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Fosse Manor Hotel is situated in Stow-on-the-Wold, in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds. Formerly a rectory, this mellow Cotswold stone-built hotel is set amidst five acres of scenic grounds and gardens. Its interior is contemporary country house in style and each bedroom has been individually designed, many offering garden views. Fosse Manor Hotel is ideally placed for touring the Cotswolds and visiting nearby towns including Cheltenham and Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon.
Fosse Manor Hotel is surrounded by bustling, picture postcard towns and villages, beautiful architecture and stunning countryside. At a height of nearly 800 feet, Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest settlement in the Cotswold Hills, benefitting from glorious views. Stow's large market square is the focus of most activity in the town. The surrounding houses, shops and inns, in mellow Cotswold stone, represent a pleasing blend of styles, mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries. In the centre of the town, the medieval market cross is a reminder of the days when up to 20,000 sheep were herded, for sale, into this square - the cross there to remind traders to trade fairly under the eyes of God.
Stow has its own place in the history books with the last encounter of the Civil War fought in and around Stow-on-the-Wold in 1646. St. Edward's church suffered extensive damage whilst used as a prison for the defeated Royalist soldiers. The Royalist Inn, now a pub, is listed in the Guinness book of records as the oldest inn in England, dating back to 947AD. All around Stow you will find a wealth of history reflected in the Cotswold stone architecture and the surrounding villages, friendly pubs and country churches set in beautiful hills and valleys.
Set back from Fosse Way, the ancient Roman Road from which the hotel takes its name, the mellow Cotswold stone exterior and neo-gothic features of this former rectory belies an interior whose contemporary design creates a stylishly simple environment, whilst retaining much of the character of a traditional country-house hotel.
The 21 bedrooms are all individually styled and furnished using natural tones and fabrics with many rooms benefiting from views of the gardens and surrounding countryside, providing the perfect space in which to relax and recharge.
Dining at Fosse Manor is defined as much by the pleasure derived from the setting and atmosphere as it is by the quality of the food. Described as 'traditionally English with a twist', the restaurant offers a varied range of dishes from traditional to contemporary English cuisine. Whether you choose to dine in the main restaurant or the simpler surrounds of the bar, the standard of the food and the service is superb.
The hotel has a new conference and meeting suite that can cater for up to 40 delegates, ideal for small business meetings or special occasions.
Each of the non-smoking bedrooms has been individually styled and furnished using natural tones and fabrics, all with ensuite bath or shower room and many with beautiful views of the surrounding gardens.
Satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, heating control, internet access, electric shaver point, 24 hour room service, smoke alarms, duvets, radio, are available in every room.
The rooms are located in two areas of the hotel - the original Cotswold stone building that is the Main House and the Coach House.
Lord of Maugersbury Manor, Joseph Chamberlayne esq., sold Maugersbury Manor in the late 1890`s to fund the building of Fosse Manor Hotel, known at the time as Hyde House.
Chamberlayne and his wife Henrietta Catherine, who were both descendants of Edward III King of England, saw Hyde House as a perfect place to improve on their great passion for entertaining, and as such required a property grand enough to do so. Completed in 1901 as per the family coat of arms above the front door, Hyde House fitted the bill.
The House remained a private residence until the 1950`s, when it was changed into a nursing home. It was empty at that point, but owned by the same people who owned Quarwood on the hill behind the Hotel. The hotel was close to being levelled as it "spoiled" the view from Quarwood!
Since the late 1950`s, Fosse Manor has been a Hotel, owned for 30 of those years by one family.
Fosse Manor Hotel
Gloucestershire GL54 1JX
Tel: +44 (0)1483 776344Fax: +44 (0)1483 730202
From London: A40/M40 junction 8 (Oxford South). Follow the A40 ring road around Oxford (sign posted Witney/Burford). Continue on the A40 and turn right at the junction with the A429 (signposted Stow). Follow the A429 for approximately 7 miles and the driveway to Fosse Manor is located on the left hand side of the A429.
From the West: M5 junction 11A. Take the A40 east towards Burford. Continue on the A40 and turn left at the junction with the A429 (signposted Stow). Follow the A429 for approximately 7 miles and the driveway to Fosse Manor is located on the left hand side on the A429.
Parking: Ample free parking on-site
Rail: Moreton-in-Marsh Station (4 miles) Taxis are available at the station.
Air: Birmingham International Airport (45 miles)