On our recent trip back to the UK we treated ourselves to a mini break in the Cotswolds. I hadn’t been to this gorgeous part of England for many years and I wanted The Scottish Husband to see some of the more beautiful areas of the country his wife is from. Despite him having lived in London for several years prior to moving to Dubai he hasn’t seen much of the middle of the country.
I’d come across Foxhill Manor on Instagram and instantly put it on my bucket list as somewhere we had to try out one day and happily the budget stretched to a night here on this occasion. It’s probably all the savings from the lack of wine being consumed by myself over the last 7 months!
Voted as the best hotel in the UK by The Sunday Times last year this hotel really does stand out as something special. First off, it’s a different concept to most hotels in that it tries to not be a hotel. There’s no reception and only 8 rooms. They also have no menus for mealtimes, it’s a case of having a chat with the chef about your personal preferences. There is a suggested menu in place for each night drawing on local produce from the surrounding areas however, if there’s anything you can’t or don’t want to eat you just let the Chef know and he can offer an alternative or you can suggest your own. When we were having dinner I saw one person tucking into a burger rather than the fine dining options the rest of us were having, testament that you really can order anything you like.
We were met by the wonderful Matt when we entered this gorgeous property who explained how it all worked. There’s a bar in the sitting room where you help yourself to drinks and a large cake provided every afternoon from 4pm. There’s also a snack cupboard upstairs full of goodies such as jelly sweets, cookies, nuts and chocolate that you can attack whenever the mood takes you. All of this is included in your room rate.
We were shown to our room and left to settle in. We’d opted for Birch room which was absolutely beautiful as you can see from the below pictures. Lots of space which is something of a necessity for us these days and a huge bathroom.
We got ready quickly and headed down to try some of the luscious looking cake (my new obsession) before jumping in the car to Foxhill Manor’s sister hotel, Dormy House, for a pre arranged spa session. Staff will drive you if you fancy relaxing after your treatment with a glass of champagne at the champagne bar but obviously that wasn’t an issue for us. Dormy House is as dreamy as Foxhill Manor.
It was very busy in restaurant/bar area but we were in treatment rooms before long and wow, what a massage I had. Out of the 4 pregnancy massages I’ve now had this was definitely the best. My therapist was fantastic and the room was set up with a chair leaning against the bed at first surrounded by pillows so I could sit backwards on the chair and lean forwards allowing a proper back massage instead of having to be on my side. It was so nice to be almost lying on my front but without any pressure on the bump, worth it just for that experience alone!
After the massage you can enjoy all the spa facilities such as the outdoor Jacuzzi, pool and water therapy area but we didn’t have lots of time as we needed to get back to get ready for dinner.
Before leaving for the spa we’d had a chat with the Chef about the menu for the evening’s dinner. At first the starter was a fishy one but as we don’t eat fish we opted for a chicken terrine which was delicious. For main course we were very happy with Chef’s suggestion of Duck and dessert was a mandarin cheesecake. We also asked for some cheese afterwards being the pigs that we are. All the food was beautiful and afterwards we retired to the lounge for a night cap (local craft beer for The Husband, fresh mint tea for me) before heading to bed.
The next morning there’s no particular set time for breakfast (although check out is at 12) and again there’s no menu as such. There’s a buffet of cold meats, cheese, cereals and pastries laid out and then the lovely Matt was there again to take any hot orders. We both went for the full English and every bite was delicious. I absolutely adore a hotel breakfast!
We were very sad to check out, I wish our mini break had been less ‘mini’ and we’d had more time to explore the grounds and perhaps stay another night. Foxhill Manor is a fabulous hotel and definitely deserves the award of Best Hotel in the UK in my opinion. If you’re looking for a special night away this should definitely be on your list of options. They also hire out the entire hotel for weddings and functions, if you’re looking for a venue I’d book this now as rates aren’t too pricey compared to some!