Sometimes when you want to get away from it all, you want to treat yourself and enjoy a little luxury (and why not? You work hard enough). Rural idylls are perennially popular for a little rest and relaxation, with retreats in the Cotswolds an ideal treat for hard working urbanites.
With that in mind, Elysian Estates (www.elysian-estates.co.uk) offers really special properties for really special occasions or just because. The company will help you to plan your stay or your event, they can do everything from allocating rooms to ordering wine and finding a really decent chef, as well as organising sports activities and serving staff or caterers. With some or all of the following amenities, including a private location, modern conveniences, wifi, luxury furnishings and stunning grounds, all of the properties on the site promise the “wow” factor: Temple Guiting Manor in Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire is just one highlight.
Sleeping up to 10 people, the manor house dates back to the 14th century and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Complete with beautiful original features such as vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, the manor house comes fully equipped for an indulgent stay with four-poster beds, manicured gardens, pretty water features, a fully renovated kitchen, gorgeous dining room, and sumptuous living area, as well as a jacuzzi.
For romantic getaways and weekend breaks for groups both large and small, Oliver’s Travels (www.oliverstravels.com) has a range of properties throughout the UK and Europe. In the Cotswolds, properties range from tiny Cow Byre Cottage, sleeping just 2 people, right up to Cotswold Manor Estate, with room for 22 guests: and there are various other properties both large and small with luxury amenities listed. Cow Byre Cottage is a romantic hideaway with a private garden, and has an on-site concierge and maid service are available to visitors at no extra cost.
Flowers, champagne, and larder basics will be provided to guests, while the cottage’s bijou proportions and attention to period detail will ensure an unforgettable weekend experience. For slightly larger groups, Woodells Cottage is just 6 miles outside of Stroud, and sleeps up to 6 people. It’s a secluded former farmhouse nestled in wooded hills and away from any main road, making it the perfect spot for a truly quiet break away from the demands of 21st century life.
Finally, Luxury Cotswold Rentals (www.luxurycotswoldsrentals.co.uk) offers some truly extraordinary properties for corporate events, parties, and short breaks. Converted artisan beer factory The Brewhouse Burford is located in Oxfordshire, just 20 miles west of Oxford.
With four double bedrooms and a study (also doubling as a fifth bedroom), this charming cottage is built of traditional honey-coloured Cotswold stone, with artfully distressed furniture, open-plan living areas, and a classic flagstone floor, as well as a private courtyard garden- all in the middle of quaint Burford. Equally, New Church Cottage in Tetbury is billed as a “pocket Georgian townhouse”, and indeed this beautifully appointed Regency property is stylishly dressed for an opulent weekend break, with an open fire and tactfully regenerated rooms and furnishings. Tetbury itself is a wonderful location, filled with tea rooms, antique shops, and a generally slower pace of life.
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