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Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Cotswolds
This is a treat of a country house hotel, with an outstanding fine dining restaurant (it was awarded two Michelin stars in 2019), an exquisite garden and a first-class spa. It has obvious appeal to foodies and garden enthusiasts, and regulars also head here for the peace and grown-up atmosphere. Expect sunny terraces and long lawns; crackling fires and flamboyant flower arrangements. Whatley Manor has become one of the region's top luxury hotels - but be prepared for the prices to match.
Set by rolling fields, on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds near Malmesbury, you'll enter Whatley Manor through a walled courtyard which conjures the sense of stepping into another world.
Sitting in 12-acres of countryside, Whatley Manor is a short drive from the B4040 and close to the picturesque village of Easton Grey.
By car: The hotel is around two hours' drive from London or 45 minutes from Bristol. There is free parking for guests. After arriving on the B4040, travel for around one mile before turning into the Whatley Manor driveway.
By train: London Paddington to Chippenham takes 1 hour 10 mins. A taxi transfer from the station takes 25 minutes. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
This handsome honey-stone farmhouse is a grown-up hotel for those wanting to recharge. There are terrific views over the garden from the big mullion windows in the sitting room.
Service & Facilities
There's a passionate commitment to sustainability, from a water bore hole and bat boxes in the grounds to the use of home-grown organic produce in the kitchen.
- Two Michelin Star restaurant
- Sun terrace
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- Room service
- Dog-friendly rooms
- No under-12s
There's a pleasing mix of antiques and modern pieces in the suites. The Grand Suite, expansively set under the eaves on the second floor, is our favourite room.
Classic Rooms, Superior Rooms, Junior Suites, Suites, Deluxe Suites, The Grand Suite
Facilities include: king-size bed, ensuite bathroom with heated floors, Molton Brown toiletries, homemade biscuits, elderflower cordial, still and sparkling mineral water, coffee and tea-making facilities, free Wi-Fi, Chromecast TV
Food & Drink
As part of the foodie experience of The Dining Room one of the starters is served in the kitchen, where guests can chat to the chefs at work. Head chef Niall Keating's signature dish is smooth-textured black Tortellini, a dumpling with squid ink and black garlic vinegar.
The Dining Room: two Michelin stars, tasting menus, inventive European cuisine. Open for dinner from Thursday to Sunday, 6.30-9.30pm. From £130pp.
Grey's Brasserie: informal atmosphere, contemporary menu. Open for dinner Monday-Sunday, 6-9.30pm, and lunch Saturday and Sunday 12-2.30pm. Mains from £21.
The Green Room: private dining for 16-30 guests. Open kitchen. Lunch and dinner Sunday-Thursday, dinner only Friday and Saturday. Book in advance.