The Lodge at Winchcombe

Deep in the heart of the British Cotswolds, this charming property is ideal for a weekend stay with family or friends. It was my first stopover on a press trip to Britain. We arrived at London Heathrow and drove down some four hours to this blissful estate, light rain adding a touch of romance to the countryside drive.

The gates opened, revealing an impressive bungalow set amid acres of green.

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There were 9 of us, and each was assigned an individual bedroom. Cosy, comfortable and classy.

The Lodge at Winchcombe

After a warm shower, we met downstairs in the beautiful dining hall, where the hosts had laid out a refreshing spread.

Light bites, The Lodge at Winchcombe

Washed down with a naughtily named drink of “Sloegasm” made from a berry-like fruit called sloe, it prepared us for a restful night.

Drinks @ The Lodge, Winchcombe

The Lodge boasts a full bar

I opened my door at dawn and one of my life’s most unforgettable sunrises greeted me. The kind that defies description and refuses to be captured by a mere camera lens. A powder blue sky slowly blushing peach-pink against a backdrop of hills, and the excited chirrup of early birds making music.

I so wish we could have stayed longer. The Lodge has 27 acres of private woodland walks and the historic Sudeley Castle and village of Winchcombe are on your doorstep.

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Cottony clouds

The Lodge describes itself as a boutique-style hotel, without being a hotel – which is exclusively yours for the whole of your stay – whether it be for a shooting party; a trip to Cheltenham races; a short holiday or maybe to host a special occasion. It really is all of that: boutiquey, exclusive, and yours. The food is excellent, with ingredients sourced from the estate gardens.

The Lodge has 11 bedrooms, four individual reception rooms and fully stocked bars to make your stay a pleasant and relaxing experience.

Unwind, relax or celebrate… The Lodge has the space to adapt to your occasion. On the first floor, the bar opens out onto a patio overlooking the surrounding Cotswold countryside… stunning on a summer’s day.

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By Shubhra Krishan

Travel Secrets was hosted in England and Scotland by Visit Britain.