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Manor House with lawn
Views from the hotel
Views with seating and fire pit
Burleigh Court Hotel Cotswolds
Burleigh Court is an intimate manor boutique hotel full of captivating country charm with a splash of luxury. Nestled in stunning nature with views over the golden valley, we offer a pawfect break from the mundane or busy lifestyles. Spacious rooms, sustainably sourced gourmet food and a carefully selected drinks menu including organic and bio-dynamic choices are awaiting you.Read More
Steeped in history, dog-friendly Burleigh Court Hotel is an intimate Grade II listed manor house in the Cotswolds offering a captivating experience of country charm with a splash of luxury served by a highly skilled team. Burleigh is the idyllic place for guests to escape from busy lifestyles or just a break from the mundane. From the moment you step inside, until the minute you check out, you will experience good food and relaxation. Supremely comfortable with all of the modern comforts you could wish for, The Coach House rooms offer the perfect base from which guests and their four-legged friends can explore the area. Offering panoramic views and beautiful gardens, this charming period manor hotel is a Cotswolds hidden gem. There is a number of Cotswolds attractions on the doorstep as well as Gatcombe park, Badminton and Cheltenham Racecourse. For those that want to indulge in a bit of shopping, there are a wealth of antique shops in local towns and villages and the beautiful spa town of Bath is a short drive away. We serve a local Cotswolds menu with a contemporary edge in our historic oak panelled dining room with views over the Golden Valley. There is no formal dress code; just make yourselves at home. In addition to our all day dining menu available between Monday to Saturday, we offer a separate set lunch menu Thursday to Saturday. Our a la carte dinner menu is available throughout the week.
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By Steve & Nia Bridgewater (& Howie and Franklin)
Let’s face it, 2020 has been a year to forget rather than a year to remember.
With most of our travel plans curtailed and Nia exhausted after a long stint of sessions as an NHS doctor we were ready for a few days pampering. Our Miniature Poodles Howie (the “blonde buffoon”) and Franklin were also ready for a change of scenery and we all got what we needed at Burleigh Court.
With its golden stone buildings, quintessentially English villages and rolling hills the Cotswolds covers five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire) and almost 800 square miles and is justifiably a tourist ‘hotspot.’
As an aviation journalist I spent a lot in and around (and over) the Cotswolds. It is home to some of the nation’s best airfields but, on this occasion, I promised Nia and the boys that we would have a holiday that did not involve flying.
Arriving at Minchinhampton Common – complete with cattle grids to prevent the wild roaming cows from venturing too far – you are instantly struck by the beauty of the area.
Burleigh Court is located just off the Common and – as the directions on its website point out – it’s a case of “keeping the faith”. It is a narrow (but well maintained) country lane that drops down a hill, over more cattle grids and through gates. Then, just as you’re about to give up and turn back, you are greeted by a beautiful ivy-clad country house.
Built in the first years of the 19th Century, Burleigh Court is a three storey building constructed of local golden Cotswold stone. It had wonderful gardens, many of which survive to this day and are integral to the modern hotel experience.
“Eat well, Sleep well, Feel well”
Arriving at the hotel we were met by the ever-smiling Emma, who checked us in, made a big fuss of the dogs and showed us to our room in the adjacent coach house. Seven of Burleigh Court’s 18 rooms are pet-friendly and are decorated to a very high standard.
The hotel was purchased by James and Corinna in March 2019 and during our stay it was obvious that Burleigh Court is their real passion. Corinna says they left their careers in London and “followed our dream to create a place where people can retreat and relax under the motto ‘Eat well, Sleep well, Feel well.’”
Although the owners describe the hotel as ‘work in progress’ it is already a stunning place the visit. The gardens are immaculately maintained and come complete with a croquet lawn and a choice of outside games. The building oozes character and the décor is both stylish and relaxing. Even though we were impressed by our room it was one of a pair of dog friendly rooms in the coach house that were due to be renovated in the weeks after our stay. “Both rooms will get wooden flooring fitted with carpets only in the bed area to maximise comfort and cleanliness” Corinna told us. “One will feature ‘Skandi inspired country style’, combining fresh and modern elements with traditional features and the other – which has a separate lounge area – will feature modern country designs by Amanda Ferragamo.”
Out & About
By now, Howie and Franklin were itching to explore the area so we set off for a walk across the Commons. The views across the Stroud Valley are nothing short of idyllic and a hearty stroll from Minchinhampton Common to nearby Rodborough Common reveals yet more breath-taking scenery across the Severn Estuary.
As an interesting aside the area is thought to have gained its name from two old-English words: ‘Cots’ meaning sheep enclosures and ‘Wolds’ meaning gentle hills. These gentle hills are very evident as you wander across the Commons, which are now looked after by the National Trust.
A trip to Rodborough Common is not complete without a visit to Winstone’s artisan ice-cream shop; which even serves dog-friendly lactose-free frozen yoghurt.
We could easily have spent a couple of days relaxing on the Commons but risk-averse Franklin was unconvinced that being so close to cows was such a good idea. As such, we decided to explore a little further afield.
The short drive to Woodchester Mansion gave Howie the chance to put his head out of the car window (much to Franklin’s chagrin). It is an unfinished, Gothic revival mansion house in Woodchester Park that was abandoned by its builders in the middle of construction when the owner died in 1873. What’s left is a shell of a building but with floors and rooms missing inside.
In recent years it has appeared as a dilapidated castle in the BBC’s 2006 production of Dracula, as Gordonstoun in the second series of The Crown and as Jordan College, Oxford in HBO’s His Dark Materials.
In these ‘Covid-times’ you need to book a ticket in advance to see inside the house but as it set in a National Trust park a variety of walks – from 50 minutes to three and a half hours - are available in return for just £3 to park the car. They’re all dog friendly but you’re asked to keep your four-legged friends on a lead.
It also happens to be next to Nympsfield Airfield, which is home to the Bristol & Gloucestershire Gliding Club. Sadly, as promised, this was not a flying holiday though…
The nearby town of Painswick is a typical Cotswold tourist stop, full of stunning buildings and characterful old pubs (we ate at the Falcon, where Howie and Franklin enjoyed being spoilt by the locals). It is also home to the Painswick Pooch, an award-winning and ‘very’ dog-friendly coffee shop famous for its fine coffee and homemade cakes. It is run by the friendly Gemma Marks but currently on the market as a going concern.
Next on our whistle-stop tour was the quirky Painswick Rococo Garden. Designed in the 1740s as a fanciful ‘pleasure garden’ for the owner of Painswick House and his guests, today it’s popular with horticulturists and dog walkers. Opening days and times are subject to change with Coronavirus legislation and you’ll need to book your visit in advance.
There are a multitude of places to go and things to see in the Cotswolds – from arty festivals to scenery, shopping and fine dining.
During our stay we met up with a friend for lunch at Jolly Nice, which a farm shop that has evolved into a rustic ‘Drive-Thru.’ It was the dogs’ first experience of a drive-in dining experience: Howie insisted in having his head out sampling the smells and ‘saying hello’ to the serving staff while Franklin scowled at him with a look of distain. The hand baked cinnamon pretzels and homemade elderflower and gooseberry ice cream were heavenly! It also happens to be next to Aston Down airfield… but this wasn’t a flying holiday!
But what of Corinna’s aim to ensure we ‘Eat Well’ during our stay at the hotel? As dog owners you are often distanced from the main restaurant when eating in hotels, but at Burleigh Court this doesn’t feel the case, even in the ‘new normal’ Covid complaint world. There are two oak panelled dining rooms – one of which is dog friendly and the staff could not have been friendlier towards Howie and Franklin.
If the weather is kind you can choose to eat outdoors on the front terrace with views over the Golden Valley. There are outside log burners to keep you warm as the sun sets and some of the chairs come with fur throws. Terrace dining is also available on the rear patio with views over the Mediterranean terraced garden and outside pool.
Corinna and her team are committed to serving food from the hotel’s kitchen garden as part of their locally sourced menu, which draws on ingredients within a 30 mile radius. We dined on the likes of Pimms cured salmon, blackcurrant tea rolled pork tenderloin and a quite remarkable beetroot and goats cheese risotto. There’s also an impressive wine list and a well-stocked bar.
Even breakfast was a gastronomic feast with options including ‘The Scots’ (organic porridge with cream and whisky), ‘The French’ (French toast with bacon and maple syrup) and ‘The English’. The latter featured locally sourced sausages, which our server – the bubbly and attentive Oana – also offered to the dogs. Howie thought they were amazing but risk-averse Franklin wasn’t sure if he would like them so didn’t try!
Would we Return?
Corinna and the team at Burleigh Court promised that we would “Eat well, Sleep well, Feel well.”
Well, we certainly ate well and the combination of a comfortable room and plenty of walking ensured we slept our best sleep in a long time. And do you know what? We left feeling infinitely better than when we arrived. Mission accomplished (and not an aeroplane in sight!)
THEBURLEIGH COURT REVIEW BY STEPHEN BRIDGEWATER APPEARS IN DOGFRIENDLY MAGAZINE ISSUE 62. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOGFRIENDLY MAGAZINE VISIT WWW.DOGFRIENDLY.CO.UK/MAGAZINE.
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Listing Updated: 08/06/2021
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