Cotswolds, United Kingdom

The Slaughters Manor House

Rates from (inc tax)$211.55

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 (21GBP), 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.

Smith Extra

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A half-bottle of house champagne in your room on arrival, and late check-out (12 noon)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

19, including nine suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $211.55 (£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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include full English breakfast and a 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.

At the hotel

Five acres of landscaped gardens, croquet lawn, tennis court, DVD library. In rooms, Vi-Spring mattresses, TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, free WiFi, free bottled water and Sipsmith gin, fresh fruit.

Our favourite rooms

For an extravagant weekend of romance, book one of the ground-floor Garden rooms in the Coach House: Valentine Strong 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. Deluxe and Master rooms on the second floor of the main house have wonderful views of the village; Mrs Smiths will love Longborough – it has 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

It's is a good choice for getaways en famille, particularly if your children are young. Three sets of rooms can be connected for families. Cots (free) and extra beds (£50 a night, including breakfast) can be provided.

Overview

Lower Slaughter Manor is a good choice for getaways en famille, particularly if your children are young. Three sets of rooms can be connected for families. Cots (free) and extra beds (£75 a night) can be provided.

Best for

Babies and up – children of all ages welcomed.

Recommended rooms

Most rooms take at least one extra bed (£50 a night, including breakfast), or cot (no extra charge). There are three sets of interconnecting rooms in the Coach House. Magnolia has a private garden (with hot tub), and interconnects with Cedar.

Crèche

There isn't a crèche, but the hotel has a list of registered nannies who can look after the children during the day. Parents must book this service themselves, so contact the hotel once you've made a reservation to get the list and book a nanny.

Activities

The garden is large, and there's a tennis court and croquet set. Bikes are available to hire during warmer months, and 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.

Rates

More details

Rates include full English breakfast and a newspaper.

Meals

Children are welcome in Sixteen 58 restaurant, ordering from the à la carte lunch or dinner menus. A children's menu is available in the Drawing Room and for room service orders, and family dining in the Snug can be arranged. Staff will heat up bottles and baby food. 24-hour room service is also on offer.

 

Babysitting

Ask at reception for details of an approved babysitting company, which the guest must book direct. It costs around £10 an hour.

No need to pack

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

Also

Every room has a TV and DVD player, and there are child-friendly DVDs to borrow.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

The bright, orangery-esque restaurant – with chef Nik Chappell at the helm – serves local, seasonal delights. The sommelier has amassed an impressive cellar of vintage champagnes and prestige wines.

At the 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.

Last orders

9.30pm in the restaurant.

Room service

During restaurant hours you can order from the Sixteen58 menu, out of those hours classic room service favourites are available, such as sandwiches and soup.

Location

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Address
The Slaughters Manor House
Lower Slaughter
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

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(www.cheltenhamfestivals.co.uk). Horseracing fans will know that the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup is held at the nearby racecourse (www.cheltenham.thejockeyclub.co.uk), 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 (www.gvcv.org.uk).

Local 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 (+44 (0)1451 820243). At the Royalist hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold, 947AD (+44 (0)1451 830670) has a menu that reads like a mediaeval banquet of meat, fish and game, including ox cheeks, mackerel and guinea fowl. Next door, its gastropub Eagle and Child (+44 (0)1451 830670) is a popular lunchtime stop-off, serving British favourites cooked with flair – we love the steak, kidney and thyme suet pudding. Booking is advisable at both on busy weekends. In Chipping Campden, have a pre-dinner champagne cocktail at the bar in Hick’s Brasserie at Cotswold House hotel, before moving into Juliana’s Restaurant to enjoy its excellent Modern British and Mediterranean menu (+44 (0)1386 840330).

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

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

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

We loved

Our room and the setting. Eight out of 10.

Don’t expect

I felt the restaurant waiters had a snotty attitude – they actually turned the lights off in the restaurant whilst we were still eating dessert.

Rating

Stayed on 24 May 2015

We loved

The food was very well prepared and presented. The room was very comfortable, although the decor was a bit tired.

Don’t expect

Any spa facilities or a pool.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Feb 2015

We loved

The room was fantastic, my partner loved the hot tub. The service was excellent. Food was fantastic.

Don’t expect

Temperature in restaurant a bit cold also didn't have a particularly good table sat round the side when we were in the most expensive room.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Feb 2015

We loved

It was a very relaxing few days we had with friends. The rooms were fantastic - really great size and all the facilities in the room were excellent. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

There is only one restaurant choice and, although the food was excellent - it was a little formal for us when we had just all arrived and were looking for an easy (but good lunch). There is a great pub across the village that is part of the same company and the food was very good there but it is very, very popular and hard to get a table.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Dec 2014

We loved

The village surrounds, public areas of the hotel, and how quiet it is.

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Stayed on 27 Dec 2014

We loved

I loved the food, service, friendly experienced and helpful staff very good location.

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Stayed on 19 Dec 2014

We loved

The feeling of staying in a large country family house. The level of care and service. Both these elements provided the background for a much needed night away with my beloved. The service was just the right tone of courteousness and friendliness nothing was too much trouble. Lovely food and lovely surrounds would love to go again for longer.

Don’t expect

Little things like hoovers out appealed to me as it made me feel I was in a home and one of my old cleaners who always left something somewhere as if to prove she had done the cleaning! But could see it would irritate some people who were looking for absolute 5-star perfection.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Nov 2014

We loved

The staff were incredibly friendly, and the extras they provided made the weekend feel very special. The food at the restaurant was excellent too.

Don’t expect

There were a few small things that could have been done to make the hotel experience a little more 'high-class/decadent' (not that that is what they are necessarily going for); examples such as tidying away from public view cleaning equipment and used plates from room service, but these are just small things, they didn't bother us.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Oct 2014

We loved

Beautiful setting, friendly staff, and good food.

Don’t expect

Rooms got a little warm at night so needed windows open.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Oct 2014

We loved

So much style and the staff were ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

The food was well prsented but not good value for money.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Oct 2014

We loved

Relaxing and comfortable. Nine out of 10.

Don’t expect

Breakfast staff were not as professional as the other staff.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Oct 2014

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