The Cotswolds is a quite preposterously pretty part of Golden Goose Homme Pas Cher the world at any time of year. There’s an extraordinary number of smart country-house hotels; and the country pubs are the kind you dream of stumbling across, and plenty of them, serving hearty local fare and artisan ale by roaring fires. Stretching across the counties of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Ox Parajumper Svart for dshire and Somerset, the Cotswolds is fairly heaving with A-listers with country retreats – though don’t assume you will see any of them – there is plenty of space to hide between the rolling hills and creamy-stone villages full of fabulous antiques stores and cheese shops.
Where To Stay
Barnsley, Cirencester, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire (01285 740000)
The ultimate English country-house hotel in a classic Cotswolds mansion. Ever since the owners of Calcot Manor swooped in and saved it from glitterball kitsch, Barnsley House has blossomed. The mood is gentle. The interiors have been beautifully renovated (stone fireplaces, wooden floors, lots of mirrors). The sitting rooms are wonderfully snug, and there’s a cinema with Sunday-night screenings. Home-grown vegetables are served in the newly revamped Potager Restaurant. And shining above all else is the spa, which has drystone walls and bunches of herbs hanging from the beams and all treatments use natural, essential-oil-based Aromatherapy Associates products. The grounds are a lovely mix of formal lawns, sun-trap terraces and kitchen gardens, where chickens strut about and you’ll spot the chefs picking fresh vegetables. In the summer, ask about The Temple, where supper is served in the gardens.
Bruern, nr Burford, Oxfordshire( 44 19 9383 0415)
Judy Astor, with the help of some exquisite family antiques and her sister Jocasta Innes, has created holiday cottages by which all other should be measured. There can be few in England that compare in terms of decoration, service, location and charm. There is an indoor pool, and a spa where treatments can be arranged. Weir House sleeps 10 and is immaculate.
Buckland near Broadway, Warwickshire( 44 13 Parajumpers Jacka Online 8685 2626)