Let me preface this blog post with the fact that this hotel was honestly the most outstanding hotel I have ever had the pleasure of visiting, everything from the incredible service, to the out of this world dining experience, to the small, homely details, it was completely perfect. When we were invited to stay at The Kings Hotel, we obviously jumped at the opportunity for a quaint weekend away in the gorgeous cotswolds, my favourite area in the whole of the UK. The hotel itself was exactly what you would expect from a town such as Chipping Campden, with sand stone architecture and copious amounts of beautiful greenery all over the buildings.
This inviting, cosy looking building did not disappoint on the inside. The hotel seem to have achieved perfectly the balance between cosy and homely, while still maintaining a wonderfully luxurious and modern atmosphere. We were given a Cottage Suite, with rustic wooden beams, indulgent free standing bath in the bedroom, amazing multi-jet rain shower and romantic deep purple and burgundy colour scheme. This room would be perfect for any couple looking to honeymoon in the UK, but still wanting the luxury and comfort of a hotel. For a more rustic option, read my post on the beautiful Upper Gelli Lodge.
The Area around The Kings Hotel is in keeping with the quaint luxury of the hotel, with more sandstone and greenery to be found on every corner. This town is also full of history, so there is plenty to learn and explore right on your doorstep. There are also plenty of beautiful little gift shops and boutiques, florists and coffee shops, there would really be no need to leave the immediate area if you were staying for a long weekend. However, if you did want to go further afield, the cotswolds are simply a collection of quintessentially English towns and villages, so you will not be short of places to visit and enjoy.
Okay, so this is where this post gets really, really good. The food, oh my word, the food. The Kings Hotel boasts an award winning chef, Ian Percival, who uses fresh seasonal ingredients from local suppliers to create the most tantalising and wonderful dishes you will ever taste. The menu is small, but aims for quality over quantity, with carefully selected gourmet dishes that compliment each other beautifully. This food really needs to be tasted to be believed, and I would highly recommend scheduling a visit to the restaurant if you are ever in the area, or even if you are not, as I promise you it will be the most delicious meal you will ever taste.
The breakfast, too, was on an equally delectable scale. With an array of freshly baked goods with local ingredients, fresh fruit, jams, yogurts and so much more available as you enter the restaurant in the morning, as well as a menu to choose from, you will want to try everything. Tell me that this table isn't the most inviting display you have ever seen?
If you haven't already gathered from reading through my waxing lyrical about our stay at the hotel, the overall experience was phenomenal. The atmosphere was so relaxed, and we were honestly treated like royalty. There was one waitress in particular who we decided to purchase a bouquet of flowers from the beautiful little florist photographed above, as she treated us so exceptionally kindly. If you need somewhere that offers both luxury and comfort, this is absolutely your best choice.
(*Disclaimer - although we were kindly invited by The Kings Hotel at Chipping Campden to stay in their hotel, all opinions remain my own.)