Cowley Manor Experimental

Cowley, Cheltenham, UK
30 Rooms
Modern Design & Secluded
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MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Maybe it’s the fact that this thoroughly classical Italianate manor is said to be the place where Lewis Carroll first met Alice Liddell that piqued the Experimental Group’s interest. Or maybe it was Cowley Manor’s decidedly modern approach to boutique-style luxury hospitality — showing respect but not excessive reverence for its 19th-century setting. One way or another, this well-loved country-house hotel now flies the flag of its French owners, as Cowley Manor Experimental.

In typical Experimental style this means an interior makeover by the Parisian designer Dorothée Meilichzon, who has created a unique atmosphere in Cowley Manor’s 31 rooms — a mix of English Italianate country-house pomp, Parisian cool, and the occasional nod to Alice in Wonderland. Even the coziest rooms in the main house are properly luxurious, with rain showers or deep soaking tubs, while the larger ones add four-poster beds, balconies, terraces, or all of the above.

One holdover from the previous era is the lavish C-Side spa, one of the finest in the country — a masterpiece in Cotswold stone with a spectacular glass-walled indoor pool. The gardens and grounds, of course, are as majestic as ever. And the Experimental group can claim particular expertise in the realms of food and drink; here the kitchen is overseen by the highly regarded British chef Jackson Boxer, and the bar, now an Experimental Cocktail Club production, features a menu that’s tailored to its idyllic country-house setting.

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Cowley Manor Experimental
Cowley, Cheltenham, UK

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Free parking
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Sauna
  • Beauty salon
  • Steam rooms
  • Gym
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Wake-up service
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Bikes available
  • Golf nearby
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Cribs (subject to availability)
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool

Need to Know

  • Cribs are available for infants under 2 years old free of charge.
  • Extra beds are available for children under 16 at 50 GBP per child, per night. The charge includes cooked & continental breakfast.
  • Eligible Plus reservations: Welcome amenities may be delivered to your room after you check in. A “Do Not Disturb” status may impact the delivery of these amenities.
  • Eligible Plus reservations: Credits and discounts will be applied at check-out in local currency unless otherwise noted. Credits are valid toward incidentals only and will be forfeited if not used.
Check in: 16:00
Check out: 11:00

Credit cards accepted

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