Cotswolds, United Kingdom

The Lygon Arms

Rates from (ex tax)$218.27

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 (GBP195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

New Wold order

Setting

Centre stage in Broadway

Since opening in the 14th century, luxury Cotswolds stay, The Lygon Arms has hosted many esteemed guests – even royalty has graced its antique-filled halls. Today, the historic hotel has retained its rural charms, although it has been updated with a few mod-cons. The hotel’s dedication to decadence endures, with a heated pool, spoiling spa, restaurant serving the Cotswolds’ finest, and, of course, daily traditional English high tea laid out by the fire. 

Smith Extra

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A half-bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates per stay; Smith guests also get daily full-English breakfast

Facilities

Photos The Lygon Arms facilities

Need to know

Rooms

86, including 27 suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $218.27 (£163), 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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP162.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a full-English breakfast; for guests staying on a room-only basis, breakfast costs £20 for adults, £12.50 for kids. A 12.5 per cent service charge is added to any incidentals and extras, such as dining services or massages.

Also

The Lygon Arms has been hosting guests since the 14th century; Charles I stayed here (in the Charles I Suite) before battle in the 1640s, during the English Civil War.

At the hotel

Spa; gym; wellies to borrow; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV; Floris bath products; Nespresso coffee machine; tea-making facilities.

Our favourite rooms

Sleep like royalty in the Charles I Suite, where the namesake sovereign slumbered before a battle in the 1640s. With a king-size bed and a comfy sofa bed, the Junior Suites have room for the whole family, even four-legged family members can stay here.

Poolside

The indoor pool area has the feel of a Victorian bath house with metal pillars supporting a raised walkway and a retractable glass roof for sunny Cotswolds summers. At the end of the 13-metre, heated pool, there’s a steamy spa bath for deep relaxation during kid-free hours.

Spa

Set within three acres of tranquil gardens, the spa includes saunas for both sexes, a eucalyptus-scented steam room, nail studio and both single and double treatment rooms. As well as individual treatments (facials, massages and specialised scrubs), the spa offers personal-training sessions, nutritional advice and all-out spa days, with lunch at the Spa Kitchen & Bar. The menu includes fruit-filled smoothies and veggie-laden meals; but don’t worry, this isn’t a healthier-than-thou kind of place: wine, beer and puddings can be ordered too.

Packing tips

Come winter, keep cosy in cashmere. Hunter wellies are essential, whatever the weather.

Also

All public areas of the hotel are wheelchair accessible and the Courtyard Suites are specially adapted for guests with limited mobility.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs can stay for a flat fee of £25 in 12 of the Deluxe Rooms and four of the Junior Suites; the hotel will provide a bed, food and water bowls and doggie bags. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.

Children

Children are very welcome here. The hotel has a kids’ club, designated pool times for waterbabies and there are lots of family-friendly activities nearby.

Best for

Kids of all ages will enjoy the hotel, perhaps more important to consider is whether they’re countryside friendly – teenagers may not appreciate the limited 3G.

Recommended rooms

The Chamber Master Suite can fit three extra beds (free) in its two living rooms. The Courtyard and Junior Suites have sofa beds that sleep two kids; two of the Courtyard Suites interconnect. Baby cots (free) can be added to the Master and Junior Suites.

Crèche

Open during school holidays, the kids’ club is ideal for tots under 10. Activities change daily, but often include arts-and-crafts sessions, film screenings, dances and cooking classes; there are also lots of toys, board games and an Xbox for kids to play with. Up to 20 kids can join the crèche at any time so be sure to book your play date well in advance.

Activities

The hotel hosts a variety of children’s activities throughout the year; previous favourites include giant-chess tournaments on the lawn, croquet and seasonal treasure hunts.

Swimming pool

So that adult guests can swim in peace and quiet, there are scheduled kids’ swimming times: Monday from 9am to 10am, Tuesday 10am to 11am, Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 11am, and everyday from 3.30pm to 6pm. There are floating noodles for children.

Meals

Children are welcome in the lounges, Lygon Bar & Grill and Wine Bar; all have highchairs and the chefs are happy to heat up milk and baby food. Kids can take their pick of the children’s menus which offer paired-down versions of the adult’s dishes. They also offer seasonally themed afternoon teas, such as the Teddy Bear picnic, and Mad Hatter’s Tea party; in December, Santa stops by for a mince pie or two. 

Babysitting

Babysitting can be arranged with the local Cotswold Angel crew for £15 an hour, with a three-hour minimum booking (a day’s notice needed).

No need to pack

Little wellies and baby’s toiletries.

Food and Drink

Photos The Lygon Arms food and drink

Top Table

Book a banquette for a spot of people watching in Bar & Grill, and bagsy one of the deep, fireside sofas in the lounges.

Dress Code

Swap your wellies for well-heeled brogues and sandals.

Hotel restaurant

It may be located within a grand 16th-century hall, but the sleek marble tables and laidback leather seats of Lygon’s Bar & Grill set a decidedly modern tone for the restaurant. The carefully crafted menu features classic dishes such as veal cutlets, chateaubriand steak, and grilled sea bass. Nothing says Cotswolds country break like afternoon tea by a roaring wood fire; the hotel has several lounges where you can tuck into cake, sourdough sandwiches and gourmet burgers served with hand-cut chips.

Hotel bar

Tucked away at the back of the restaurant, the seductively lit cocktail bar has a speakeasy feel; the drinks list includes many boozy botanical beverages, the highlight being Lygon’s signature lavender negroni. The Lygon Wine Bar specialises in European wines, served with a selection of light Italian bites and pizzas. If you get a taste for a certain tipple, all the wines cantilevered in the wine wall are available to buy in the hotel’s boutique. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served in the Lygon Bar & Grill from 7am till 10.30am; the restaurant reopens for lunch and dinner at 12 noon and closes at 9.30pm. The lounges open 9.30am to 11.30pm. The Lygon Bar & Grill bar serves till 9.30pm, the Wine Bar till 10pm.

Room service

The full Bar & Grill menu is available from 12.30pm to 9pm, after which a selection sandwiches is on offer.

Location

Photos The Lygon Arms location
Address
The Lygon Arms
High Street
Broadway
WR12 7DU
United Kingdom

Planes

Birmingham International is an 80-minute drive away. Fly direct from cities across Europe, or if travelling from further afield, fly to London and then catch the train to Evesham. Our Smith24 team of travel experts are on hand round the clock to arrange your flights and organise transfers to the hotel (£195 from Birmingham airport).

Trains

Evesham Station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel: trains regularly stop here from Birmingham (80 minutes away) and London (just under two hours away) on their way west. The hotel can arrange transfers from the station for £20 each way.

Automobiles

A car is much needed in the Cotswolds; there’s free parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

It may be small, but the Broadway Museum and Art Gallery has some mighty works in its collection; and pieces are often loaned out from the Ashmolean in Oxford. If you’re in the market to buy, Trinity House Paintings has two commercial art galleries on the high street; on your right you’ll find works by Degas, Monet, Picasso and Sargent; and on your left, the modern gallery. If you’re partial to the hotel’s period pieces, the Gordon Russell Design Museum is just down the road, located in the original workshop of the celebrated 20th-century furniture designer. Spend an afternoon popping in and out of the boutiques on the high street (the OKA flagship store – a furnishing emporium founded by Lady Annabel Astor – is proudly positioned in a grand house at the end of the road), and the luxury-shop-lined streets of Cheltenham (a 35-minute drive away). Family-friendly attractions include the Cotswold Farm Park, a long-standing favourite where kids can meet local farm animals, or for more exotic beasts, the Cotswolds Wildlife Park, home to zebras; rhinos; lemurs; and lions. 

Local restaurants

Headed by chef George Santos, the daily menu at award-winning Russell's of Broadway features modern British food with a focus on ingredients from the Vale of Evesham: the area is known for its game, chutneys and jams, and cheeses. High-street hit, Number 32, is number one on our list of Broadway restaurants, serving home-made soups, stone-baked pizzas and antipasti sharing boards. Russell’s Fish & Chips is the perfect port of call after a chilly day out; warm up with a filling plate of its namesake dish (or sausage and chips, if you’d rather).

Local cafés

When the town clock chimes 4pm, head to The Tea Set for – you guessed it – high tea. As well as the traditional assortment of cakes, scones and finger sandwiches, this quaint spot has a luxurious offering with champagne. The team at the cosy Broadway Deli café uses the ingredients from the adjoining shop to make daily-changing dishes like carrot, coriander and lentil soup, and salami, mozzarella, red pesto and caramelised-onion toasties. 

Local bars

The Crown & Trumpet Inn is a traditional country pub within a picturesque 17th-century shell. Once you’ve ordered your pint either take a seat by one of the roaring fires, or, in summer, sit outside and let the world roll by. Set opposite the village green, you can’t miss the half-Tudor, half-Cotswolds stone structure of the Broadway Hotel. The drinks list at the hotel’s racing-themed Jockey Bar include old classics like martinis and mojitos, and a few of the bar staff’s own inventions – try the ‘chocolate and salted-caramel heaven’ (made with chocolate and salted-caramel liqueurs, milk, cream and lashings of chocolate sauce) and the ‘goblet of fire’ (a fiery mix of rum, cinnamon liqueur, apple and lime juice and ground cinnamon).

Reviews

Photos The Lygon Arms reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this historic hotel in the Cotswolds and unpacked their new antiques and artworks, a full account of their rural break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Lygon Arms in Broadway…

If walls could talk, the 16th-century wood panels and beams of boutique, Broadway-based hotel, the Lygon Arms, would have many a tale to tell. Starting from the beginning; Lygon began life as a coaching inn, offering rest and merry-making for travellers coming to and from Wales. A few hundred years later, the guestlist got considerably more glamorous with the sovereign signatures of Charles I, Edward VII, Edward VIII and Prince Philip gracing the guest-book. The owners have changed since, but the hotel still retains its rural appeal – all the more so now that former mod-cons have evolved into charming period pieces, giving each room its own unique character. But the jollity of old continues: fine Cotswolds fare is served in Bar & Grill, wines are sourced from near and far, and the spa has various saunas to get steamy in – and, don't worry, the walls will keep schtum.

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 The Lygon Arms’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The fudge on arrival and rosemary water on departure.

Don’t expect

Water to be available in the pool area.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Apr 2018

We loved

We loved the luxurious bathroom with two sinks and both bath and a separate shower, and Floris toiletries. The bed was very comfortable with quality linens. The weather was fine, so we enjoyed walking in the gardens. The main parts of the hotel looked like they would be cozy in cooler weather. 

Rating

Stayed on 18 Apr 2018

We loved

The hotel. Staff were amazing. Fantastic playground nearby if you have young kids.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Apr 2018

We loved

The location, ambience, the friendly staff, the breakfast and the room.

Don’t expect

12.5 percent on everything. 

Rating

Stayed on 4 Apr 2018

We loved

Suites are spacious and well equipped. Good bathroom. Comfortable beds. Free mini bar. Lovely areas to eat informally, with rugs and fires, and super friendly staff. They even valet park your car. Very child and dog friendly. Fantastic food. All the shops and other restaurants in Broadway were delightful.

Don’t expect

The best spa – great facial, but not outstanding facilities.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Mar 2018

We loved

The peace and quiet of the village, the beautiful swimming pool, the delicious food and the smart, warm imteriors. We had a delicious lunch at The Swan but I very much recommend booking in advance (wherever you choose to eat!), particularly at the weekend.

Don’t expect

Nightlife!

Rating

Stayed on 25 Mar 2018

We loved

The afternoon tea and cosy nooks to read in, the lovely and spacious Deluxe room, the pool and spa area, and the beautiful breakfast room. Broadway itself and Chipping Campden for lovely gift shops, and some lovely outdoor walks nearby.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Mar 2018

We loved

Exceptional breakfast and plenty of spaces to relax in front of the fire and have a drink. The romantic Broadway drive which takes you on a guided loop drive of the Cotswold is stunning and passes through the most beautiful of villages.

Don’t expect

Service could be a little better. Staff are a little slow to act.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Feb 2018

We loved

The weekend away was very special as it was my wife's 50th and the childcare arrangements took some military planning. We arrived in darkness at the beautifully lit Lygon Arms in the biscuit tin Cotswold village of Broadway and were greeted with valet parking; nice touch. The bags were swept away to the room whilst we were taken on a short orientation tour of the fabulous, newly refurbished (historic) hotel. We were too late for dinner but the entire ground floor is a complex of lounges with sofas and open fireplaces you can make your own, and the dining room menu and drinks were brought to us with perfect service (they even had my favourite rum which took any remaining wind out of my sails). It's a surprisingly extensive place and finding our way back from the room to the bar was a bit of an adventure to make Hansel and Gretel proud. The room was lovely and (newly) tastefully decorated like the whole hotel with a welcoming bottle of champagne and chocolates to set the tone of the weekend. Really good breakfast, as you would wish, with great service got us out of bed on Saturday. The day passed with a muddy-booted walk in the cold, bright sunshine (our own boots, but you can borrow them from the hotel too), silly shopping in the picture postcard high street and champagne in one of the sunny courtyards. The spa session was pre-booked for the late afternoon. It's good, but I'm fussy with spas and like my steam room really hot. The massages were, however, excellent and set us up nicely for the superb hotel restaurant where again the food was excellent and service spot on. Back a little fuzzily to the cosy comfort of our lovely room. Another great breakfast trying the other dishes we were too full for yesterday and it was soon time to go. Checking out was painless and the car was brought round with no delay or fuss. It even came back stocked with still and sparkling water; a really cute touch that we only noticed while driving away. Thank you to the Lygon Arms for a glorious weekend in the country that totally "delivered". You should go.

Don’t expect

Dont expect stuff for kids; roaring nightlife; absorbing cultural activities. 

Rating

Stayed on 23 Feb 2018

We loved

The friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Noise.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Feb 2018

We loved

The cosy 'snug' areas to hide away in front of a log fire; The Lygon Wine Bar for delicious comfort food; breakfast; the spa pool

Don’t expect

Much noise or activity in the local area – this place is perfect for relaxing and 'mooching'!

Rating

Stayed on 8 Feb 2018

We loved

Our room. We stayed in one of the courtyard suites which have recently been refurbished. Beautiful spacious room with its own little courtyard and few doors from the spa.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jan 2018

We loved

From arriving to leaving the staff were extremely attentive, helpful and friendly. The food and service were excellent. Rooms were very clean and warm. The spa is wonderful, with a great heated indoor pool. Lots of spa treatments as well. Overall this was a very special break at a very special hotel...BIG Thanks.

Don’t expect

Lively music, party nights.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jan 2018

We loved

Ever since Judith Chalmers reviewed it back in the 1980s on ITV its been on my list to do, but new kids on the block The Pig have had my undivided attention when it comes to a quick break in recent years. Reports of falling standards at the Lygon meant its desirability had dropped off my radar until Mr & Mrs Smith advised of a much-needed refurbishment, so off we went. We took a Deluxe Room which although disappointingly not in the old part proved just the ticket with an enourmous bed and tasteful decor – a mix of contemporary and antique. The complementary champagne chocs were excellent and very welcome. Dinner in the casual but beautiful restaurant was excellent – as foodies it wasnt the most exciting menu but it was very very good and we were entirely satisfied. Great staff – all Australian, or so it seemed; no worries! Very friendly and very attentive. It's a beautiful building; quiet on our winter Sunday night, so slightly lacking in buzz at the bar but I'm sure thats not always the case. Sorry we didnt have time to try out the spa, which looked amazing. We'd definitely recommend it for a short break and with the village station reopening to heritage steam trains this Easter, for the first time in 58 years, its' an idyllic English destination oozing with character. Thanks Judith!

Don’t expect

Mr & Mrs Smith promised walk-in showers and a standalone bath but we got neither – the bath room was nice, clean but a bit corporate and not at all romantic. Check with reservations if thats an issue – maybe it was just our room type.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Jan 2018

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