Sister hotel to Calcot and Barnsley House, The Painswick will feature 16 bedrooms, beauty treatment rooms and a Franco-British restaurant.
PAINSWICK Something of a well-kept secret, the town of Painswick never disappoints with truly breathtaking views over a beautiful valley (it’s no coincidence that there is a place known as ‘Paradise’ nearby). The aged Cotswold stone here has a mellow silver shade and the winding lanes of the town are sleepily romantic. There’s a cutting edge here too though; Painswick is developing an artisan, alternative feel in line with the rest of the Stroud area (described by Jasper Conran as ‘the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’).
Painswick tips from the hotel
Stroud is our nearest town (4 miles away) and its Farmers’ Market (Saturdays) is buzzy and exciting – for further retail ideas pick up a Stroud Vintage or Stroud Decorative shop guide locally. Stroud, by the way, is on a direct rail route from London.
The ACP (Art Couture Painswick) Festival in July champions wearable art. Past judges (from Grayson Perry to Lily Allen) have reflected the area’s high celeb count.
On the edge of the village, Painswick Rococo Garden is, literally, unique. Britain’s only Rococo garden echoes the seductive drama of the period (the café’s home-made cakes are pretty sexy too).