After Christmas, James and I escaped family madness with a little trip for two.
Without needing to ask each other, we knew any hotel for us needed a good spa – James & I are partial to a spa trip.
On the advice of friends, we researched spa hotels in the Cotswolds, somewhere neither of us had ever been. Overwhelmed by the number of “out of this world” hotels on offer in the Cotswolds, I handed my role as ‘couple admin’ over to James who discovered not just a gem of a hotel but a wonderful village too – Broadway, probably the most picturesque village I’ve ever visited.
I was totally captivated by the beauty and charm of the below property called ‘Austin House’. Upon research, I discovered it is the home of a well renowned artist whose grandparents bought the house in the 1930s. The Grandfather was the local doctor, who apparently delivered most of the babies in the village, even the postman’s named after him.
The village is home to plenty of art galleries and shops – especially interior shops, which James couldn’t resist “popping in”.
Now to introduce the spa hotel of choice, the Lygon Arms. I was completed overwhelmed by the charm and character of the building. On our arrival we were greeted by a charming doorman, who hustled us in from the snow to the deep dark lounge rooms with roaring wood fires. We quickly ordered some coffee and set about enjoying our mini-break.
The building and its history dates back to 1300, you can read about the history of the hotel here.
Our room may not have been the one that Oliver Cromwell stayed in the night before the Battles of Worcester in 1651, but it was fabulous, I loved the deep mustard colouring.
After a deep tissue massage and a couple of hours in the spa – plus an afternoon snooze – we put on our glad rags and shimmied down to the hotel bar before dinner. A few cocktails later we giggled merrily into dinner.
Dinner was in the spectacular Great Hall built in the 17th Century.
We enjoyed an evening of excellent service, good wine and even better food but most importantly we had a fabulous time together.
The next morning, we stuffed ourselves with a classic full english breakfast back in the Great Hall before a long walk in the local countryside – the hotel even has spare wellies for visitors, they’d thought of everything, well Elizabeth Taylor did stay there once.
Throughout our stay I noticed that the staff at the Lygon Arms really try to go above and beyond, you’ll notice the little touches everywhere. When we were leaving the Valet bought the car around and to our surprise had placed two chilled water bottles for our onwards journey – enough to make me come back again!