Looking for a luxurious, relaxing country manor hotel in The Cotswolds? Situated amidst charming English countryside in the village of Upper Slaughter, the stunning 17th century Lords of the Manor Hotel offers the ultimate countryside getaway.
I stayed here for one night while I was filming my Cotswolds Road Trip video, and absolutely loved it. The historic manor house was the ideal place to unwind after a long day driving around filming! This would be a great place to stay for a cosy countryside escape – especially if you fancy a romantic getaway.
My stay was complimentary, but the following Lords of the Manor review is totally honest. I’d happily recommend this as one of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds.
Lords of the Manor Hotel Review
Location: Prime Cotswolds Country
The Cotswolds are synonymous with quintessential English countryside: hedgerows lining the winding roads, rolling farmland, sheep grazing in meadows, and dozens of picturesque villages. And Lords of the Manor Hotel is in the prime spot for enjoying it all.
Upper and Lower Slaughter are two of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, and the short riverside walk between them offers a sublime glimpse of the simple rural beauty of the area. The popular villages of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are both a few minutes drive away, and attractions such as Broadway Tower, Sudeley Castle, and Chastleton House are all within easy reach.
Character: Grand Country Manor Vibes
Dating back to 1649, the honey-coloured manor house stands on 8 acres of landscaped gardens, falling away towards the picturesque River Eye. It’s a beautiful, grandiose building which instantly sets the scene for a luxurious escape with a very English twist – but doesn’t feel stuffy or overly formal.
Instead, there’s an ideal blend of lavish furnishings, antiques, and cosy country charm. There are wellie-boots lined up alongside the well-worn rug in the entry hall, and aged books lining the shelves.
Alongside the bar and restaurant, there are several little sitting rooms and cosy nooks for guests to curl up in an armchair and relax after a long walk.
Dog-friendly, with welcoming staff and an inviting atmosphere of quiet relaxation, Lords of the Manor gets everything just right. It’s grand without being imposing, and despite the size, a stay here still feels intimate.
This is the kind of place where you don’t feel conscious of the mud on your clothes, even though it looks as though the rooms have just been set up for a Good Homes magazine photoshoot. Which is PERFECT when you just want to get away from it all and relax!
Rooms: Cosy Countryside Escapes
I stayed in one of the Rectory Bedrooms in the main house. It was lovely and spacious, with fab views over the lawn at the front of the property. It was so nice to wake up to a late, wintery sunrise over the grounds from the cosy comfort of my massive bed.
Like the rest of the house, the decor in the room was the perfect blend of traditional and modern. Some historic properties have a tendency to feel a bit heavy and over-dramatic, but my room at the Lords of the Manor Hotel felt light and serene.
Little touches – such as antique wooden furnishings and a colourfully embroidered bedspread – nodded to the history of the building, without overdoing it.
What stole the show was the massive standalone tub beside the fireplace in the bathroom. Perfect for a long, lazy bubblebath using the hotel’s sumptuous Damana toiletries.
Food and Drink: Cotswolds Meets France
For me, one of the most important things when it comes to choosing where to stay is the food. Thankfully, I can report that the restaurant at Lords of the Manor hotel is fabulous.
There’s a cosy lounge and bar at one end of the property. Perfect for relaxing with a drink – besides a crackling log fire in winter! Perhaps with a local ale or a glass of Cotswolds Gin.
For dinner, there are two options. Atrium at Lords of the Manor is an award-winning fine-dining restaurant offering a tasting menu. Or, there’s The Dining Room for an à la carte menu in a less formal setting.
This latter is where I had my evening meal – and it was superb. Particularly my decadent – and very British – sticky toffee pudding! Combining traditionally English offerings with French influences, and using local ingredients where possible, the menu is the perfect complement to a countryside escape in the Cotswolds.
Lords of the Manor Hotel
Cheltenham, GL54 2JD
Phone: (+44) 01451 820243