Whilst I didn’t get a chance to take a proper vacation this summer, I was lucky enough to enjoy a handful of nights away in the English countryside. And, most recently, I stayed at Thyme country house hotel in the Cotswolds.
It had been years since I last visited the Cotswolds, so it felt like a real treat to spend 24 hours in the beautiful Southrop village. If you’re currently dreaming of a relaxing country escape, Thyme definitely offers everything you could want – from picturesque country walks and indulgent spa treatments to incredible food and on-site cookery classes.
Here are some visual highlights from my stay at Thyme hotel. Plus all of the need-to-know details…
Thyme has evolved over a number of years, opening originally as a cookery school before growing into a sprawling countryside escape and hotel in 2015. They’re constantly adding new additions – most recently a spa, with a swimming pool coming soon – but the rustic, welcoming and quintessentially British design is consistent throughout the estate…
Every room has a unique look, and I lucked out by scoring one of the most beautiful bathrooms in the country house. That freestanding bath was the dream! And the beds are all unbelievably comfortable, too…
The guest lounge and bar is adorably named The Baa, as it’s housed in the estate’s old lambing sheds. It’s a really cosy and stylish space, complete with sheep seats that are incredibly Instagrammable!
The ethos at Thyme and their neighbouring village pub, The Swan, is “homemade, homegrown, produce driven.” So you can expect to eat fresh, seasonal ingredients which are harvested daily from their farm and garden.
We ate SO well on our visit!
Because they have so many delicious, fresh veggies on site there were plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans, and they’re happy to accommodate gluten intolerances too. One small thing to note, however: currently the only dairy-free milk served at Thyme is soya. I know a lot of those who are dairy-free also avoid soya, so if you’re staying for a number of days you might want to request oat/almond milk, or take your own with you.
The Meadow Spa is a new addition to Thyme, and it has been so thoughtfully designed. Ahead of your treatment you’re greeted in the spa’s greenhouse, which is possibly the most aesthetically-pleasing space on the planet. Seriously, how dreamy is the decor?!
I enjoyed the Thyme Signature Body Ritual and opted to focus on “vitality”. So the 90-minute treatment combined dry-brushing with massage and a facial.
All of the Meadow Spa treatments were created in partnership with British beauty brand, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare. And their focus on natural ingredients and essential oils fits seamlessly into the spirit of Thyme.
Rooms start from £260 per night. Breakfast is included in all bookings, and there are coffee machines in the rooms. There’s free WiFi across the estate (which was fast and reliable). Children under 12 are not permitted. To learn more about the Cookery School at Thyme click here.
Are you hoping to do a weekend away in the Cotswolds, later this year? And is Thyme now on your travel bucket list?
~ Disclaimer: I was a guest at Thyme country house hotel. However, I was not obliged to cover the experience beyond Instagram, and all opinions expressed are my own. ~