It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the Cotswolds. I go at least twice a year, to escape London and to enjoy the fresh air and long country walks. I often stay with my friend Hen’s parents, in the Slad Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of the Cotswolds.
A few months ago I read an article in Conde Nast Traveller raving about the newish Painswick Hotel (part of the famous Calcot Collection) which had opened in the beautiful village of Painswick. As it was only a 15 minute drive from where I was staying one weekend, we decided to visit the Painswick Hotel for afternoon tea.
Located in an 18th century Cotswold stone mansion, it’s a grand and beautiful building. But despite this the Painswick Hotel feels very homely and cosy. The entrance is slightly underwhelming – I’m not sure about the neon sign reading ‘the Painswick’ upon entering, this felt a little too Shoreditch and didn’t really fit in with the rest of the place. The rest of the design however, by Nicky Farquar, is beautiful. It is a mixture of quirky, more contemporary furniture and lamps and beautiful, OKA-esque interiors. Nicky strikes the balance just right.
We had afternoon tea in one of their large(r) but warm sitting rooms, with an old fireplace which now is replaced by a cosy wood burning fire. The afternoon tea is very reasonably priced if you opt for a pot of tea and a scone – probably about £8 per person (and they were amazing!). The macaroon is tiny (but also apparently delicious) so don’t expect something the size of a scone. The banana cake/bread might have actually been my favourite.
The bar in the next door room is rather lovely, and stands out with its special ceiling and coloured bottles.
We had a little walk around and admired the outside terrace with beautiful views of the Cotswold hills. In the summer this must be a dreamy place. And being located right in Painswick itself is a massive treat, with plenty of other charming pubs and little shops to explore. The Painswick also has an (apparently) excellent restaurant, and while we didn’t eat here, we certainly loved the interiors here too. Especially the lunch menu looked quite affordable which is rare in this neck of the woods.
The hotel was fully booked, so we didn’t get to see any rooms, but at around £140+ a night they are quite reasonable compared to the other Calcot hotels (like Barnsley House and Calcot Manor).
I’ll have to come back and test the beds and the bathrooms, but overall I liked the place and would recommend it to those looking to escape London for a night or two (or to the Cotswold locals for afternoon tea, lunch or dinner).
For other Cotswold tips, you may find this blog post useful.
Kemps Ln, Painswick
Stroud GL6 6YB
Photo credit: The Painswick Hotel