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A Vacation in the Cotswolds at Hilton Puckrup Hall

I recently had the pleasure of staying at Hilton Puckrup Hall during my latest visit to the Cotswolds and the Cheltenham Festival. * Located just outside the charming village of Tewkesbury, the expansive Puckrup Hall sits on 140 acres of private parkland and offers a stunning 18-hole championship golf course.

It’s comprised of two buildings, the grand white building which greets you upon your arrival, and the slightly more modern, yet equally beautiful brick building, which houses main reception, the immensely well-equipped leisure centre with a gym, indoor pool, an spa, the restaurant and bar, and many guest rooms.

As you walk into the main reception, you’re greeted by a beautiful interior with white columns and skylights, with plenty of chic sofas with views of the grounds to relax on. Hilton Puckrup Hall does an excellent job of combining the sophistication and luxury that you would expect at a large country estate with everything you’d hope to have in a modern hotel. To the left of the reception is the leisure centre, which I didn’t have a chance to enjoy this trip, but it was always bustling with guests enjoying the pool or using the wide array of workout equipment.

The wonderful Hilton staff treated my mom and I to an early Mother’s Day tea, and I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, it was one of the nicest teas I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. Everything was wonderful and freshly made, and they were very accommodating with food allergies! The desserts were definitely the star of the show - each one was full of very complex, different flavours, but none were overwhelmingly sweet, as can be the case with many teas.

My favorite was the blueberry and raspberry mousse in a white chocolate shell, though both the layered chocolate mini-cake and the pina colada inspired chilled mousse topped with pineapple, mango, and coconut were absolutely divine. The room where we had our tea was just on the other side of the bar, and it’s designed to feel like you’re sitting in a cosy personal library. The whole atmosphere of the restaurant and bar are very warm and inviting, and a great place to take your parents, your friends, or even a date with that special someone!

We stayed in the Queen suite with balcony, which is arguably one of Hilton Puckrup Hall’s nicest rooms, and definitely one of the most impressive hotel rooms I’ve stayed in in England. All of the rooms were accessible via an elevator, which is still a rarity in a lot of British Hotels, but is essential for a hotel to be considered truly accessible to all. The room itself featured a foyer with a powder room and a well-concealed mini fridge which opened up to an incredibly spacious living room with a large TV and a sofa that turned into a bed. From the living room you entered the dining room, which was a small, circular room, with fabulous large, wooden curved doors and a well proportioned dining set.

Half of the dining room was comprised solely of large windows which let in lots of natural light and views of the balcony, golf course, and pond. I loved that the balcony doors were able to be opened fully and just at the top halves, so if you were travelling with children you could let plenty of fresh country air in without having to worry about them wandering out to the balcony. The bedroom was again generously proportioned, with a comfortably firm mattress, a dressing table, walk in closet, and beautiful master bathroom with tub, shower, double sinks and a bidet.

If you want to feel really spoiled on your next trip to the Cotswolds, the Hilton Puckrup Hall is my recommendation. This hotel has everything you could want, and has the added benefit of being just a few minutes drive from Teweksbury and all of its shops! If you’re looking for an interesting afternoon and love history, the Teweksbury Abbey is one of the most fascinating ones I’ve ever seen!

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