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Short Breaks in The Cotswolds – Retreat & Stay at The Painswick Hotel Review

(Last Updated On: 02/10/2020)

Overcome with the sheer beauty of her surroundings, she felt at ease, a quiet sense of satisfaction; she felt free being at one with nature.

Short Breaks in The Cotswolds - Retreat & Stay at The Painswick Hotel Review

A few months ago I had the desire to escape. Overwhelmed by work, my Digital Marketing NVQ, blogging and never-ending routine, I needed a digital detox and break from the norm. I knew a short break in the Cotwolds was called for!

Let’s face it, when it comes to escaping everyday life, a weekend in the Cotwolds is just what the doctor ordered!

Painswick is somewhere that was already on my radar, Adam and I had stayed in Painswick during a romantic Valentine’s getaway a few years back. Instantly drawn to the old-time nostalgia of the stone buildings and rambling countryside, I knew within an instant that Painswick would be the ideal place to switch off for a couple of days.

Painswick is a small village in The Cotswolds, located within a couple of hours of our home in Milton Keynes, so is just far enough to escape. If you’re visiting London, a tour from London to the Cotswolds is one of the most scenic ways to escape the city.

Golden Heart Sign Painswick Cotswolds

The perfect place to switch off from city life, indeed. In fact, you literally see your phone signal whittle down to nothing as you pull up to Bulls Cross, the winding street that leads you down to the remote village. Another thing, it ’s not called Bulls Cross for nothing. Yep, no signal and a bull with a forlorn stare blocking the path to a narrow lane was not how I’d envisaged beginning a weekend of relaxation in the Cotswolds, but nature knows no bounds.

After a few hair-raising moments, the bull retreated, allowing our descent into Painswick. It was at this point I thanked my lucky stars that Adam was driving. Blind bends, narrow streets and having to give way whilst navigating the car up a hill is not something I can accomplish at the best of times. I had no intention of leaving my mark on picturesque Painswick by way of rolling the car into the age-old buildings!

We both took a little sigh of relief as we slid our way into the car park of our hotel, aptly named The Painswick.

Arriving for a weekend retreat at The Painswick Hotel Cotswolds

Keen to explore more of the Cotswolds? Check out Penelope’s post about the best Cotswold’s villages you must visit!

Perched atop the rolling hills, the somewhat looming Painswick Hotel has an air of grandeur to it.


Entrance Foyer of The Painswick Hotel Cotswolds

A welcoming foyer, complete with a floral display and neon lights (you’ve only got to read my Luma Hotel review to know I’m a sucker for these things) are some of the eye-catching elements you see as you walk in.

The Painswick neon sign

The Cotswolds Hotel & Restaurant

On arrival, our room wasn’t quite ready (that’ll teach us for being early for a change) so this gave us the perfect excuse for lunch in the restaurant.

Lunchtime pitstop at The Painswick Hotel restaurant

The restaurant, overseen by Head Chef Jamie McCallum, has a modern, yet rustic feel with parquet wooden flooring, plants, and contemporary light fittings.

Dining at The Painswick Restaurant Cotswolds

After polishing off our well-presented and well-needed lunch, beef Wellington for Adam and salmon with asparagus for me, it was time to check in.

Beef Wellington The Painswick Restaurant

Salmon and asparagus at The Painswick

Did I mention the non-alcoholic cocktails are delightful too!

Cocktails with a view at The Painswick Cotswolds

We had heard great things about The Painswick. Though, as we had only booked our room a couple of days before on a ‘May the Fourth Be with Ewe’ deal, we had already expected the nicest of rooms to already be allocated.

May the 4th be with ewe

Little did we know, with only 16 rooms at The Painswick, all the rooms have their own individual charm.

Our room at The Painswick Hotel

We were taken aback when we saw our room ‘Elcombe Brook.’’ The saying ‘a kid at Christmas’ springs to mind. Even the country magazines scattered on the side table excited me and I couldn’t wait to take in all of our room and explore.

Mine and His cups at The Painswick

Each room has been designed with an elegant eye, blending in perfectly with the rural British countryside setting. I was particularly taken with the circular window, giving us a picturesque outlook over the Cotswold hills.

Picturesque Painswick throught the porthole window

Modern luxuries such as a flat screen tv and Dyson fan were just as appealing to us as the vintage radio (playing Classic FM as we entered) and selection of books. I picked up the Bowie book straight away…

Radio and books at The Painswick Hotel

The hotel had even left us some treats from the chef’s pantry…Yes, it was fair to say I loved the hotel already.

Chef Treats at The Painswick Hotel

As I write this post I can feel my smile reaching my eyes. I love nothing more than relaxing in a charming bolthole with Adam, surrounded by countryside.

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Exploring the village really gives you a sense of British pride knowing that this picturesque scenery is almost on your doorstep. It’s the idyllic picture of England that you’ll often see in films starring Hugh Grant, and worlds away from my less whimsical home in Milton Keynes.

Cardynham house Bistro Tibbiwell Lane Painswick Cotswolds

It made me rethink my vow on my WMGT Lake District post to see more of the U.K. There is so much beauty, let alone history in exploring England. It’s definitely worth doing a Cotswolds trip from London to explore the picturesque countryside, away from the city.

Old age buildings & pretty doorways Painswick Cotswolds

Luckily for us, we had perfect weather during our stay, but the hotel does kindly supply an assortment of wellies to be used during wetter days. A very nice touch indeed!

Wellies for wetter weather at The Painswick

The nice weather this time around meant we could explore more of Painswick then we had managed on our previous visit. Tiny little bridleways filled with blossom trees, floral displays at Britain’s sole-surviving Rococo Garden, a tipple in the Royal Oak pub topped off with dinner at The Cardynham House Bistro were among the highlights of our day exploring Painswick.

Blossom bridleways in Painswick

Cardynham House Bistro Restaurant

Our fun-filled day resulted in Adam nodding off as soon as we arrived back at The Painswick. So much for a romantic getaway eh!

I kept myself amused by enjoying a glass of vino and watching The Matrix on the flat screen tv.

TV viewing at The Painswick

There is something about the countryside air that makes you sleep like never before. Well let’s just say, it’s a bit like being beside the seaside. 

Counting Sheep at The Painswick Hotel

After a restful nights sleep, Adam and I headed down for breakfast. We returned to our little sun spot by the window as we perused the breakfast menu.

I’ll let the picture of my eggs benedict speak for itself…

Stunning breakfast views at The Painswick

I mean… The Painswick even has my fave Marmite! Yes, it has it all!

English breakfast at The Painswick Cotswolds

After our divine breakfast, we soaked up the view from the terrace area. It was so blissfully calm sitting on the terrace with views out to the rolling Cotswolds hills. I could have honestly stayed on the terrace, orange juice in hand, listening to the birds chirping away all day.

Stunning views from the terrace of The Painswick Gloucestershire

That is until Adam reminded me that we had intended on visiting the famous Stroud Farmers Market.

On Saturdays, you can catch the Stroud Farmers Market between 9 am – 2 pm. There is so much yummy food on offer, from the peri-peri olives (the chilli ones are hotttt!) my colleague Ray always kindly brings us (the lucky man lives in Stroud) to the ultimate cheese-fest raclette potatoes…

Stroud Farmers Market racelette potatoes

Located under ten minutes drive from Painswick, it’s worth it for these foodie delights on its own, but there are also various unique and interesting shops to browse in Stroud too. I particularly loved Butterfly Ball, where I picked up this cute butterfly candle which twirls when lit.

Butterfly Ball Stroud Twirling Butterfly candle

We even managed to check out a beer festival at the Prince Albert during our time in Stroud and the beautiful voice of local singer Em Musto.

Prince Albert Pub Stroud

Followed by picturesque views over Rodborough Common. Perfect weekend indeed!

Cotswolds views from Rodborough Common

Needless to say, Adam and I felt a bit glum having to vacate our relaxing retreat in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Always look on the bright side

A truly relaxing weekend and just what the doctor ordered.

Colourful streets of Stroud

Unfortunately, we missed the blooming of the wisteria lining the terrace, which I noticed from stalking The Painswick’s Instagram page had bloomed a couple of weeks after our visit. This can only mean we’ll have to return another time!

Pictureque porthole views over the Cotswolds hills

This is not a sponsored or collaborative post. I loved our stay so much that I wanted to share it.

If you’re looking for your own peaceful Cotswolds retreat, look no further than The Painswick. Book your stay by clicking here.

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I want to phone ewe at The Painswick

Have you visited The Cotswolds? If you have any recommendations please send them my way by commenting below.



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  1. 10/08/2018 / 7:12 pm

    I had to look through these scrumptious photos again as they are so good! I was in Cotswolds last summer and I just fell in love with the area – well all of England really – and I am hoping to return again and again! 😁

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      10/08/2018 / 7:27 pm

      Aww, the Cotswolds is truly beautiful isn’t it! It felt so peaceful and so lovely to be out in the countryside. What area of the Cotswolds did you Visit Tamalyn? I will have to stalk your feed as I always love your photos too! Thanks for reading 😘😘😘

      • 12/08/2018 / 6:03 am

        It is truly a slice of heaven! We visited the Bibury area, the kiddie section of the Blenheim Palace (MUST return to see the actual palace as I love the historical story of Queen Anne & her bff Sarah Churchill), and swung by Bakery on the Water for some SCONES! Chris was more keen on seeing London so we only allotted a day for Cotswolds and we lost half of it waiting 10,000 hours for a car rental! So, I am dying to return for a more proper stay!!

  2. 11/08/2018 / 7:58 pm

    What a wonderful place to stay in. I can see why you didn’t want to go home! πŸ™‚

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      11/08/2018 / 10:48 pm

      It’s so beautiful Nikki, exactly what I needed. Absolutely love this hotel and had to share! X

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      13/08/2018 / 10:48 pm

      I always thought it would be way out of my price range but I found a great deal. You’ll love it Eloise πŸ™‚ x

  3. thelifeofasocialbutterfly
    13/08/2018 / 10:50 pm

    Thanks so much Yasmin πŸ™‚ My stay was pure bliss and so well-needed at the time. It’s good to have a digital detox every now and then! πŸ™‚ x

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      08/09/2018 / 4:10 pm

      The views from the window are so serene. It’s one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed at and the perfect getaway πŸ™‚

  4. Gabrielle
    16/08/2018 / 10:53 am

    Oh! This really does look like such a lovely hotel stay; the perfect, relaxing break! Your hotel room looks lovely for the stay and yummmmm to the food!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      26/08/2018 / 1:47 pm

      It was the perfect break! Nice to go somewhere in the U.K. too πŸ˜€ thanks for reading Gabrielle 😘

  5. Lisa Autumn
    16/08/2018 / 11:59 am

    Oh this looks like such a beautiful place!

    x Lisa |

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      08/09/2018 / 4:11 pm

      It really is! I’d love to go back to the Cotswolds already πŸ™‚

  6. Emily
    19/08/2018 / 4:20 pm

    Oh this place looks so gorgeous! I definitely need to spend some time in the Cotswolds as I’m always told how beautiful it is! It’s our anniversary in November so I’ve been keeping an eye out for someone lovely for us to go for a couple of days and The Painswick is definitely ticking a lot of boxes! I really love all the little touches – the mugs are so cute!

    Musings & More

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      08/09/2018 / 4:13 pm

      It’s the perfect couples getaway, ideal for an anniversary weekend away. I love the mugs too! Let me know if you end up going for your anniversary Emily xoxo

  7. 26/08/2018 / 1:46 am

    It looks like such a lovely place to stay! So many cute little touches in your room and while it wasn’t the easiest trip there it sounds like your stay more than made up for it! πŸ™‚

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend πŸ™‚ We are getting some much-needed rain here which is fantastic. Does mean we aren’t doing what we had planned though, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      08/09/2018 / 4:14 pm

      The trip to Painswick sure had it’s hair-raising moments! Glad it ended up being such a chilled trip though! Hope you had a fab summer! πŸ™‚ x

  8. 26/08/2018 / 1:29 pm

    What an elegant and looking hotel to stay in, I do love the Cotswolds and old time feel of the place and British rural charm. My favourite aspect of the entire post is the view!

    Absolutely gorgeous and I could happily sit there and soak up the charm of the countryside enjoying a cup of coffee or two!

    Laura xo

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      08/09/2018 / 4:25 pm

      I couldn’t put it better myself, Laura. The old time feel of the Cotswolds makes me so proud to be British! It also makes me want to explore more of the U.K. Wish I would have stayed a while longer πŸ™‚ x

  9. 18/09/2018 / 1:53 am

    These photos are amazing! Ok, you convinced me … I’m ready to go on vacation! Haha!
    xoxo Ros (

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