Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire
At a Glance
Rural retreat perfect for families and couples alike
Just three miles from the pretty Cotswold village of Tetbury
Stylish rooms designed with comfort and relaxation in mind
Choose from a fine dining restaurant or delicious traditional fare in The Gumstool gastro pub
A fully staffed creche and playroom plus a wealth of activities for the children ensure mum and dad get a holiday too
Separate swimming pools for adults and children, plus an outdoor hot tub perfect for sipping champagne under the stars
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
This 14-century farmhouse just three miles from Tetbury is a real gem. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, Calcot Manor is the perfect countryside tonic for couples and families alike, with stylish rooms and over 220 acres of meadowland to explore.
Calcot Manor manages the seemingly impossible task of appealing to both families and couples. Parents looking for a rural retreat with activities for the little ones will not be disappointed. In summer the outdoor swimming pool and play facilities allow children to blow off steam and enjoy the sunshine, while The Mez, filled with games consoles, computers and even a small cinema, is a perfect bolthole when the weather is not so clement. For days when mum and dad need a break, there is an Ofsted registered crèche.
There are also ten rooms and suites especially designed for families, located away from the main building in the converted barn. The suites especially are particularly spacious and have separate sleeping areas, while all the family rooms have a baby-listening service and a TV and DVD player for rainy days and quiet evenings. For tiny ones, rooms come equipped with a sterilizer, bottle warmer and changing mat.
For those with romance in mind, the twelve bedrooms in the main building are perfect for couples. Little touches make all the difference and each room has been carefully designed with comfort in mind, from the in-room music systems to big baths and fluffy robes.
Pool-wise there is a choice of three: a spacious outdoor hot spa pool, a larger indoor pool perfect for lengths and a separate pool where the children can splash about to their heart's content. Set in a quiet corner of the hotel, the spa is a haven of relaxation and special spa days and treatment packages are available.
When hunger strikes you have a choice of two restaurants: fine dining in The Conservatory, which serves Mediterranean influenced dishes created from local produce and hearty gastro-fare in The Gumstool Inn, a traditional country pub.
When you have exhausted the facilities at the hotel there is plenty of entertainment to be found locally, not least by exploring the leafy countryside of the Cotswolds. Cycling and walking trails wind around the hotel's grounds and bikes are available free of charge to guests if you have not brought your own. For keen golfers there are two clubs within twenty minutes of the Calcot Manor: Minchinhampton and Cirencester. Indoor go-karting is available close by too. For afternoons of the more relaxed variety, hit the high street in Tetbury to browse the local shops filled with antiques, vintage clothing and handmade jewellery.
Calcot Manor has 35 individually designed rooms. Choose the rooms and suites in the barn if you are staying with the family, of which there are 10 to choose from. Couples will prefer the peace of the rooms in the main building.
Children are incredibly welcome at Calcot Manor and the hotel has a range of facilities to ensure the stay is as fun for the kids as it is relaxing for mum and dad. There are 10 dedicated family rooms and suites in the barn, equipped with a baby-listening service, separate sleeping areas (in the suites) and a TV and DVD player. For little ones, rooms come equipped with sterilizer, bottle warmer and changing mat. The Playzone is an Ofsted-accredited day nursery while The Mez children’s area for over-eights has a range of games and activities on offer. A baby-sitting service is also available. Young children are discouraged from the main restaurant but children's tea is served every day in The Gumstool and is truly excellent.
The Conservatory is the hotel's chic main restaurant with an emphasis on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients with a Mediterranean twist. The Gumstool gastro pub is more relaxed and serves hearty fare. It is particularly cosy in winter when log fires crackle on the hearth, while in summer there is a pretty terrace area. Room service (sandwiches and drinks) are available 24 hours a day.
Three miles of cycle paths wind their way around the property and there are some great country walking trails to be discovered locally. Horse riding is also available and there are outdoor tennis courts. The hotel offers a range of activities for children from cookery classes to painting, tailored to the season.
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Location & directions
Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Calcot Manor is set in a beautiful location South of the Cotswolds.
How to get there
A train from London Paddington takes you to Kemble Station, which is eleven miles from Calcot. The train time is approximately 90-minutes.
London Heathrow is a 90-minute drive from Calcot.
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