Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa – Malmesbury, Wiltshire
This beautiful, Grade II-listed Cotswold manor house hotel, set in 12 acres of gorgeous English gardens, makes a popular choice for Londoners who crave a grown-up, gourmet getaway. The hotel is close to the quaint market towns of Malmesbury and Tetbury, as well as Prince Charles’ Highgrove and verdant Westonbirt, the National Arboretum. Quiet, cosy and dog-friendly, it has 23 elegant rooms and suites, a cinema, and large spa, featuring an indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, a thermal suite (including a Himalayan salt cabin) and spa treatments by Gaia and Sothys. It’s great for foodies, too: in The Dining Room, executive chef Ricki Weston’s focus on British ingredients, innovative tasting menu (which can be paired with specially selected wines in three different flights) and heritage cooking techniques have earnt him a Michelin star. There’s also Grey’s, which has a neighbourhood eatery-vibe, to try. Committed to sustainability, Whatley Manor has achieved silver accreditation with Earthcheck, as well as a Green Michelin star, and plans to achieve a 90 percent reduction of emissions by 2035.
Doubles from £379
+44 (0)1666 822888; whatleymanor.com
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