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This luxury manor house, available either on a B&B or private hire basis, is set in a stunning 16th-century Cotswold-stone building. Interiors differ from the historical architecture (think glitzy chandeliers and gaudy velvet sofas). In summer, sit back in the delightful gardens or cosy up in the lounge by the roaring fireplace in winter.

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It has a delightful, quiet location in the heart of Painswick, behind the town's pretty St Mary's Church. Take a stroll around the delightful churchyard dotted with 99 beautifully-sculpted yew trees, then wander the quaint streets of town. The 18th century Rococo Garden is a delight; dotted with magical follies, it's a wonderful place for a stroll throughout the year. In February, snowdrops carpet the ground - a stunning sight.

By car: The hotel is 2 hours 45 minutes from London and around 1 hour from Bristol. There is free on-site parking.

By train: London Paddington to Stroud takes just over an hour and a half. The station is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. Book trains to Stroud.

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The building itself oozes plenty of history - it's rumoured King Charles I stayed here during the Siege of Gloucester, and to this day you can see a bullet hole in the door - the result of his attempted assassination. There's not such a smooth flow between the exterior of this stunning 16th-century manor house and the interiors: the outside is all gorgeous Cotswold stone and delightful gardens, while inside are tawdry sofas, silver-gilt ornate mirrors and leather upholstery that aren't in keeping with the historical mansion.


The small team of staff have been working here for years; they're welcoming and friendly, providing laidback, relaxed service. Facilities vary enormously whether staying on a B&B basis (lounge and gardens only) or exclusive hire, which includes access to a private dining room, two lounges, a games room, swimming pool and gym.

  • Terrace
  • Restaurant
  • Fishing
  • Cycling
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Rooms come in a variety of styles and feature a heavy dose of eclectic décor. Some have a masculine look and feel, such as King Arthur, which features leather headboards and black linen, while others have more muted tones - the three stable rooms are among the most attractive, with stone floors, peacock blue armchairs and wooden furnishings.

Room types: Double, Deluxe Double, Luxury Double, Luxury King, The Barn

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi


The buffet breakfast is a simple but complete affair, with croissants, fruits, yoghurt and muesli, and hot dishes stored in Gastronorm pans (eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, sausages, bacon, grilled tomatoes). In the evenings, you'll find a concise menu with the likes of pan-roasted sea bass and fillet steak with peppercorn cream.

Kensington Bar & Restaurant: Bistro dining, dishes include grilled chicken breast and pea and parmesan risotto. Mains from £13.50.

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