Bring your senses alive in a Cotswold spa retreat that regularly opens its doors and its arms to yoga weekends, photoshoots and gastronomic dining. Acacia Spa House invites you to laze around in the palm-fringed, wood-fired hot tub, purify yourself in the barrel sauna with one-way panoramic views, and drop into the cold plunge.
Round up 15 of your besties and celebrate in the English countryside with wild swims, deep massage and good living. Wander the one-acre gardens, sip coffee on the sun terraces, load up the wood-fired pizza oven at dinner. Get lazily acquainted with hammocks and loungers. Steam, chill, bubble, boil. Feel alive in a rural haven.
Cook on the electric range with five-burner hob, or call up MasterChef finalist Andrew Koj for a slap-up celebration. Bag the master suite for the grooming room and the extra space for kids behind double doors. Acacia Spa House is anything you need it to be: group spa stay, relaxing retreat, stunning Cotswolds base. Lap it up and live a little.
The one-acre gardens here are landscaped and lovely but your main experience will centre around the outdoor private spa. This is a place to shrug off modern-day living and come alive among palm trees, hammocks and sun loungers.
Soak up the one-way panoramic Cotswold views from the five-berth electric sauna. Let the kids loose on the trampoline. Come alive, Wim Hof-style, in the icy plunge pool. Eat out in the sunshine with pizza from the wood-fired oven. Simmer under the stars in the wood-fired, four-person hot tub. Let your senses sing.
Welcome to a world of unrestrained boutique beauty. With multiple living areas, this is a place where you can be as sociable or solitary as the mood strikes. The epicentre of the lovingly furnished living is the open-plan kitchen, diner and living space. Load up the logburner and snuggle up for catch-up TV or just a chatty catch-up.
Make it a movie night in the snug, in front of BT, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Now TV streamed over BT superfast Wi-Fi. Curl up with a book from the library. Set some sounds up on the Bluetooth. Keep tabs on your email in the separate designated workspace. Relax, revive and recharge in the lap of lazy luxury. You’ve earned it.
Get creative over the electric range cooker with five-burner hob in the fully equipped island kitchen. Eat around the 12-seater dining table or out on the terrace with pizza from the wood-fired oven. Or if you can’t stand the heat, call up MasterChef finalist Chefkoj or Annabel from Calmer Cuisine for Middle-Eastern fusion.
Call out for takeaways on Deliveroo or Just Eat, to Asha for Indian food made fresh using local ingredients or Domino’s for pizza. Stock up the fridge and freezer from Jesse Smith Farm Shop, Waitrose, Tesco, Lidl or Aldi, and top off your shopping with fizz from Moke Fine Wines or Talking Wines.
Potter out to The Potting Shed for locally sourced food that includes roast cod with white-bean cassoulet or 16oz Chateaubriand for sharing. Eat seasonal British menus at The Wheatsheaf, such as Springfield chicken and Kelmscott bacon pie or goan-spiced cauliflower. Or head into Kemble for hearty pub fare at The Tavern.
At MBB Brasserie, watch the chefs prepare pan-fried sea bream or honey-roasted mini chorizo in the open-plan kitchen, then see them shake your cocktails at the bar. Try something different at Cotswolds’ Airport’s AV8 and maybe catch a Top-Gun night while you’re there. Or head to Tierra and Mar for sous-vide flat-iron steak.
In this quietest and most restful of Cotswold villages, you’ll sleep the sleep of the just, with just the call of the chaffinch or tree creeper breaking the rural hush. Acacia Spa House sleeps 11 in five beautiful bedrooms.
Let’s begin in the master suite, bathed in natural light with panoramic views of the Cotswold escarpment. Sleeping up to four guests, it offers a kingsize bed, en-suite and grooming room with doors that close for privacy when used as a kids’ bedroom. The Orchard Room, meanwhile, is a cosy single that’s locked if unused.
The Family Room is a spacious and light experience with an en-suite that sleeps two guests very comfortably in a super-kingsize. The Guest Room provides a kingsize, while Ella’s Room is a delightfully decorated kingsize with en-suite.
For extra guests, The Studio and The Cabin are available at an additional charge. Sleeping two in each in either comfy double beds or twin beds with stylish en-suite showers. Access to The Studio and Cabin is via the garden with the Cabin being on the upper level above the Studio, accessed up a flight of stairs.