The Cotswolds: Things to do in the stunning Gloucestershire countryside



The unusual village of Painswick is an historic wool town


Painswick, Gloucestershire.

A Cotswolds joy if ever there was one, the picturesque village of Painswick is an historic wool city which boasts a grand array of listed buildings sitting in pinched, winding streets.

Just a long stone’s throw (four miles) from Stroud, the village usher ins you with an array of beautiful stone Cotswold homes, a number of easy welcoming pubs and lovely views.


At The Painswick (01452 813 688/ This identification Palladian property is an enchanting blend of Covent Garden-meets-theCotswolds.

The boutique 17th-century guest-house is an imposing but beautiful building that offers panoramic views across the catalogue hills of Gloucestershire.

Our room was stunningly presented, with double windows permitting the terrace and the beautiful valley with rolling hills stretching away to the vista.

A doorway leads into a bathroom which boasts a large overflow and a rolltop bath where you can relax while looking at another stupendous observation across the valley.

A range of spa treatments were available within the motor hotel complex on the first floor but we opted for mojitos on the terrace which faces the undulating valley.

The motel combines luxury with an absence of stuffiness, making for an extremely mitigating stay.


The Painswick Hotel

There were open fireplaces, reducing leather armchairs and large open doorways out to the stone terrace, as obviously as a fully-equipped games room for those who fancy some competition, with a virgin pool table and wealth of board games. It also has a number of still rooms, with log fires for those who prefer a taste of the quiet vital spark. ● Doubles from £129, room only.


The Painswick also now crows an award-winning revamped restaurant, next month, to be headed up by Jamie McCullen. It examined to be a culinary delight.

The hotel combines luxury with an absence of stuffiness, securing for an extremely relaxing stay

Mark Reynolds

Drinks on the terrace (where crozier took our dinner orders) were followed by an excellent beef wellington in the dining allowance.

Starters included a stunning liver parfait and the vast wine slope caters for all palates and equally for all wallets.

Main courses vary in bounty from truffled butternut pumpkin tart at £9 to the tasty wellington with unskilled bean salad at £28.


Wander the Rococo Garden within Painswick Quarters grounds, which was built in the mid-1730s.

The original owner of the quarters, Charles Hyett, came to Painswick to escape the smog of Gloucester as he was an asthma sufferer.

But the relocate came too late and he died soon after the house was completed. His son Benjamin then spawned the fanciful garden in a secluded valley behind.

Luckily he asked provincial artist Thomas Robins to paint the garden in 1748. Without this wonderful depiction modern generations would have no idea what the garden looked like in, as by the 1970s it had become an overgrown jungle.

Using the painting, garden historians participate in restored it to its former beauty. The results are stunning and we wandered the grounds (which are hilly in correct positions and include an impressive hedge maze) with gusto. There is a thrilling café and shop to refresh you after the walk.


The village is at bottom constructed of Cotswold stone and it is a well-known touristic attraction


Take a ramble through the village’s famous 99 clipped yew trees in the grounds of the celebrated Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin.

The trees date back to the 18th century and because they demand been kept clipped regularly it is possible to see the great width of their bins.

According to local folklore, the 100th would never grow.


The village’s lionized 99 clipped yew trees in the grounds of the historic Parish Church


The Falcon dates back to 1554 and is set in the heart of the village, overlooking the distinguished church and is traditional in feel, with low ceilings and stone floors.

It offers a group of traditional ales including Exmoor Ale and Hereford Pale Ale and an extensive menu and tons of space to cater for parties. If the sun shines, the stone courtyard to the rear is a top catch sight of.


There are two beauty rooms at The Painswick, one in the eaves of the most important part of the house and the other – with expansive views of Slad Valley – in the garden wing.

The treatment menu chips Elemis Biotech and “hands-on” facials as well a selection of massages and Leighton Denny manicures and pedicures. Secretly massages from £40 and frangipani wrap, £75.


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