Calcot & Spa – The Cotswolds
Hotel Type: A luxurious and stylish countryside manor with a sublime spa.
Location: Located on a 220 acre estate in Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds, just four miles from Tetbury. A 90 minute train or car journey from London.
Style: Contemporary country chic.
Rooms: 35 delightful rooms & suites.
Ideal For: Family time, fresh air, long walks & pub lunches.
Dining: For laid back meal head to The Conservatory to sample the mouth-watering menu using only the freshest ingredients. Otherwise head to The Gumstool their very own Cotswolds inn. Here you can expect classic pub food served with a twist, real ales and excellent wines. Their lovingly-restored 14th century barn is the perfect setting for private dining or fabulous feasts.
Activities: A visit to the spa is a must. For fitness head to the outdoor or indoor gym or the fitness studio with a timetable full of fun classes. Explore the 220 acre backyard on foot or by bike. There are also two tennis courts to challenge your friends or family to a match on. There is also a mini football pitch, disc golf and Pirate play ship. The hotel also works closely with local riding schools.
Spa: A peaceful retreat with an indulgent treatment menu, 16m indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub and spa lounge.
Children: A playground and a play barn, endless activities and mud – all guaranteed to make your brood sleep very soundly
Furry Friends: Well behaved pooches only, in just some of the rooms.
Price from: £334 per room per night B&B.
In its very own rolling estate, Calcot & Spa was once a manor and farm, dating all the way back to the 1300s. But there’s definitely nothing medieval about the design, luxury and service you’ll encounter here now. A little Cotswolds haven of peace for couples and everything parents with children could wish for – every single little detail has been thought of. The interiors are elegant and smart, and outside the neat gardens and rambling estate provide ample space for winding down. The food is divine; there’s a list as long as your arm of things to do, and the Spa is spectacular. This is the place to come for restoring batteries and enjoying time together, and we wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t leave the estate for your entire stay.
Impeccably styled, with seriously comfortable beds and luxuriously large bathrooms, the rooms and suites at Calcot are more interior designed private home than country hotel. No two are the same and we love the mix of vintage and modern furniture and touches – not to mention the homemade shortbrea and mini fridge. The Cosy Rooms make the ideal romantic country getaway, with a queen size bed and everything you need for a few days à deux. Spacious and fabulously styled, with a king size bed, we think you’ll agree that the Comfy Rooms are the kind of place that makes it difficult to explore the rest of the hotel. The Generous Rooms, as the name suggests, are larger still and most definitely made for room service! Much time and thought has been put into the Family Pads, with their adjoining rooms with mini beds or bunks. And you’ll be giving your children serious ideas when you stay in the Generous Family Pads. On two levels, some with their own private garden, they give a new meaning to bath time! The Tetbury, with its two bedrooms, king size four poster is an elegant and sophisticated family bolthole.
The Calcot’s gastronomic reputation has spread far and wide in the Cotswolds. The Conservatory promises exceptional flavours in a relaxed atmosphere, looking out over the estate. Fresh, local and seasonal produce make up the menu and a distinct Mediterranean twist. Whilst at The Gumstool, the hotel’s very own pub, you’ll find exceptionally delicious classic dishes and a very warm welcome. And if you’re celebrating something special, the private dining options are limitless – inside and out.
Calcot doesn’t put it any better – they are not just “child friendly” – they are totally geared up to hosting families and children. From treasure hunts around the 220 acre estate to organised activities in the play barn, to Wii consoles and PlayStations for the older ones, your children won’t know the meaning of boredom. There’s also a crèche, so parents can have some downtime, either over dinner or at the Spa. The Family Pads all come with baby monitors, bottle warmers and sterilisers, making packing for families with small children so much easier, and the restaurant does a high tea at 5.30.
The fabulously appointed Spa deserves at least one visit. With its lengthy list of treatments and therapies, indoor pool, fireside hot tub, sauna and steam room, you’ll not find it hard to switch off. There’s also a well-equipped gym and a full timetable of classes. Head outside for the Calcot’s “Trim Trail”, a 3km run through the grounds; play tennis, cycle, or just explore the 220 acre estate on foot or on a segway. There’s a riding school not far away where lessons can be booked, and just down the road are the spectacular Westonbirt Arboretum and Highgrove gardens. Tetbury, with its antique shops and galleries is perfect for a morning browse and further afield the Cotswolds idyllic countryside and honey coloured villages beckon.