The Painswick

The Painswick Hotel is the newest opening from the Calcot Collections who own the wonderful Calcot Manor and Barnsley House, both beautiful spa hotels based in the Cotswolds. Located in historic Cotswold town of Painswick, an area well known the wool and sheep trade, the hotel is nestled on a quiet lane just off the main street and within a short distance to the famous St Marys Church and Rococo Gardens. 

I had been following The Painswick's renovations via social media for a few months, and as soon as they started taking bookings I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to book us in for a 3 night mid-week stay whilst we looked at houses in the surrounding area in preparation for our much anticipated move from London. 

The interior of the hotel is stunningly beautiful, the designer has done a truly wonderful job mixing art deco, retro chic and modern relaxed luxury. We arrived first thing on the Monday morning (opening day), and the reception staff met us with warm friendly smiles and an air of excitement (I believe we were their first official guests). Unfortunately, due to the fact we were so early the room wasn't quite ready, but as my husband popped off out for a meeting, I was shown to the upstairs residents lounge, sat myself down with a cappuccino and my laptop and relaxed watching the buzz of opening day unfold before me. 

There are sixteen rooms in five different categories - 'small', 'medium', 'big', 'bigger' and the 'suite'. We had been booked into 'Ruskins Mill' which was a 'medium' room  situated in the garden wing with views over the Slad Valley. 

The room was beautifully appointed with a neutral, natural colour scheme with pops of mustard yellow throughout. The bed had lovely comfortable crisp white bedlinen and some wonderful extras including satellite TV, DAB radio and an espresso machine. My favourite little extra however were the freshly baked giant macaroon and shortbread biscuits. Delish!

The ensuite bathroom was equally as gorgeous and well appointed, separated from the room by a large sliding wooden door it had a bath and rainfall shower, thick white cloud like bath robes and  plenty of Neom Organics toiletries. 

As beautiful as the rooms were, at the very heart of The Painswick, is of course the food. Headed up by Michael 'Chef' Bedford the food definitely didn't disappoint. After sampling a few of their quirky cocktails in the residents lounge in front of a roaring fire we headed down to the main restaurant and had the most amazing lamb dish for dinner. I can't find it on the current menu so I am unable to share with you the finer details, but I can assure you it was divine.  

The next few days were spent relaxing, overdosing on cappuccinos and working in the various different cosy corners, with the Heath Lounge on the ground floor being a particular favourite of mine. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Painswick, from the cosy beautiful decor, easy going luxury, scrumptious food and incredibly friendly staff we instantly felt at home and we can't wait to return again someday soon. 

Rates from £159 per night 


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