Idyllic place to get away from it all and enjoy great food
Warm and welcoming, the relaxed grandeur of this homely honey-stone manor invites you to enjoy the finer things in life. Dog-friendly rooms include comfy beds, a TV, WiFi and L’Occitane toiletries.
Humans and hounds can choose from a Manor Room or Cotswold Room, both full of traditional details in keeping their surrounds but with contemporary comforts right at hand, and paw.
Found in the converted barn and granary, Manor Rooms are spacious and thoughtfully appointed, with peaceful views and contemporary bathrooms. Cotswold Rooms, located in the main house are large, with lovely vistas and separate seating areas. Ideal to hide away in for some R&R with fido.
Your pup will be delighted to find a blanket, bowl and food awaiting them on arrival.
Borrow some wellington’s and stroll down the front laws to the wildflower meadow beyond, where dogs can roam free. Set in 8 acres of lawns and grandiose gardens there are plenty of sniffs to check-out. You’ll also find the 14 mile Warden’s Way just at the bottom of the grounds.
With cosy nooks, library and lounges, take the load off and relax awhile with your dog at your feet.
Known for its culinary offerings, the restaurant is a destination in its own right. The elegant surroundings play host to French influences combined with local Cotswold flavours, to splendid effect. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés, while you take your pick from the tasting menus on offer.
The hotel prides itself on its wine and its collection is worth a peek, just ask the Sommelier.
While dogs can not join you in the main restaurant, they are welcome to rest their paws in the hotel bar and lounge. So for a relaxed bite, take a pew with fido.
At your service
Room service is available during hotel serving times.
Once you’ve explored the grounds, you have a delightful walk right on your doorstep, along the Warden’s Way. This a picturesque 14 mile stretch runs from quaint, Bourton-on-the-Water to Winchcombe and passes alongside the hotel. If it is just an amble you’re after, a short distance along here you’ll come to Lower Slaughter, Upper Slaughter’s pretty neighbour, sitting aside the River Eye.
You are spoilt for choice for dog-friendly, idyllic spots in this wonderful pet-friendly area. For a walk with a view, try the Broadway Tower, located just off the Cotswolds Way, where pups can enjoy the muddy walks, Tower and surroundings.
The magnificent Regency town of Cheltenham is also worth a stop. Make sure to visit Montpellier, where independent shops and cafes thrive in this prestigious postcode. For walkies here, try Pittville Park or a short drive north will take you to the bottom of Cleeve Hill; the highest point in the Cotswolds at 330m.
Address: Lords of the Manor Hotel, Upper Slaughter, Cheltenham, GL54 2JD
You will find the hotel less than 10 minutes drive of the A429, which is a main tributary through the area. The hotel is located along a charming windy road, so just follow the SatNav. Valet parking is available on arrival at the front door.
The closest station is Moreton-in-Marsh, 20 minutes drive away. Served by Great Western Railways, it is on the Cotswolds’ line between Kingham and Honeybourne stations. We recommend you book your dog-friendly taxi in advance for the rest of the onward journey.
With blue skies overhead, we escaped the big smoke, spurred on by thoughts of fresh country air and long walks ahead. Nearing our paw-stop, we found ourselves in the quaint and oh so serene Lower Slaughter. As we slowly made our way past the mill and the gently meandering brook winding its way through this delightful honey-coloured village, we said our hellos to a group of horse riders ambling down the lanes, this was countryside charm with a capital C. Just a short distance more, with the rolling hills all around us, we pulled into Upper Slaughter, the sleepier neighbour to its sibling and home to our destination, Lords of the Manor.
As we moseyed along, keen to absorb the much-needed tranquillity of our stunning surrounds, Rigby awoke from his slumber, sensing we were on the final stretch. Pulling into the pillar lined driveway, the manor house ahead, Rigby could wait no longer, straining to escape the car, fixated on the lawns and fields filling his view.
No sooner had we pulled to a halt than he was out the door whilst we were met by a smiling, tweed adorned doorman, very much in keeping with the gentile country surrounds. After a warm hello, our bags and car were swiftly whisked away, while Rigby made short work of sniffing out which paws had been here before.
After a quick run for the furry-one, we made our way into the relaxed ambience inside. Cheerily checked in, with Rigby given a warm hello, we were shown around. Rigby continuing the sniff inspection of his new surrounds, as we wound our way to our ground floor room, Waddingham, at the front of the main house.
Never one to stand on ceremony, no sooner were we through the door than Rigby was having a good slurp of the mineral water kindly left for him, before checking out his blanket and treats. The four-legged one occupied we took a look around. Ideal in particular for a winters break, with the feel of being hunkered down away from the world, our spacious slumber spot with its comfy sofa and four poster bed had room enough for many paws, and an added delight for Rigby, a door straight out to the gardens beyond – perfect for quick sniff breaks.
Keen to catch the end of lunch, we all found our way to the main hotel lounge. Gazing over the picture perfect country beyond from the grand bay windows, the fire crackling by our side and Rigby having assumed his chosen position – under a chair, tail sticking out (the place to be apparently!) – we ordered some sandwiches and pumpkin soup. With our selection of loose leaf teas soon delivered, accompanied by some mouthwatering biscuits we settled into to this comfortable spot.
Once refuelled and blessed with beautiful weather, we set-of to explore the outside but not before our hospitable waiter fetched us a map with a myriad of walking options. With wellies borrowed and Rigby excitedly pacing, we were soon off to take the pretty walk through the fields back to Lower Slaughter.
All walked out and dried off (or Rigby at least), we collapsed into a squishy sofa in one of the lovely seating spots dotted around the main house, while a friendly staff member brought us drinks and yet more of the delicious homemade biscuits – well surely we’d worked them off! With six eyes closing, we retired to our room for a snooze for all.
Having paid proper attention to Rigby’s insistence that an evening patrol of the grounds was a must, we left him slumbering post din dins to head down to dinner, excited to try the hotel’s much talked about fine dining restaurant. Stopped en route by a friendly member of the team checking if Rigby was enjoying his stay, we couldn’t help but feel at home.
Met by beaming smiles, we were whisked to our table overlooking the dining room. Elegant, refined and wonderful calming, with the gentle hubbub of the other guests quietly chatting away it was indeed a lovely space. Choosing from the a la carte menu, our taste buds were soon tickled with canapés and amuse bouche, the mini egg arancini a particular highlight. The helpful team meanwhile picked out a wine or two to accompany our choices, just in time for our starters to arrive. From the perfectly cooked hand-dived scallops, with seaweed beurre blanc, to the quail with foie gras all cooked to perfection and served with a flourish; through to our turbot and fallow deer mains, each course was a joy. With a grapefruit course to lighten the palette, we selected our desserts, each a favour filled work of art. More than satisfied we said our thank you’s and headed back to our room to see Rigby.
Awakening to another lovely day, an early morning walk was calling us all. With the dew on the ground and the daylight starting to warm the surrounds, if possible this lovely spot was even more serene even as Rigby sniffed out who had been out and about during the night.
With Rigby, no surprise, slumbering again in our room, we went to breakfast, keen to see what lay in store with thoughts of last nights meal not far from our mind. We were not to be disappointed. As our steaming silver coffee pot arrived, with our selection from the buffet and our choice of runny eggy soldiers with brioche toast, a smile could not help but be roused.
Stomachs once again full now all that was left was to explore another of the other plethora of walking options on offer.
With the restaurant taking pride of place here, this is a spot for foodie’s, while its truly tranquil spot is special, even in this most beautiful of counties. From the traditional values, understated elegance and good hospitality to the love of dogs, this is a place to hide away from the world and enjoy the delectable delights on offer.
Idyllic place to get away from it all and enjoy great food
The Lords of the Manor is a lovely hotel in a wonderful location. It has an excellent restaurant, homely rooms and the service is really good. It is a great place from which to visit the beautiful Cotswolds countryside.
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