Luxe Life: A little slice of Cotswold luxury – The Lygon Arms, Broadway
Imagine a hotel where roaring log-burning open fireplaces hint at its roots dating from the 1300’s. Picture a Great Hall with a vaulted ceiling and original wood panelling built in the seventeenth century. Visit a hotel that has been coloured by the characters of history.
At The Lygon Arms, Broadway, you can stay in the suite that Oliver Cromwell stayed in the night before the Battles of Worcester in 1651. The Lygon Arms has roots reaching right into the 1300’s. It’s a historic hotel in the Cotswolds, with a typically Cotswolds history. The predominantly Tudor coaching inn stands in Broadway, which was a key connection between Wales, Worcester and London in Elizabethan times.
More recently, King Edward VII motored to the hotel in 1905 and in 1913, as did his grandson, the playboy prince and future King Edward VIII. The hotel became synonymous with the English middle classes who followed suit, and in the interwar years and beyond The Lygon Arms remained a popular choice for celebrities. Big names were drawn to the hotel for its historic prestige and The Lygon Arms boasts one of the most glamorous guest books in the world. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor stayed here in 1963 at the height of the scandal surrounding their affair.
Today the hotel’s guest book is still in use and counts not just actors and movie stars, but politicians, prime ministers and even Prince Phillip on its pages.
We had the opportunity to stay here ourselves just a few weeks ago and most impressed we were. Luxury is such a subjective thing but if it’s refined service with friendly efficient staff in sumptuous surroundings you’re looking for then look no further.
Take time to enjoy the buildings, the grand interiors, the artworks and even the health spa.
One thing’s for sure – we’ll be going back. Soon, I hope!