Deep in the heart of the British Cotswolds, this charming property is ideal for a weekend stay with family or friends. It was my first stopover on a press trip to Britain. We arrived at London Heathrow and drove down some four hours to this blissful estate, light rain adding a touch of romance to the countryside drive.
The gates opened, revealing an impressive bungalow set amid acres of green.
There were 9 of us, and each was assigned an individual bedroom. Cosy, comfortable and classy.
After a warm shower, we met downstairs in the beautiful dining hall, where the hosts had laid out a refreshing spread.
Washed down with a naughtily named drink of “Sloegasm” made from a berry-like fruit called sloe, it prepared us for a restful night.
I opened my door at dawn and one of my life’s most unforgettable sunrises greeted me. The kind that defies description and refuses to be captured by a mere camera lens. A powder blue sky slowly blushing peach-pink against a backdrop of hills, and the excited chirrup of early birds making music.
I so wish we could have stayed longer. The Lodge has 27 acres of private woodland walks and the historic Sudeley Castle and village of Winchcombe are on your doorstep.
The Lodge describes itself as a boutique-style hotel, without being a hotel – which is exclusively yours for the whole of your stay – whether it be for a shooting party; a trip to Cheltenham races; a short holiday or maybe to host a special occasion. It really is all of that: boutiquey, exclusive, and yours. The food is excellent, with ingredients sourced from the estate gardens.
The Lodge has 11 bedrooms, four individual reception rooms and fully stocked bars to make your stay a pleasant and relaxing experience.
Unwind, relax or celebrate… The Lodge has the space to adapt to your occasion. On the first floor, the bar opens out onto a patio overlooking the surrounding Cotswold countryside… stunning on a summer’s day.
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