In January we decided to get away to The Cotswolds for a night for Tim’s birthday. Ever since we got the car last year, it has been so nice to just hop in and escape from London for a night or two at the weekends, and we thought we’d treat ourselves with a stay at The Slaughters Manor House.
It was a fairly easy two hour drive from South London and the perfect wintery day – crisp blue skies with a chill in the air. And I just fell in love with the place from the moment we pulled up the driveway. It’s exactly what you’d expect from the Cotswolds, with beautiful sandstone architecture and projecting gables. The Slaughters Manor House is in Lower Slaughter, a quaint little village four miles south west of Stow-on-the-Wold, built on both banks of the River Eye, lined with picture-perfect cottages. As soon as we arrived, we went for a stroll…
At the west end of the village there is a 19th-century water mill, surrounded by sheep and ducks, housing a craft shop and tea room, although this was closed when we were there (contrary to what their website might say!)
As the tea room was closed, we headed to The Slaughters Country Inn for some lunch – a sister hotel to the Manor House with more of a relaxed pub feel, located just across the road, where we tucked into one of my favourite Ploughmans platters to date, with a selection of hams, cheeses, pork pie, salmon, mackerel pate and chutneys.
We also returned here for an excellent Sunday Roast the next day, with perfectly cooked beef and an enormous Yorkie Pud (finished with Sticky Toffee Pudding of course!)
After lunch we checked into our room at the Manor House. Each room is named after members of the Whitmore family (who passed the the Manor from generation to generation in its former existence as a family home) and ours was ‘Beech’.
Tim and I have travelled a lot, and I’ve stayed in a lot of American hotels which are known to be big, but this was without a doubt the biggest room I’ve stayed in as a Junior Suite. The photos don’t really do it justice, this angle only shows half of the room.
There were lots of nice touches in the room, with local biscuits and chocolates, and we received a half bottle of champagne through booking with Mr and Mrs Smith.
There isn’t a spa in the hotel which is the only thing I felt was perhaps missing, but the guestbook in the room said that they can arrange for a masseuse or therapist to come in to do treatments in your room, which can be booked in advance. There is still plenty to see and do in the hotel – I loved the decor of the lounges which were refurbished last Spring, and just look at this dream of a billiard room!
Writing this post and looking through all of the photos again, I really can’t get over just how beautiful it is – if it looks like this in Winter, just imagine what it must be like in Summer! A return visit is needed, methinks 😉
If you’d like to know more about The Slaughters Manor House or The Slaughters Country Inn, you can visit their websites here:
We dined at The Slaughters Manor House restaurant (by Head Chef Nik Chappell) in the evening which was superb, with a really unusual tasting menu. I’ll be writing a separate post about this, so keep your eyes peeled!