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Court House Manor, Painswick, Cotswolds
You'll either love or hate the kooky décor and layout of this luxury manor house-slash-B&B. The 16th century building is gorgeous, with honey-hued Cotswold stone and pretty gardens with a lovely cast stone balustrade, although there isn't such a smooth flow between the historical building and the interiors. Within, you'll find a warren of rooms with soft velvet sofas, gilded mirrors and leather upholstery with glitzy chandeliers. It serves as both a B&B and a private property for exclusive hire. The facilities vary enormously between the B&B offering (access to the rooms and living area only) and the exclusive hire, when the whole building morphs into a private home, complete with dining room, lounges, games room, swimming pool and gym.
You'll love the excellent, central location. It's tucked away behind the town church in its own grounds, offering plenty of privacy, and the nearby Rococo Garden is beautiful.
The hotel is in central Painswick, perfectly placed for exploring the charming streets.
By car: The hotel is 2 hours 45 minutes from London and around 1 hour from Bristol. There is free on-site parking.
By train: London Paddington to Stroud takes just over an hour and a half. The station is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel mostly attracts couples seeking a quiet Cotswold haven. The design and ambience of gardens is delightful, with their gorgeous cast stone balustrade in Cotswold stone - without a doubt the highlight of the hotel.
Service & Facilities
The laidback atmosphere and friendly staff make you feel at home.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Othello is cute and cosy, tucked away on the second floor overlooking the Painswick Valley, with blue and white Chinoiserie wallpaper and rustic ceiling beams. The original features of the building have been preserved in some of the rooms, including wooden ceiling beams and wrought-iron windows.
Double, Deluxe Double, Luxury Double, Luxury King, The Barn
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Staff wear different hats - you'll find them in the kitchen and serving at tables at mealtimes, and dealing with paperwork at check-in and check-out time. The starter of baked camembert served with warm baguette teased our tastebuds and hit the spot.
Kensington Bar & Restaurant: Bistro dining, dishes include grilled chicken breast and pea and parmesan risotto. Mains from £13.50.