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Set in the idyllic Gloucestershire village of Chipping Campden, Cotswold House Hotel & Spa ticks an impressive number of boxes on the RT scorecard of ‘Romantic Hotel Must-Haves’. From its globally celebrated rural location, top in-room features, intimate spa, decadent dining and extravagant wedding services – this is a property that reads as, and very nearly delivers, the perfect romantic experience.
From London couples escaping the city for the weekend, to those celebrating an anniversary, or travelling from abroad in search of the quintessential English experience, Cotswold House fulfils it all. Located amongst stunning rural scenery, couples can enjoy many of the UK’s most romantic walks and a plethora of beautiful local landmarks for the full Cotswolds experience.
Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon, is also just 20 minutes away making Cotswold House a great birthday treat for lovers of the bard, such as myself - partners, take note! And nothing says Classic English Romance more than a night out at the theatre watching a timeless Shakespearean love story.
Considering the world–class credentials of a Cotswold location, it is notable that the rooms of Cotswold House – each of which are perfectly unique - steal the show and make the property really stand out when it comes to romantic getaways. Jason and I stayed in one the Junior Suites, which greeted us with a roaring open fire (tick), a beautiful balcony (tick), gorgeous garden views (tick), and an enormous en-suite bathroom with an elegant bathtub made for two (tick).
We were also lucky enough to also get a sneak peek inside a couple of the other ever-popular suites. The Hot-Tub Suites are deserved favourites and closer to an intimate cottage experience than a hotel room, with pathway access to the front door, unexpectedly spacious private gardens, and everything couples could want from an outdoor Hot-Tub in the UK; a secretly sheltered, warm cocoon that was perfect for stargazing after dark. Running a close second in the romance ratings, the Suites on the ground floor of the hotel revealed decadent, glass-walled bathrooms with bathtubs so large (their ground-floor location is more necessity than design) they’re positively Romanesque in commitment to social sanitation and salacity. For guests seeking romantic extras, the hotel also offers champagne breakfast in bed, personalised picnic hampers and private candlelit dinners for two.
Couples will also love the spa here, offering intimate candlelit massage experiences; perfect for couples in need of rest and relaxation. However, it can also be privately hired for group celebrations, and comes highly recommended for pampering parties, such as for groups planning a hen party or girlie birthday getaway.
You can also count on the attentive staff to share your sentiments about romantic weekend breaks, and the General Manager, Mr. Craig Webb - himself happily married for 15 years - shares his personal romantic philosophy and advice: “Treat each other whenever you can. Too often life takes over, and can all be a bit of a whirlwind, especially when you have children. So make sure you put time aside for each other, and cherish the time to yourselves.” Sound advice that resonates with the property’s successful execution of some the most romantically dedicated rooms in the Cotswolds.