Cotswolds, United Kingdom

The Slaughters Manor House

Rates from (ex tax)$207.01

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 (GBP194.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Refined country seat

Setting

Gloucestershire’s prettiest village

In one of the prettiest spots in Gloucestershire, Lower Slaughter Manor hotel scraps the traditional country retreat template by offering all the trimmings and luxury design flourishes that you’d expect in a stylish boutique hotel in the city. (Think rich fabrics, aubergine-and-taupe décor and oversized beds.) Of course, all of this is set in a stately home in the Cotswolds, surrounded by impeccably landscaped gardens, green rolling fields and a charming village.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

19, including nine suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $207.32 (£162), 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 (GBP194.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include full English breakfast and a copy of the Times newspaper.

Also

Book in-room beauty treatments, or get the hotel to arrange boredom-busting activities: they can sort out anything from archery and rock-climbing to murder-mystery evenings, blind 4x4 driving, and duck herding. Yes, you did read that correctly. If you've got little ones, hunker down in the snug with a DVD.

At the hotel

Five acres of landscaped gardens, billiards room, snug, library, lounge, seasonal boules pitch, croquet lawn, tennis court. In rooms, Vi-Spring mattresses, TV, iPod dock, free WiFi, free bottled water and fresh fruit. Suites also have Nespresso coffee machines.

Our favourite rooms

For an extravagant weekend of romance, book one of the ground-floor Garden rooms in the Coach House: Valentine is a decadent suite with a bathroom featuring twin roll-top baths that gives onto a private garden with a hot tub; Magnolia is a huge double with a freestanding bath and private garden with a hot tub. Deluxe rooms and Junior suites on the second floor of the main house have wonderful views of the village; Mrs Smiths will love Longborough – it has feature beams, a freestanding roll-top bath and a separate dressing room.

Packing tips

Slippers, robes and luxury toiletries are all provided. Bring your bathers if you fancy a dip in the hot tub, and activity-proof clothes if you want to try quad-biking, rock-climbing or any of the other more mud-prone outdoors options.

Also

Two-night minimum stay at weekends.

Children

Three sets of rooms can be connected for families. Cots (free), extra beds for under-12s (£50 a night including breakfast) or sofa beds (one under-12, £50 a night including breakfast) can be provided in Deluxe rooms and upwards.

Overview

Slaughters Manor House is a good choice for getaways en famille, particularly if your children are young. Three sets of rooms can be connected for families.

Best for

Babies and up – children of all ages welcomed.

Recommended rooms

Deluxe rooms and upwards take at least one extra bed for under-12s (£50 a night including breakfast), or cot (no extra charge). There are three sets of interconnecting rooms in the Coach House. Magnolia interconnects with Cedar.

Activities

The garden is large, and there's a tennis court and croquet set.  Staff can point families in the direction of everything from rock climbing to duck herding, as well as attractions such as the model village at Bourton-in-the-Water.

Meals

Children are welcome to dine with their parents in the restaurant at either 6.30pm or 7pm. No children's menu is available, however, the chefs are happy to cater for younger tastes. 

 

Babysitting

Ask at reception for details of an approved babysitting company, which the guest must book direct.

No need to pack

There are high chairs in the restaurant, and Dubarry boots to borrow – just take a pair from the rack by the front door.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

An intimate table for two overlooking the gardens. Our personal favourite is the perfectly placed table three.

Dress Code

It’s not stuffy here, but pack your smartest casuals.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel's bright, orangery-esque restaurant has more than earned its impressive three Rosettes. With chef Nik Chappell at the helm, the menu is an ever-changing treasure trove of local, seasonal delights. The sommelier has amassed an impressive cellar of vintage champagnes and prestige wines, so you won't be short of bottled charms, either.

Hotel bar

Sup Sipsmith spirits amid the brass and leather luxury of the hotel's bar, in the company of fellow guests and in-the-know locals alike. There are over 46 different types of gin, so come armed with your tastebuds (and possibly a hangover cure…)

Last orders

9pm in the restaurant during the week, and 9.30pm at weekends.

Room service

There's a classic room service menu featuring salads, sandwiches and soup, available from 7.30am–9.30pm/

Location

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Address
The Slaughters Manor House
Lower Slaughter
Cotswolds
GL54 2HP
Cotswolds
United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airports are Bristol International and Birmingham. The international hubs in London are a little further – Heathrow's 74 miles away, Gatwick is 138 miles.

Trains

A direct train runs from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh, where you'll need to catch a taxi or bus to Bourton-on-the-Water. The hotel is about a mile further north east.

Automobiles

The M40 will come in handy from both London and the Midlands.

Worth getting out of bed for

At the hotel, peruse the library or knock a few balls around (billards, croquet or boules – take your pick). On Saturday evenings, make sure you're around to hear the professional piano player tinkle the ivories. The Georgian charms of Cheltenham are a few pleasant miles’ drive away. Have a nose around town, or attend an event at one of the festivals: there’s jazz in May, a series of science events in June, music in July and literature in October. Horseracing fans will know that the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup is held at the nearby racecourse, but there are plenty of other race meetings throughout the season. You're also close to Batsford Arboretum and delightful Cotwolds towns including antiques-shop heaven Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. Give something back to the community and take part in dry-stone wall reparations or tree-planting projects organised by local groups.

Local restaurants

Lower Slaughter is a tiny village, so if you want to go out for dinner, you'll need to travel further afield for most restaurants. Set in a honey-coloured rectory in Upper Slaughter, the whisper-quiet, romantic restaurant at Lords of the Manor is known for its on-trend British cuisine. In Cheltenham, we'd recommend the double Michelin starred Le Champignon Sauvage for butter-poached lobster, rabbit loin and an incredible frozen bergamont parfait. If you'd rather stay closer to home, the Slaughters Country Inn – sister property to the hotel – is directly opposite the manor, and serves a gastropub menu of Brit classics. There's a gorgeous garden at the back and, bonus: you can charge everything to your room at the hotel, so you won't even need your wallet.  

Reviews

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Anonymous review

This review of The Slaughters Manor House in Gloucestershire is taken from our guidebook Mr & Mrs Smith: Hotel Collection – UK/Ireland Volume 2.

I had my first afternoon at The Slaughters Manor House in the Cotwolds all worked out: we’d arrive, explore, potter, drink tea – and then I’d let the pampering commence. Except, my in-room facial and pedicure was supposed to start half an hour ago, and we were still stuck in a tailback in the wrong county, with temperatures rising and blood boiling. When we’d set off from home, it had been the kind of glorious, early summer day on which, if you’re not careful, you burn your driving arm on the sunny side. Mr Smith scalded his. ‘Lower Slaughter’ – a name that was already proving strangely apt, thanks to the en-route limb reddening.

A hint of Hammer House of Horror isn’t an obvious element in the name of a boutique-hotel getaway. But thankfully, images of horror-movie carnage are the last thing to spring to mind as you crunch up the 18th-century coach house’s sweeping gravel drive. The imposing country manor, which overlooks a gentle curve in the dreamy River Eye, has got that tranquillity thing down to a T, with its bowling-green perfect lawn, ancestral chestnut and beech trees, and walled gardens dotted with statues, old climbing roses and gnarly fruit trees.

I don’t know why I’d got so hot and bothered about being late; nobody else was. Check-in is a seamless affair and Mr Smith barely gets a chance to dump his suitcase in our room before he’s banished with his book to make way for the pre-booked therapist, who has managed to rearrange her schedule so she can make my pain go away. A few calming, soothing moments later, the garden doors are open, and I’m zoning out with a lavender-and-mint-scented zephyr wafting over me from the walled garden outside. The only thing that breaks my trance is a low, rhythmic grunting sound. Which – quelle horreur – I realise is me. Snoring.

Still, I’m in the perfect position to check out the decor. Lower Slaughter Manor rocks the classic country-house-chic look, but with enough contemporary flourishes to knock any suggestion of fuddy-duddiness on the head. I mentally tick off my list of requirements: luxe drapery in opulent fabrics – yup. Sexy aubergine and taupe colour scheme – check. Enormous, Princess-and-the-Pea-sized bed – can’t miss it. Knock-out bathroom? I think the freestanding claw-foot bath and the wet room have got that covered. All that, and an abundance of scatter cushions. You get the feeling that if you were to fall, you’d never be too far from something soft and squishy to bounce you back up again. Oh yes, I’m feeling to the manor born and, on discovering the complimentary decanter of sherry, come over all Penelope Keith. Mr Smith, on the other hand, is busy eyeing up the enormous flatscreen plasma TV, the free WiFi and iPod-ready stereo. Men really are from Mars.

But the best was yet to come. I don’t know how we missed it but, tucked inside our private, walled garden is a huge hot tub, complete with sparkly lights for added LA-style glamour. It’s a shame I hadn’t known it was there, otherwise I’d have brought my bikini. (Well, a shame for anyone in the room upstairs that happens to glance down upon us as I dive in, sans swimwear.)

All pampered and hot-tubbed, I’m sorely in need of a pre-dinner reviver. With no main bar, drinks are served in lounges, all stuffed full with antique furniture, gilt-framed paintings and dominated by enormous log fireplaces. It feels like we’ve wandered, unchallenged, into a gentleman’s club in Piccadilly – only without the cigar smoke and old boys.

We sip our aperitifs and pore over the dinner menu which, as well as your old-school favourites (smoked salmon, Châteaubriand, tarte tatin), also has your contemporary classics (Gloucestershire Old Spot, line-caught sea bass). Appetites suitably whetted, we head through to the chocolate-brown dining room, where hushed conversations are punctuated by the chink of crystal goblet and the scrape of chunky silver on fine bone china. It’s the kind of experience that would make any girl feel special. Breakfast is served in the same room. But, come morning, we discover that the daylight has transformed Lower Slaughter’s dining room into an airy, sunny space with engaging views of the gardens, which are a perfect blend of formal and cottage planting.

I’d love to report that we worked off the calories of our full English breakfasts by getting up at dawn for a canter across dewy fields, before fitting in a round of golf at the local 18-hole course. We do at least talk about a spot of tennis. But then we get held up pootling about in Chipping Norton, where we end up eating slabs of home-made chocolate cake and people-watching outside the charming, independent Jaffe and Neale bookshop and café. The combination of sedate pace, country air and obscene amounts of carbohydrate has rendered us good for not much other than sighing happily and eating more cake.

We meander back through the kind of green and pleasant picture-perfect scenes that calendar salesmen make fortunes from. Enamoured of the country life, I even sneak a look in a few local estate agents’ windows and innocently mention to self-confessed, die-hard townie Mr Smith that, if the Young Farmers need any (not-so-young) recruits, I’d like to be considered. If it hadn’t been such an incredibly romantic escape, I think my comment might have earned me the kind of reaction that would make Lower Slaughter live up to its name after all…

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 Slaughters Manor House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Beautiful refurbishment – an interesting mixture of old and new. There is a lovely walk between Upper and Lower Slaughter. Upper Slaughter also has a Michelin-starred restaurant, Lords of the Manor.

Don’t expect

Lots of social activity. Although, there is a town 1 mile away with multiple restaurants/pubs.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Apr 2017

We loved

Room upgrade on arrival. Very friendly staff. Excellent breakfast. Overall better than expected. Go to The Wild Rabbit restaurant - excellent.

Don’t expect

The Inn over the road to be of the same standard. Service in the restaurant there was poor and we felt it was not good value for money. Also Bourton although quaint we found a bit touristy/novelty and very busy, and this was in the spring.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Mar 2017

We loved

The quietness and the attention to your comfort in the room. The restaurant was pricey but worth it. Lovely evening meal! The mill and ford at Upper Slaughter are a pleasant walk and the shops at Bourton on the water are quaint too.

Don’t expect

Lively bustling bars, although we did go off season and enjoyed the tranquility.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Mar 2017

We loved

Everything about the hotel! It was faultless. From booking in until leaving we had the most wonderful stay!

Don’t expect

A party scene in the evening.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Feb 2017

We loved

Everything – the staff could not have been more accommodating and the room and facilities were perfect. Definitely the luxury we needed!

Don’t expect

Noise, activities or a lively night life.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Feb 2017

We loved

Service, breakfast, tranquility

Don’t expect

Raves

Rating

Stayed on 3 Feb 2017

We loved

Our room (junior suite) was absolutely huge, one of the biggest rooms we've stayed in, and we've travelled a lot. The service was excellent from the moment we arrived (personally customised cocktails in the bar were very much appreciated!) and the food was delicious.

Don’t expect

Spa or anything 'pampery' in the hotel itself, although the guestbook in the room did say that they can book someone externally to visit you in your room. The village is small with one (excellent) pub/restaurant, so you'll need a car if you're looking for anything else.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Jan 2017

We loved

The new bar! The hotel is wonderful and the new additions are great. If travelling with kids, we found eating at the sister hotel over the road a little easier and relaxed.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Nov 2016

We loved

Excellent period hotel and gardens. Walk along the footpath to Boughton on Water.

Don’t expect

Lively and noisey!

Rating

Stayed on 15 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything was great.

Don’t expect

...Nothing.

Rating

Stayed on 17 May 2016

We loved

The peaceful atmosphere and elegance of the hotel throughout was much appreciated. Lower Slaughter is very well situated for most other beauty spots and all towns and villages; once you get your internal sat.nav working.

Don’t expect

Hustle and bustle; if that is what you are looking for try London.

Rating

Stayed on 17 May 2016

We loved

The room (Magnolia) was beautiful, lovely grounds, solitude easily available if required

Don’t expect

A young party crowd

Rating

Stayed on 6 Nov 2015

We loved

Lovely old property surrounded by peaceful gardens. Lower Slaughter would have to be one of the most delightful,charming villages in the Cotswolds.

Don’t expect

A modern hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Oct 2015

We loved

Beautiful location in scenic quiet village. Stayed in Lydia, a deluxe room with a king size bed which was very comfortable. Situated in the attic, there were lots of stairs, so not suitable if infirm. Had to ask for promotional half bottle of house champagne, as not in room on arrival. Staff were very pleasant.

Don’t expect

No lift to floors and some rooms situated in attic.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Sep 2015

We loved

The village, the service and the area.

Don’t expect

Great weather.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Sep 2015

We loved

Relaxed yet attentive staff, lunch on the lawn, the food. My vodka martini was exceptionally good.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Aug 2015