Lords of the Manor – A Luxury Cotswolds Retreat

August 27, 2018

Driving through the Cotswolds passing through all the pretty little villages with the sun beating down, felt like the most idyllic experience you can have in the UK.  We were on our way to the luxurious Lords of the Manor hotel – a beautiful countryside retreat to escape, relax and re-charge.

With 8 acres of beautiful greenery, the gardens are truly magnificent, as is the stunning driveway up to hotel itself.

Lords of the Manor, owned in the 17th Century by none other than King Henry VIII is in the most perfect location to explore all that the surrounding villages have to offer.  The enchanting Upper Slaughter and nearby Bourton-on-the-Water are just some of the hidden gems to visit, along with plenty of National Trust properties and local pubs which the staff at Lords of the Manor will happily tell you how to find!

Each room and its layout is in keeping with the traditional building structure – just look at the view from our window of those stunning gardens in the photos above – just magical!  Our bedroom, situated in what was the Old Rectory was beautiful.  Comfortable, yet featuring both characterful old beams and contrasting mod cons – the bathroom was contemporary and stylish with an enormous stand alone bath tub and separate rain fall shower.

And then onto dinner and I can truly say we were both blown away by the food.  Dinner is a true foodie experience courtesy of head chef Charles Smith and is 7 course tasting menu at £90 with matching wine pairings is an absolute must.  Sourcing the very best ingredients from salad sourced in Cornwall to fruit and veg in France, the far and wide search for the very best produce has most certainly paid off – as has Smith’s style and presentation of cooking which is nothing short of genius – innovative, interesting and most importantly, absolutely delicious.

The canapés set the bar high a foie gras mille-feuille topped with hazelnut crumb and smoked salmon swirls on a truffle base.  There was more flavour in that one bite alone than any four course meal I could cook at home!

Following a shot of cucumber soup, amuse bouche style, petite scallops were served in a pretty shell, set in a light cauliflower cream, and a lemon and green olive dressing.  The edible flower decoration totally made this dish a 10/10 for presentation and flavour.

Other stand out dishes included the lamb with spiced Japanese aubergine, scrumptious heritage tomatoes topped with a basil pistou which had a good hit of garlic, and a drizzle of jus.  Absolutely perfect.

We opted for the extra course – the cheese plate – and you should do!  The selection of contrasting cheeses is spot on from Red Gloucester to Normandy, served with green tomatoes and lime chutney, and the passion fruit tart was the perfect end to dinner.

You will be welcomed at Lords of the Manor with open arms, and you’ll also feel very much at home in their opulent bar / lounge or indeed in the stunning restaurant where a full breakfast is cooked fresh to order, along with a full buffet selection.

Lords of the Manor is a truly special hotel.  For a memorable stay you’ll treasure long after you wind through the countryside on your way home, it comes pretty close to perfect in every way.

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Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield

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