City breaks aside, when staying out 'in the sticks' I've always been attracted to more flamboyant architecture. Dramatic buildings, grand buildings, striking buildings. All the buildings! Nothing has changed, in fact I have a feeling it's only going to intensify over time - at least while hotels such as Tortworth Court sit happily on the map. As I showed via Insta Stories earlier this week, I spent some time in the Cotswolds, staying over at this stunning Victorian Gothic mansion. It was all very last minute, but isn't that how most of the best trips start?!
After indulging in a few sweet treats, the hotel's gardens provided the perfect opportunity for a leg stretch. Landscaped gardens can be found right next to a row of outdoor seating, though beyond that there's further grounds that are a little more relaxed to wander through in total silence. The sight of the grade II* listed mansion from the edge of the grounds is very special, particularly towards the end of the day as the sun hits the tips of the buildings and leaves the rest in shade...
Psst! When booking, be sure to request a room in the main building if you're looking for an authentic, traditional experience of the hotel. This also ensures you're not sleeping on the ground floor, as could be the case when staying in the modern converted stables.
What an entrance - and exit! I just can't enough of long driveways like this one leading to Tortworth Court. Speaking of which, the journey there becomes so lovely as you get closer to the hotel, with plenty to do in the surrounding areas. On this brief frolic in the Cotswolds, I checked out Berkeley Castle, a site designated by English Heritage - though more on that later this month, because of course I took along my camera!