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The Slaughters Manor House, Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds
This gracious honey-stone property looks like a classic Cotswold retreat, but step inside and there's a contemporary vibe. It's a hybrid venue with the relaxing charm of a country house and the zing of a boutique hotel. If you're one for billiards, a slick cocktail bar and beautifully presented British cuisine, this is the place for you. Couples, families and small groups all come for the idyllic setting and famously pretty villages and you can escape the crowds in the five-acre grounds.
Rooms available from £155 per night
For a spectacularly pretty stroll, head to Upper Slaughter village about a mile away, and the celebrated Cotswold village of Stow on the Wold is also a few miles north of the hotel.
Set in the midst of the irresistable Cotswolds countryside, a short drive from Cheltenham.
By car: The Slaughters Manor House is 40 minutes from Oxford, 2 hours from London and around 1 hour from Bristol. Free private parking is available.
By train: Moreton-in-Marsh station is a 20 minute drive from the hotel. Trains run to Oxford (35 minutes) and London Paddington (1 hour 30 mins). thetrainline.com
Style & Character
There are fabulous stucco ceilings in the drawing room and the billiards room of this handsome old manor house. Party people will head for the ritzy cocktail bar, while romantics will make for the snug.
Service & Facilities
The hotel has beautiful landscaped gardens to explore, with clipped topiary and majestic old Redwoods. Dogs may stay in eight of the Coach House bedrooms - but are not allowed in the main house.
- Billiard room
- Cocktail bar
- Five-acre grounds
- Tennis court
- Croquet lawn
- Afternoon tea
- Families welcome
- 24-hour reception
- Free Wi-Fi
- Room service
We love that there's a decanter of sloe gin in all the rooms. Valentine (a Garden Suite) in the Coach House has its own garden and an uber-luxe bathroom with two side-by-side slipper baths.
Classic Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Suites and Garden Suites
Facilities include: En-suite bathroom with L'Occitane toiletries, homemade biscuits, mineral water, slippers and bathrobes, Vispring double bed, free Wi-Fi, TV, telephone
Food & Drink
The tender lamb with black garlic and braised lettuce is delicious, and the summer hampers for picnics in the grounds or beyond are a lovely touch - there's even a children's hamper.
The Restaurant: seasonal menu of local Cotswold produce. Lunch, dinner and afternoon tea Tuesday-Saturday. Two courses £50.
Bar and lounges: British classics, snacks and stylish comfort food. Open from 12.30-9pm Tuesday-Saturday. Large plates from £10.