Most bed-and-breakfasts are modest affairs.
So it’s perhaps not surprising that a sprawling Cotswold construction from 1320 with its own helipad has officially been crowned the UK’s ultimate B&B, this week.
The dramatic Abbots Grange, which is nestled in the lea of Broadway hill, was originally constructed for the Abbot of Pershore but is now a heavenly guesthouse.
UK winner: The Cotswolds’ Abbots Grange was crowned the UK’s best B&B at the annual Eviivo Awards on Tuesday
The accolade was bestowed on the venue at the annual Eviivo awards in London on Tuesday, which celebrate exceptional venues and services.
Naturally, this monastic manor has all the comforts you’d expect from an AA five-star, ‘highly commended’ space.
Packed with wonderful old English antiques and furniture, artworks and roaring log fires, it’s a hidden gem of exceptional scale and beauty.
The stunning bedrooms are decorated with four poster beds (dressed with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets, of course), while oak panels line the age-old walls.
Fully-modernised for comfort, each room also boasts seating areas, flat screen TV’s, mood lightning and complimentary welcome trays.
Stunning: This monastic manor has all the comforts you’d expect from an AA five gold star ‘highly commended’ establishment
Wow-factor: Packed with old English antiques and furniture, artworks and of course, roaring log fires, it’s a popular place
Dramatic: Oak panels line the walls in one of the bedroom’s additional lounges, which also contains private seating
Extra special: The venue’s Abbots Chambers has been branded ‘the most romantic bedroom in the world’
One suite in particular, the Abbots Chambers, is uniquely special. So much so that owners have dubbed it ‘the most romantic bedroom in the world’.
With a 25ft-high vaulted ceiling, ancient oak beams and a huge open fireplace, the Abbots Chambers is a celebration of medieval craftsmanship and certainly possesses wow-factor.
Specifically, this takes the form of an ancient stone stairway leading directly to it, plus in-room bathing with a freestanding roll-top bath, leaded light windows and antique rugs.
Heritage: Flowers bloom in the remarkable gardens (left), while a hidden nook in the building offers privacy
Historic: The building is considered by the Institute of Archaeology to be one of the nation’s most important and best-preserved English monastic manor houses
Eat your heart out: The family-run venue keeps food simple with just a full-English breakfast available each day
Sumptuous: Epic property was originally built circa 1320 for the Abbot of Pershore but is now a popular tourist destination
Classy: The stunning bedrooms contain four poster beds – dressed with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets
Relax: The Abbots Chambers has in-room bathing with a freestanding roll-top bath, leaded light windows and antique rugs
Step back in time: The passage of time is evident in the fabric of the 14th century building
Meanwhile, the external grounds are equally impressive.
The private gardens overlook classic Cotswold countryside, while croquet lawns and tennis courts are on-hand for the exclusive use of guests.
In addition, beautiful rose gardens, specimen trees, outside seating areas and a summerhouse add further luxury to the experience.
As if that wasn’t enough, the venue even has its own helicopter landing pad, for those wanting to arrive in style.
According to the venue’s site, the building itself is considered by the Institute of Archaeology to be one of the best-preserved English monastic manor houses.
During its time it has welcomed a host of iconic people, including Mark Twain, Henry James, Edward Elgar and Oscar Wilde.
Similarly, American artist Frank Millet painted his most famous work, Between Two Fires, in the venue’s Great Hall.
It currently hangs at London’s Tate Gallery.
- Rooms at Abbots Grange cost from £160.
Through the years: The Institute of Archaeology to be one of the best-preserved English monastic manor houses
Modernised: Although rich in historic value, each room is also fitted with modern amenities, such as heated towel racks
Rock on! A traditional rocking horse oozes antiquity as it sits in the middle of a spacious, stone-floored room
Green: Beautiful rose gardens, specimen trees, outside seating areas and a summerhouse add further luxury
Cheers to that! Each room also boasts seating areas, flat screen TV’s, mood lightning and complimentary welcome trays
Cosy retreat: A log fire illuminates one of the main rooms of Abbots Grange, making it perfect for autumn and winter