Handsome and utterly charming, this 17th century manor house is the ultimate spot for a weekend escape. Enveloped in a muted palette of cream and dove grey, it’s rustic and refined all at the same time. Just a short drive from Cirencester with smart-as-a-pin gardens designed by the late Rosemary Verey, it’s a quintessentially English idyll at its very best.
The light-filled bedrooms are a masterclass in pared-back elegance with exposed beams and subtle checked fabrics. You’ll feel right at home in no time; the beds are marshmallow-soft, walls are hung with botanical drawings and the windows afford vistas out over the surrounding countryside. Complete with claw-foot tubs and fluffy towels, the bathrooms are enormous and make for the perfect place to unwind after an afternoon romping around the meadows.
Tucked away in the sprawling grounds is the haven of a spa. Crafted from glass and Cotswold stone, it plays host to five whisper-quiet treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge and an outdoor hydrotherapy pool for soaking out your excesses under the stars. The massage menu is tempting to say the least and the nimble-knuckled therapists melt away tension in an instant.
At The Potager restaurant, the focus is on wholesome European dishes and locally-sourced produce - what can’t be foraged from the kitchen garden is brought in from nearby farms. With Graham Grafton at the helm, you’re in good hands and the crab ravioli is an absolute must.
Best room: The split-level stableyard rooms are simply lovely.
Dress code: Tweed aplenty and something a little more elegant for dinner.