The cream of the Cotswolds

The Pain­swick, Pain­swick, Glouces­ter­shire

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Built in the late 18th cen­tury, in the time of the Slad Val­ley’s boom­ing wool trade, the Pain­swick was once the lo­cal vicarage. to­day, it’s a 16-bed­room ho­tel—voted The Sun­day Times ul­ti­mate Ho­tel of the Year when it opened in 2016—nes­tled deep in Lau­rie Lee coun­try, in the his­toric hill­top vil­lage known as the Queen of the Cotswolds.

De­scribed as a ‘coun­try-cool restau­rant with rooms’, the feel of the in­te­ri­ors, by Nicky Far­quhar and Cathy Bir­tles, is ur­ban style meets ru­ral charm. in the en­trance hall, a cen­tral stair­case leads straight up to the bar (right), which was once the build­ing’s chapel. With light from the curved win­dow il­lu­mi­nat­ing the rows of bot­tles, it’s an el­e­gant set­ting for a drink. Part of the Cal­cot Col­lec­tion, the Pain­swick has struck a win­ning for­mula. LF Rooms from £274 (01452 813688; www.the­p­ainswick.co.uk)

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