Arriving home from a wonderful week away on the Amalfi Coast would usually leave me left with the holiday blues. Luckily, I had a weekend planned at a beautiful hotel in the Cotswolds up my sleeve to cushion the blow…
Lords of the Manor is a luxury retreat in Upper Slaughter, and you can count it as one of the best hotels in the Cotswolds. It offers the finest accommodation with Michelin star dining and 8 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens.
An escape to the countryside was the perfect antidote after a long week of sightseeing and travelling. With my friend Nia in tow, we arrived at midday just in time for a spot of lunch.
We were greeted with a warm welcome by the friendly Front of House staff and General Manager Michael, before moving into the bar for prosecco and canapés.
Perusing the menu with a glass of bubbly in one hand and Instagramming with the other – it’s a hard life – we toasted to the weekend ahead.
We were shortly seated at our table for lunch, and our waiter brought over a basket of bread for us to share. Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures in life… the salted butter on onion bread was incredible! They could have given us three courses of that and we would have been very happy women.
(Read in the tone of the Masterchef narrator)
With an essential side of mash potato, our second course was delicious. It was the perfect offering after a week of indulging on pizza and pasta – you can’t beat a plate of meat and vegetables!
We continued to catch up on life events and people watched whilst waiting for dessert to arrive.
There was something about the way the food and drink were served and presented to us that made the whole experience more special. I’ve stayed at many hotels in my time but the service here really is impeccable.
We continued our chinwag over a cup of tea in the bar.
Despite just finishing dessert, we couldn’t resist the soft fudge and chocolate mints… or the bed of bitter dark cocoa shavings!
After half an hour or so we managed to prize ourselves away to check into our room. Admiring the beautiful artwork and decor details on the way, it’s very easy to see how this country hotel owns the reputation as being one of the most exclusive venues in Gloucestershire.
We discovered a little bit about the names and faces we saw along the way. Our suite was named after Lady Vavasour, Maid of Honour to Queen Elizabeth I in the late 1500’s.
We had lucked out with our suite. It felt super comfortable and homely, typical of what you would expect from a gorgeous manor house in the countryside.
Whilst Nia was making herself at home in the boudoir, I was most excited about exploring the bathroom. Is that weird? Let me know in the comments.
I couldn’t wait to hop in the bath and use the luxurious L’Occitane products, but that would have to wait – we had the gardens to explore first.
Not appropriately dressed for a stroll in the rain (the weather had turned for the worst and I was still in Mediterranean sunshine mode), we borrowed a pair of wellies from the rack and headed off on an adventure.
Wandering wild, we let our hair down and enjoyed a bit of a song and dance around the gorgeous green garden.
Umbrella, Singing in the Rain, Rain on my Parade… we performed all the classics for one afternoon only, ladies and gents.
Nothing could rain on our parade.
Aside from getting a little stuck in the mud, we cleared the cobwebs and walked off lunch – and helped make room for our seven course dinner later that evening!
You can opt to take in what the hotel grounds have to offer and relax with your favourite tipple in hand, or you can choose to explore what lies around the corner in the likes of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold. There are so many places to visit, just a stone’s throw away from The Slaughters.
We gave up with the rain and decided to head back to our suite and chill before dinner – that bath was calling my name!
Stay tuned for the next post where I’ll be sharing more on my lovely weekend at Lords of the Manor….