May 2013 | Ideal Bride Magazine
The enchanting Lords of the Manor hotel is the perfect country retreat for those who enjoy nothing better than relaxing with a book or taking a gentle stroll in beautiful surroundings. Tucked away in Upper Slaughter, a timeless corner of the Cotswolds, the 17th Century former Rectory features honey-coloured stone, walled gardens, parkland and a lake. The hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Pride of Britain.
There are 26 luxurious bedrooms with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. All the rooms feature double beds and en-suite bathrooms and have recently been refurbished by Trevillion Interiors. Rooms range from the classic Country Rooms to the Lords Rooms, which are the largest bedrooms in the hotel. Guests can also opt for the hotel's suite, The Tracey Room, which is the original Master bedroom and features a colonial poster bed.
Lords of the Manor boasts a Michelin starred restaurant overseen by Head Chef Matt Weedon, who has held his star since 2008. There are 10 chefs in the kitchen, all of the food is locally sourced and comes from producers in nearby villages. The hotel is also renowned for its impressive range of fine wines from both the new and old world, with a selection of 490 bins.
The welcoming interior of the hotel immediately puts guests at ease. Soft colours and sophisticated furnishings create an elegant, relaxing atmosphere. Guests may be enticed by the roaring fires in the snug room, or retire to the games room, where a selection of traditional board games are on offer including Backgammon, Chess and Cluedo.
One of the most extraordinary things about the hotel is the spectacular grounds, with large rolling gardens that sweep down to the lake. Pear trees laden with fruit line the walled garden and lavender plants fill the air with delicate aromas. An immaculately kept croquet lawn also lies in the grounds for guests to enjoy at their leisure.
Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist, Julie Toll, whose previous ventures include Downing Street and Richard Branson's Necker Island gardens, designs the stunning hotel gardens. The latest project at Lords of the Manor is the new Bog garden. The positioning of the hotel means the front lawns receive the sun throughout the day while the rear garden terrace becomes an evening sun trap, allowing guests to enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
The tranquil Lords of the Manor is the perfect setting to celebrate weddings. The fully licensed hotel provides a complete service for £8,500, which includes accommodation and three-course dinner for up to 50 people.
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