The Lygon Arms, Broadway, Cotswolds: enjoy a two-night luxury stay at this historic Cotswolds inn
Located at the heart of the Cotswolds in pretty Broadway, The Lygon Arms is a charming 16th-century inn with plenty of character. It is also have a lovely spa, elegant swimming pool and two intimate restaurants - plus there's the beautiful surrounding countryside to explore. Our expert Tom Chesshyre says: "Old beams, gnarly wooden doors and sloping floorboards help to create the inn's frozen-in-time atmosphere."
You will stay in a spacious Deluxe Room, the third most luxurious room category, which is beautifully decorated with antiques and period features. On the first evening you will dine in the relaxed Lygon Bar & Grill, where you will enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco before dinner. A full English breakfast is on offer each morning and during the day you can relax in the spa, with 10% off pre-booked spa treatments.
Two-night stay from £249pp*
- Two nights in a Deluxe Room
- Daily breakfast
- Dinner on one evening (£35pp)
- Complimentary glass of Prosecco
- Full use of the spa
- 10% off pre-booked spa treatments
- Valid for stays Sunday-Thursday
The Lygon is a former coaching inn dating from 1377 on the route between London, Wales and Worcester. Last year it was acquired by London and Regional, the hotel and property investment company run by the brothers Ian and Richard Livingstone (who also own Chewton Glen hotel in the New Forest and Cliveden House in Berkshire).
Situated in the pretty town of Broadway in the Cotswolds, the Lygon Arms sits in an enviable location on the high street, slap bang in the centre of town.
By plane: Birmingham Airport (39.4 miles)
By train: Honeybourne train station (6 miles)
By car: parking is available at the hotel
Look & Feel
In the Charles I suite at this historic hotel, the king's coat of arms hangs above the fireplace. It is reputed that Charles and his supporters assembled here during the Civil War. Later on, Oliver Cromwell stayed the night before the Battle of Worcester; a framed drawing depicts him standing in front of the fire in what is now the Cromwell Room. Ghosts of the past linger at the Lygon, with its creaking floorboards, mullioned windows and ancient hallways.
A multi-million pound refurbishment by Anita Rosato has spruced up the lounges and introduced a slick spa and a bijou cocktail bar. Chewton Glen and Cliveden fans are already trying it out. Former guests include Edward VII, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Evelyn Waugh, Prince Philip and Kylie Minogue.
Service was swift and friendly. The staff in the spa are especially welcoming and the quality of treatments is high.
There's an impressive array of facilities at the Lygon Arms from an attractive courtyard terrace to a slick refitted spa, complete with a three-acre garden. Perhaps the most impressive is the swimming pool and its retractable roof. There's also a state-of-the-art Technogym.
- Sun terrace
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Access for guests with disabilities
The 86 rooms have an old-fashioned feel, with plenty of antique furniture; some pieces are by Gordon Russell, one of Britain's leading designers in the 1930s (whose father once owned the hotel). Old beams, gnarly wooden doors and sloping floorboards help to create the inn's frozen-in-time atmosphere in the main building, which houses 36 rooms. Others are in outhouses from the 1920s and 1950s by a courtyard with a chestnut tree and landscaped garden. Rooms throughout have been smartened with checked fabrics in purples and reds, wide beds and shiny bathrooms stocked with Floris toiletries. The Charles I suite has a fantastic four-poster bed.
Food & Drink
There are three main dining options, plus a spa café serving wraps and smoothies. The Lygon Wine Bar offers tapas in romantic, dimly lit rooms lined with cabinets of wine bottles. Snacks can be had at the cocktail bar, but the main attraction is the Lygon Bar & Grill, in a former music hall with eye-catching antler chandeliers and walls of old oil paintings. The play-it-safe, unpretentious menu offers fish and chips, pies, burgers, steaks and salads. My octopus and fennel salad starter was fresh and crunchy, the octopus warm and salty. The generous chicken and mushroom pie came in a large iron pan and had perfect pastry. The tiramisu was light and lovely.
Lygon Bar & Grill | informal | seasonal
British menu | ££
Lygon Lounges | sandwiches, burgers & brunch | ££
Wine Bar | Italian and European wine | casual bites | ££
It's great to see a classic hotel being given a new lease of life, but some of the decor is a touch conservative. Rooms can be pricey at weekends but this is a top-class hotel and great for a special occasion.