Twelve months ago I made a little resolution to myself that involved seeing more of the country I grew up in. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in flying off to exotic destinations and fitting in a two week break, but for me often a night or two away discovering our own shores is all I need for a little mind rest – and to come back feeling invigorated and buzzing with ideas. Over the last year we’ve managed to get to Bath, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, the Berkshire countryside, New Forest and the Cotswolds, but to finish on a high we were thrilled to be invited to a Gloucestershire country house to start the festive season off perfectly. If you love everything about big British countryside retreats, DeVere Tortworth Court will have you feeling like you’re in the middle of Downton Abbey in no time.
As you drive towards Tortworth Court you realise how far into the countryside you actually are; barely anything of interest as far as the eye can see, the beautiful 11th century house is located within acres of beautiful land and curated gardens that are a delight to explore – even in the middle of winter. The grounds really are breathtaking, but it’s no less impressive inside: the grand staircase that overlooks reception is the perfect entrance for your Downton moment, while the library offers a quintessentially British location for drinks or afternoon tea. The atrium is beautifully decorated with fairy lights and indoor trees, creating a somewhat magical location to have a pre-dinner drink before slipping into the main restaurant to fill your boots.
I’m fortunate enough to visit a lot of hotels, and stay in a lot of glorious manor houses (it’s kind of my thing!) but Devere Tortworth Court is undoubtedly up there with the best. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful or accommodating, the rooms were light and spacious, the atmosphere was relaxed and so much attention to detail made this a super special place. The only drawbacks from my point of view were that the food was relatively expensive and nothing spectacular (I have high standards!) while the spa has seen better days and offers limited facilities – but it is due to have a facelift at some point this year, so here’s hoping for something a bit more enticing!
I loved discovering all the nooks and crannies that provided the perfect Instagram backdrop, but I’m sure there were so many more to find if we had more time; it’s amazing how quickly a 24hr trip goes when you have food to eat, drinks to pour and photos to take – I’d definitely love to return in the spring to see how the new season brings to life this breathtaking British hotel.
If you’re looking to book a weekend away, Devere Tortworth Court is surprisingly affordable and definitely the place to check out from your busy life. (But the WiFi is free and strong if you do need a social media fix, mind you!)
Find out more about Devere Tortworth Court HERE. Prices range from around £75.00 to £250.00 per night, but it’s worth having a look at different packages and rooms available.
Our stay was complementary.