A lovely dog-friendly walk with sweeping coastal views and lots of places to stop for refreshments!
Walking is one of my favourite pastimes, especially since having Jack. Motherhood can be quite lonely at times, but when I am out and about I really do feel better and Jack enjoys a change of scenery too.
An amazing, dog-friendly boutique bolthole in the beautiful Cotswolds.
The Painswick is a stunning 16 bedroom hotel in the idyllic Cotswolds. Perfect for those who enjoy woodland walks, glorious food and stone cobbled villages.
We stayed in The Hawkers, a gorgeous bedroom with stunning views across Painswick and a wonderful roll-top bath. There was even a travel cot for Jack and sweet treats in the room on arrival!
Dusty, our mini dachshund, stayed with my brother in one of the Garden Wing Rooms and absolutely loved her mini break. She was spoilt rotten, getting lots of attention and dog biscuits from the staff! The doggy treats in the bedroom were also a great touch. Dogs are allowed in the Morning Room and Games Room and in the garden and terraced area, so there were plenty of areas for Dusty to explore.
We kicked off our stay with The Painswick’s delicious Full Afternoon Tea, a mix of sweet and savoury treats served with tea and coffee. The scotch eggs were by far the tastiest I’ve ever had, my husband was a big fan of the pork pie and my brother devoured the gooey chocolate brownie! Let’s just say there wasn’t a crumb left in sight! My mum has a sugar allergy and the kitchen were very accommodating, preparing her a delicious sandwich on sourdough and vegetarian scotch egg, which she said was delicious!
We dined in the hotel’s restaurant, which again did not disappoint. Freshly baked bread and wine started things off nicely and the duck breast I had for my main was cooked to perfection. My brother loved his steak and Dad said his Cornish Cod was delicious. The ingredients were fresh and local and presentation delightful!
We did more than just eat on our trip but I can’t not mention the breakfast, which for me was my favourite meal each day! There was so much choice. Homemade buttery crumpets, Greek yoghurt, muesli and pastries were just a few of the continental offerings. I even made my husband a Virgin Mary! When I was pregnant with Jack I gave up Eggs Benedict because I wasn’t sure which eggs were safe or not. I made up for it at breakfast and opted for the Eggs Benedict both days. How I’ve missed runny poached eggs and creamy hollandaise!
We visited Painswick Rococo Garden, a five minute drive from the hotel and had the most lovely time! Family friendly and dog friendly too, we wandered around the beautifully manicured gardens and found our way to the centre of their maze. The 8,000 tulips blooming in the Exedra Garden were beautiful, as were the abundance of Wild Garlic flowers and there are also lots of interesting sculptures dotted around. There is also a lovely area for children to play. Unfortunately we just missed out on seeing the bluebells with only a few remaining, but I imagine the bluebell walk is gorgeous if you catch it at the right time.
That evening I enjoyed a fabulous Rococo Garden cocktail back at the hotel to toast a great day out and we also enjoyed a few games of pool.
If you’re looking for an upmarket place to explore The Cotswolds then The Painswick is the perfect choice. After a day of walking you’ll be rewarded by the delicious food and comfortable bedrooms and also The Painswick’s exemplary hospitality.
Jack agrees with my rating of 5/5 stars because he loved all the attention from the staff and comfortable John Lewis travel cot! He was also fascinated by all the lovely lights and the crackling, warm, big fire in the lounge area!