Unlike the previous reviewers experiences, the place was almost child free for our visit this week. There were a few small children there, and they were loud, but it was relatively child free and full of couples (relived, as it's clearly a couples place and I could not understand why families with small kids would be there).
From the moment we arrived it was absolutely wonderful. Quite low key and relaxed but so chic and delightfully designed just as seen on the web site. It was our anniversary and we were really looked after. We had an exquisite room with balcony. The views were amazing. The rooms for relaxing were so well designed and contemporary. We found that the day menu was very reasonably priced and so varied.
Walking through the grounds is a must do. You can spend hours exploring the landscape and waterways. We brought a picnic to enjoy. The spa was quiet and peaceful. Just a couple of adults there each time, but it was mid week. We swam outdoors which was a real treat. Such a beautiful addition to the place. The spa building will blow you away.
Our evening meal was amazing. One of the best we've had in a hotel. And the dining room setting is so elegant. Breakfast was just as delightful.
I've stayed in many of the best hotels in the world and for me this was up there with the best. Especially in the UK. The staff were all v good too. Chic and relaxing were the order of the day.
I would be put off if the weekends were different here and full of kids, so I'm hoping that's a one off as midweek it was quiet and perfect and we've returned feeling so relaxed. I can't wait to go again.
The only improvements I can think of are - tea making in the rooms is essential for me and there was none. - based on the other reviewers experiences, I'd prefer this to be an adults only retreat so I can be confident to book a weekend next time.
Thanks to all the team at cowley - we will be back!
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- Also Known As:
- Cowley Manor Hotel Cowley
- Manor Hotel Cowley
- Cowley Manor Cotswolds