Cotswold House Hotel
The Square High Street, Chipping Campden GL55 6AN, England
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Visit Snowshill Manor & Garden
Snowshill Manor is a National Trust property that was owned by an insatiable collector of fascinating items from around the world and stored in this lovely old Cotswold house. The gardens are worth visiting on their own and in the spring sunshine with the quaint, Cotswold stone of the buildings as a backdrop they are especially picturesque.
The house has many small rooms, with sloping floors and tiny windows. The Trust have intentionally retained the darkness of most of the rooms to help preserve the colours in the objects. Some people may not like the gloom but there was sufficient light to view all of the objects which range from a collection of Japanese samurai armour, to old bicycles of the Penny Farthing variety; from spinning wheels to a range of musical instruments. The artefacts are very eclectic and there is bound to be something there to interest everyone.
Because of the somewhat cramped conditions in the house entry is timed at particularly busy periods. There are some volunteer guides who are happy to answer questions and give explanations about the exhibits, the house and its owner, Charles Paget Wade, who died in 1956.
There is a separate restaurant selling locally made foods. For the visitors who might find the walk from the car park up to the manor house somewhat challenging there is a regular buggy facility that can provide the transport.
Entrance fee for the two adults was £17.00. Family tickets are available and you will be offered the chance to purchase annual membership of the National Trust.
Good but not quite great. Form over function?!!
We stayed three nights at the Cotswold House Hotel for our honeymoon and stayed in the "junior Suite " of room 11. First impressions were great - very warm welcome and help with bags (lots of them!) Showed how to use the plasma TV and bathroom.
That last comment probably needs explaining. There were no less than 6 light settings for the bathroom alone, and 8 water jets plus steam in the shower. Oh - and that had 4 different lighting settings alone. We had a bath that a small family could bathe in together and another plasma bedded into the wall.
But.... no shaver socket and no mirror near a power point that my new and fabulous wife could use whilst getting ready (the power socket not the shaving point!!!!) Go figure?!
Great breakfasts and dinner fab. It is bloody expensive food wise so strong advice is to go for a deal with dinner included.
Also make use of the Mr & Mrs Smith membership. You can join online for £10 and then use that to get a free bottle of champagne (that the hotel would charge you £30 for anyway) or go for a cream tea if thats your flavour instead.
Customer service did go a bit downhill but we just took the attitude to pester them until they did do what you want. They are charging 5* prices so frankly they need to - or drop the prices.
Great pubs in the village - eight bells particularly.
Have just returned from a one night stay at the Cotswold House to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We stayed in the Hidcote suite which was cosy with its own garden and hot tub. The gardens are beautiful and there are plenty of places to sit and relax outside. The price of the hotel is very steep particularly as the food and service in the restaurant (Juliana's) is not five star unlike the prices. The food was good but slightly lacking in something which I couldn't put my finger on. The service was friendly but my husband was left several times with an empty wine glass and had to ask for a refill in the end which is not really acceptable as the restaurant was not full. Having said this we enjoyed ourselves and felt relaxed upon our return.
Kid free heaven
Have just returned from a 2 night stay at Cotswold House being the first time we have spent any time away from our 22 month old son and a month and a half before his brother or sister arrives so this was to have been a real treat for us as we were looking for some serious R & R. We were not at all disappointed. The hotel was stunning with obvious attention paid to every detail. The service was impeccable and the food (we ate in the Brasserie and then elsewhere on our second night) was delicious. It certainly lived up to our expectations and we wouldn't hesitate to return if I could persuade the inlaws to babysit again! What I would say that although I am sure they are made welcome if you wanted to bring them, this isn't really a hotel for children and I wouldn't take mine as I think it would be unfair on the other guests. This is really a place for couples to get away from it all and relax
Everything about our stay at this hotel was INCREDIBLE...the service at reception was very charming and helpful..our room was incredible and the food was consistently tasty. Our bed linens were incredibly luxurious and the staff were charming...i am going to send all my friends to this hotel when they come to England
Better value from other Cotswold boutique hotels
Priced in the range of a raft of very good boutique hotels in the Cotswolds, like Barnsely House and Whatley Manor, we had high expectations but came away, on balance, disappointed.
We booked a deluxe room costing £285 per night. Three short-comings became immediately apparent. Firstly, a lack of airconditioning in a very stuffy room on a warm, but not boiling, summer weekend in the Cotswolds made sleep impossible as did the second issue, the noise from the kitchen's extractor fan (we were in room 1). The 3rd complaint was that the room, despite an expectation to the contrary, had a bath but no shower. All of these unacceptable for a room of this price.
Of lesser concern, but worth noting: the room was pretty small and for anyone over 6 foot there may have been issues as the low ceiling encroached; breakfasts were adequate to middling but in no way imaginative which is something you would expect from this price range of hotels; finally the service was a strange mix of friendly, ultimately effective but rather casual (we were never left wanting by it but never felt it highly crisp or efficient, it always seemed like a surpise that we asked for anything but execution was effective).
On the plus side: great cream teas, beautiful gardens and the food, apart from the breakfasts, were good quality both in the brasserie and the main restaurant with great fresh seasonal ingredients and a decent wine list (in the main restaurant).
Overall, for the price, there are places that offer much more in almost all respects in the Cotswolds. One feels they rely a bit too much on their location in Chipping Campden.
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Address: The Square High Street, Chipping Campden GL55 6AN, England