Two weekends back, the husband and I were lucky enough to have a child-free weekend. Not only that, but we got to enjoy time together and tick a couple of things off my bucket list (going to the Cotswolds was being one of them). I don’t know how I hadn’t explored this part of the world before, it really was lovely.
With it only being a couple of hours away from where we live, it could be a place that you visit all in one day. But we stayed the night in Tewkesbury, just outside of the Cotswolds, at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel. The hotel has an amazing driveway leading up the entrance, with spacious grounds and even a golf course. So driving up to the entrance was a really good impression. It looked stunning at the top of the hill, and it is a really relaxing a peaceful spot.
The hotel itself was refurbished not all that long ago, and it was definitely worth it. The entrance hall (picture above) was just stunning as we walked in, to be checked in. It was a really personal service, with small desks and comfy chairs to sit at, as you are talked through everything you need to know. We were even told about what was going on locally and given a little map of the grounds and of the town. I was very impressed by the attention to detail of it all.
There are two buildings with rooms for guest, and ours was in the main building. It was one of the nicest and most luxurious rooms I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. It was called the King Richard room, and we felt like royalty – it was utterly amazing. I mean, I’ll let the photos do the talking here, but can we just talk about that freestanding bathtub? And yes, that is a TV on the wall in the bathroom. Talk about bathroom goals.
The room came with:
- Free WiFi
- Gorgeous views of the Cotswolds and the acres of land surrounding the hotel
- Complimentary Toiletries
- Coffee Machine
- Dressing Room area
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Smart TV
- Turn Down Service
If you want to relax in real luxury, then this is the place for you.
After a walk down to Tewkesbury Abbey, we went back in time to change and head down to dinner. You can choose to have a three course meal included when you book, or you can pay when you get there for it. The food was amazing, though, with a really varied menu. I sometimes dread eating out at places, being quite a new vegetarian, because I never think there will be much choice for me. But there were several options suitable for a vegetarian.
The food portions were a good size, and the food was really tasty. The service was good and we were regularly checked on to see how things were going. There was complimentary lemon water, which I think is a nice thing for the table.
If you ask my husband, he will tell you how much I love a hotel breakfast! And the Tewkesbury Park breakfast did not disappoint. There was a great range, from a traditional cooked breakfast to a continental option. The layout of the breakfast was really cute too, with a farmer’s market kind of look.
I can’t stop thinking about a berry compote, and yogurt granola that I had though (such a foodie haha). It was so tasty and I may have had two… Again, the staff were all super friendly and helpful. I could’t fault it.
As well as the golf course that I had already mentioned, there is an indoor swimming pool, a fitness suite, and an outdoor hot tub. There are also outdoor games like Jenga and Connect 4, as well as croquet. I’m glad we were able to visit when the weather was good, as there is so much outdoor space to make the most of.
I was so impressed by the hotel, and it was so lovely to stay just the two of us. Though there were a handful of children there, I think the hotel is definitely more of a place for couples or groups of friends, rather than families with younger children. It felt vey luxurious, and we really enjoyed our stay. The service was amazing, the food was great, and I fell in love with the room that we were staying in. I’m not sure if I’d be able to afford the King Richard room again, but it is definitely somewhere I would recommend to others, and book again myself (there are several room options).
Have you ever been to the Cotswolds? Have you been to Tewkesbury? I’d love to hear what you think.
*we stayed as guests of Tewkesbury Park, but all opinions are my own.