Set in enormous grounds of a 30-acre Gloucestershire estate that dates back to the Domesday Book, the grand exterior of De Vere Tortworth Court takes your breath away. Arriving for our weekend getaway, we saw how the lavish and historic exterior was mirrored inside the hotel, too. The huge front doors open up first into a high-ceilinged boot room, complete with shelves full of wellies for guests to borrow, before leading into a comfortable reception area. An ornate staircase with artwork lining the walls leads up to the bedrooms.
We were swiftly checked in and shown up to the beautiful suite that was to be our home for the night.
The huge ceiling and windows gave the room a bright and airy feel as soon as you walked through the door, and the windows looked straight out to the rolling Gloucestershire hills surrounding the estate.
Not knowing where to begin exploring, we opted to start with a drink in the hotel grounds, served from a quirky converted horse trailer.
It was the perfect English countryside setting with endless woodland views and, during our visit, glorious sunshine.
And if this isn’t enough greenery for you, Tortworth Court is also home to a Victorian arboretum with more than 300 plants and trees.
With so many to admire, you can easily spend an entire afternoon strolling around here.
While exploring the hotel grounds we came across another hidden gem – The Atrium Bistro Bar.
With a 60ft high glass roof, colourful tiles and full of leafy plants, it really is an Instagrammer’s dream.
In the old library you’ll find the 1853 restaurant and bar, which retains most of its original features.
Shelves filled with books line the walls, meaning every inch of the room has a story to tell.
We enjoyed an indulgent three-course dinner sitting next to the grand fireplace – the ideal spot to savour your meal while drinking in the rich décor that surrounds you, before heading upstairs for a blissful night’s sleep.
Since reopening after lockdown, the hotel currently no longer offers a sit-down breakfast service.
Instead you can choose either a continental breakfast delivered to your room or hot filled bap collected from reception.
This is still plenty to sustain you for the day ahead, whether that involves wandering the grounds, exploring the wider area or, as we did on our final day, chilling in the hotel’s pool and spa.
The luxurious Leaf Spa offers a wide range of treatments and packages, although it’s worth noting that the treatment list may continue to change in line with the Government’s coronavirus guidelines.
I opted for the Skin Bliss salt and oil body scrub, while my mother had a back massage.
We ended our stay in complete relaxation, a state of mind we were in from the moment we stepped into Tortworth Court.
Rooms at De Vere Tortworth Court start at £99, which includes flexible cancellation terms. To book, call 01454 263000 or visit devere.co.uk/tortworth-court. Ten per cent of your booking value will be paid to NHS Charities Together, which supports NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients.
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