There's been a sad, slow funeral procession for English eccentricity in the face of minimalism and mid-century modern. Like a fond homage to the 80s, Cotswolds88 celebrates Leigh Bowery in a dedicated room emblazoned with an impression of his lip-slicked face on wallpaper as well as the clashing acid bright and black and white pastiche that triumphed Versace during this time. The Luxury Travel Bible had never before considered the brain-boggling effect of switching one's eyes quickly between zebra pattern and check-based print until we entered the hotel's lounge room. Despite its grey 18th century exterior and country location there is nothing bring-the-wellies about this 10 rooms getaway. Instead, say a big cheers to the OTT glamour of Isabella and Detmar Blow whose architect grandfather once turned his hand to remodelling this very structure. If you find you need something less eye-exerting to retire to inquire about the Junior Detmar Room which is styled with tamer caramel hues.
Sipping on a Cotswolds Cosmopolitan on the terrace and starting out to the Cotswolds hills dreamy.