Painswick is one of those quaint Cotswold’s villages where sandstone houses are crammed along narrow windy streets in between weathered churchyards, gnarled trees and long-established gardens.
Unless you knew about it you would almost certainly miss Cardynham House. Even if you do know about it it’s easy to walk straight past the unprepossessing chunky front door which opens straight onto the street.
This 15th century boutique hotel is full of surprises- the Palm Room draped in floaty white fabrics, dark and brooding heavily festooned four poster boudoirs and the incongruous pool room which really does boast a fair sized, private, glass-encased swimming pool within the high courtyard walls. The corridors are narrow, the ceilings are low and the doors are opened by huge original keys. You’ll stumble upon cosy reading rooms you never knew were there and probably won’t find again. With plenty of traditional British pubs and a handful of local restaurants a stone’s throw away this charming place offers a warningly traditional get-away in a beautiful part of the English countryside.