Just on the edge of the Cotswolds (20 minutes drive) in chilly England, lies a secret hotel which is hidden in a side road and up a long drive. Cricklade House Hotel.
My partner and I recently stayed here after a frantic last minute search on Thursday night (we were going Saturday morning). I’d been trying to get him to come to the Cotswolds for a really long time (since last summer in fact) and I let him know that to see it in the Autumn was something I wanted…badly. After much convincing he decided (he is the one who drives by the way) that we would go after all.
After Airbnb hiked up their prices to over £130 I decided to try Booking.com where I found Cricklade House Hotel for £71.10. A little out of budget for one night but the only one available at this kinda price and near to where we wanted! It stated it was a Garden room, not attached to the main house so we were a bit unsure what to expect but we decided to give it a shot and off we went on Saturday morning.
After exploring all day, we came to the hotel in the late afternoon and checked in. I was signed in by someone new, so it was a little bit fumbly but every one was so helpful and we got to our Garden room. I’d also like to add in that the service was so friendly, my boyfriend came over to help me because he thought we were flirting! (hahah)
We’d seen the reviews of people moaning and saying that the hotel was a little dated but I personally like that. I also wouldn’t say dated, I’d say perfect English country charm!
After exploring all the nooks and crannies of our room and opening every single draw (why do we do that by the way?? anyone else??) and jumping on the bed to decide the comfy status, we decided it was the comfiest bed we’ve ever experienced, a perfectly clean room and dropped off our bags and started to walk around the site.
The hotel is overlooking a golf course (which you can hire equipment by the way) so the view was overlooking that with beautiful autumn trees and hills in the distance. We found out way too late that they offer afternoon teas there! so it would be the perfect opportunity to have that on a sunny Sunday afternoon. This is where advanced research benefits you but I am far too often just winging it.
On our little explore we discovered in addition to the golf course, Cricklade House Hotel also has a swimming pool, gym and tennis courts! If we were staying longer, we would of definitely tried two out of 3 of these.
There was a wedding taking place on the Sunday so it was only us + the wedding party staying! We had a peak through the windows and it looked beautiful!
It was super windy and cold so we decided to go back to our room, look at the menu and order room service. Can I just tell you that admittedly I have never done that before?! but it was so worth it. Although the main restaurant was lacking a little in vegetarian options and also had a set menu, the menu that was provided in the room was so much better. I think it counts as “bar food” but the onion rings (!!!!) amazing and the meal was worth the money. I had fajitas + fries and my partner had fish & chips.
In total I paid £91 for my stay there (with room service charge and food for two people) not bad eh? Completely beats the Airbnb 1 night options.
After reluctantly leaving our bed on the Sunday morning, we decided to explore the near by town of Cricklade (a couple of minutes walk away) before driving off in to the Cotswolds again.
I’d honestly give this hotel a 4 out of 5.
Only a point less because of the in-house restaurant menu. Maybe this is not regular and it is suited for the wedding? Who knows!
I hope you enjoyed this one off hotel review! I’d decided when I got there that I needed to talk about this particular hotel. I’m not sure why, I guess because it was unique and a little quirky to me and I am constantly looking for out of the ordinary when I travel!
Let me know if you would like more honest hotel reviews like this one.