Name: Tewkesbury Park Hotel
Location: United Kingdom
The Tewkesbury Park Hotel is right in the centre of the Cotswolds and around a 20-minute walk from the pretty town of Tewkesbury, where you can visit the Abbey or take a boat trip along the river. There are also plenty of country walks directly from the hotel to wear off your breakfast.
Style & Character
Arrival at this hotel is something special; Driving through the gates and up the lawns with the golf greens to either side of the little road. Once you reach the top of the hill, Tewkesbury Park Hotel is perched above the lawns and greens of the golf course, offering both historic and more modern rooms which have all been recently refurbished.
The style inside was modern, although some original features do remain, like the main staircase which was impressive and winds up two floors in the centre of the oldest part of this mansion.
The main hall was very modern with a bar area which leads onto a lounge where you could take drinks or afternoon tea. Other rooms could be reached via a side corridor that took you through to a more modern wing. The restaurant was also in a more modern wing. You must request a window seat in the garden room. The sweeping views through floor-to-ceiling windows in this room were breathtaking.
Service & Facilities
There was a spa and a leisure facility at the hotel which was separate from the main building and offered a gym and a pool with steam room, sauna and hot tub. The pool was perfect for my son as it was not too deep and very quiet with only the odd person popping in and out. I also found the pool and staff to be child-friendly which we appreciate. Although there were not, in fact, any other children staying at the hotel when we stayed (that we noticed); there were no restrictions on pool use for families, so you could use it whenever you liked.
If you want to book into a private sanctuary in the eaves of the main house, we recommend the King Richard III suite. It had been beautifully refurbished and was light and bright with a bay window filled with comfortable seats that offered glorious views across the golf course. The bed in this suite was huge, and the decor was a mix of pretty leafy designs and old historic beams. A highlight is the bathroom which was huge, with a dark wood parquet flooring, a bath sitting right in the middle of the room and a his-and-hers shower area. If you were to choose Tewkesbury Park as your wedding venue (they are in the process of finishing a modern banquet hall with seating for 150) you would be thrilled if you got this suite as your room.
There were little touches that I particularly liked included a Nespresso maker with a carton of fresh milk, a beautiful fruit plate when we arrived, and a generous amount of nibbles with the tea and coffee making facilities. There was also a hot water bottle to keep you cosy and the Bramley bathroom toiletries were pretty and smelled lovely.
Food & Drink
There were two venues to drink in at the Tewkesbury Park. The main bar had an array of seating, and then a double door opened to the lounge next door, which offered further seating for drinks and afternoon teas. A highlight at the hotel is the food which was simple, but excellent. I loved the Cod with beans and chorizo and the Chicken dish which came with a pastry vol-au-vent filled with chicken and leak. Delicious. I felt the food was definitely worthy of a Rosette and the staff were extremely warm and kind.
Tewkesbury Park Hotel is all about the view. It offers so much more, with the pool, golf, bar and excellent food. But it is the views that you will remember after your stay – they are magnificent and must be some of the best in the Cotswolds.