The Lygon Arms – Cotswolds
Hotel Type: Family friendly Cotswolds country retreat with steeped in history and rural charm.
Location: It is located on the high street in the heart of Broadway in the Cotswolds. It is just a two hour train journey from London. Its nearest train station is Evesham Station a 20 minute drive away.
Style: King Charles 1st with a boutique makeover
Rooms: 86 stylish bedrooms and suites.
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is the Courtyard Room, these rooms are huge and lead out onto the courtyard!
Ideal For: Weekends away exploring antique shops and galleries, and long dog walks to a pub lunch.
Swimming: A 13-metre heated indoor pool with a retractable roof for sunny days.
Dining: The Lygon Bar&Grill is their main restaurant and plays tribute to the hotel’s incredible history with large ornate windows, open fireplaces and high ceiling, not to mention historical tributes and artefacts decorated across the walls, each telling a story of the inn that once was. The food is locally sourced and the menu is as expected from a Bar & Grill think steaks, veal cutlets, beef Wellington to Cheese Soufflé. There is also a tranquil courtyard to dine al fresco.
Activities: Browse Broadway’s boutiques or ramble in the Cotswolds in an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are plenty of scenic walks on its doorstep. Head to the spa or their gym. Visit the local attractions such as the Cotswold Farm Park or the Broadway Museum and Art Gallery.
Spa: Described as an oasis of calm in the Cotswolds. The spa features a 13-metre heated indoor pool swimming pool with a retractable roof and a relaxing spa bath. There are male and female saunas, a eucalyptus-scented steam room, single and double treatment rooms. There is also a Nail Studio and Fitness Centre.
Children: Children are extremely welcome here!
Furry Friends: Your four legged friends are very welcome here. Dog friendly rooms will come with a dog bed, treats and dog bowls for food and water. We also have a muddy paws station located in the courtyard, perfect for washing down your four pawed friends after a Cotswold adventure. A supplementary charge of £25 per dog per night applies.
Accessibility: All public areas of the hotel are wheelchair accessible and the Courtyard Suites are specially adapted for guests with limited mobility.
Low Season Price From: £210 per night for the Main House Cosy Single and includes breakfast.
High Season Price From: £260 per night for the Main House Cosy Single and includes breakfast.
Open: All year round!
King Charles 1 was a guest at The Lygon Arms – although we’re fairly sure it didn’t have a Nespresso machine then. And Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor took refuge here, away from the press. A former coaching inn, it’s an atmospheric mix of history, luxury and cosy, standing prominently right in the heart of Broadway – one of our favourite Cotswold villages. Added to over the centuries, it is labyrinthine in design as a result, giving it an old fashioned charm and character. It helps that one of the very friendly team will guide you round so you don’t get lost. Outside there are quiet terraces and a three acre garden – just perfect for winding down. We love the romance to The Lygon Arms and coupled with the extraordinary service, where nothing really is too much trouble, it takes only a few seconds to unwind on arrival.
Beautifully styled with a mix of antique furniture, period features and original artwork on coloured walls, each room or suite is supremely comfortable and welcoming – and you’re promised a good night’s sleep on the handmade Naturalmat mattresses. The en suite bathrooms come with walk in showers, or large baths with a shower, and all are stocked with Floris products. They are spread across the main inn, the courtyard and adjoining cottages and start with the Coach House Cosy Rooms and the Courtyard Cosy Rooms, which are particularly snugly and perfect for a weekend away. The Coach House Classic Rooms and Courtyard Classic Rooms have king size beds or twins and are slightly larger. The Coach House Deluxe Rooms and Coach House Twin Deluxe Rooms are spacious with sitting areas, and the latter having two double beds. Some of the Courtyard Deluxe Rooms can accommodate your pooch and have their own little landscaped terrace, whilst the Cottage Deluxe Rooms are set slightly away from the main building in beautifully restored, traditional Cotswold dwellings. The Suites are great for families, as many come with sofabeds and all of them are really roomy. The Coach House and Courtyard Junior Suites mix old fashioned elegance with modern luxury, with beamed ceilings and walls in many of them. The High Street Junior Suites are two-bedroomed, with a king size bed in one and a rather fabulous four poster in the other. These are all in the Coaching House with direct access to the village high street. We love the wood paneled beds in the Cottage Four Poster Junior Suite, just a short walk away from the main hotel. There are seven large Courtyard Suites opening out onto landscaped terraces, which can interconnect for families. For even more privacy, the Cottage Suite has its very own garden.
It’s hard not to be wowed by the 16th century hall that is the Lygon Bar & Grill. The stuccoed ceiling and paneled walls have seen some illustrious diners in their time. Now, the food is fresh and inventive, with the focus on seasonal and local produce. The breakfasts here are enormous, and will most definitely set you up for the day.
The Lygon Arms is perfectly suited to families, young and old. Extra beds can be provided, and many of the rooms and suites have double sofa beds and can interconnect. During the holidays there are themed afternoon teas and the helpful team here can point you in the right direction for fun days out. The Cotswold Farm Park and Evesham Vales Light Railway are always a winner.
The Cotswolds is one of the UK’s most beautiful areas, and the list of things to do and see is long. The wealth of history can be overwhelming, with Stratford upon Avon just up the road, Sudeley Castle and the villages of Bibury, Burford and Winchcombe with their antique shops and galleries. Explore by bike, or bring your dog and walk some of the hundreds of meandering trails and paths. And right on the doorstep is Broadway Tower, sitting in 50 acres of woods and parkland. However, you might be after something a lot more relaxing, in which case, you will love the Spa. A good sized swimming pool, sauna, steam room and single and double treatment rooms, you’ll leave the Cotswolds feeling refreshed and renewed.