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The Lygon Arms

History and Scandal Await Discovery at The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds
It’s not everyday that you hear “Oliver Cromwell slept here” or that King Charles I was a guest. Nor that Richard Burton and Liz Taylor camped out here during their affair. But at The Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds, during the course of over six hundred years while evolving from a simple inn (1300's) into a breathtaking property, there are bound to be a few skeletons and a surfeit of historical occurrences that come with the place.

And what a place it is. The last of the extensive multi-million pound refurbishments is complete resulting in pure luxury and tasteful elegance in the eighty-six guest rooms including three Luxury Suites and six Courtyard Suites;all boasting a grand but easy elegance with modern technology. There are two new restaurants, several comfortable lounges, an afternoon tea-room and in summer a delightful alfresco courtyard. Another of the refreshed jewels is the luxurious spa.

If you are feeling you'd like the royal treatment, book the King Charles I Suite with many historical features still intact. Or book an event or meeting in the room Oliver Cromwell slept in the night before the Battles of Worcester in 1651. Want a whiff of steamy seduction? When the stars of the block-buster movie Cleopatra fled from the public in 1963 to continue their illicit love affair (both were married to others) Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor stayed at The Lygon Arms.

Fans of British TV will love that the Cogges Manor Farm, which was the estate farm on Downton Abbey is not far away and is available to visit. There is also the Cotswolds Distillery (whiskey) and visitor center, and a new music venue The Marshall Rooms in Stroud will open soon.

The Lygon Arms is just the place to relax and soak in the beauty of the Cotswolds's rolling hills; watch the leaves blow across the meadows, see the clouds cast shadows on the villages built of gold Cotswold stone, or simply cozy up inside and soak in the spa tub. Come and make your own history; they'll be waiting to put the kettle on for you.

Tip: they are hosting multiple night "house parties" for the holidays. Packages and details found on their website.

Cotswolds, Hatfield AL10 8JR, UK