With a history dating back to the 11th century, when Torteword Manor was recorded in the Domesday book, the estate at Tortworth has been the ancestral seat of the Ducie family for 350 years and counting. Today, on the north-west edge of the estate, the Grade II* listed De Vere Tortworth Court hotel brings together a wealth of original features along with 21st-century style. Having recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, business, weddings and training events here are anything but usual. Found at the southern fringes of the Cotswolds, rural England's foodie capital, local, fresh produce is sourced from good suppliers and served daily at both restaurants, one housed in a 60-foot high atrium. Heading upstairs, the recent refurbishment has created elegant guest bedrooms and suites to reflect modern British heritage. 30 acres of estate grounds with access to an extensive arboretum housing more than 300 plant and tree specimens make a great walk out.