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Is This The Most Generous Collection Of Hotel Toiletries You've Ever Seen?

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  Site Where: Babington, Frome, Somerset, United Kingdom, BA11 3RW
December 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

In a world of shrinking amenities (hello, slippers, we miss you) and toiletry bottles getting ever smaller, it’s a mammoth relief to rock up somewhere and find as many options for molly coddling in your hotel room as you have at home.

And at Babington House, the country outpost of Soho House, the selection is pretty incredible. With full-size bottles of the entire Cowshed range of toiletries, you'll be spending more time in the bathroom than the rest of the room!

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Comfy Beds But No Marmalade At 'The Best Country House Hotel In The World'

September 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was when news popped into our inbox of Lough Eske Castle winning the title Best Luxury Countryside Hotel In The World at the Luxury Hotel Awards that we had two burning questions. What is Lough Eske Castle? And what are the Luxury Hotel Awards?

According to the website:

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels worldwide. This Award was established as a celebration of ultimate achievement in hoteliering. It is about congratulating hotels that have taken the extra step & such differentiated themselves from "good hotels" to "exceptional hotels".

The list of this year’s winners is here, if you want to take a look. But in the meantime, what’s more interesting to us is a peek at Lough Eske Castle – especially as, apparently, it’s won the same award for the past three years.

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For Those Moments When One Michelin-Starred Chef Just Isn't Enough

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  Site Where: Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, GL54 2JD
September 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Having dinner cooked by one Michelin starred chef is normally in our dreams enough for us but if you’re the type who’s not easily pleased, the dinner going down on Sunday at Lords of the Manor in the Cotswolds might be worth a gander: it’s for one night only and is being cooked by no fewer than two Michelin-starred chefs.

The chefs in question are Matt Weedon from the hotel, and Alan Murchinson from L’Ortolan in Berkshire and the dinner is a one off meal that the hotel is, we hope not optimistically, naming “a culinary tour de force”. No word on the menu yet but since dishes normally include things like “Cornish red mullet and crab steamed in a courgette flower on a warm aubergine gateau with olive croquant and bouillabaisse sauce”, you can bet it’ll be fairly spectacular.

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Racy But Traditional: A New Cotswolds Hotel For Rahs and WAGs

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  Site Where: Southam Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
February 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM | by | Comment (1)

It’s been a little while since we had a nice country house hotel opening, so we’re excited to hear from a tipster about the Ellenborough Park, in the Cotswolds, just outside Cheltenham, that’s opening (or rather, reopening, refurbished and under new management) on Friday.

According to the website, the hotel will offer 62 bedrooms designed by Nina Campbell in a “traditional yet sophisticated English country house style”. From the photos, they look frilly, but not offensively so – not exactly our normal style, but something we could branch out of our comfort zone for. The bathrooms, however, look a little more modern – and all rooms have Hypnos beds, laptop-sized safes, iPod docking stations and – important for a chilly country manor – underfloor heating in the bathrooms. Although – gasp! Is that a country house-style peekaboo bathroom we see? Surely not.

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Got Spare Change This Christmas? Buy a Castle For the Day

December 22, 2010 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cliveden. All yours for £80k.

What do you get someone who has everything for Christmas? Or, rather, someone who doesn’t have everything but could quite do with a fancy present? The answer: a castle. Or, if you prefer, an old home of Queen Victoria or even an entire Cotswolds village.

Yep, the uber-posh hotel chain Von Essen (although “chain” is probably the wrong word for something as swanky as this) is “selling” a day’s exclusive use of their properties. So if you’ve ever had any lord and lady fantasies, and if they’ve been squashed by that cow Middleton, you can take out your frustrations this way.

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