Whatley Manor, The Cotwolds
Updated: Dec 4, 2020
As an (Irish) Londoner, there are few things more wonderful than escaping to The Cotswolds at the weekend, particularly if you have chosen to stay at the heavenly Whatley Manor.
Whatley Manor, a charming 19th century farmhouse is conveniently located on the easterly border of the Cotswolds, allowing ease of exploring spectacular villages/towns Castle Combe and Cirencester, that is, if you can bring yourself to leave this luxury property during the duration of your stay!
We arrived at the Manor on a crisp December Day with a VIP guest, our Shih Tzu; William. We were greeted with open arms at reception which made us feel immediately at home, it's exactly what Whatley Manor is; a home from home rather than a formal hotel. Think blazing log fires, beautiful floral displays and modern meets classic decor. Interestingly it is Swiss owned and designed which accounts for the beautifully restored wooden cladding lining the walls and gives it a distinct ski chalet aesthetic.
We had a Deluxe room on the ground floor which was large, dog friendly and very well appointed. The most comfortable beds adorned with crisp white sheets afforded us the best nights sleep. The marble bathroom was wonderful with the most beautiful bath accompanied by Molten Brown products.
The spa was a personal highlight. Spotlessly clean and well laid out, I enjoyed wiling away the evening in the steam room, hamman, relaxation room and of course the fabulous swimming pool which is incredibly unique as it is partly indoor and partly outdoor.
Dinner at Grey's Brasserie was impeccable. Both service and food were great in equal measure. We opted for the Cote De Boeuf for main, and my husband who is a chef, said it was the best piece of meat he had ever eaten... I did order a Singapore Sling cocktail at the bar after the meal and it was a little dissapointing, but it was off menu so I guess you take your chances!
From start to finish, we had the most magical experience at Whatley Manor which felt particularly memorable as we were celebrtaing our first wedding anniversary.