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Location and how to get there:
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England (The Cotswolds). The hotel is within easy reach of major motorways and approximately 90 minutes west of London by car. Birmingham Midlands Airport is 35 miles distance, while the rail station at Moreton-in-Marsh is 9 miles away. Sedan service is available upon request to and from the hotel from London or Moreton-in-Marsh.

Number of rooms: 30 individually designed and amenity-filled guest rooms. All guest rooms feature: En suite bathroom with bath and/or power shower, satellite TV with complete entertainment systems: TV, DVD, CD and radio, complimentary DVD with area activities, direct dial phone, complimentary broadband access, bespoke mini-bar, tea and coffee maker, hairdryer and a selection of the latest books and magazines.

Price range: $280 – $1390 USD per night.

Time of year to go: Springtime

The Cotswolds are centered on the gentle slopes of the Cotswolds Hills and are officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the largest in England and Wales. The region is famous for its ancient, mellow, ‘honey’ colored, limestone villages that blend perfectly into the countryside and its bustling market towns. At Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Campden, they have everything you have been looking for – tranquility, sublime comfort, exceptional food – and some of the most beautiful landscape and sightseeing in England. They can promise you the warm welcome and service you would expect from a privately-owned hotel, with a contemporary style that makes them the most admired luxury hotel in the Cotswolds.

Why this location is so great for women: Known as the heart and soul of its country, The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful and culturally vibrant corners of England. The rolling hillsides – a.k.a., “wolds” – and sleepy villages, epitomize rural English life. The most prominent cities in The Cotswolds include Bath and Cheltenham, while hundreds of villages such as, Chipping Campden delight travelers with beautiful architecture and simple lifestyle. The Cotswolds has its share of cultural attractions including, shows, festivals and the renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the Bard’s hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Services: 24-hour room service, 24-hour concierge service, dogs permitted in hotel rooms, sedan service upon request, daily newspapers, canapés, and ice.

Hotel Restaurants & Bars: Named after a 17th century Campden character, Juliana’s Restaurant offers sophisticated, contemporary and art-filled surroundings thoroughly devoid of the pomposity that so often accompanies fine dining. The à la carte menu features excellent modern British cuisine, with a Continental touch.

Hicks’ Brasserie serves as the hub of the hotel, as well as the preferred destination for light dining, desserts and drinks throughout the day. The brasserie’s full bar is noted for its specialty cocktails – as well as for its Bellinis. Afternoon tea is a highlight at Hicks’, offering traditional English teas, cakes and sandwiches. The ideal spot to indulge in classic British treats, sticky toffee pudding twice a day? I think so. With its unique light sculpture, ice bar, wood-burning fireplace and comfortable red leather armchairs, Juliana’s Bar is a great place to unwind throughout the day or peruse the menu before dinner. On warm days the Pavilion Terrace in the hotel garden is the spot for lunch, drinks, morning coffee, or afternoon tea at a comfortable table in the shade of an umbrella. It just keeps getting better!

Bath products in rooms: Montrose House- Acqua di Parma toiletries in all rooms but in the Grammar School Suite – Hermès bath products are also available.

Specials for women/girlfriends: The Cotswolds by Hot Air Balloon Looking down from the sky is a perfect way to see the Cotswolds, sprawled out beneath you. Float over picturesque villages and towns. Go where the wind takes you and from your basket, you might see Bourton-on-the Water, Prinknash Abbey or Gloucester Cathedral. Flights leave from Stow-on-the Wold and the package includes a chauffeured car to the take-off. Two nights: $2,435 USD for two people.

The Countryside Experience Shake off the town and discover some time-honored country pursuits, combined with a luxurious stay at Cotswold House. Choose any four of the following activities (two per day) and you’ll not only have fun, you will become an expert! Return each evening to a delicious dinner and a great night’s sleep. Clay pigeon shooting, Riding, Field archery, Quad biking, Fly fishing. Three nights: $2,557 USD for two people.

Garden Lovers Tour with Author and Expert, Paul Williams The Cotswolds are rich in some of the most beautiful gardens in England. What could be more relaxing than a couple of days spent strolling around the world famous Arts and Crafts masterpiece, that is Hidcote Manor Garden or its neighbor, Kiftsgate Court Gardens, with its breathtaking views and famous Rosa Mundi walk? Take a private tour of your favorite gardens, with gardener and award-winning author of Digging Deeper, Paul Williams, who will be your guide for the day. Paul will answer all your questions and give you his unique perspective. Price includes, entry and private tour. Package available- Tuesday to Thursday only and Sunday to Tuesday in June and July. Please give us as much notice as you can so we can ensure Paul is available. Two nights: $1,826 USD for two people.

Cotswold House, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6AN UK

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