Golden and Grade II-listed, The Painswick is already a British boutique-hotel classic: roaring fireplaces, wellies to borrow and good, hearty food awaiting after a day’s country rambling. The historic main house has all the squashy sofas, roll-top baths and eaves bedrooms to give it character to compete with the surrounding Slad Valley.
One house cocktail for each guest
In the know
Also need to know:
The hotel comes from good Cotswolds stock: its sister properties include Calcot Manor and Barnsley House.
Waxy jackets to join the Barbour brigade, but leave your wellies at home: the hotel has ones you can borrow.
Blue and green must never be seen (the dining chairs are blue).
Mr and Mrs Smith reviews
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Painswick and unpacked their antiques, a full account of their Gloucestershire break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Painswick in the Cotswolds…
Anglophiles, are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin: Painswick is a honey-coloured village hewn from the stuff your dreams are made of. Quaint little cottages? The country’s oldest bowling green? A shopping street dating back to 1428, home to an equally ancient post office? Grand houses with Georgian façades? All this and more awaits in the namesake village that plays home to this new hotel, sister property to Calcot Manor and Barnsley House.
The Painswick’s motto is ‘feasts and the rest’, and it takes each of these assorted tasks seriously. Food is comforting but creative; expect to try dishes such as lobster and black pudding pie, or goat’s cheese souffle with freshly foraged wild garlic. Sleep will come easily after such indulgence but, in case you were worried, the beds are like clouds and the rooms are designed with peaceful slumber in mind. And for those in need of further R&R, there two rooms put aside for the sole purpose of dishing out Elemis spa treatments on demand. It’s the Britain of your chocolate-box reveries, made real.
Kemps Lane, Painswick, Gloucestershire GL6 6YB, United Kingdom
9.4 mi / 15.1 km from city centre
- Internet services
- On-Site parking
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
The restaurant has some interesting dishes on offer (lobster and black pudding pie), as well as comforting classics (chicken Kiev, steak frites) – with the chef at the helm clearly a fan of both modern British cooking and a dose of retro dishes for good measure.
For smorgasbord-style sharing, settle by the hearth. In warmer weather, opt for the table on the small balcony just off the lounge, for the best place to watch the sun set.
Breakfast is served between 7am and 10am; lunch is from noon until 2.30pm (3pm at weekends); and dinner is 7pm until 9.30pm. Afternoon tea is on offer between 3pm and 5pm. The bar serves drinks from 11am until 11pm.
There’s no dedicated room-service menu, but whatever’s being served in the restaurant can be delivered up to your room.
The copper-topped bar has lead windows, which light streams through on sunny days. An impressive selection of spirits is on hand for the bar staff to whip up a seasonally changing cocktail menu, as well as a cocktail of the day.