Calcot & Spa
We love a country house hotel, and the great thing about Calcot & Spa is that it delivers everything you would expect without standing on ceremony – and doesn't expect you to do so either. So, while it occupies around 200 acres of prime Cotswolds countryside and has 35 beautiful guest rooms filled with all manner of luxury items, you don't have to be on your best behaviour to enjoy it. Plus they positively encourage families, and have all sorts of things for kids to enjoy. We like that – it reminds us that we live in the 21st century while spending the weekend acting up as landed gentry.
The rooms themselves are very stylish indeed – airy, spacious and well equipped, with ultra-comfy beds, satellite TV, fruit and snacks, and bathrooms with powerful modern showers, fluffy robes and tellies, Aromatherapy Associates products and sometimes a freestanding bath too. Twelve adult-only bedrooms are located in the main building, the remainder – including family rooms – can be found in the grounds. The hotel also has a beautiful spa, with a great indoor pool, gym, a steam room and sauna and any number of treatments to enjoy – and lots of packages if you're after a thoroughly pampered weekend away. While you're doing that the kids can enjoy the Playzone (for little ones) or The Mez, which has XBoxes, Playstations and other activities for older ones, while there's also an outdoor pool, bikes and hors speriding on offer for more outdoors types. Celebarting a big Birthday? The Barn is the ideal spot to host a bash; a rustic chic space complete with a pretty courtyard and firepit. Choose from a number of areas catering for a variety of numbers; The Shed seats 16 whist The Loft has a capacity of 150.
At the end of the day there's also an excellent restaurant, The Conservatory, and – a nice touch – a proper in-house pub, The Gumstool, which is cosy and comfy and serves a hearty gastro-pub menu, so you never need leave the womblike confines of Calcot & Spa at all. Unless it's to visit their nearby sister hotels Barnsley House and The Painswick or why not visit their northern cousin Lord Crewe Arms.
Double rooms with breakfast from £199 a night.
Open all year.
Around 3 miles west of Tetbury, the hotel is very easy to reach by car, close to both junction 18 of the M4 and junction 13 of the M5. It's not that difficult to get to by train either: regular trains run from London Paddington to Kemble, which is just 11 miles away. The hotel can organize a cab to pick you up.
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