Hotel Lower Slaughter Manor Hotel 4 star
Copsehill Rd, Lower Slaughter, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 2HP, Royaume-Uni Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The 17th-century Lower Slaughter Manor's scenic location in the tiny village of Lower Slaughters will make visitors feel like they have just stepped into a fairytale. The village is entirely built using Cotswold stone and has a small brook running alongside the main road with resident ducks and ducklings. Under the prestigious Relais & Châteaux umbrella, the hotel, charged with a thousand-year history, provides excellent dining, friendly and efficient service in a traditional Cotswold manor location with all the mod-cons and home comforts. An ideal stay for couples looking or a quiet and low-key getaway with all the trimmings.

A delightful little hotel in a charming village, perfect for a quick romantic getaway in the country

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    Location 3.0 /10

    Lower Slaughter Manor is located in the small northern Cotswold village of Lower Slaughters deep within the glorious British countryside. Across the road is the manor's sister hotel, The Slaughters Country Inn, which has more of a casual style and feel (see the full review of The Slaughters Country Inn), but has a lovely pub restaurant providing some variation to eating at the hotel every evening. A five-minute drive away is the Lords of the Manor hotel, which again, is another great bet for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea (see the full review of the Lords of the Manor).

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    Each of the 19 rooms has its own style and feel. Some rooms are more extravagant than others like the garden rooms in the coach house (set apart from the main house) like the Valentine Strong, which comes with a luxurious double free-standing bath, a beautiful garden view and a hot tub. We particularly like the Lexington suite, which gets top marks for comfort. With 100 percent pure Egyptian cotton linen and cashmere throws, bedspread and fluffy towels, you won't want to leave the room. Fresh in a clean palette of creams and beiges with views of the garden and the village beyond is one of favourites. The Antoinette, also in the main house, is extremely atmospheric and its enormous four-poster bed will shrink even the largest of wrestlers.

    All rooms have LCD television screens, DVD players (DVDs are available complimentary), iPod docking stations, sherry on the mantelpiece, as well as fresh fruit. Rooms also come with Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities (included in the room rate).

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The manor, set in beautiful grounds of manicured lawns and flower beds, makes for the quintessential Cotswold experience. Although most of the building as we see it today was built in the 17th century, some parts are said to date as far back as 1004 AD. In 1443, the manor became a convent for nuns from the order of Syon. The manor swapped hands several times until in 1611, Valentine Strong, a renowned stone mason at the time, was commissioned to remodel it by the owner, Sir George Whitmore, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire. The manor stayed in the Whitmore family until the late nineties before it became a fully-fledged hotel belonging to the Brownsword family.

    The house underwent several changes but retains its old-world charm and some original fittings like the stone fireplace in the main lounge and the Drawing Room ceiling, dating back to around 1658. The string of lounges and living rooms in the main house feel like stepping into an 18th-century noble family home. Expect highly polished mahogany furniture, large open fireplaces, velvet upholstered sofas and even somewhat eerie black and white photographs of former occupants.

    The reception is found at the bottom of the main staircase and upstairs are the bedrooms. In total there are 19 rooms including nine suites so despite the size of the mansion, the ambiance is always a hushed and intimate one, even when the hotel is full.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The hotel's Sixteen58 restaurant, which is found downstairs on ground level, has been awarded three Rosettes by the AA guide. Although the interior, think trompe l'oeil wallpaper and heavy carpets, are a little drab, the garden views through the windows on both sides of the room bring a little brightness and the fine dining experience headed by Jamie Raferty - ex-chef at The French Laundry. The gourmet fare served here is a mix of local, French and Mediterranean influences. The tasting menu is the highlight for guests wanting to try a range of local produce, from sauté duck liver to local venison (especially in hunting season). The à la carte options are also extremely good. Having eaten here during our stay, we can confirm that you really do get more than what you pay for. Try the dry aged Cotswold beef - tender and cooked to perfection, the beef comes with Swiss chard pain perdu, wild mushrooms, carrots, and Périgueux sauce. An absolute delight. Typical of the region is also the venison, another must. With a side of red cabbage, pear, chestnut, and parsnip Juniper sauce, it's one of the stars of the show. And lastly, leave enough room for the gorgeous cheeses on offer at the end, especially the cave-aged cheddar - simply delicious.

    To know

    Lower Slaughter Manor is part of the Brownsword group, which also includes another 11 hotels all over the country including The Slaughters Country Inn across the road.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      beauty salon

    • Sports equipment


    • Whirlpool bath


    • The idyllic location in Lower Slaughters village.
    • The comfortable and generously sized rooms.
    • The beautiful rooms of the Coach House.
    • The exquisite food at Sixteen58, the hotel restaurant.


    • The old-fashioned décor may not be to every guest's taste - rooms must be chosen carefully as they are all very different.
    • There is no spa.

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