A Cotswolds Stay: Lords of the Manor Hotel and Restaurant

Front entrance, Lords of the Manor

Front entrance, Lords of the Manor

Sometimes you yearn for a bit of luxury in your life.  And if you’re staying in the Cotswolds of England, that bit of luxury — and more — can be found at the award-winning Lords of the Manor Hotel and Restaurant in Gloucestershire known for fine cuisine and lovely English gardens.

Lords of the Manor Hotel & Restaurant, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England

Lords of the Manor Hotel & Restaurant, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England

A former rectory, Lords of the Manor is situated on eight acres in Upper Slaughter, a perfectly charming village near other picturesque towns such as Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.  Named “Country House Hotel of the Year” by Good Hotel Guide, this luxury inn more than lives up to its reputation and Michelin Star rating.

The Welcome

Even if you arrive after dark as we did, you find the kindest of people at the ready to acclimate you to Lords of the Manor and your special room.  As we discovered, almost anything can be had for the asking.

Friendly, helpful, and downright conversational -- the desk clerk at Lords of the Manor

Friendly, helpful, and downright conversational — the desk clerk at Lords of the Manor

On the second morning of our stay, we told the woman at the desk (cheery even after long days extending into night) that wintertime didn’t afford us the opportunity to actually see the place in daylight since we spent our days touring, arriving “home” after dark.

Early morning tour of the grounds at Lords of the Manor

Early morning tour of the grounds at Lords of the Manor

She immediately offered us a map of the walled garden, flashlights for our convenience, and wellies by the door!  Welcome to Lords of the Manor!

Wellies by the door: Lords of the Manor

Wellies by the door: Lords of the Manor

The Accommodations

We can’t speak for all rooms, but our bedroom could be described as luxuriously comfortable.  It was what we expected of English decor — a blend of patterns on curtains and bed linens, creamy walls, good lighting for reading, and more than ample seating.

Crisp linens and plush bedding at Lords of the Manor

Crisp linens and plush bedding at Lords of the Manor

Add to this a writing desk with stationery, in-room wine and cheese that you can order, well-appointed bathroom, and soft-to-the-touch monogrammed bathrobes.  (Well, it is luxury, after all.)

Bert found time to write a postcard and sip some wine in our room at Lords of the Manor.

Bert found time to write a postcard and sip some wine in our room at Lords of the Manor.

Comfort extended to other areas of this anything-but-stuffy manor house. With the option of dining near the fireplace in a well-appointed drawing room, we accepted the offer and felt duly pampered. Staff members, efficient but unobtrusive, prioritized comfort and privacy for guests at Lords of the Manor, even during the bustle of winter holidays.

The Food

Choices abound for breakfast at Lords of the Manor, but we chose the buffet over a made-for-us bounty.  Who could resist in-house granola, preserves, fruits and breads with a presentation that invites you to try at least some of the chef-prepared offerings?

And although we tried one night to have Michelin Star Dining at Lords of the Manor (Click here to see a gallery of pictures), we were too late.  Word to the wise: Make reservations ahead of time.  Frequent travelers and nearby residents recognize quality, so they book in advance.  You may want to do the same.

The Extras

The staff at Lords of the Manor will tell you that there are no extras.  Everything is lovely, and everything is included in your stay.  And they’d be correct.  But by extras, we mean what we don’t normally see at just any bed-and-breakfast or hotel. Like live Christmas trees — numerous ones — in the entrance hallway, common areas, and dining rooms.

Colorful Christmas at Lords of the Manor

Extra special, extra colorful: Christmas at Lords of the Manor

And service beyond compare.  Even with our distinctly Southern accents, the staff understood what we asked for and found it — whether it was a light dinner by the fire or map of the area for early-morning exploration.  Fine service isn’t an extra at Lords of the Manor; it’s business as usual.  And we loved it!

Sitting room: Lords of the Manor

Sitting room: Lords of the Manor

So, if you’re visiting the Cotswolds, consider Lords of the Manor.  Whether your stay in the winter involves cozying up by the drawing room fire or your visit in spring allows you to photograph perennials in the garden, you won’t be disappointed.  It’s a place for all seasons.  And one of the finest spots in the area for English hospitality.

Enjoying a special stay at Lords of the Manor

Enjoying a special stay at Lords of the Manor

For more information:

Lords of the Manor Hotel and Restaurant, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire; www.lordsofthemanor.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LordsOfTheManorHotel

Twitter: @CotswoldLords

 

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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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12 Responses to A Cotswolds Stay: Lords of the Manor Hotel and Restaurant

  1. tappjeanne says:

    Wow – looks beautiful, Rusha, and I especially like their response to you with a map and wellies by the door!

  2. What an incredibly luxurious treat! Love the architecture and that bed looks oh so very comfy!! So wonderful to get such great service with a smile!!

    Peta

    • You’re right about the luxury. For people who usually stay in the Fairfield Inn in the US, we certainly did it up right in the UK! I guess we all need a treat at one time or another, and this is a great place to be treated! Thanks for taking a look.

    • Thanks, Jodi. A friend of ours is a travel agent, and she suggested we stay there. We didn’t know how special it would be — and I’d love a return when the garden is in bloom. Thanks for taking a look!

  3. Pit says:

    P.S.: I must admit that I always prefer a full English breakfast when I’m over there. The buffet can look as scrumptious as can be, it simply has a cooked breakfast for me. Otrherwise I wouldn’t feel like being in England. 😉

    • We love a full breakfast, too, but we had just eaten a HUGE meal at dinnertime. So, the buffet cereals, etc. were perfect. Breakfast comes with everything, if I remember correctly. So you can eat what’s on the buffet and then order! Very cool.

      • Pit says:

        Well, the good dinners plus the English breakfasts are the reason why I always out on weight in England! 😉

  4. Pit says:

    I simply love these wonderfully charming (old) English hotels! I haven’t stayed at the Lords of the manor yet, though. When my wife and I were in the Cotswolds, we only walked past. We stayed at my favourite hotel in the area,Salford Hall in Abbots Salford. What I liked about that hotel when I came there the first time in the 1980s, was that I was staying in the “new” part, dating from … the 15th century! Maybe you’d like a glimpse or two of that place:
    http://tinyurl.com/yar825bw
    http://tinyurl.com/m5kf9gn
    My descriptions are (still) in German only. I hope you don’t mind.

    • Thanks for the links — something I’ll be sure to check out. We love staying in old places, especially if they have updated amenities. But still, anyplace with history holds a fascination for us. Thanks for taking a look and posting a comment with links!

      • Pit says:

        You’re welcome re the links. I need to be careful with those, though. Having inserted too many links in comments may be the reason why I can’t comment in some blogs any more, but am considered a spammer there. With your blog, it’s a question of which browser I use. MS IE works, Firefox doesn’t. So that seems to be a browser issue on my side.
        Whenever possible, I opt for the historic hotels in GB.

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