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Last updated: 30 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

More of a country estate than a boutique hotel, the heart of Thyme is the elegant manor house, home to 31 individually-designed bedrooms that ooze country-house style without ever straying into chintz.

Beyond the house, other farm buildings have been converted into the spa, cookery school, shop and the Ox Barn restaurant. The Swan at Southrop is also part of the estate; both create menus using fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on the estate.

Sustainably run, and mindful of the estate’s history, this is one for those who want low-impact luxury and a sense of staying somewhere intensely personal to those that run it.

Surrounding area

Thyme is situated on the Southrop Manor Estate, a short drive from the small town of Lechlade, known for being the highest navigable point of the River Thames.

The estate is in the south-east corner of the Cotswolds; Burford is close by, but the big draws – Chipping Campden, Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water – are between 30-45 minutes’ drive away.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Cotswold Cheese Company

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Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds, United Kingdom (UK)

One of England’s most beautiful regions – a patchwork landscape of idyllic countryside, postcard-perfect villages and cosy historic boutique hotels.

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