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I have been wanting to visit the Cotswolds ever since I saw the film ‘The Holiday’ back in 2006, it’s one of my favourite movies and although it was filmed in Surrey, Iris’s cottage was inspired by the Cotswolds (much to my disappointment it was made in the studio). That’s a whole ten years of expectation and anticipation. Luckily, the Cotswolds was just as dreamy as I had imagined. Full of chocolate box houses framed by green landscapes.

We had planned a full itinerary for the trip, which spanned most of the Cotswolds, from Chippenham to Stow-on-the-Wold. Our hotel, Lucknam Park was right in the South, almost on the outskirts of Bath. We chose to stay in this hotel for the duration of our stay and do day trips to make the most of relaxing and exploring at the same time. This actually worked really well for us as we got to see so much of the Cotswolds, but we came back to a familiar place each evening.

After driving through the hotel gates we were greeted by the most gorgeous vista, beech-trees lined the mile long drive and in the distance you could just see the hotel. We planned to spend the afternoon fully enjoying all the hotel had to offer and with Michelin star dining and an award winning spa complex we were spoilt for choice.

Having booked through Mr & Mrs Smith we were given a complementary afternoon tea for our stay and we chose to have it straight away. When we were shown to the drawing room I fell in love, opulent and elegant,  yet cosy enough to make you feel at home. This room is actually what I dream of for my forever home, one day (perhaps a little optimistic?).

The room had a beautiful corniced ceiling with delicate hanging chandeliers, a grand fireplace to the centre, light flooding through the patio doors and the best part was, we had it to ourselves!

I have to admit we spent much longer whiling away the time over afternoon tea than I expect. Once we finally mustered up the strength to leave the cosy inside we set off to explore the grounds. The main building is the pièce de résistance of the 500 acre estate, beautifully symmetrical to create the most magnificent setting. Of course I couldn’t resist taking a walk along the vista, with the sun almost setting it cast golden beams across the drive and made for a perfect autumnal scene.

The spa must be one of the best I have ever been to and I basked in its glory till around 9pm that evening. Popping in and out of the thermal cabin, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room…the list goes on, please can I retire here?!

We left completely relaxed and dragged ourselves back to the room and sunk into the squishiest bed on earth, ready to explore further north of the Cotswolds the next day.