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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

Built for a party-loving millionaire in the 1920s, Whatley Manor has attracted the well-heeled from London and beyond since it opened as a destination hotel in 2003. With an award-winning La Prairie spa, Aquarias, and a double Michelin-starred restaurant, this is one of the area’s most upscale addresses.

Set in 12 acres of grounds in idyllic English countryside, there are plenty of hearty outdoor activities nearby – including walking, cycling and horse-riding, but pack something elegant for the evening alongside fleece and walking boots – Whatley is all about good old-fashioned glam.

Surrounding area

Whatley Manor is in the quiet Cotswolds countryside outside the small village of Easton Grey near Malmesbury. The house is reached down a long drive from the main road, and backs on to private gardens with overflowing flowerbeds and carefully mown lawns. It is the English countryside at its most idyllic and peaceful.

The picturesque and historic villages of Tetbury, Castle Combe and Cirencester – among the Cotswolds’ finest – are a short drive away.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
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

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Highgrove Gardens

Tetbury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)[4.9 miles]

A beautiful, organic and sustainable garden, Highgrove is also the private home of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Best for ages: 14+ | £2,950

Westonbirt Arboretum

Tetbury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)[5.3 miles]

The National Arboretum is one of Europe’s most beautiful collections of trees, with over 15,000 different species and a stunning treetop walkway.

Best for ages: 13+ | £11

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Exterior view of the beautiful gold stone facade

Lacock Abbey

Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom (UK)[18.9 miles]

An elegant, 13th-century house built on the foundations of a former nunnery, Lacock is the home of William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his part in the invention of photography.

Best for ages: 18+ | £15

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A pathway leading up to a red gazebo in a garden

Painswick Rococo Garden

Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)[23.6 miles]

Dotted with follies, quirky buildings, colourful borders and unusual shrubs and plants, Painswick dates back to 1799, and is the UK’s only complete surviving rococo garden.

Best for ages: 18+ | £10

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exterior of Berkeley Castle, with red stone walls

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)[24.2 miles]

A spectacular fortress, home to the Berkeley family since the late 12th century, surrounded by a beautiful grounds and deer park, with regular history-themed events.

Best for ages: 18+ | £15

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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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