The Cotswolds – stretching from Oxfordshire to Warwickshire and touching Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire – are the picture-perfect showcase for England at its loveliest. The area’s a big hit with tourists from home and abroad, all drawn to its palpable history and extraordinary beauty.In late summer and early autumn, village pubs spill out into nearby greens with tables and benches, while the last of the year’s fetes and horticultural shows blend in among the rivers and meadows.
The best hotels, inns and ‘pubs with rooms’ have a glorious sense of old-world charm – and a cutting-edge approach to good food and service. Here are ten of our favourites.The blooming beautifulBarnsley House, near Cirencester
Glorious setting: Barnsley House with its famous gardens, which are maintained by five gardeners who are known to pass on tips to guestsA Horticultural shrine with full-on hotel frills.
This 17th Century manor house was once the home of famed gardener Rosemary Verey and the grounds still follow her classic British planting scheme; the five gardeners who keep it looking artlessly beautiful are known to pass on tips to guests. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next
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There’s also a spa with an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, and two restaurants, the Italian-accented Potanger and the robustly local Village Pub. B&B doubles from £309 (barnsleyhouse.com).The BargainMason Arms, Meysey HamptonIt’s an unusually named village, but it’s a charmer – and has a very nice village pub.
Landlord Paul Fallows is a local boy with a vision. In four years of ownership, he has already built up a collection of awards for his food.While still a hub for villagers, there are eight bedrooms dotted around the building. They are understated but comfortable, with beamed ceilings, wing armchairs and cool white furnishings.
The pub downstairs is more rustic with scrubbed tables, wooden floors and local touches that include coffee roasted in Cirencester and a menu that’s big on British classics. B&B doubles from £90 (sawdays.co.uk).Old School charmerBuckland Manor, Broadway
Buckland Manor, pictured, which opened in the 1980s, was one of Britain’s first posh.