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Painswick Hotel

As a restaurant-with-rooms The Painswick will, from March 2016, offer outstanding food wired into a first-rate setting. Cosy, comfortable bedrooms will be reasonably priced and The Painswick is to be all about spontaneous visits rather than just the big occasions in life.

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Sister hotel to Calcot and Barnsley House, The Painswick will feature 16 bedrooms, beauty treatment rooms and a Franco-British restaurant.

PAINSWICK Something of a well-kept secret, the town of Painswick never disappoints with truly breathtaking views over a beautiful valley (it’s no coincidence that there is a place known as ‘Paradise’ nearby). The aged Cotswold stone here has a mellow silver shade and the winding lanes of the town are sleepily romantic. There’s a cutting edge here too though; Painswick is developing an artisan, alternative feel in line with the rest of the Stroud area (described by Jasper Conran as ‘the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’).

Painswick tips from the hotel

Stroud is our nearest town (4 miles away) and its Farmers’ Market (Saturdays) is buzzy and exciting – for further retail ideas pick up a Stroud Vintage or Stroud Decorative shop guide locally. Stroud, by the way, is on a direct rail route from London.

The ACP (Art Couture Painswick) Festival in July champions wearable art. Past judges (from Grayson Perry to Lily Allen) have reflected the area’s high celeb count.

On the edge of the village, Painswick Rococo Garden is, literally, unique. Britain’s only Rococo garden echoes the seductive drama of the period (the café’s home-made cakes are pretty sexy too).

THE PAINSWICK,
Kemps Lane, Painswick, Gloucestershire GL56 0LJ
01452 813688;
thepainswick.co.uk;
enquiries@thepainswick.co.uk

Walk: Painswick Beacon

4.7 miles (7.6km) | 3 hours
Painswick Beacon, a.k.a. Kimsbury Fort, a.k.a. Castle Godwin is an Iron Age fort on a hill-top with amazing views across Cotswold country to the Severn Vale and Wales beyond. We recommend walking from the hotel for the full experience, but a shorter car-based option is available if time is short.

For the route, just ask at reception.