Cotswolds, United Kingdom


Rates from (ex tax)$280.38

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.

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Elegant epicurean estate


Model village

A cosy local pub, and serenely grazing livestock: Thyme boutique hotel – 17th-century cottages and refined rooms dotted throughout Southrop Manor’s 150-acre estate – encapsulates a William Blake-penned vision that’s lured London’s fashion set (a certain supermodel proved its pull by holding her nuptials nearby). With an on-site farm and fruitful kitchen garden, the hotel’s cookery school is revered among foodies, too.

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A half-bottle of local Poulton Hill English sparkling wine in your room


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Need to know


13, including three Cottage Suites and two stand-alone cottages.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in: 4pm.


Double rooms from $280.38 (£225), 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 (GBP270.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a hearty Continental breakfast (home-made granola, sourdough and preserves, seasonal compote and fresh fruit) and two hot dishes (locally cured ham or fish, coop-fresh eggs and garden-harvested veggies).


Celeb gardener Bunny Guinness’s Olive Garden is a lovely lounging spot too.

Hotel closed

For 10 days after the first Monday of the year.

At the hotel

Cookery school, farm, petanque pitch, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV and DVD player, free bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and a selection of teas, Miller Harris bath products. The Dairy suite, and Tallet and Old Walls cottages have a wood-burning stove.

Our favourite rooms

Set under beamed eaves, Nepeta is decorated in an earthy palette; it's dotted with antiques from Tetbury, but in such a way that it feels like you could be settled in amid your own collection. In the ensuite, you can play chess in the bath tub, and the shower's skylight lets you stargaze while you scrub. The Cottage Suite Doubles have charming traditional trappings – beamed ceilings, stylish chintzes and cuttings from Thyme’s flower garden – and mod comforts. Pick the Dairy suite to get cosy by a log-burner. If you desire rustic seclusion, check in to Tallet, a pretty stone cottage with a log burner to warm winter nights and an alfresco dining area for sunny afternoons.

Packing tips

Wellies and a casual ensemble for rambles through the farm. Clear a little space in your suitcase for Thyme’s generous home-made treats, including little bottles of elderflower cordial or jars of jam.


Masseurs, nail techs and hairdressers can be summoned to your suite with 48 hours’ notice.


The hotel doesn't take any dogs – sorry, furry friends. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.


Over-12s only in the hotel; they'll need a separate room too. Younger children can only stay in Old Walls cottage. The Swan has a special 'cygnets' menu and staff will warm baby food. Babysitting (£8–10 an hour, plus a £7–12 booking fee) is available.


With few exceptions, everything on your plate is grown or farmed on site. Thyme has a two-acre kitchen garden for herbs and vegetables; eggs come from the resident hens, quail and geese, and lambs and pigs are reared in the grounds. The hotel recycles and composts waste, heating comes from a wood-pellet-fuelled boiler or a ground-source heat pump (in the Tithe Barn and cookery school).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

In the Swan, we like either the round table by the stone fire, or a window nook. The outdoor picnic tables offer a convivial atmosphere come summer.

Dress Code

Town to country.

Hotel restaurant

Despite an influx of A-listers, the Swan at Southrop has stayed true to its country-pub roots, championing localism (ingredients’ ancestry is traced on the menu) and dishing up hearty portions. Chef Matthew Wardman rewrites the menu each week – sometimes daily – but dishes are mostly mod Brit (gourmet Scotch eggs, Cornish hake), with a little Italian and French influence (cep mushroom risotto with Chianti, Fowey mussels with white wine). Sunday lunch remains sacrosanct: slabs of sirloin and estate-reared lamb are served with traditional trimmings, but be sure to nab a table ahead of time. Breakfast is served in the Tithe Barn.

Hotel bar

The Baa (see what they did there…) has a cocktail list with culinary clout: damsons from the garden are muddled into the cosmopolitan, home-made marmalade is swirled into Moscow mules and garden herbs are sprinkled into whisky sours. Brit spirits and fine wines from home and abroad are served too. By day, pop in for a coffee, tea or herbal infusion, and try the excellent home-made cakes: honey and quince cake (made with home-grown ingredients), blueberry and lavender friands, and clementine and polenta cake. The Swan has real ale on tap, picks from the local micro-breweries and a 100-bin wine list.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am–10am. In the Swan, lunch runs from 12 noon–2.30pm, dinner from 6pm–11pm. The Baa runs dry around 11.30pm. The Swan is open for lunch (12.30pm–2pm) and dinner (6pm–11pm) every day except Sunday, when lunch is served.

Room service

Breakfast baskets with eggs from the hotel’s hens, home-made bread and preserves, and milk and butter can be delivered to Old Walls cottage.


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Thyme Southrop Manor Estate
United Kingdom


Bristol Airport, where flights arrive from major European destinations and North Africa, is a 90-minute drive away on the M4. International hub Heathrow, around 90 miles east, is a 90-minute drive; London Gatwick is around two hours by car. The hotel can arrange transfers from London airports from £150 for a one-way trip.


Swindon station, a 40-minute drive away, is the closest. Direct trains arrive in around an hour from London Paddington, Cardiff, Bristol, and Oxford. One-way transfers are available from £40, and chauffeur-driven Mercedes are available on request.


Thyme can easily be reached via the M40 and A40, or the M4 and A420. If driving from London, it's possible to stop off at Oxford along the way, via the A40. At Burford, turn onto the A361 to Lechdale; Southrop’s four-and-a-half miles down the road. On-site parking is free.


Chopper in to get a bird’s-eye view of the Cotswolds and make quite the entrance. A £150 landing fee is required and helicopter operators need to contact the hotel and RAF Brize Norton in advance.

Worth getting out of bed for

Southrop’s estate has topiary-studded gardens, wildflower-strewn meadows and a farm. Pull on your wellies and start walking, stopping to greet the resident pigs, sheep, geese, pheasants and hens. Then stroll by the River Leach – in early summer, you may see swans with their cygnets. Learn how to forage; cook a globetrotting range of dishes; and perfect your breads, pasta and pastries at Thyme’s superb cookery school. Classes are two-to-six hours in length, priced from £145 to £225 (for full-day classes). Pop to Cirencester (about an hour's drive away) on Friday to catch the weekly market and pick up some local produce to take home.

Artist William Morris's country escape Kelmscott Manor (+44 (0)1367 252486) is a 20-minute drive away. The house is filled with the artist's personal effects and lavish furnishings from the manor's co-owner, Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. From April to August royals and enthusiasts hoof it to the fixtures at Beaufort and Cirencester Park polo clubs. Wills, Kate and Harry have been known to attend matches, and if you’re a dab hand with a mallet, temporary membership for 15 chukkas is £250 at Beaufort, and one-to-one tuition or two-day intensive courses are offered at Cirencester. Give the hotel two days’ notice and they can fill a picnic basket with sandwiches, cakes and other goodies to take with you.

Unesco world-heritage site Blenheim Palace (+44 (0)800 8496500), the 18th-century home of the first Duke of Marlborough and Churchill’s birthplace, is a sprawling colonnaded confection of a residence atop Capability Browns’ grounds. Marvel at the palace’s grandeur, then pop into the butterfly house and solve the hedge maze. Touring the Cotswolds’ teeny villages is a must: their quintessentially British charm is rendered in golden-hued stone, intertwined with flowers, petite shops and country pubs. Bibury is perhaps the area’s most famous for good looks, Bourton-on-the-Water is known as the Little Venice of the Cotswolds, Broadway lies in a vale of the Worcestershire Hills, and Chippings Camden, Norton and Sodbury are home to gilded historic marvels.

Local restaurants

A mere waddle away, the Swan’s cosy ambience will draw you back until you’re on first-name terms with the clientele. However, the Cotswolds prides itself on grass-fed meats and buttercream-slathered cakes, and we recommend taking your taste buds on a tour. Northleach is a 25-minute drive away; set in this pretty village is The Wheatsheaf Inn (+44 (0)1451 860244), a fellow Smith stay with serious gastro cred. Dishes such as wood-pigeon saltimbocca and ox cheek, and oyster pie showcase excellent Brit produce in tasty style. A 20-minute drive away, by Burford, on the banks of the River Windrush sits The Swan at Swinbrook (+44 (0)1993 823339); the menu is staunchly local, with 28-day-aged beef from Hereford's University Farm and high-quality meats from supplier Aubrey Allen. 

Local cafés

Arrive early to sample the delights of thronged bistro and deli Made by Bob (+44 (0)1285 641818) in Cirencester. Their style is decadent simplicity: truffle-sprinkled linguine, red onion and taleggio tartlets and mussels in a saffron-infused cream are our picks from the tempting menu. Visit in the morning for freshly baked pastries and brunching treats. A 15-minute drive from the hotel, the Burford Café (+44 (0)1993 823117) dishes up seasonal local ingredients (Todenham Manor ham Upton Smokery mackerel, Hobbs House sourdough and picks from Burford's fisheries) in tasty light lunches, soups and salads. Their afternoon tea is sinfully creamy too. Daylesford Organic Farm (+44 (0)1608 731700), roughly a 40-minute drive away,  has a healthful menu of cold-pressed juices, broths and superfood-enriched salads, but – let's be honest – fat brownies, freshly baked scones and in-house cheeses are what you're really here for.

Local bars

A 30-minute drive from the hotel lies The Kingham Plough (+44 (0)1608 658327), on entering this pub you’ll encounter a vintage piano and a life-size model of a pig by the fireplace. Ooti the pub dog might even pop by to say hello. Pull up a stool and order a pint of the draught local ale accompanied by a famed handmade pork pie. Quizzes take place on Sundays, or entertainment is provided by the aforementioned piano.   


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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 elegant country estate in the Cotswolds and tested their new-found culinary skills, a full account of their luxury country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Thyme…

You immediately sense that the staff at Thyme put a great deal of effort into providing the serene simplicity of a rustic break for guests. Rigorous tending of the kitchen garden, sourcing the tastiest rare-breed livestock and furious cake-making (owner Caryn’s baking prowess is flaunted duly), are seamlessly carried on behind the scenes while guests ramble, take afternoon tea in petite local cafés and luxuriate in pastoral splendour. However, the hotel’s culinary flair and home-grown produce attracts industrious foodies too: the cookery school has a resident crustacean expert and ethnobotanist (forager in layman’s terms), chefs Daryll Taylor and Marjorie Lang walk attendees through all manner of cookery, carving and far-flung cuisines, and it showcases the spoils of the Cotswolds in an edifying setting. Just a short drive from London, Thyme’s charming setting, Southrop Village, has become a refuge for privacy-seeking celebs, but there’s no pretension to starriness: in the hotel and beyond you simply feel like you’re at home. Or, at least, you’ll wish you were.

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 Thyme’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The main house, our room and the food in the pub

Don’t expect

Lively nights. But we were not looking for that at all, so for us was perfect.


Stayed on 4 Feb 2017

We loved

Clean lovely interior


Stayed on 7 Sep 2016

We loved

Decor, very tasteful, perfect. The Swan, which is also owned by the hotel, is very nice, but bar area there could do with a rework. It is a bit too annexed from the restaurant and not at all cosy. But saying that, the restaurant is lovely. Other than that there is plenty to do and see in the area. Get out there, the Cotswold villages are just beautiful.

Don’t expect

Entertainment, although cannot stand noisy places. Feel they should offer maybe at least a pool/maybe Jacuzzi. Understand there are plans for a spa. Did recommend at reception that there should be magazines in bedrooms.


Stayed on 3 Aug 2016

We loved

We loved it all! We got married at Thyme and had a wonderful experience. We stayed before and after the wedding in one of the cottages. It had the most stunning bathroom. Everything about the room was spotless and stylish! The staff were warm and friendly and the breakfast was wonderful. The food at the Swan pub (part of the Thyme estate) is wonderful.

Don’t expect

Don't expect a lively party scene! Thyme is located in beautiful countryside - so go to rest and relax not party!!


Stayed on 15 Jul 2016

We loved

Lovely setting. Beautiful Cotswold stone houses. Quiet and peaceful

Don’t expect

Much sleep in summer! Our room was unbearably hot despite a fan being provided


Stayed on 9 Jul 2016

We loved

Loved the whole property, beautifully designed. Food was exceptional. Excellent wine and cocktails. Great walks nearby. The Swan pub is connected to Thyme but is a short walk up the road. Wonderful dinners!

Don’t expect

Nightlife. Take a glass of wine and soak in the bath in your room with a good book.


Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

Cocktails in the bar, delicious cake with afternoon tea and a luxurious room. Ask as reception for a map of local walks - beautiful countryside and a nice selection of pubs.

Don’t expect

A raucous night life!


Stayed on 23 Apr 2016

We loved

Everything! We were so spoiled. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and we can't wait to go back once the spa, restaurant and additional rooms are built. The breakfast was so delicious and the attention to detail in our rooms was second to none - hot water bottles and limoncello were a luxurious treat. We really enjoyed our meal at The Swan, superb food, well looked after and a short walk back to the wonderfully comfortable beds. Make sure you purchase some of the lovely homemade jams and chutneys to enjoy at home! 

There's everything you need and more - and just ask the friendly staff and you'll be well looked after! We recommend the Wild Rabbit - a 20 minute drive away - we had the most fantastic meal there. The walk Thyme suggest is perfect and it's great to walk along the Thames. 


Stayed on 2 Mar 2016

We loved

Gorgeous individual room, 'nothing too much trouble' friendly staff, top quality cocktails with botanicals from the garden. It's a lovely spot for a wholesome escape and great walks.

Don’t expect

Nightlife. Top-notch pre-prandials, yes. Martinis into the small hours, no.


Stayed on 13 Feb 2016