The village of Painswick, an old wool community which dates back to the 14th century, stands high on a hill overlooking the beautiful rolling valleys of the Cotswolds. Mediaeval cottages rub shoulders with elegant Georgian merchants' houses, surrounding the famous churchyard with its 99 yew trees and tabletop tombs.
The Palladian style Painswick Hotel, built in 1790 as the residence of wealthy village rectors, occupies a central position in this classic English rural scene. Guests are welcomed into the ambience of a comfortable private residence, with the antique furniture, stunning fabrics, soft furnishings, period engravings and objets d'art in each of the bedrooms all contributing to the sense of well-being. The elegant public rooms are warmed by open fires, and similarly hark back to the gentler times in which they were first occupied. In the stylish antique pine-panelled Restaurant, delicious and tempting food is served with a strong emphasis on locally reared Cotswold meat, wild Severn salmon, Gloucestershire cheeses, Vale of Evesham vegetables, local game, and lobsters from the fresh water tank.
Painswick is a superb touring, sporting, and cultural centre, opening up the pleasures of Cheltenham, Bath, Warwick and Bristol as well as more local attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon, Berkeley, Broadway, and the market towns and villages of the celebrated Cotswold countryside.
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The Painswick Hotel
Kemps Lane, Painswick, Gloucestershire GL6 6YB
Location: between Stroud and Cheltenham
Tel: +44 (0)1452 812160
Fax: +44 (0)1452 814059