Activities & Days Out / 13 June, 2023 / Leo Bamford
Leonora brings you her guide to the best family places to stay in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire.
I’m lucky enough to spend my time in Gloucestershire, and it’s somewhere that I cherish with the children. They long for the weekends and holidays so they can let loose and run wild. A couple of years ago, I posted on ‘Places To Stay And What To Do With The kids’ and it went down really well. I often get e-mails asking for a more up-to-date list of where to stay, and it’s been on my to-do for ages, but finally, here it is!
I’ve included recommendations for hotels and pubs and a few country lets in here, and I’ve also mixed in a few more grown-up options in case you’re off on a romantic getaway or looking for the perfect babymoon destination. They all have lovely websites, and it’s worth spending some time trawling through them to see what suits you best.
This charming hotel and restaurant is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and indulge in cozy accommodations and delectable locally sourced cuisine. Relax, unwind, and experience the magic of the Cotswolds at The Wild Rabbit.
Soho Farmhouse is not just for adults – it’s also a fantastic family-friendly destination in the Cotswolds. Kids will love the swimming pools, outdoor activities, and farm animals, while parents can relax and enjoy the stylish accommodations and delicious dining options.
The Fox at Oddington is a fantastic destination for those seeking a cozy countryside retreat. With its picturesque location, delicious food, and charming accommodations, it’s a must-visit for any traveler.
Thyme hotel is a luxurious destination set in the heart of the Cotswolds. It boasts stunning accommodations, exquisite dining options, award-winning spa, and picturesque gardens. With a range of activities and events, it’s the perfect place for a memorable getaway.
Southrop Manor Estate,
A lovely low key country house hotel with a beautiful English garden. It’s stylish interiors and delicious restaurants make this a definite visit.
This gorgeous 16th-century coaching inn has been recently renovated and re-opened by local food duo Baz & Fred. It has 15 luxurious ensuite bedrooms and the food is to die for – definitely worth the visit!
The New Inn
Coln St Aldwyns
01285 75 06 51
Barnsley House is the perfect family-friendly destination, offering spacious accommodations, stunning gardens, and various activities for all ages. Kids will love the outdoor play area, while parents can relax at the spa.
The treetop houses and shepherds huts at The Fish Hotel offer a unique and adventurous stay for families in the Cotswolds. With beautiful views and access to the hotel’s amenities, it’s the perfect spot for a family getaway.
Calcot is a wonderful destination located near the gorgeous town of Tetbury. Offering a range of activities for children, including a play zone and family swimming pool, adults can enjoy the spa and delicious dining options.
At The Lakes by yoo, guests can stay in a beautiful lakeside cabin and enjoy a range of activities, including paddleboarding, kayaking, and fishing. The resort also offers a spa, tennis courts, and an indoor pool, making it the perfect family-friendly destination.
Dormy House is a fabulous destination for a luxurious and relaxing getaway. With its beautiful interiors, award-winning spa, and excellent dining options, it’s perfect for those seeking a pampering escape.
The Close Hotel boasts a stunning garden in the charming town of Tetbury, that’s perfect for a peaceful stroll or a relaxing afternoon tea. Coupled with its luxurious accommodations, excellent dining options, and attentive service, it’s a must-visit destination.
01666 502 272
The Painswick is a delightful boutique hotel with stylish interiors, stunning views, and a fantastic restaurant. Its location in the Cotswolds makes it the perfect destination for a relaxing countryside escape.
01452 813 688
The Cotswolds Wheatsheaf is a charming hotel with beautifully decorated bedrooms that offer a comfortable and luxurious stay. Its excellent dining options, including a traditional English pub, make it a must-visit destination in the heart of the Cotswolds.
No. 131 is a great destination for families, with spacious and comfortable accommodations, a children’s menu, and plenty of nearby family-friendly activities. Parents can enjoy a night out at the lively bar while children are looked after by the hotel’s babysitting service.
The Slaughters Inn is a charming destination in the heart of the Cotswolds, offering guests comfortable accommodations, delicious dining options, and a cozy bar. With its picturesque surroundings and close proximity to popular attractions, it’s a must-visit for any traveler.
01451 822 143
Daylesford Cottages offer a peaceful countryside retreat with luxurious accommodations and plenty of family-friendly activities, including farm tours, cooking classes, and wellness workshops. With its stunning surroundings and excellent dining options, it’s the perfect destination for a family getaway in the Cotswolds.
Bruern Holiday Cottages offer spacious and luxurious accommodations, perfect for families looking for a countryside escape. With a range of activities, including a swimming pool, games room, and outdoor playground, children will be kept entertained. Parents can also enjoy the spa treatments and award-winning dining options.
The King’s Head Inn is a charming Cotswolds pub. The inn also offers dog-friendly rooms for those traveling with furry friends.
Sister pub to the Kings Head Inn, the Swan Inn is a cozy destination in the heart of the Cotswolds, offering guests comfortable accommodations, delicious dining options, and a lively bar. With its charming surroundings and proximity to popular attractions and stunning walks, it’s the perfect place to experience all the Cotswolds has to offer.
The Porch House Suite offers luxurious and stylish accommodations in the heart of the Cotswolds. With its cozy fireplace, comfortable furnishings, and modern amenities, it’s the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring the picturesque surroundings.
Stow on the Wold
01451 870 048
The Stump has to be one of the best places to get pizza in the Cotswolds. The 17th-century coaching inn is always buzzing with people and perfect for a family trip. There are also some great rooms to stay in for very affordable prices.
Stow on the Wold
01451 870 048
Located in the heart of Cirencester, this boutique Cotswold hotel is perfect for a weekend get away. The local Farmers’ Market takes place in the market square outside and there are regular craft and antique events in the adjacent Corn Hall.
Kings Head Hotel
24 Market Place
01285 700 900