Lords of the Manor

Gloucestershire


The mellow Cotswold stone of the exterior of Lords of the Manor, in Upper Slaughter

The mellow Cotswold stone of the exterior of Lords of the Manor, in Upper Slaughter

There must be many a case of mistaken identity in the hunt for smart lodgings in the tiny, picturesque pair of Cotswold villages known as the Slaughters.

For the upper and lower villages, separated by a bridge, have three manor houses between them. And despite having the only Michelin-starred restaurant, the Lords is not the huge pile at the top of the hill - that's a private house - nor the Relais & Chateaux property two minutes down the street in Lower Slaughter.

Given its grand name, Lords of the Manor turns out to be the least assuming of all of them - an understated country house hotel with a 17th-century pedigree and enduring reputation for fine food. The intimate dining-room, with its low ceilings, Louis chairs and huge floral arrangement, feels old-school French, but chef Matt Weedon serves up resolutely modern, top-quality British cuisine, but the kosher-observant should call ahead to discuss dinner options.

Rooms are traditionally furnished but with all mod cons including flat-screen TV's, in-room DVD and i-Pod docks, though wi-fi works only in the bar area. The comfort of our bed, down a step from a cosy living area, and the luxury of the bathroom was marred only by a faulty sensor which kept the light on in the vestibule of our suite all night.

There are lovely gardens front and back, the former running down to a private lake, and kids and dogs are welcome. Complimentary wine-tasting sessions at weekends are led by the knowledgeable sommelier. Breakfast is spectacular.

RATES: From £195

TEL: 01451 820 243

anthea gerrieVThere must be many a case of mistaken identity in the hunt for smart lodgings in the tiny, picturesque pair of Cotswold villages known as the Slaughters.

For the upper and lower villages, separated by a bridge, have three manor houses between them. And despite having the only Michelin-starred restaurant, the Lords is not the huge pile at the top of the hill - that's a private house - nor the Relais & Chateaux property two minutes down the street in Lower Slaughter.

Given its grand name, Lords of the Manor turns out to be the least assuming of all of them - an understated country house hotel with a 17th-century pedigree and enduring reputation for fine food. The intimate dining-room, with its low ceilings, Louis chairs and huge floral arrangement, feels old-school French, but chef Matt Weedon serves up resolutely modern, top-quality British cuisine, but the kosher-observant should call ahead to discuss dinner options.

Rooms are traditionally furnished but with all mod cons including flat-screen TV's, in-room DVD and i-Pod docks, though wi-fi works only in the bar area. The comfort of our bed, down a step from a cosy living area, and the luxury of the bathroom was marred only by a faulty sensor which kept the light on in the vestibule of our suite all night.

There are lovely gardens front and back, the former running down to a private lake, and kids and dogs are welcome. Complimentary wine-tasting sessions at weekends are led by the knowledgeable sommelier. Breakfast is spectacular.

RATES: From £195
TEL: 01451 820 243

    Last updated: 10:24am, September 16 2010