Lucy Pearson and her canine companion, Maurice, the French Bulldog, stay at the dog friendly Lygon Arms Hotel in the postcard-perfect Cotswolds village of Broadway.
As far as chocolate-box villages go, few are quite so quintessentially British as Broadway. Nestled in the heart of The Cotswolds, it’s often referred to as ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds‘, and at just two hours from central London it’s a go-to for many who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The largest of the 40 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cotswolds features popular Walking Trail The Cotswold Way, which runs from the market town of Chipping Campden to the City of Bath.
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HOTEL & LOCATION
You’ll find The Lygon Arms nestled on Broadway’s charming high street, which also features an independent bookshop, a colourful delicatessen, an art gallery and lifestyle shops a-plenty. Having begun life as a coaching inn, The Lygon Arms is steeped in history since its inception in the 14th century, with everyone from the likes of Prince Phillip to Elizabeth Burton gracing the hotel’s guest book. Set in three acres of picturesque grounds, it features a luxury spa and swimming pool, as well as the striking on-site Lygon Bar and Grill.
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Having played host to many a well heeled guest, The Lygon Arms selection of boudoirs perfectly fuse tradition with elegant modern touches. With something for everyone, they range in size from a cosy room to a master suite; the most famous being the Charles I Suite, where the namesake sovereign slumbered before a battle in the 1640s. We stayed in one of the impeccably presented courtyard suites that came equipped with a dog bed for our French bulldog Maurice, as well as a flat screen TV, sumptuous bath robes and a Nespresso machine for that all-important morning caffeine hit.
PET FRIENDLY PERKS
Pet pooches are welcome in 12 of the Deluxe Rooms and four of the Junior Suites; and Maurice was treated like royalty by each and every member of staff, who only too willingly gave him treats to reward him for his impeccable behaviour. As well as a dog bed, our suite also had treats and bowls for both food and water.
While we didn’t book Maurice in for a pamper session, there is the option to do so should you so wish. Renowned local dog-groomer, Lucie Allen from Broadway Dog Groomers, is ‘City & Guilds’ qualified, and will gladly whisk your pet pooch away for a pampering, while you enjoy your own down-time in The Lygon Arms’ spa.
As opulent as a hotel spa can get, The Lygon Arms spa and health club offers guests an idyllic place in which to relax. With an impressive spa menu that includes facials, massages and specialised scrubs, you’ll leave feeling relaxed, recharged and refreshed. My sister and I were both treated to a rejuvenating facial which was sixty minutes of unadulterated bliss, before spending half an hour in the eucalyptus-scented steam room.
FOOD AND DRINK
With both a grand restaurant boasting marble tables, high ceilings and a stunning feature fireplace, as well as a softly-lit bar and ample cosy sofas for tucking into large slabs of cake or glasses of mulled wine, the foodie offering at The Lygon Arms is both decadent and delicious. We had a robust dinner in the bar accompanied by Maurice – and chose their North Cotswolds Ale battered Fish and Chips and the Lygon Beef Steak Burger, rounding it off with the Seasonal Fruit Crumble with Clotted Cream.
We ate sans dog in the morning to make the most of the dining hall, and feasted on the impressive breakfast buffet, pots of hot tea and smashed avocado on toast.
WHAT TO BRING
Opt for Cotswolds finery at this affluent inn; think cosy cashmere in the winter, Barbour jackets and Hunter wellies.
WHEN TO GO
The Cotswolds is beautiful at any time of year – splendid in the summer sun; oh-so-cosy when winter falls. We visited in mid-December, and Broadway certainly wears Christmas well, with the high-street elegantly bedecked in festive fairy lights.