By Ann Mealor

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Located right on the high street in quaint and picturesque Chipping Camden stands the elegantly tasteful Cotswold House Hotel.

Looking every inch the aristocrat, this recently refurbished townhouse is the jewel in the crown.

With suitcases in tow, eagerly pushed open the large glass panelled door into the hallway, feeling like guests at a private weekend house party.

The reception area was chic and welcoming, traditional yet modern with comfortable sofas, plumped cushions and Queen Anne chairs.

A sweeping spiral staircase wound its way enticingly up to the first floor.

Our three roomed suite was at street level with a cosy lounge area, huge bathroom and a bedroom with French windows overlooking a pretty enclosed courtyard.

The lounge was a happy mix of the modern and traditional with a large fireplace and a sash window offering views onto the quintessentially English country town.

Our bedroom had a very comfortable bed and large, colourful artwork on the walls. All very impressive, but best of all was the bathroom.

It was huge, magnificent and dominated by an oversized, smooth, egg shaped, free-standing marble bath.



Simply luxurious

White towelling dressing gowns hung from the stone tiled wall and slippers were on a chic glass trolley along with a selection of delicious, scent filled Orla Kiely toiletries.

I have not known a bathroom like it and enjoyed submerging myself in the oval tub each evening.

I always appreciate small in-room treats, and in this case it was the home baked cookies left in the kilner glass jar each morning; the selection of fine infusions and the smart, stainless steel, non-drip tea pot that made the perfect brew.

The small fridge proved useful too, for the jugs of fresh milk I requested for my evening Earl Grey.

All the bedrooms have real character.

Some have hot tubs, fireplaces, wooden beams, sloping ceilings and views over the delightful gardens.

There are plenty of floral filled places to relax in the sun and sip a gin and tonic.

The sumptuous spa at the bottom of the gardens offers an extensive range of treatments using aroma filled Decleor products.

Guests can also pamper themselves in the hydrotherapy pool, the aromatic steam room and relaxation suite.

A trip to the spa is a day out in itself and if the weather’s not good, an ideal me-time retreat.

Cotswold House offers guests two opportunities to dine in the Fig Restaurant with 2 Rosettes for culinary excellence and The Bistro On The Square for more casual fare writes Ann Mealor




We enjoyed breakfast in the graceful Fig restaurant, which has the feel of an old style Orangery with its large French windows opening out onto the cottage style gardens.

The restaurant is decorated in a relaxing pale green and white, with crisp, white table clothes, fresh flowers and beige covers on the chairs.

Prints of various green foliage and plants hang on the walls.

There was a mouth-watering selection of cooked options for breakfast including the traditional full English as well as a vegetarian version.

Both were perfectly cooked and presented.

The continental buffet had everything you would expect from a quality hotel.

This includes pastries, juices, cereals, yoghurts and fresh fruit salad.

We tucked in and our breakfast kept us going for the rest of the day.



Local produce

The kitchen team source as many ingredients as possible from passionate local producers, including cheeses, wholesome fresh breads and quality Cotswold meats.




During our stay we dined in the stylish Bistro On The Square, which had a selection of tapas, sharing platters, bar snacks and daily specials.

We enjoyed truffle tagliatelle; smoked salmon with crème fraiche and caviar; pan fried salmon with sautéed potato and creamed spinach; steak with triple cooked chips; a sweet and subtle fillet of bream with new potatoes, beans, olives and confit tomatoes and a flaky hake fillet with white bean, chorizo, pearl barley and spinach.

Each dish was well presented with delicious flavours.  A highlight was the dessert, apple and rhubarb topped with crispy crumble and a light, lip-licking crème anglaise.

There is an extensive selection of wine and so many gins, you won’t know where to start.

However, to help you on your way there is a gin of the month Boutique Distiller whilst we were there, with fever tree tonic and cucumber.