Spa; gym; wellies to borrow; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV; Floris bath products; Nespresso coffee machine; tea-making facilities.
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.
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.
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.
Come winter, keep cosy in cashmere. Hunter wellies are essential, whatever the weather.
All public areas of the hotel are wheelchair accessible and the Courtyard Suites are specially adapted for guests with limited mobility.
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 are very welcome here. The hotel has a kids’ club, designated pool times for waterbabies and there are lots of family-friendly activities nearby.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.