Sunday, 9 October 2016

Tortworth Court Hotel

Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel 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?!
Tortwort Court restaurant table settings

Lifestyle blogger restaurant review Tortworth Court
Tortwort Court afternoon tea and prosecco review
The stay began with a delicious afternoon tea and prosecco in the hotel's restaurant.  The blue and gold decorative ceiling provided a gorgeous atmosphere, as did the quiet, thanks to business conferences going on elsewhere in the hotel.  It was only when the slate platters of treats arrived that I realised it'd been hours and hours since I'd last eaten, so you can imagine how quickly those sandwiches disappeared! Also, is it normal to have goosebumps at the memory of slathering lemon curd on your scones? Hmm...
Tortworth Court restaurant in daylight
Lifestyle blog review of afternoon tea at Tortworth Court
Afternoon tea at Tortworth Court egg and ham sandwiches
Group table settings at Tortworth Court restaurantAfter 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...        
Grand staircase at Tortworth Court hotel
Styling cashmere jumper in Autumn October
Autumn sunset at Tortworth Court
Tortworth Court hotel grand restaurant in sunshine
Fast forward to the evening after having spent some time lounging around, and dinner was served downstairs at an arranged time. The difference between the afternoon and evening was incredible when it came to popularity - there wasn't an empty seat throughout!  Conferences had finished and guests had returned from exploring the local areas, meaning a comforting buzz of constant chatter saw through the night.  The food was delicious, particularly the chocolate creme brûlée I'd opted for - yum!  The only thing that could have improved dinner would have been warmer lighting.  Although during the day (shown above) it works perfectly, I can imagine how atmospheric a red glow could have been by night in such a traditional setting.
Tortworth Court superior hotel room bedroom
Room service cooked breakfast at Tortworth Court hotel
Hotel room morning sunshine at Tortworth Court
If you're a longterm reader of A Glass Of Ice, you'll know I have a bit of a 'thing' when staying at hotels for curling up in bed late at night with chocolate truffles and a magazine or two.  Well, Tortworth Court gets the thumbs up on that front!  Staying in a deluxe double, the night's accommodation included two rooms with an en suite bathroom.  By closing the door to the living area, you're cocooned in a cosy bedroom featuring a four-poster bed.  Speaking as someone who loves embellishments and looks for those 'added details', the bedroom's decor didn't have me reaching for my camera every minute, unlike the dining rooms.  However, after enjoying a cooked breakfast (room service) by the glow of the morning's light, I found it pretty tough to kiss goodbye to the room!

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. Entrance of Tortworth Court mansion hotel blog review
Long driveway entrance to Tortworth Court mansion hotelWhat 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!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. While I love holidaying abroad, there is something really lovely about getting away to a beautiful building in the UK isn't there? We really do have some beautiful architecture and when they offer such amazing food, it's a win all round isn't it?

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  2. looks so dreamy, would love to visit one day with u!
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  3. amazing pictures and what a beautiful place :)

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  4. Oh my, this looks like an amazing hotel, so pretty and comfy. Great pictures!

    xo
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  5. Oh my god lady this place looks like it belongs it a fairy tale - how stunning?!?! Also, I'm LOVING that suede bomber on you girl!

    Hayley xo
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  6. Who wouldn't be attracted? It's a stunning building! I would love to stay there and pretend to be lord of the manor! You look fabulous as always!

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  7. this looks so gorgeous! a perfect little escape, amaze photos gal x x
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  8. Wow this is great suggestion for a small trip outside London !
    Spent a little time far from the noise and enjoy nature (and food ;) )

    Great article.

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  9. These accommodations look absolutely gorgeous! Who doesn't love to curl up with truffles and a magazine? ;) Honestly, what else are hotels for? Looking stunning as always!

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  10. I also love to stay in places with beautiful architecture ! I love how the beautiful quiet gorunds, what a perfect place to relax :) That afternoon tea looks absolutely delicious !

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  11. This building is totally majestic! It looks stunning and it seems like you've had an amazing time... I love how you travel so much, and you have amazing photos each time xx

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  12. OMG this place looks so gorgeous. Would love to go there sometimes.

    xoxo

    Priscilla

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  13. That is such a beautiful hotel! Everything looks so classy. x

    Have a nice week,
    Andreea
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  14. Tortworth Court certainly looks impressively grand both inside and out. Staying there must have been quite a marvelous experience. Thanks for sharing your's with us Gabrielle!

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  15. that is a very beautiful place, your pictures are great!
    x,Abril
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  16. This place looks adorable. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I could do with some of those pastries..lol. Looks like an amazing Hotel . I love your outfit as well especially those boots . Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.

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  18. I stayed here before having my blog and thought that the grounds and main house were really beautiful

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  19. You go-on-the Best adventures!
    Katelyn
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  20. This hotel is a DREAM! I love these old countryside style :) it's simply amazing and I'm in love!! xx

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  21. Absolutely in awe of Tortworth Court, so dreamy and divine! The afternoon tea looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Looking all the stylish and all the stunning as always Gabrielle, your boots are all the babin'. So happy you had a wonderful stay and made some lovely memories to cherish! <3

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  22. Wow, the first picture says it all! What a dreamy place to stay in, looks you had an amazing time there! :)

    Yiota
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  23. Wow this castle looks so incredibly gorgeous!! I always love reading your travel posts and you give me such bad wanderlust!

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  24. wow this place looks amazing, what a beautiful building . Love your outfit too, these boots look gorgeous on you. Have a wonderful day Gabrielle.
    Nina
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  25. what a gorgeous building <3 you literally always go to the nicest places!
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  26. These pictures are just stunning! what a breathtaking place!

    XoXo,

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  27. How lovely! This looks like such an ideal stay. I envy you for all of the beautiful places you have access to. Bless you for sharing them lol!

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  28. so great place- I love the all pictures xx

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  29. I really love the way you take photographs. They are absolutely stunning! Also, those boots are to die for! ♥

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  30. I really like these kind of hotel, more historic than modern. The outside architecture is amazing. :)
    xo
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  31. Oh my, that place looks like something straight out of fairy tales! The interior is absolutely fabulous as well. I'm sure you really enjoyed your stay there.

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  32. love sky blue pull and super fit this jeans
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  33. OMG this place is simply stunning!! So elegant and classy! *-*
    xoxo

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  34. Looks like such an incredible place, sweetie. I definitely share your love for the architecture like that. Plus, that afternoon tea looks so yummy! I'm sure the sandwiches were gone super quickly :) I always enjoy your reviews of wonderful places like this one & it is truly to best to get all cozy on a lovely hotel bed with favourite treats :)
    xox Nadia
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  35. That's so funny. When I think about the "sticks" and the English countryside all I've ever envisioned was grand estates like the one above or quaint charming cottages with thatched roofing. I can't imagine anything other than grandeur. This hotel pretty much sums up my expectations. Decadent, charming and teeming with history and untold tales. Just gorgeous!

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  36. The pictures are amazing! Like them!


    xo, Maryam
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  37. That place looks magical. WOW! gorgeous pictures Gabrielle!

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  38. Simply beautiful! Great photos! You look great as always! Have a wonderful week!
    Much love, Len
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  39. I love these types of posts of yours so much because I always come away feeling like I've just traveled to these gorgeous locations as well, Gabrielle! What a beautiful place to steal away to!

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  40. The paintings reminds me of Hogwarts! The mansion is gorgeous, I love architecture like that! Your outfit with the red jacket is awesome btw, I really want a red jacket!


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  41. This is an amazing place!! Would love to go here and visit. Gorgeous inside and out. Am glad you enjoyed yourself xx

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  42. This place looks like a castle and it looks absolutely gorgeous! Love all of your looks as well - such a chic traveler!

    Tina
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  43. What a gorgeous architecture! Thanks for sharing :)

    xx Aldora
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  44. Oh my god, that hotel is incredible. I don't even want to call it a hotel! It's absolutely gorgeous.

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  45. This looks like an awesome hotel! And i love that colour of jumper on you!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

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  46. This place looks amazing hun wow, its like a palace ;) xxx

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  47. Such beautiful pictures girl! I've read far too many historical romances but today you perfectly visualized by imagination of British aristocracy properties.
    Cheers,
    T.
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  48. Wonderful photos. love your outfit too.
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  49. I'd love to visit that gorgeous hotel if only to play a Downton Abbey scene on that stair case lol.
    Fantastic photos as always!

    XoXo Noma

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  50. What a gorgeous building, the architecture here is just stunning and I love the shots you got of the garden too. Love your outfit, and glad to hear your stay was nice and relaxing. I must visit some of these beautiful places you share someday! - Tasha

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  51. Wow, the architecture is absolutely magnificent, it looks like a castle straight out of a Disney movie or story book! You always share the most gorgeous, whimsical hotels, which inspire me to visit them whenever I have the chance to travel to Europe! Thanks so much for sharing, gorgeous girlie, and I hope you have a great week ahead!

    XO,

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  52. Gabrielle, Tortworth is absolutely MAJESTIC! It's gorgeous throughout! I love the regal paintings and afternoon tea looked absolutely delicious. Chocolate creme brulee sounds yummy :) Glad you had a fabulous time! You look great :D
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  53. Seriously that entrance, architecture and interior of that hotel is absolutely stunning! Staying there would make you feel you go back in time to those glorious times :) x

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  54. Such a pretty place- and I love your tall boots!

    -Ashley
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  55. Such a gorgeous place, I always love to come here and get my share of the British countryside! The place looks so lovely, and perfect for a weekend! Xx

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  56. I swear you go to the coolest places!! That English breakfast looks to die for. What a neat experience, and as always, brilliant photos! I miss England so much. There is so much charm to be found everywhere. And especially in a good English tea time. ;)

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  57. I love seeing such special places with you, Gabrielle, through your eyes! Beautiful grounds and gardens. Love the grandeur of Tortworth Court, the architecture is breath-taking! xo

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  58. Wow this Victorian Gothic Mansion is stunning. I love such buildings! xoxo

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  59. It looks like you had an incredible trip. That hotel looks amazing.

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  60. The stairway in this hotel made me think of Harry Potter...and not just a stairway! This hotel looks very historical, I sure wouldn't mind staying there. Thank you for that tip about requesting the best rooms (in the main part), I'm sure that the experience in the modern ones wouldn't quite the same.

    Beautiful images...you made me daydream about visiting this place. The garden, the indoors, the details...everything looks so cozy and perfect and at the same time kind of grand too.

    You look lovely! love your skinny jeans and boots combo.

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  61. Oh my goodness, how ridiculously incredible is this place? It actually does look like a modern Hogwarts (i.e totally my kind of place). You look gorgeous too lovely, such a chic look!

    Elle
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  62. Wow, what a beautiful looking hotel, we're so lucky to have plenty of these houses in the UK! Glad you had a great stay!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  63. Tortworth Court Hotel looks stunning, the staircase is definitely one of my favourite parts... Probably a weird pick but I did love it :)

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  64. Looks like you had a great time!

    Xx,

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  65. This hotel looks extraordinary, like a castle! I would love to stay there for a night or maybe more. I am on the opposite side - when I am staying at a hotel, I don't cuddle in bed till noon, but always get up early and go out.

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  66. Wow what a place! You always show the best hotels Gabrielle. This looks like a fairytale. The breakfast looks good too :D

    Gemma x
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  67. I feel part of me wants to go up those stairs! Such a gorgeous stair case! I just love this entire place. Your outfits are gorgeous to. I am obsessed with your boots :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/10/winter-fashion.html

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  68. Wow, this is such a beautiful accommodation to spend the night in! This is exactly my type of building. Simply gorgeous, and it's great that they kept some of the original features in the dining-room - that ceiling is stunning! I can picture myself having an early diner (meaning English diner time for me :P) and then going for an evening walk in the gardens... And that breakfast looks delicious! I can't wait to hear more about Berkeley Castle :D

    Julia x
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  69. This hotel represents the reason I always loves England. Such amazing architecture!
    Love the post!
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  70. You visit the most beautiful places - it looks amazing! Hope you had a fab time!

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  71. I love coming to your blog and seeing posts like this. I keep them all tucked away in the back of my mind as suggestions for whenever I finally get across the pond. Would love to stay or visit somewhere like this!

    -M

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  72. This place looks perfect - you always go to the nicest spots! Love it x
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  73. What a dreamy retreat, looking awesome Gabrielle ;)
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  74. I just love the hotels you share on this blog. Absolutely dreamy and so posh. They definitely look so expensive. Ha! I love the jacket on you. Pretty lady! :)

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  75. I'm a massive fan of gothic mansions and sweeping driveways - in my fantasy world I hope to have one some day :)

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  76. Beautiful photos! You always stay in such lovely hotels! I hope I get the chance to stay somewhere like this one day! :) xx

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  77. The photos are really beautiful!!!!

    XO
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  78. That looks like such a lovely little getaway. The dining room is just beautiful with all the logs piled up in their little hole in the wall, what a beautiful place to stay.

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  79. this hotel is very wow
    I'd love to know your opinion on my NEW OUTFIT
    have an happy day
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  80. This place looks more like a castle then hotel...
    I guess feeling as royal comes free, while staying in this hotel
    Great photos
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  81. This Gothic Hotel looks fantastic, I really love Gothic architecture and mysterious and majestic surroundings.
    The hotel is set in a stunning location with their beautiful grounds :)

    Thanks for the room tip, whenever reviewing anywhere it's important to have an authentic stay.

    Tortworth Court Hotel does look like one to visit, gorgeous!

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