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The Broadway Hotel, Broadway, Worcestershire
Broadway village is one of the Cotswolds' most renowned beauty spots, and crowds tend to descend here, but at the end of the lovely High Street, The Broadway Hotel is a haven of calm and charm. There's a front terrace which looks out onto the village green, very much the focus of local life in spring and summer, as well as a back terrace, hidden away in a garden only open to hotel guests. Contemporary-chic furnishings harmonise with the sense of history: old stone fireplaces and diamond leaded windows are offset by bold wallpaper and clever lighting. There's a bright brasserie serving modern British cuisine, a quiet sitting room, a tall bar serving up impressive cocktails and 19 stylish bedrooms.
Rooms available from £193 per night
There are enticing galleries on the doorstep, and the hotel is also close to a host of sights, from Snowshill Manor and the renowned gardens at Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court to Cheltenham, with its boutiques, cafes and famous horse racing course. The nearest station is at Moreton-in-Marsh, about a 20-minute taxi ride south east.
By car: around 2 hours 30 minutes from London, and over 1 hour from Oxford and Bristol. Free parking available.
By train: London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh (via Oxford) takes 1 hour 30 minutes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com
THE LOOK AND FEEL
This is an elegantly cosy hotel with striking, arty touches, from the sketches and paintings on the walls to the clever use of bold fabrics for cushions and curtains. The décor has an underlying horse racing theme in keeping with The Broadway's popularity as a base for fixtures at Cheltenham Racecourse about 13 miles south.
Staff are generally charming - many have worked here for years and clearly love the hotel. There is a smallish car park for guests. The front terrace is a lively local hub in fine weather; the back terrace and garden are for resident guests.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs may stay in selected rooms; Room 19 has its own patio and a dog shower.
BED AND BATH
The bedrooms mostly feature bold fabrics and paint colours; in a neat touch, they are all named after Cheltenham Gold Cup winners. There are also three holiday cottages: stylish Manderley and Beagle sleep four guests each; Bumble Bee is a romantic retreat for two.
Room types: Snug, Cosy, Four-Poster, Comfy, The Abbotts, Cottage
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Molten Brown toiletries, hairdryer, Nespresso machine, Roberts Radio, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD AND DRINK
The modern British cuisine here ranges from classic pastas and fish and chips with homemade tartare sauce to pan-fried stone bass served with crayfish tails and salsa verde. The same menu is served throughout the dining spaces of the hotel. Afternoon tea is a three-tiered joy of sandwiches, scones and pastries.
Tattersall's: conservatory brasserie. Classic British cuisine, locally-sourced ingredients. All-day menu, open daily. Mains from £16.50.
Jockey Bar: racing-themed bar and terrace. Open daily for dining and drinks. Afternoon tea served 12-4:30pm.