Cotswolds, United Kingdom

The Painswick

Rates from (ex tax)$176.32

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 (GBP159.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Honey-hued and homey

Setting

Golden Gloucestershire

Honey-hued and historic, The Painswick is ready and waiting to serve up all your idyllic British-countryside dreams. After a refurb that’s preserved the character of this Grade II-listed home, the hotel has its priorities in the right order: hearty food, faultless service and somewhere cosy to retreat to after a hard day in the great outdoors.

Smith Extra

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One house cocktail for each guest

Facilities

Photos The Painswick facilities

Need to know

Rooms

16, including one suite.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $176.32 (£133), 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 (GBP132.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (from £6 for a Continental buffet).

Also

The hotel comes from good Cotswolds stock: its sister properties include Calcot Manor and Barnsley House.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, wellies to borrow, games room with pool table and on-site parking. In rooms: minibars, Nespresso machines, Xbox consoles and Neom bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Those who can’t bear to part with their pooch should book a Small or Medium room within the garden wing, where dogs are made to feel as welcome as you. For cosiness in the form of a roll-top bath and wood burner, go for a Bigger room within the characterful main house. And for all-out indulgence, it has to be George’s Suite, with its huge four-poster, balcony and fireplace.

Spa

There are two treatment rooms offering Elemis facials, massages and wraps, as well as manicures and pedicures.

Packing tips

Waxy jackets to join the Barbour brigade, but leave your wellies at home: the hotel has ones you can borrow.

Pet‐friendly

Pups can come along for an additional £15 a night; a dog cushion and bowl will be provided. Dogs are allowed in the garden-wing rooms and on the terrace, but not in the main house. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.

Children

All ages welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to rooms for children aged 14 and under. Babysitting is available for £8.50 an hour; make sure you book it a day ahead.

Best for

Babies and up.

Activities

Football and frisbee can be played on the lawns, and a pool table, games console and board games are available indoors.

Meals

Children are welcome in the restaurant at all times. Highchairs are provided and staff will be happy to heat up milk and baby food. There’s a simple dedicated menu for kids, featuring pizzas and various things with chips.

Babysitting

Babysitters can be booked a day in advance for £8.50 an hour.

No need to pack

The hotel can provide various baby-friendly accoutrements, including changing mats, bottle-sterilising facilities and toys, as well as DVDs, books and crayons for older children.

Also

Audio devices can be borrowed or guests can book a room above the restaurant and use their own.

Food and Drink

Photos The Painswick food and drink

Top Table

For smorgasbord-style sharing, settle by the hearth. In warmer weather, opt for the table on the small balcony just off the lounge, for the best place to watch the sun set.

Dress Code

Blue and green must never be seen (the dining chairs are blue).

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant has some interesting dishes on offer (lobster and black pudding pie), as well as comforting classics (chicken Kiev, steak frites) – with the chef at the helm clearly a fan of both modern British cooking and a dose of retro dishes for good measure.

Hotel bar

The copper-topped bar has lead windows, which light streams through on sunny days. An impressive selection of spirits is on hand for the bar staff to whip up a seasonally changing cocktail menu, as well as a cocktail of the day.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7am and 10am; lunch is from noon until 2.30pm (3pm at weekends); and dinner is 7pm until 9.30pm. Afternoon tea is on offer between 3pm and 5pm. The bar serves drinks from 11am until 11pm.

Room service

There’s no dedicated room-service menu, but whatever’s being served in the restaurant can be delivered up to your room.

Location

Photos The Painswick location
Address
The Painswick
Kemps Lane
Painswick
GL6 6YB
United Kingdom

Planes

Bristol is the closest airport, an hour away by car from the hotel; transfers can be arranged on request. From London Heathrow, the drive will take just under two hours.

Trains

The nearest train station is Stroud, a 20-minute drive away; free transfers are provided. Great Western runs services here from London Paddington.

Automobiles

The hotel is a 25-minute drive out of Cheltenham. From Junction 13 of the M5, the journey will take 20 minutes. There’s a carpark on-site.

Worth getting out of bed for

Painswick is home to various boutiques selling antiques and cute craft shops, but for bigger stores, head to Bath or Cheltenham, both a short drive from the hotel. There are also endless stately-home-visiting opportunities in the nearby countryside, each with gorgeous grounds: choose from Sudeley Castle, Newark Park, Chavenage House and Frampton Court. Other enjoyable day-trip options include Painswick’s Rococo Gardens and the National Waterways Museum Gloucester.

Local restaurants

Near the village church and its collection of yew trees, The Falcon, in a building that dates back to 1554, serves a tempting array of steaks and pies, as well as dishes such as trout with almond and orange, and rosemary-crusted lamb. For an old-school delight, head to Cardynham House, the former dwelling of a local wool merchant, where you’ll eat bistro-style food on doilie-covered tables beneath original wooden beams. The Village Pub, opposite Barnsley House near Cirencester, serves gastropub classics using cuts from the Paddock Farm down the road.

 

Local cafés

Admire the art as well as the baked goods at the Patchwork Mouse café on New Street in Painswick, where local artists showcase their talent amid the miniature sandwich cakes.

Reviews

Photos The Painswick reviews
Eva Wiseman

Anonymous review

As we drove up through Painswick, I was pleased to note these weren't the chocolate box Cotswolds of an American fantasy; the darling gift shops and immaculate lawns that come to mind when a wealthy relative speaks of a weekend away.

Though astoundingly beautiful, this area seemed to me beautiful in an altogether rougher way. Its roads untamed, its homes filled by people that actually live there, its pathways steep…or perhaps I was just distracted by the mud. Soon after dropping our bags at the Painswick – a grade-two-listed house built for a wealthy local rector in 1790 that sits grandly on a steep hill, its restaurant perched on the right, a highly wedding-able croquet lawn on the left – we set out for a walk.

There are a range of maps available, guiding guests on walks that range from those suitable for children right the way up to those aimed at people who like to suffer. We chose the second shortest, borrowing wellies from the hall beside the games room, and still we exhausted ourselves.

At more than one point we found ourselves clambering over barbed wire, the spire of a church in the distance our only guide. We missed visiting Painswick Rococo Garden (the country's sole surviving complete rococo garden) and missed the grounds of St Mary's, the parish church where there are 99 yew trees – the devil, legend has it, will steal the 100th yew should it ever be planted. Whoops. But there were diversions across busy roads, through a private tennis club and, my favourite, over a stream in a stranger’s back garden. Be assured though, all this was simply due to my poor map reading rather than the fault of the hotel. At the hotel, detail is everything.

When we returned, coats caked in mud, new muscles developing in our thighs, I collapsed into a bath where a copy of Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie was propped up on the bath tray – the book is based on nearby Slad Valley. Detail.

Waiting in the room for us was a Nespresso machine and a jar of homemade cookies, which made us feel loved. And confident. Confident enough to pop down to the bar and ask for a refill, which we ate in bed.

There are 16 rooms in total, with those in the garden wing slightly more modest, but all have the same quaint little retro stylings. We watched the sun set over the Painswick valley from our window, before getting thirsty.

The bar takes itself very seriously. Situated beside a lounge with open fire, it is small with theatrical pretensions – it crouches under a coffered ceiling, dimly lit and glamorous. Ordering a Martini involved a pointed sort-of-quiz about vermouth which was fairly stressful, and – if I’m going to be horribly honest – the wall art made me queasy with its enforced ‘funkiness’. Above the sofa is a giant white frame, inside it the words: THE EARTH WITHOUT ‘ART’ IS JUST ‘EH’. I had to move seats.

We found ourselves back in the games room, where another family were lucky enough to witness me playing pool for the first time since 1994. But then it was time for dinner, and we trotted down to the restaurant, a dark and elegant wood-panelled room. The food here, overseen by Michelin-starred chef Michael Bedford, is excellent. Those classic British plates you’d expect in a Cotswolds hotel – something clever with lamb, hot little bread rolls, scallops – but done with such care and precision that the couple on the table next to us finished their main courses, then appeared to order the same again.

Breakfast the next morning was similarly classy, with bloody marys and homemade crumpets, alongside standard British menu options with little welcome twists – I had poached eggs, smashed avocado and dukkah: that nutty Egyptian spice mix beloved of Ottolenghi.

After breakfast I saw the valley for the first time in sunshine. Having felt as though I’d discovered this diamond in the rough, an exquisite hotel buried in mud, I looked down at the timbered post office, pretty lawns and stone cottages and realised, with disappointment, that Painswick is actually one of the most picturesque and idyllic valleys in Britain. Damn.

 

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 Painswick’s Guestbook below.

We loved

All the little touches such as treats in the room, Hunter wellies available to borrow and the excellent service. A stunning hotel with outstanding food – especially the beef wellington! We had a bigger room that was stunning with gorgeous views! Castle Coombe is not far and is the most beautiful little village!

Don’t expect

To have a party scene available. The Painswick is very chilled and the village only had 2 pubs and a cafe. This is a place to relax and enjoy the hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Mar 2018

We loved

The open fires. The amazing cocktail bar tucked away on the first floor. The wonderful young team of staff. The restaurant with a very affordable wine list. Rococo Gardens, a 15 minute walk through the town.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Mar 2018

We loved

The cosy feel, the attractive furnishing, the attention to details, the treats in the room, the wonderful caring staff, the gorgeous food. The Rococo garden is lovely even under a drizzle. The village is full of interesting sites and the countryside around beautiful.

Don’t expect

Noise, fast attitude, a modern/cold look.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jan 2018

We loved

The service from a young but brilliant team, the food, the rooms, the ambience. Lovely outdoor garden space and patio. Two very comfortable lounges. Some rooms are dog friendly, but dogs are not allowed in the public rooms. Would have scored a 10 if our dog could have gone in one of the lounges. 

Don’t expect

This is a restaurant with rooms. Don't expect a swimming pool, spa, fitness rooms or meeting rooms.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Aug 2017

We loved

Relaxed ambience. Excellent dining. Pure radio in the room. The hotel is 30 mins drive from Tetbury which is a lovely old market town.

Don’t expect

Room chosen was described as small but was perfectly adequate for a short stay.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Aug 2017

We loved

The room and products available. Need to ask if people have any disability if they are in the top room – no lift and a lot of stairs. Rococo garden is worth a visit and there are some nice walks roundabout. Easy driving distances to other places.

Don’t expect

A lively village. It's quiet with a small characterful pub and another hotel. Nice tea room but no shops.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Jul 2017

We loved

The decor, the staff, the food.

Don’t expect

A space for a large car.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Jun 2017

We loved

The accommodation and overall facilities. Extra touches in room like afternoon tea, free use of wellies and a variety of local walking notes. Friendly staff. The Royal Oak for excellent quality pub food and friendly atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Hotel restaurant food to match hotel quality.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Jun 2017

We loved

The room, the food, the treatments, the setting and the nice touches.

Don’t expect

Breakfast to be included in the room price...

Rating

Stayed on 28 May 2017

We loved

The location, room and food. And the service was pretty good too!! Lovely walks and picturesque scenery.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Apr 2017

We loved

The service. We had no hot water in our room for one night, but the manager gave us a bottle of champagne and upgraded us for the next two nights. They were very apologetic. We loved the food and the nice touches such as wellies and the pool table.

Don’t expect

A lively time – this place is all about peace and quiet.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Mar 2017

We loved

The surrounding area.

Don’t expect

Not dog-friendly enough, apart from your room your dog is not welcome in any communal areas which is very restrictive. We had to go elsewhere for lunch and drinks that was dog friendly!

Rating

Stayed on 4 Feb 2017

We loved

The restaurant and the food was excellent and the 'down-time' areas are ideal. Cosy fires and lots of comfy seating to sit back and relax in. The bar is a great little space too. There are lots of other lovely Cotswolds villages to drive to and visit - but expect at least a 30 minute drive.

Don’t expect

Lively nights or a lively town. The hotel itself draws the biggest crowd.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Dec 2016

We loved

The whole setting and the food. You don't get the feeling of being in a hotel, that is how nice the Painswick is. The Falcon nearby was pretty good as a local pub.

Don’t expect

Busy city life.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Nov 2016

We loved

The room, the bed, the shower, the continental breakfast.

Don’t expect

...Many vegetarian options at dinner.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Nov 2016

We loved

Everything about the Painswick makes you feel relaxed and totally chilled! Spa treatment - try the hot stones massage one of the best ever experienced! Great food and lovely cosy rooms with everything you could possibly need for a break away. Staff so friendly and welcoming. Visit the Village Pub Barnsley for lunch one day - part of this amazing group of hotels! Roaring fire and fabulous food.

Don’t expect

...To have a choice of parking spaces.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Oct 2016