Cool Places: Romantic Cotswolds

Cool Places: Romantic Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is England as it lives in our imagination, the perfect idyll for a romantic weekend escape...

...And with the help of our friends at www.coolplaces.co.uk, we've come up with a few suggestions of the ultimate places to sleep, eat and see on your amorous weekend break.

Sleep

Burford -houseBurford House Hotel

Just eight rooms to choose from, all different and some with four-posters, in this historic and elegant home-from-home in the heart of Burford. You'll be treated like you're king for a weekend, breakfast in particular is famously wonderful.

99 High Street Burford Oxfordshire OX18 4QA

Cotswold HouseCotswold House

It's hard to fault this Cotswolds stalwart - the service is impeccable in this small boutique hotel. There are only fifteen rooms (including hot tub suites!) making it the perfect place for a romantic escape.

The Square Chipping Campden Gloucestershire GL55 6AN

Cotswolds 88Cotswolds 88

Country house hotel in a picture-perfect village, whose stylish, contemporary rooms and restaurant have a true sense of occasion. The Juniper restaurant is excellent as you would expect form a place that runs its own on-site cookery school.

Kemps Lane Painswick Gloucestershire GL6 6YB

The -wheatsheaf -innThe Wheatsheaf Inn & Hotel

Fabulously chic rooms, some with four-posters, and all with enough gadgets to make you not want to leave, at this gorgeous refurbed pub in a prime location midway between Cheltenham and Chpping Norton.

West End Northleach Gloucestershire GL54 3EZ

Eat 

Cutlers -restaurantCutler's Restaurant at Number Four

The simple menu, understated environment and reliably delicious food allow you to concentrate on each other rather than the occasion at this Stow landmark restaurant.

Fosseway Stow-on-the-Wold Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL54 1JX

Lords -of -the -manorLords of the Manor

There's nothing better than a proper English afternoon tea on the lawn at this higgledy-piggledly Elizabethan house after a gentle walk up the river from Lower Slaughter.  And real lovebirds can throw in a glass of champagne too.

The Lords of the Manor Upper Slaughter Gloucestershire GL54 2JD

The -kingham -ploughThe Kingham Plough

It's a posh pub rather than a traditional candlelit affair, but the food is so yummy, and the village so delightful, that you really have to come here with your loved one if you're in the area.

Kingham Chipping Norton Oxfordshire, OX7 6YD

See

Hidcote -manor -gardensHidecote Manor Gardens

You can't move for pretty gardens in the Cotswolds but this is our favourite, with waterlilies that rival those at Giverny and beautiful borders that will have you queuing at the well-stocked nursery so you can plant your own.

Hidcote Bartrim Near Chipping Campden Gloucestershire GL55 6LR

Broughton -castleBroughton Castle

Awash with glamour and history, it doesn't get much more romantic than playing hide-and-seek among the yew trees here, or exploring the castle, which was a setting for the film Shakespeare in Love.

Broughton Castle Banbury Oxfordshire OX15 5EB

Rollright -stonesRollright Stones

Trying to count the stones with your partner is just one fun activity you can get up to at this spooky stone circle just outside Chipping Norton.

Just off the A44, on the Oxfordshire-Warwickshire border, north of Chipping Norton.

Magazine -cool _places _readyCool Places is a new website devoted to selecting and celebrating the best of UK travel, whether you're booking a last-minute weekend away or looking for ideas for next year's holiday. They cover the UK's best places to stay, from stunningly located campsites to cosy boutique hotels, great gastropubs and restaurants to beachside cafés, and the country's quirkiest independent shops and markets. Check it out, and add your own local favourites.

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