When planning their British getaway, many travelers flock to the popular cities: London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bath. However, for a more relaxing and idyllic vacation, Cotswolds is the place to go! Just a day trip west of London, this rural area has myriad medieval villages and rolling hillsides. Cotswolds is the perfect place to get away from it all.
Unique British Getaway
Where London is bustling with activity, Cotswolds excels at peace and quiet. Stretching almost 800 square miles, this bucolic region is like stepping into a Thomas Kincade painting. In fact, the artist drew much of his inspiration from Cotswolds. Hillsides seamlessly roll into farm fields meandered by flocks of sheeps Quaint villages constructed in the Cotswold signature yellow stone hearken back to an earlier age. It’s no wonder the government designated the region as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (Image Credit: John W. Schulze)
But there is more to do on a British getaway to Cotswolds than just absorb the beauty. Step back in time to the Roman baths, Tewkesbury Heritage Centre or Broadway Tower. Visit an authentic English garden at Sudeley Castle. Or tour the area on an authentic steam train. Activities abound!
And when your busy days in Cotswolds are done, relax and revive at Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester.
Luxury Guest Accommodations
Exploring Great Britain beyond London doesn’t mean you leave the luxury of the city behind. In fact, at Kings Head Hotel, elegance and pampering is exactly what to expect. This luxury hotel offers 46 guest quarters in four distinct styles: Indulgent, Feature, Superior and Classic. Indulgent rooms have handmade beds with luxury linens, generous ensuites and original artwork. For the Feature style, choose between Tudor with exposed beams and fireplaces or Medieval with pitched ceilings and exposed brick. The Classic and Superior rooms offer similar amenities with stylish decor. However, the Classic is best for short stays.
Moreover, no two rooms are the same at Kings Head Hotel.
Kings Head Hotel also has six apartments for guests looking for more space and options. These one-bedroom accommodations have open plan, fully-equipped kitchens, dining rooms and lounge areas. For families, an additional benefit would surely be the washer and dryer!
Kings Head Hotel has one restaurant on-site. Helmed by Executive Chef Richard Tuplin, the menu features fare with a modern take on British favorites. As the restaurant uses primarily local products, the menu changes with the seasons. Moreover, guests with special dietary needs are easily accommodated. In fact, both a vegan and a gluten free menu are readily available. Not only does the restaurant offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, it also recently began Kings Sunday Brunch. There is no better way to start the week!
In addition to the main restaurant, Kings Head Hotel has private dining options. Both Wine Cellar and Panel Room are charming venues to host an intimate gathering.
Don’t forget to enjoy an afternoon tea on your British getaway. Each afternoon, enjoy scones, finger sandwiches and sweets with your warm beverage. Be sure to make a reservation. Enjoying this age-old tradition is quite popular.
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Vaulted Spa takes quiet and seclusion to a whole new level. This subterranean spa has four treatments, a nail bar, relaxation rooms and a thermal suite with a hot tub, infra-red sauna, steam room and shower. Facials, massages and a variety of beauty treatments can be found on the spa’s extensive menu. Using famed Decleor products, the services at Vaulted Spa are a favorite of guests.
Unfortunately, Vaulted Spa is currently undergoing unanticipated maintenance. As such, it is not open at this time. However, Kings Head Hotel expects its reopening in the near future.
Against the backdrop of Cotswolds, a wedding at Kings Head Hotel would be enchanting. With the ability to perform civil ceremonies, this luxury hotel can host weddings of all sizes. The smaller rooms like The Wine Cellar or The Library would be perfect for an intimate affair. But for large gatherings, neighboring Corn Hall is exquisite.
Built in 1862, the imposing Italianate structure is one of the most famous buildings in Cirencester. It’s original purpose was to serve as the social and commercial center of town. Today, the vast space hosts a variety of markets and events. Owned by Kings Head Hotel, it is also available for weddings of up to 500 people.
Indeed, wedding festivities at Kings Head Hotel can even extend beyond the couple’s big day! Two of the luxury hotel’s four wedding packages include a first anniversary stay, complete with a romantic dinner. What better way to celebrate your first year of marriage!
In addition to the wealth of activities Cotswolds provides, Kings Head Hotel offers in-house entertainment to enjoy on your British getaway. The third Thursday of every month, Vaulted Cellar hosts The Cellar Comedy Club. Headlined by some of Britain’s most celebrated and up-and-coming comedians, it’s advised guests reserve their spots early. These shows sell out quickly!
Also, The Little Live Music Company presents monthly performances at The Jazz Cave. Located in the vast vaulted basement, these candle-lit concerts have an ambiance you won’t soon forget,
On your next British getaway, explore beyond the standard locales. Fuse one of the United Kingdom’s most breathtaking regions with the ultimate luxury at Kings Head Hotel.