Hotel of the month: Coombe End Manor

At some point we’ve all imagined having a retreat to ourselves; a secluded stay away from home, far from the madding crowd, somewhere to trade fast-paced city life for rural romanticism. Just such a place is Coombe End Manor, a private luxury manor house with monastic roots dating to the 15th century. Set in 1,000 hectares of sprawling woodland and landscaped gardens in the heart of the Cotswolds, the estate offers undisturbed tranquility. It is essentially the respite we’ve all been searching for – and it’s less than 100 miles from London.

Coombe End Manor is cottagecore at its finest. Here, the bedroom decor is charmingly maximalist, all contrasting patterns and fringing galore. It can sleep up to 20 guests in 10 mostly en-suite bedrooms, combining contemporary taste with classic allure. 

Waking up to a sunlit courtyard with a heated alfresco dining space overlooking the Cotswold hills, or starting the day with a sauna and ice bath in the house spa, are experiences unto themselves. A range of spa treatments are available, including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures – aka total bliss. Other facilities include a newly laid hard tennis court, heated outdoor pool, gym, games room and state-of-the-art cinema room where cosy evenings can be spent watching favourite films on repeat. 

The home’s impressive art collection includes works by Thomas Gainsborough – one of the most important British artists of the 18th century – and Joan Miró, the influential 20th-century Spanish painter and sculptor. The interior has a Regency feel, and to make you feel even more like you’re featuring in an episode of Downton Abbey, there’s a medieval banqueting hall at the heart of the house with monastic columns and elm flooring. Highly skilled personal chefs and wait staff can be on hand for an additional cost, curating menus to your personal taste and providing access to the house’s very own wine cellar and fine wine collection. In the West Wing, head to the club room for its members’ club atmosphere, and make yourself comfortable on plush sofas in front of the large stone fireplace.

Working with trusted local businesses, the house also offers a range of activities tailored to your visit, including horse riding, clay-pigeon shooting, falconry, off-road quad biking, hot-air ballooning and even a Poirot-esque murder-mystery experience.  

Living the life of luxury comes easily at Coombe End Manor. It’s a home away from home – if that home is a romantic, historic manor house catering to your every whim…

Coombe End Manor is available to rent through Luxury Cotswold Rentals, a niche, luxury private-house rental agency founded by Nigel and Maria Stengard-Green. By handpicking the best holiday cottages and private country houses available, Luxury Cotswold Rentals offers an exclusive concierge service thanks to its personal relationships with homeowners who pride themselves in creating the ultimate in getaway destinations. The company provides every guest with their own Cotswold Passport and bespoke guide to the Cotswolds via its own app.


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