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At a glance

  • You'll love

    The fantastic spa

    Excellent childcare

    Family-tailored rooms

  • Kids will love

    Well-equipped kids club

    Teen-impressing tech

    Swimming pools

  • Don’t expect

    All-day pool access

    Pool lifeguards

    All-day childcare


Amid Gloucestershire’s leafy rural roll, Calcot Manor hotel offers the acme of family escapes, with child-geared facilities at every turn as well as a parent-pampering spa. Rooms designed specially for families, an all-day crèche, a kids’ tea every day and a special swimming pool for little ones make Calcot a strong contender for ‘Most child-friendly hotel in the UK’.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Calcot Manor with us:

A Calcot house champagne cocktail for each adult

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Calcot Manor

Dinner, bed and breakfast


‘Your heart will say it’s madness to leave the luxury-coddled surrounds of the hotel’s 220 acres, with its sweetly decorated children's bedrooms, top-flight childcare and playful facilities. And yet the Cotswolds beckon…’

Smith & Family


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Calcot Manor – Cotswolds – United Kingdom

Need To Know


35, including 13 family rooms and suites.


11am, but later check-out may be available. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £209.00, including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include full English breakfast and morning tea. Children in cots or extra beds (up to age 16) are charged at £40 a night, including breakfast, high tea and unrestricted use of the Playzone, crèche and Mez facilities.


Don't fret about tipping: service is included in rates. Dinner, bed and breakfast rates are compulsory at weekends and during peak periods, and include £40 towards dinner each.

Please note

The spa's changing rooms will be getting a full makeover from 8 to 26 May; during this time, the spa will remain open for business (although some spa treatments may be offerred in-room) and minimalist, temporary changing rooms will be set up behind the outdoor hot tub. Some noise disruption may occur during the period, particularly on 8 and 9 May, when both the pool and hot tub will be closed for re-tiling. 

At the hotel

Spa, swimming pools, gym, tennis courts, landscaped grounds, playground, crèche, restaurant, bar, library, DVD/CD library, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Hypnos bed with Frette linen, flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, radio, iPod dock, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

Family Suites have a separate sleeping area for your mini Smiths, with twin or bunk beds, but we say opt for a Large Family Suite: spread over two floors, they have separate kids’ bedrooms, dotted with teddies and toys, and a private garden. Great for those with tweens in tow, the duplex Deluxe Family Suite has two single beds upstairs, and a lounge area downstairs leading into a four-postered master bedroom. Deluxe Rooms are ideal for a cot-beside-the-bed set-up; Deluxe Family Rooms have room for two extra children's beds. The rooms in the main house are reserved for those without nippers in tow; family rooms are all in the courtyard-facing converted barn.


The hotel has both indoor and (heated) outdoor pools, as well as a hot tub that just begs for champagne-sipping soaks while your little ones are in the crèche. Your kids are welcomed in the outdoor pool at any time; and there are set family swimming times at the Spa's indoor pool between 3.45pm and 5.30pm weekdays, and at weekends from 8.45am until 10.15am; there’s also a baby pool and plenty of floats, perfect for swimming tutorials. Swim nappies are available to buy at the hotel.


Award-winning and purpose-built, Calcot Spa has seven treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and relaxation area. The treatment menu is a triumph of flexibility, with choices of massage, facial, pampering just for gents, manicures and pedicures. Up your heart rate in the gym, and wind down with a snack or light lunch in the spa lounge, which has floor-to-ceiling windows that let the light and views flood in.


For those with babies in tow, bottle warmers, sterilisers, changing mats, nappy bags and bottle brushes are parcelled up and ready, in your room on arrival.

Book ahead

Arrange crèche or kids’ club places when you reserve your room, especially if you need them to coincide with spa treatments; it’s also worth getting your spa-pampering sessions in the diary early. The Gumstool Inn is very popular, especially at weekends, so it's wise to book that ahead, too.


Fido can be accommodated in selected rooms – no charge – but please ask when booking.

Food and drink

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Calcot Manor – Cotswolds – United Kingdom


Michael Benjamin’s Conservatory restaurant serves delicious dishes infused with a Mediterranean flavour (partly thanks to a wood-fired oven), all made from fresh, local ingredients, in its namesake airy setting. Its gastropub sister the Gumstool offers hearty fare, including burgers and steaks, with a traditional country air.

Family fare

The Gumstool Inn – a standalone pub in Calcot's grounds – is a family-friendly haven, with an excellent children’s tea served from 5.30pm daily; its children's menu is one of the best we’ve seen: entirely home-made and organic. Baby Deli purées are available in the Gumstool for the newly weaned. A more grown-up zone, the Conservatory Restaurant is adults only by night, but children aged 8 or older are welcome for lunch.

Hotel Bar

The Gumstool’s cosy log fire and warm, lodge-like interiors invite you to laze with a fine wine or artisan ale, and there’s an elegant hotel lounge for pre-dinner drinks or afternoon tea, too.

Last orders

Normal pub hours apply at the Gumstool, with the last drinks served shortly before 11pm. Breakfast is served in the Conservatory 7am–10am; lunch, noon–2pm, and dinner is dished up 5.30pm–9.30pm. High tea for children is served 5.30pm–6pm at the Gumstool. For between-meals grazing, there are cakes, scones and sandwiches available in the lounge and library any time from 10am to 11pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    In the Conservatory, the alcove by the window is a plum spot for light, views and privacy. For a sun-soaked family supper, make a beeline for the terrace at the Gumstool.

  • Room service

    Sandwiches, snacks and drinks (including milk) can be shipped to your room 24/7, although between 11pm and 6am there’s a limited menu. During restaurant hours, you can order in-room dining from the full Gumstool menu.


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Calcot Manor – Cotswolds – United Kingdom

Parent approved

‘Your heart will say it’s madness to leave the luxury-coddled surrounds of the hotel’s 220 acres, with its sweetly decorated children's bedrooms, top-flight childcare and playful facilities. And yet the Cotswolds beckon…’

Smith & Family


The Playzone is a fully staffed Ofsted-accredited day nursery, open seven days a week (9am–12.30pm and 1.30–5.30pm), and welcoming all ages from newborns to 16 year olds. Downstairs, there is a sectioned-off crèche stocked with books and chewproof toys that are perfect for up to six under-2s. You can drop your children off at any time (they suggest a maximum of two hours), but it’s first come, first served – so book places when you reserve your room. 

Kids Club

For children aged 2–8, the Playzone offers supervised play with toys, puzzles, arts and crafts, and books. For over-8s, the Mez is situated on the Playzone’s first floor. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of entertainment, with table football, PlayStations, Wii consoles, Xbox 360s, computers and even a 12-seater cinema. Both clubs operate daily, 9am–12.30pm and 1.30–5.30pm.


Book a babysitter a day ahead for £8.50 an hour (minimum two hours), so that you can relax over dinner or completely switch off.


Calcot has a baby-listening service: Reception will tune into your room, for free, while you tune out, enjoying a feast or drinks à deux.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchair • Steriliser • Bottle brush • Bottle warmers • Weaning spoons • Cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Nappy bags • Changing mat • Stair gates • Socket covers • Soft toys • Crayons • Board books • Swim nappies

For toddlers

• Highchair • Children's cutlery • Beakers • Black-out blinds • Potty • Stair gates • Socket covers • Toddler-proof toys • Playground • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs • Swim nappies • Arm bands and floats

For older children

• Book/CD/DVD library • Bikes and helmets to borrow • Board games • Craft materials • Wii console • Xbox 360 • PlayStation • Computer • Table football • Mini cinema


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Calcot Manor – Cotswolds – United Kingdom

Things to do

Calcot Manor is that rare thing – a destination hotel that’s great for families. Without stepping beyond the estate’s 220 acres, you can entertain yourselves and children of all ages, indoors and out. There are play areas for all weathers; you can go swimming, cycling or play tennis, or unwind at Calcot Spa.

Sunny days

The Manor’s 220 acres of grounds feature cycling trails, walking paths, tennis courts and, during the summer, a maize maze. You can borrow bikes with child seats and children’s bicycles and helmets free from the spa. The outdoor playground is bark-chipping lined and features a small slide, a wooden climbing frame and a train-shaped playhouse; perfect for adventurous toddlers, preschoolers and younger children.  

Rainy days

The Playzone and Mez cater deftly for indoor play, with arts and crafts materials, puzzles and board games all supplied. There’s no shortage of children’s books, CDs and family-friendly DVDs, if you prefer to snuggle up in your room.

And there's more…

Two hours at a time is the maximum that Calcot recommends using their crèche or kids clubs. A special programme of kids' events runs during the school holidays (mid- and end of term).

Local Guide

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Calcot Manor – Cotswolds – United Kingdom
Smith tip

Escape for dinner at the Trouble House Inn (+44 (0)1666 502206), a centuries-old country pub with beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and open fires. Daily-changing specials include dishes such as Cornish fish soup and hay-roasted rib of beef for two.

Don't miss…

At the Cotswolds Country Park and Beach (+44 (0)1285 868096), little ones can paddle and perfect their sandcastles, while for older children, there’s stand-up paddle boarding, pedalos and rowing boats to hire, plus the chance to try water zorbing.

Calcot Manor is just outside Tetbury, a market town in the westerly Cotswolds. Within easy access of the Cotswold Way, it’s a wonderful spot for walking or village-hopping through the honey-stoned hamlets of this gently rural area. A scattering of nature reserves (including the Slimbridge Wetland Centre) tame the countryside into family-friendly attractions, which are (thankfully) far more rustic than plastic. For something a little more action-packed, cycling and golf (at Minchinhampton and Cirencester) are both available nearby.

At tree-tastic Westonbirt Arboretum (+44 (0)1666 880220) in Tetbury, the collection of 16,000 trunked wonders contains species from Britain, China, Chile and more. Crane your neck walking the 17 miles of bough-shaded trails, and look out for events such as music concerts and the Christmas lights spectacular. Turn a walk into a family adventure using specially designed play trails featuring clues and quizzes. During school holidays, there’s a programme of arborially themed activities aimed at your little ones.

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Calcot Manor
Near Tetbury, Cotswolds, GL8 8YJ, United Kingdom
Hotel setting

Homely heart of Gloucestershire

Getting There

Calcot Manor in Gloucestershire lies in the Cotswolds’ western reaches, outside the town of Tetbury and around 40 minutes from Bath.


Bristol International is an hour's drive from the hotel and operates flights to many cities, including Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin. A taxi to the hotel will cost around £85.


First Great Western runs a direct service from London Paddington to Kemble station (10 miles from Calcot Manor). The journey takes roughly an hour and a half. A taxi from the station will cost around £25.


A car will be very handy for bumbling about sleepy Cotswold villages and taking in the gently rolling hills. Calcot is a two-hour drive from London; the village of Tetbury is just a short drive from the M4. The handsome, historic city of Bath is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Calcot Manor has free parking and a valet service on request.


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Calcot Manor – Cotswolds – United Kingdom

Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Calcot Manor – has been selected and approved by parents.

Book into Calcot Manor and prepare for a dilemma. Your heart will say it’s madness to leave the luxury-coddled surrounds of the hotel’s 220 acres, with its sweetly decorated children's bedrooms, top-flight childcare and playful facilities. And yet the Cotswolds beckon…Why linger in your rooms when you could be out there, rambling country parks or fossicking in honey-stone villages? There’s really no need for compromise. Enjoy all that Gloucestershire has to offer in child-friendly chunks, then retreat to the spa or Playzone for some downtime before a gastropubby family supper at the hotel. Just as Calcot Manor marries parent-pleasing practicality with sumptuous style, so you can have your Cotswolds cake and eat it.

Smith & Family

Our favourite discovery is a neatly appointed corner bunk bed, which blends into our room so effortlessly that we both completely failed to notice it on our first exploratory circuit. It comes with an intercom system that feeds directly down to reception, which means that we’re going to be able to enjoy ourselves and dine like adults.

In an effort to stop Tom from wrecking our perfect new pad, we head out of the room to explore our new surrounds. Our first stop is the Gumstool Inn, the country pub-like restaurant, where we decide to put Calcot’s child-friendly ethos to the test. The kids’ menu is certainly everything you’d hope for. All the food is home-made and organic – no hyperactive tots pumped up on E-numbers here – and the young staff combine willingness and ability with being impressively smiley. They’re still beatific when I apologise for the umpteenth time as Tom hurls another fish finger five metres across the dining room.

Anonymously reviewed by Tamara Heber-Percy, Smith Hotels

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Calcot Manor in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

Discussion prior to arrival paid dividends in the necessary arrangements to accomodate a large family party of adults and children of varying age. Management proved receptive and helpful. We had seven children in total from 4 to 14. Calcot hospitality for them was a credit to the Hotel, and the specific Playzone/Mez facility well supervised and much enjoyed. Go-Karting proved a highlight for all ages. Gloucester is more welcoming and better equipped for children than Hullavington, where stag hen parties appear to remain dominanant, to the potential exclusion of families.

Don’t expect

Ultra designer chic. This is essentially "Country House" and all the better for it. That said, bedrooms and bathrooms can sacrifice some practicality for design. eg lack of shelf/cupboard space, baths that are less accessible to older guests.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The family ethos without having to compromise on luxury elements of our stay. The well thought out children's facilities were loved by all. Excellent creche, dedicated high tea and breakfast menus. The spa was also fantastic, one of the best massages i've had and the Mr concurred.

Don’t expect

A shower in every room.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

Excellent service, great food, smiling faces, great room, great time.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

Spa, restaurants and kids club

Don’t expect

Crazy nights

Rating: 9/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The service and the food was fantastic! Nice part of the the world and the mini walk was amazing. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

Just be careful of the horse flies when you walk around the fields. I got bitten rotten and still suffering even after a month later. ;( However that has nothing to do with the hotel!

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The attached pub to give a choice of style of food and ambience. The local town of Tetbury is great for an afternoon of browsing.

Don’t expect

To go to bed later than 11pm!

Rating: 9/10 stars