For minimum travel and maximum luxury, ditch your passports and drive to the Cotswolds.


The hip heart of the West Country - with its charming villages and gastro pubs - is the ideal place for a post-wedding love-in. True, there's no shortage of high-end hotels in the Cotswolds, but none are quite like Barnsley House.

On one hand, it is the epitome of rolling-hills luxe; as your car sweeps up the drive, the Grade-II listed manor promises to fulfil your five-star fantasies.

Yet once inside, you feel as if you're staying at a fashionable friend's country home. No two bedrooms are the same at Barnsley.


Room 17, a mezzanine suite, has the ubiquitous roll-top bath opposite the bed; although it feels a little dated, it's easy to overlook when you discover that the bathroom doubles up as a steam room.

Upstairs, a sitting room - complete with DVD menu - dares you to snub the hotel's terraced restaurant and order room service. But do venture out because Barnsley's local, the Village Pub, is a two-minute walk away and has a cult foodie following.

Hidden within the hotel's woodland you'll find the Garden Spa, where you can indulge in a Morning Dew treatment - perfect to clear your post-wedding day head (read: hangover).


WOW FACTOR: Book out the hotel's private cinema (free of charge) for just you and him. Your first date-night as Mr and Mrs will definitely be one to remember.

GO: Double rooms cost from £280, B&B;