Whatley Manor – Cotswolds

Whatley Manor: Five-star traditional country house hotel and spa

Restaurant: Three AA Rosette and one Michelin star

Walking into the grand courtyard of Whatley Manor, you can’t help but be impressed. The beautiful wisteria and perfectly manicured grounds are the most beautiful setting for this stunning country manor.

After a long drive from Nottingham to the Cotswolds, walking into this hotel was like stepping into an oasis filled with luxury and relaxation. The staff, who are all so friendly, will happily do anything for you to make your stay more comfortable and it really came across to us that they genuinely cared about their guests.

To make the most of the beautiful weather we first chose to take a walk around the grounds. The hotel staff even provide you with a map of the grounds and walked us to the best starting place to ensure we didn’t miss out on any of the hidden spots.

I don’t know how they manage to keep the grounds so pristine. The grass was mowed to perfection, the flowers were bright and in bloom and there wasn’t a hedge in sight that wasn’t pruned to perfection.

Just when we thought we had finished Mr B had a look at the map and realised there was another hidden garden we had yet to stumble across.

After our gentle stroll around the grounds it was time for some pure relaxation in the form of the hotel’s spa. Not just a ‘regular’ hotel spa, Whatley’s spa has an indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool. I loved that you could swim from indoors to outdoors without having to climb out of the pool!

It also has a salt scrub experience with body scrub which is made by the hotel spa staff. It smelt of coconut and aromatherapy oils and reminded me of holidays. It also has a tepidarium, which is the perfect room for relaxing in. The beds are heated so once you lie down it is a challenge not to fall into a blissful slumber.

There are also several aromatherapy rooms including  a Calidarium, Steam Grotto, Laconium and Sauna.

But the jewel in the crown for me was my heavenly 60-minute Recharge treatment. After recently returning from holiday and suffering the ‘holiday blues’ (that’s definitely a thing), I chose this treatment as it claims to ‘recharge your body and mind with the antioxidant benefits of pure Vitamin C’. It began with a relaxing back treatment that flows into a facial to brighten the skin and included a scalp and foot massage leaving me feeling totally relaxed. It was 60 minutes of utter bliss!

My treatment took place inside the Natura Bissé Bubble which has 99.995% pure oxygen. Apparently it helps the lovely products soak into your skin six times more than normal. You can currently upgrade your treatment to the bubble for just £10 . . . who could resist! I think it made a difference and I would definitely have a treatment in the bubble again.

Now onto our room . . . the hotel has 23 in total and we stayed in one of the suites, which was simply stunning. As we walked into the entrance the bathroom was on our right . . . it was framed with light woods and had a fabulous bath.

There was a lovely selection of L’Occitane toiletries which smelt lovely and were refreshed for us during turn-down service.

Walking along our corridor (yes I did say corridor) and through the double doors was a lounge and study area, which was huge and beautiful.

Decorated with mustard and rich red colours, the room contained a desk and chair, two chaise lounges, a Bang & Olufsen television hidden away in a cabinet, tea and coffee-making facilities in the form of a Dulait pod machine and a delicious bar of Whatley Manor milk chocolate.

Onto the bedroom . . . it was flooded with natural light and had beautiful views over the hotel courtyard and grounds. The beautiful bed was a dream to sleep in . . . so soft and comfortable.

There was also plenty of seating in the room, where there was another Bang & Olufsen television and a remote which controlled all the lights. When Mr B was first figuring out how to use it, it was like a disco in our room!

Another extra offered by Whatley, which I loved, was a morning tea tray delivered to your room along with a newspaper of your choice. It was so nice to enjoy a beautiful latte (with a few sweet treats) and relax in bed before getting up and heading down to breakfast.

If you are staying at Whatley Manor get there as early as you can and leave as late as you can. The staff will welcome you at any time and it would be such a shame not to take in the magnificent grounds or enjoy the beautiful spa.

Read the second part of my review which is all about the about the food we enjoyed, including a phenomenal Michelin star 12-course tasting menu.


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  1. Em June 12, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    Your posts are always so inspiring. This is really close to where my mum lives so I need to take her there! Can’t wait to hear about all the food! x

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      June 12, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      That is so kind! I really can’t put into words how beautiful the hotel and the grounds were. They do afternoon tea too which looked fantastic!

  2. Bejal June 12, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    This just looks like the perfect place to unwind and relax. The gardens look spectacular and your suite was just perfection. I’m looking forward to what you ate at the manor!

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      June 13, 2018 / 7:09 am

      Thank you! It was such a stunning hotel!

  3. the Curious Pixiie June 13, 2018 / 7:44 am

    This looks heavenly. We always head to the Cotswolds at least once a year. On my least Mrs!

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      June 13, 2018 / 8:03 am

      It was so lovely, it’s such a beautiful part of the world!

  4. Mostlyfoodandtravel June 13, 2018 / 7:56 am

    This sounds amazing Laura. How do you find these amazing manors? Cotswold is amazing and I do want to go and stay so may just have to look into this hotel. I like the idea of the morning tray- how cool! Also B&O tv’s..definitely thought about their interior.
    I have never heard of a treatment in bubbly but sounds like it was really good and yes for £10 can’t go wrong.

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      June 13, 2018 / 8:05 am

      I originally found it when I was reading about the new chef. Then when I saw how beautiful the hotel was too and then they had a spa I fell in love with it! It also has so many good reviews out too I knew it was going to be special!

  5. Hannah Repton June 13, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Not been to the Cotswolds for years, this post definitely makes me want to re visit as I have not seen the best of it for sure after reading this! You are also looking very stylish Mrs B 🙂 xx

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      June 13, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you so much! It was all so beautiful, you should definitely go back!

  6. Binny Shah June 15, 2018 / 11:15 am

    This looks amazing! Made me want to go back to the Cotswolds!

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      June 15, 2018 / 1:00 pm

      It was such a beautiful hotel in a stunning location!

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