Nestled in the rolling hills of Lower Brailes, is a luxurious lifestyle destination that provides the perfect relaxing stay for a weekend getaway in the Cotswolds. On one sunny September weekend, we packed our bags and drove down to Feldon Valley to explore everything this hotel and golf course has to offer. The hotel is located 30 minutes from Banbury and just a few miles away from the famous Cotswolds Distillery.
Greeted with an impressive entrance in an area of outstanding natural beauty, we couldn’t wait to check into our room.
While the golf course appears to be the star attraction here at Feldon Valley (the scattering of golfers confirms this), you don’t have to be a keen golfer to check-in, the hotel is also designed to appeal to travellers and families on their holidays to The Cotswolds. Greeted by the friendly reception team, we were handed our room key and set off to discover a beautiful lodge-style accommodation among the trees overlooking the golf course, hills and nature.
The newly-built lodges at Feldon Valley are truly wonderful, with only the sound of the birds chirping around you thanks to the remote location of the hotel. Our Lodge provided the perfect base for our adventures in The Cotswolds with everything you could possibly need including a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge area and even a balcony with a table and chairs overlooking the fairways and hills. Interior design is sleek and stylish, with contemporary furniture and more traditional touches in the form of vintage books. A lovely touch!
It’s not just the lodges that seriously impress, the hotel itself, restaurant and lounge areas provide a modern yet comfortable and luxurious setting. If you’re looking to sample head chef Darren Brown’s creations, be sure to book in advance as the restaurant is soon full with hungry tourists and casual diners. Dine on dishes such as ricotta dumplings, Cornish plaice and dark chocolate mousse. Vegan? No problem, you can also request a vegan friendly menu in advance.
Our spacious king-sized bed provided a great nights sleep, waking up in the peaceful surroundings of the valley with early-risers heading out for a game of golf. We enjoyed a lazy morning curled up in our dressing gowns on the decking area under the morning sun.
After soaking up our beautiful surroundings, it was time to tuck into breakfast. Served in the main restaurant overlooking the golf course, breakfast consists of a small yet satisfying buffet plus a menu with your typical ‘fry up’ options. A vegetarian sausage would have been welcome but there was still plenty in the way of breakfast foods to satisfy non meat eaters. A variety of fresh fruit, cereals and yogurt made for a perfect start to the day.
With the brand new rooms, cosy lodges and already highly-acclaimed restaurant, it won’t take long for this hidden gem to secure its status as THE luxury destination to check in to for a weekend in the Cotswolds. We had a truly fabulous stay and can’t wait to head back for a peaceful retreat away from the city.