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The brainchild of Loungelover London co-founder Marchella De Angelis, Cotswolds88 Hotel is a temple to Italian design. The name may be straightforward, but that’s all that is. Gloriously over-the-top touches such as PVC-backed chairs and chrome mannequins vie for attention with the hotel’s own Palladian backdrop, and the result is a space that’s luxurious and super-stylish, with a cheeky sense of humour.
It might be worth hiring a small car for this trip. The Georgian streets that surround Cotswolds88 Hotel are no friend to larger vehicles.
Little Fleece Bookshop on Bisley Street, Painswick GL6 6QQ (+44 (0)1452 812 264). Collectors of quality secondhand and antiquarian books will thrill at the copies stacked from floor to ceiling, while browsers will find this 16th-century National Trust building worth earmarking alone for a visit. The Antiques Emporium Griffin Mill on London Road, Thrupp near Stroud, Gloucestershire (+44 (0)7970 601 624) Anyone in the market for shabby-chic treasures for the home should scour the furniture-packed rooms of French and English antiques here – from chintzy lampshades to grand dressers, this is an Aladdin's Cave of objêt d'art and top tat.
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