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Cotswolds honeymoon hideaways

PUBLISHED: 15:25 15 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:26 20 February 2013

Cotswolds honeymoon hideaways

Cotswolds honeymoon hideaways

Forget the stress of the airport, parking and the endless queues. Pure Weddings has picked six of the best Cotswold honeymoon hideaways.

Cotswolds honeymoon hideaways



Forget the stress of the airport, parking and the endless queues. Pure Weddings has picked six of the best Cotswold honeymoon hideaways.



BEST FOR


Water babies



Where



The Lakes by yoo, Fairford



What



Your own uber chic modern house with stunning lakeside views and every modern con you would ever need. Enjoy the views or get outside and enjoy fishing, walking, swimming or boating on this luxury private estate. While it is a second home community you can rent houses for overnight or longer stays.



What do you get?



If you rent The Lakeside Lodge you get a bedroom with panoramic views. The four-bedroom house has every gadget you could dream of and is the ultimate in country luxury. On the private grounds are a gym, tennis courts, a bird hide and a fishing hut for just for residents and guests. In February, 2012, the new luxury private spa opens with an indoor pool, sauna, treatment rooms and clubhouse



And another thing?



The concierge team can arrange catering in the privacy of your own home or relaxing massages and treatments on your own terrace or private yoga classes.



Romance rating



10. Imagine waking up in your queen sized bed and cuddling while taking in the view of an unspoilt lake? Catering can be arranged to be delivered to your door - or a chef to cook for you in your kitchen. With 24-hour security this gated community is as private as it gets.



Star status



This is where Jade Jagger, Nick Knowles and Kelly Hoppen stay when they want to hide away in the Cotswolds. And there are more but The Lakes are far too discreet to say who.



Flashing the cash



From 2000 for a weekend stay.



BEST FOR


Foodies and lovers of the high life



Where



Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, New Milton, Oxfordshire



What



Your very own, hopelessly romantic, 15th century dovecote with views over the immaculate formal and kitchen gardens.



What do you get?



Apart from incredible cuisine from Le Manoirs Michelin-starred kitchen and the charming cut glass decanter of Madeira they give you? On the ground floor is a stunning bathroom with Victorian bath with glass surround and full-body water jets. Up the charming spiral staircase is the queen-sized bed complete with LED headboard and gorgeous purple wall hangings overlaid with Picassos doves. And you know what he got up to . . .



And another thing



In-room beauty treatments the Swedish massage in particular are an absolute must.



Romance rating



10. Once youre in through your own oak front door its just you two. And because theyll bring you Champagne and breakfast and dinner should you wish in bed, you can shut out the rest of the world and hole yourselves up for days.



Star status



Theyre oh-so discreet they wont reveal their A-list guest list.



Flashing the cash



From 700 per night.



BEST FOR


Boho brides and Bear Grylls boys



Where



Westley Farm, Sapperton, near Cirencester



What



Canopy & Stars oh-so-luxurious yurt nestled in its own ancient woodland clearing miles from anywhere.



What do you get?



A romantic hideaway made for two. Follow the winding path through the ancient beech trees into a magical glade and there it is. In the morning, under the woodland canopy, its crisp and light; as the sun sets, youll feel a warm glow and by night, the stars shine through the trees. Theres a double bed, a wood burner (complete with rug lying just in front of it imagine what you could do with that), a remarkable roll-top bath, beautiful dining terrace under trees draped with fairy lights and 70 stunning acres to explore. Plus theres a hammock in which to drink Champagne and dream.



And another thing



The farms resident donkeys, Chester and Teddy, will deliver provisions from the village shop right to your door which you can cook on your own campfire, releasing the cave man in your man.



Romance rating



9. No kids or pets are allowed, so its just you and the love of your life.



Star status



Kate Moss whose country pile is just down the road is a fan of glamping. And look how romantic her wedding was.



Flashing the cash



From 95 per night



Visit: www.canopyandstars.co.uk



BEST FOR


Laurie Lee lovers



Where



Bridge End Cottage, Abingdon



What



A tiny little 17th century, grade II-listed thatched cottage with a pretty little garden and breathtaking views over the River Thames.



What do you get?



Picture-postcard-perfect, on the ground floor is a charming little beamed sitting room, complete with woodburning stove for cosy nights in, gorge Shaker-style kitchen and a stylish bathroom. Up the spiral staircase is the beamed bedroom with a king-sized bed piled high with feather pillows. Outside theres a beautiful garden, the babbling river is so close you can make hubby fish for your supper and the Thames Path, for long, romantic walks, is right on the doorstep. And another thing: Theyve even carved hearts into the paneling in the sitting room. See? Told you it was romantic.



Romance rating



9. Come on, its a chocolate box thatched cottage next to the river. Whats not to love?



Star status



Its the kind of place Mr and Mrs Sam Cooper would love, and James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, has been spotted nearby.



Flashing the cash



Around 770 a week.



Visit: www.romanticretreats.co.uk



BEST FOR


Spa-sirens and design divas



Where



Lower Slaughter Manor, Lower Slaughter



What



The Valentine honeymoon suite in the Relais & Chateaux hotels 18th century Coach House.



What do you get



In blissful Lower Slaughter, the manors Valentine suite comes with its own private garden and Canadian hot tub to while away those honeymoon hours in total seclusion. The bed is a magnificent hand-made, king-size, contemporary four-poster and the humungous bathroom has two rolltop baths side-by side so you can bathe in bubbles to your hearts content.



And another thing



A bottle of Champagne and strawberries dipped in chocolate plus two dozen red roses and a carpet of rose petals will be waiting for you on arrival. The Michelin-starred six-course tasting menu is something to behold. And you get a personal waiter.



Romance rating



8. Yes, its a hotel, which you might think is a bit predictable, but once youre gazing up at the stars from your hot tub, with a glass of bubbly in your hand, youll be sold, we promise.



Star status



Stay here and your neighbours will include model Liz Hurley and actress and now Necker Island fire heroine Kate Winslet.



Flashing the cash



1,300-a-night.



Visit: www.lowerslaughter.co.uk



BEST FOR


Historic heroes and heroines



Where



Abbey Gatehouse, Tewkesbury



What



Tewkesbury Abbeys castellated gatehouse, dating back to 1500. Itll make you feel like a princess in a historical novel.



What do you get



One incredible ecclesiastical space, in the shadow of Tewkesburys magnificent abbey which survived Henry Vs rampage in 1540. Restored in 1849, its now under the care of The Landmark Trust. It might well be in the middle of Tewkesburys bustling medieval streets, but youll feel a million miles and a million years away from reality underneath its vaulted ceiling with its gloriously romantic galleried bedroom, solid fuel stove and teeny-tiny bathroom.



And another thing



It was once an artists studio and the beams in the roof are painted the same colour as the beams in the Abbey choir.



Romance rating



7. Ok, its in the middle of town, but it has an incredible sense of place and no one will find you up that tiny little spiral staircase.



Star status



Artist Damien Hirst lives at nearby Toddington in a pile that looks not dissimilar to the abbey.



Flashing the cash



500-600 for three nights.



Visit: www.landmarktrust.org.uk


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