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Spring’s a superb time to head for the hills. The changeable British weather won’t be a problem at Cowley Manor hotel in the Cotswolds: if the sun shines, there are acres of undulating English countryside in which to frolic… and if it rains, this boutique bolthole’s billiard room is the perfect place to hide out.
Style Modernised manor house
Setting Rolling Cotswolds countryside
Why this week? From May 3 to September 30, guests will be able to peruse the eight sculptures that are in the running to win the Coutts Cowley Manor Arts Award. Each one has been created by a post-graduate student at the Royal College of Art, and the winning work will become a permanent resident in the manor’s 55-acre grounds. And, you’ll save 15% with our Cowley Manor offer… why not spend your savings on indulgent massages in the stylish spa?
Our favourite bits With cowhide window seats and comical papier-mâché ‘hunting trophies’ hanging from the walls, there’s plenty of cheeky charm on display throughout this otherwise stately country seat.
Mr & Mrs Smith say: ‘The staff are unpretentious; the food is good – the chef wisely serves traditional dishes alongside more contemporary cuisine; and the decor has to be seen to be believed. The most enjoyable moment of our stay was the simple pleasure of sitting out on the terrace with a glass of viognier, just taking in our surroundings. Papier-mâché baboons are fun, lime-green armchairs are eye-catching, but I am just as impressed by what a privilege it is to be one of only a handful of people sharing this majestic property in such a beautiful landscape.’
Read the rest of the anonymous Smith review of Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds, written by Raymond Blanc
You say: ‘I can’t give a more glowing report of Cowley Manor and all they have to offer. We stayed for two nights in a three-floor townhouse, which was decked out in true ’boutique chic’ style. A relaxing soak in the enormous tub with Green & Spring bath oils was a real treat, but that had nothing on the private picnic in the grounds. Get yourself down to Cowley Manor for a luxuriously comfortable spa break in the Cotswolds.’
Kate, BlackSmith, stayed on 12 July 2011
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