A glorious combination of eclecticism, heavenly food and creature comforts, all set in one of the Cotswolds’ prettiest towns, this picture-perfect Palladian house was renovated and relaunched by owner, The Calcot Collection, in spring 2016, and has been transformed into a relaxing, chic haven with ace cuisine and fabulous views over the Slad valley. The Calcot Collection is master of the art of creating laidback luxury, having developed Calcot & Spa and the Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland. Now it has worked its magic on this 18th century mansion, conjuring an arty, subtly funky feel in the sitting rooms and furnishing the 17 bedrooms in pale, soothing tones, with characteristic attention to detail – splash out on George’s Suite, with its fabulous four-poster bed or, for families and groups of friends, the new neighbouring three-bedroom cottage. When it comes to food, Jamie McCullum has come up with brilliantly inventive and wonderfully seasonal à la carte and tasting menus in The Restaurant. Breakfast in the sunny restaurant is a delight too – as is the sumptuous Painswick afternoon tea in one of the cosy lounges or on the lovely terrace with valley views.
Doubles from £179
+44 (0)1452 813688; thepainswick.co.uk