Spanning six of England’s prettiest counties, the Cotswolds has long been one of the UK’s most visited regions. It’s not hard to see why: few places in the world unite rural tranquillity with refined living as well as this unique part of the country. With green rolling hills, clusters of honey-hued villages, sumptuous hotels and more tea rooms than you could possibly desire, there’s something for everyone here. Here’s your luxury guide to the Cotswolds.
Deep in the North Yorkshire dales, set in 250 acres of forested parkland bordering the moors, is the Swinton Park Estate. As you drive through wrought-iron gates and catch a first glimpse of this striking ancestral home, complete with ivy-clad turrets and Gothic battlements, it’s easy to imagine you’ve stepped back in time. The building work for this handsome manor house began in the 1600s, although it wasn’t until the Cunliffe-Lister family bought the property in 1882 that Swinton Park began to take the castellated form you see today. Swinton Park opened as a luxury hotel in 2001, and since then it’s been busy carving out a name for itself as Yorkshire’s top country hotel.