Enjoy your stay in our partner Cotswold Hotels and Inns
Days touring with Active England are dynamic and lively, we cycle and walk through much of the mornings and often the afternoons too. With this in mind, we have chosen country hotels throughout the Cotswolds to ensure that your stay is relaxing. Elegant, contemporary and full of Cotswold charm, these inns reflect the best of what each historic town has to offer in both hospitality and gastronomy.
The Manor House Hotel and the Lamb Inn
The Manor House Hotel in Moreton, often the first place we stay on our tour, began as a sixteenth-century manor house serving as a coaching inn for horseback travellers. It is built from the picturesque golden Cotswold stone, quarried from the surrounding hills, giving it a ‘postcard-perfect’ glow in the sun. Nowadays, the Manor has switched stables for a library and there are few horses save those in beautiful oil paintings hung on the walls. Our next stop on our tour is the Lamb in, situated down a quiet road in the historic town of Burford and set into a row of formerly fifteenth century weavers’ cottages. Stepping through its front door you will immediately feel at home, transported through time into a rustic living room complete with warming fireplaces and sink-in armchairs.
On your day’s adventures, you’ll have earned a local real ale from the impressive selection of beers, or a look through the gin or wine lists; and what better way to relax than in the tranquil gardens found in each of our partner hotels, and enjoy the evening sun. The Close’s garden in Tetbury is our favourite, where you can sit and eat outside on the patio, lounge on a deck chair in front of the gently trickling fountain or simply sit and rest your legs.
Having worked up an appetite during the day, each hotel’s evening menu has the option of a wonderfully cooked three-course meal as well as a multi-course tasting menu to awaken your taste buds. From local venison or Scottish salmon to cheese boards, homemade soups and sticky toffee pudding there is something for everyone. Our pick for its fine dining is the Lamb Inn, where you can dine next to open fires, choosing between an elegant eight-course tasting menu, an à la carte of classic dishes or a simpler menu of a traditional gastro-pub in the bar area and sitting rooms.
For those still hungry in the morning, full English breakfasts are on the menu as well as porridge, a continental selection of pastries, cheeses and meats, as well as fruit and yoghurts. Trust me you will not go hungry! Each of the hotels are chosen for their location, set within the beautiful rural Cotswold countryside, so having had a good night’s sleep and full from a hearty breakfast, our tours allow us to cycle or walk directly from your hotels in the morning to begin your day with ease.