
The building and the location.
Service to match the pricing, we were highly disappointed with the repeated issues experienced due to staff mistakes.
Stayed on 30 Dec 2017
We stayed at the Close for one night a few days after Christmas. Everything was still so beautifully decorated with a wonderful sense of cosiness and a Christmas vibe still in the air. Friendly staff and well decorated rooms in a hotel full of character. It's probably what the Danish would describe as Hygge.