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Russell's of Broadway

Broadway, Cotswolds, UK


The 7 rooms are set above the restaurant, in 2 separate wings. The right-hand one houses the slightly newer rooms (5, 6 and 7), whilst the left-hand side also has a small guest lounge with an honesty bar and fresh milk for guests to help themselves to. All rooms mix comfort and style with gorgeous oak furniture, thick cream carpets and slick extras (silk cushions, padded hangers, plasma TVs, an iPod dock and a desk-cum-dressing table). Some look out over the High Street, others the alfresco dining area out back. Windows are large, some have exposed stone walls and traditional wooden beams and the bigger rooms have sumptuous bathrooms. Beds are big and firm - most are kingsize, only one room is twin-bedded, but most have sofas which can turn into extra beds if you're with a friend.

We stayed in Room 7 and it was simply gorgeous: very spacious and light with a queensize 4-poster bed topped with a beige suede headboard and laden with magenta silk cushions, a restored vaulted ceiling and a seating area with a chenille sofa and armchair. On the right-hand side was a large wardrobe, at the foot of the bed a striped velvet luggage rack. The plasma TV could be swung round so you could lie in bed and watch morning telly with a cup of tea (although you'd need to pop to the adjacent wing to get milk) and the bed linen was soft and thick.

However, it was the bathroom that stole the show. Vast and white with Cotswold stone and piles of white towels and dressing gowns, it was seriously decadent. A jacuzzi bath sat in the centre, facing a plasma TV in one wall. Candles and lanterns were tucked into alcoves; the double bowl sinks had a long mirror above them with make-up lighting. Toiletries were 'waterbabe' by Arran Aromatics (get past the name and you'll like them) and there was a walk-through shower.

Though not as luxurious, the other rooms we saw were lovely. Room 4 was the next biggest, with charming eaved ceilings, a purple velvet bedspread, fab folding bedside tables and a stand-alone bath. Room 6 had a teal-blue headboard, damask rose silk cushions and pretty glass-bulb bedside lamps. This was their 'disabled-access' room, but we felt the bathroom would be too cramped to accommodate a wheelchair.

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Features include:

  • Phone
  • TV
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Radio
  • iPod dock
  • Internet Connection
  • Safe box
  • Central Heating
  • Extra Beds
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee/tea making
Save to favouritesPrintMailRussell's of BroadwayHoney-coloured buildings glow in the evening sun; the village green is immaculately clipped and dogs are basking on its warmth. This is England at its most glorious, most picturesque - and all we can think is, why don't we live here? The main street stretches up in front and within seconds Russell's appears on the left-hand side. Outside, cushioned garden benches sit under vast white umbrellas and and the flagged patio leads straight into the attractive restaurant. The former showroom of Sir Gordon Russell's furniture, the ground floor is roomy, light and filled with dining tables. Crisp white linens and a well-stocked wine wall set the tone; it's elegant but laid-back and the staff are warm and chatty. Out the back is an alfresco eating area, upstairs are the 7 [r:UK045:rooms]. These, owner Andrew explains, are not the main focus, but they're gorgeous nonetheless. Oak four-poster beds, exposed stone walls, chenille sofas and silk cushions. But don't get too comfy: [i!!dinner] awaits downstairs and it's even better...

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