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With rolling hills dotted with champagne-coloured stone houses and bubbling creeks, the Cotswolds and its chocolate box villages have inspired our greatest creative spirits from
Laurie Lee, Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter and T S Eliot with its ethereal beauty.

At the heart of it all, The Slaughters Manor House is a unique country house hotel offering an escape to a different time (in both its architecture and how it just makes you feel).. It is said that a manor house has been in the village of Lower Slaughter for over a thousand years. From 1443, it was a convent for nuns, the two story Dovecote in the grounds testament to this period before it was converted into a family home in the 1600s. The manor remained with the same family until the 1960s, where its life as a hotel began.

Found in one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful villages, the name ‘Slaughter’ has nothing to do with what we think. One theory claims it was was named after the old English word ‘Slothre’ or muddy, due to the multiple crossings of rivers nearby, or it may be the name of a prominent family who lived in the area during the Saxon Period.

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Today, the stunning 17th century Slaughter Manor House combines contemporary chic with a country charm that only the Cotswolds can claim. Inside, it’s all rather eclectic and modern whilst respecting its past. Stucco ceilings and fireplaces make a striking counterpoint to contemporary artwork adorning the walls, and its popular horse-shoe shaped copper bar. Here, colourful cocktails are a prelude to dinner in the restaurant in the old chapel whilst the library lounge is a setting to relax with a board game or good book.

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With just 19 bedrooms, this is a grand country residence, where you are welcomed as a family member and the house and its five acres are yours to explore, roam and seek out the croquet lawn and tennis court. Divided between the main house and the 18th century stable block rooms, each guestroom is bespoke, some come with their own garden and fireplace, and all are ready and waiting with a complimentary flask of sloe gin or whisky.

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The Slaughter Manor House is also home to one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Cotswolds, surrounded by the towering with Redwoods and Horse Chestnut trees in the grounds.

With Nik Chappel heading up the kitchen, his past career as an artist takes his plates to new creative heights, winning four AA rosettes during his career as a chef.

Enjoy afternoon tea, or take a hamper (one for adults and a specially-created hamper for kids too) into the garden or out for a day trip.

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Speaking of getting out and about, the Cotswolds is a destination that keeps on giving every time you visit – under two hours’ drive from London, this is a mecca for antiques and farmers markets, with stately homes, castles and gardens to explore whilst its villages are famous for being famous. From Bourton-on-the-Water, just two miles from the hotel, known as the Venice of the Cotswolds for its rippling river and bridges, to Broadway and its Capability Brown folly, and on to Moreton-in-Marsh thought to be the inspiration behind J.R.R Tolkein’s pub ‘The Prancing Pony’ in Lord of the Rings, the Cotswolds is a place bubbling with magic and marvels.

Pips’n pieces

Accommodation starts from £295 per night including breakfast (Classic Room)

From 1st to 14th July, 2024, guests can enjoy an afternoon tea with a quintessentially British theme, including a selection of sweet treats crafted by the pastry chefs in celebration of Wimbledon from £35 per person.

Both family and four legged friendly, The Slaughters Manor House is relaxed and stylish as only the Cotswolds know how to do.

The Slaughters Manor House

Copsehill Road, Lower Slaughter, Cheltenham GL54 2HP, England.