Cowley Manor Experimental
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Cowley Manor Experimental

No. 1 of Top Premium Hotels in Cheltenham
Cowley, Cheltenham, GL53 9NL, United Kingdom
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With a stay at Cowley Manor Experimental in Cheltenham, you'll be on a river, within a 15-minute drive of Cheltenham Racecourse and Crickley Hill Country Park. This upscale hotel is 11.8 mi (18.9 km) from Gloucester Quays and 15.7 mi (25.2 km) from Cotswold Country Park and Beach.Show More
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4.2/5Very Good·Cleanliness: 4.2
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Amenities
Indoor Swimming PoolOutdoor Swimming PoolSaunaSpaMassage RoomFitness RoomPrivate ParkingFreeBarBilliards RoomRestaurant
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Surroundings
Airport: Gloucestershire Airport
(19.2 km)
Train: Cheltenham Spa Railway Station
(10.9 km)
Train: GLOUCESTER STATION RAILWAY STATION
(15.7 km)
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Room (Petite Cowley)
7

Room (Petite Cowley)

1 King bed
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking
Private Bathroom
Refrigerator
Minibar
TV
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Junior Suite (Churn's River)
5

Junior Suite (Churn's River)

1 King bed
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking
Private Bathroom
Refrigerator
Minibar
TV
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Room (Alpaca)
4

Room (Alpaca)

1 King bed
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking
Private Bathroom
Refrigerator
Minibar
TV
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Room, Terrace (Wildflower)
6

Room, Terrace (Wildflower)

1 King bed
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking
Minibar
TV
Private Toilet
Shade Curtain
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Room (Water Lily)
5

Room (Water Lily)

1 Double bed
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking
Private Bathroom
Refrigerator
Minibar
TV
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Suite (Cowley Manor)
7

Suite (Cowley Manor)

1 King bed
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking
Private Bathroom
Refrigerator
Minibar
TV
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Treehouse
8

Treehouse

1 King bed
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking
Private Bathroom
Refrigerator
Minibar
TV
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Room (Wildflower)
4

Room (Wildflower)

1 Double bed
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking
Private Bathroom
Refrigerator
Minibar
TV
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Suite (st Mary)
3

Suite (st Mary)

1 King bed
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking
Private Bathroom
Refrigerator
Minibar
TV
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Swan Lake Suite
5

Swan Lake Suite

1 King bed
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking
Private Bathroom
Minibar
TV
Private Toilet
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Guest Reviews(69)

4.2/5
Very Good
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  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Amenities4.2
  • Location4.2
  • Service4.2
Guest User
February 11, 2024
Service: The service is very good and the attitude is also good. If you order takeout, the front desk will escort the takeaway person to the door of the room.
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January 28, 2024
We had an amazing spa day as a group of 5 ladies for my birthday treat. We arrived at Cowley and walked the grounds first which was a great start to the day. We then went down to the spa, Charlotte and Ellie at reception couldn’t have made us feel more relaxed and made sure our day ran smoothly. The spa was very clean, tidy and peaceful! Olivia gave me the best back massage I’ve ever had, it was incredible!
Rosalie T
January 1, 2024
It’s hard to put into words how disappointing our spa visit was. This is barely a spa. It’s two pools and a higgledy piggledy shop/reception with an extremely weird assortment of things and a changing room so small that we had to wait for our turn to enter and dry off/change because it was crammed with about 5 women. There are literally over 40 lockers but space for 3 to sit down. Crazy. Our biggest disappointment was the terrible attitude of the space staff. Worst I have ever encountered. From the moment we walked in they made it clear us being there was a huge inconvenience. Ordering food was an inconvenience. Ordering drinks a pain. Four young ladies standing around giggling and gossiping and yet the photos I attach shows you the appalling state of the bathroom. No towels collected, no hand towels replaced. Finger marks everywhere and gross shower area. Never has there been a place I’ve been so hyped about and been SO let down. What a waste of time and money :(
FFCW
December 4, 2023
The design is utterly beautiful and simultaneously completely impractical the place is so dark you can’t read in your room. There is no plug by a mirror. The kettle has to be plugged in on the far side of the room. It’s a triumph of style over substance. The staff are great and the grounds gorgeous. The food was good at dinner and mediocre at breakfast. Could be perfect if they reviewed the lighting and electrical circuits - the staff said it’s a frequent complaint so it needs sorting. Whoever messed up the symmetry with this mirror/TV arrangement please think again!
Guest User
April 14, 2024
I’ve reviewed Cowley before, having first visited when I was 18 (almost 23 years ago!). I got married there, my big brother had his 40th birthday celebration there. We stayed there for my mums 60th. In short it was the go-to for my family to celebrate our special occasions. The refurb is (in my humble opinion) utterly ghastly: rather than nod to its ‘Alice in Wonderland’ heritage, it is relentlessly themed by it. From the carpets to the stencil work in the bedrooms, there is no escape. We get it. Alice in Wonderland was written here. The onslaught of checkerboard and wicker picnic themed furniture is overkill. Furthermore, after 23 years as a paying guest, I noticed several influencers such as Lucy Williams moping miserably about, sharing filtered images on Instagram as free #pressstay guests. Not cool. I think I’m done.
Guest User
March 31, 2024
We went to Cowley Manor for afternoon tea (only). As many people have noted, the grounds are beautiful and the decor of the hotel is an eclectic mix of stately home with modern furnishings giving the hotel a unique quirky atmosphere. The price of the afternoon tea was typical of 'posh hotel' and the spread was very nice but we were very disappointed with the quality of the English Breakfast tea which was very weak and tasteless and we had to ask for extra teabags with each pot of tea we had. Even that did not bring the brew up to the strength it should have done. Personally I would have prefered my tea to be served in bone china cups because the tea got cold quite quickly.
Guest User
March 1, 2024
I was excited to go back after the refurbishment, having had a great time previously. We had to wait for the girl on the spa reception to finish her chat before acknowledging us. We were given some forms and told to take a seat. The spa was filled with children who were running riots. We were told when booking the arrival drink was tea or coffee, so we ordered a coffee and was told the coffee machine was broken so could only have herbal tea. So we were not off to a good start. Then off to get changed where the girl said there would be towels and flip flops already in the locker. Only one of us had a locker with this in. So we had to interrupt the receptionists chat to get those. The facilities have not been refurbished, and the steam room smelt so bad we couldn't bear to use it. Indoor pool is lovely, but it needs a bit of music or something. Cups and mugs and towels were left throughout the whole morning. Treatments we had booked for the same time as per my confirmation. We sat waiting, two of my friends went through, and I sat there, so I asked and was told my treatment was 30 minutes later. I queried this, and she said the manager had moved it some time ago. There was an apology that I hadn't been informed but added to the already there frustration. The treatment itself was amazing, my therapist really listened to what I wanted and delivered(sorry I forgot your name, brown hair and glasses, but you really do deserve credit) in fact, all of us were blown away by the treatments. Although, you can hear absolutely everything from the treatment room. could hear the same girl from the desk, noise from the gym and every time someone opened the changing room. As this was a treat for a friend we did not make a fuss, we paid and went for lunch earlier than planned. We went through to the hotel, where the receptionist was busy looking at her mobile over helping us. We made our own way to the restaurant. I did absolutely love the decor in the main hotel and that felt as though it really transformed. Lunch was great, service was excellent. We didn't get any names, but everyone who served us was fabulous. Things were on the look up! We decided to stay in the bar and lounge area for our coffee, finally! We really eally enjoyed the atmosphere up there. Overall, I wouldn't go back to the spa, the expierience of the spa itself wasn't relaxing or luxury. I can't wait to go back for lunch.
Guest User
February 15, 2024
I booked myself and my daughter a spa day for valentines and had a lovely day. We were greeted by The receptionist who was lovely and very accommodating, she gave us robes and our locker key where we found towels and flip flops. The changing rooms were very clean with lovely products to use. The inside and outside pool was heated and we enjoyed some time relaxing with a coffee before our treatments. I then had a back massage and my daughter had a hydro collagen facial which we were both very impressed with. The ladies doing our treatments were lovely and we both got exactly what we asked for from the consultation. After having such a relaxing morning we then went to the hotel for lunch and champagne where we enjoyed the views. Food was lovely and the bar staff were very helpful and cheerful. Overall we had a wonderful day and would definitely rebook again. Margaret G
Guest User
August 15, 2023
We had an excellent afternoon tea on Saturday! The service (from our waitress Amy and colleagues) was impeccable, nothing was too much trouble. The toasties and rolls were tasty, and the sweet treats were just that! The grounds are lovely, with lakes, swans and cascades. The furniture is eclectic/interesting. We would happily return!

Property Policies

Check-in and Check-out Times
Check-in: 15:00–24:00
Check-out: 06:00–11:00

Front desk hours: 24/7

Child Policies
Children of all ages are welcome at this hotel.
Children between 0 and 17 years old can stay for free if no extra bed is needed.

Cots and Extra Beds
Please contact the hotel for details about cot and extra bed policies.

Breakfast
TypeContinental, Full English/Irish, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
StyleBuffet
AgeFee
Children 17 years old and under
£15.00 per person
Adult
£35.00 per person
Additional breakfast fees are not included in the total and need to be paid at the property.

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Property Description

  • Opened: 1870
  • Number of Rooms: 31
With a stay at Cowley Manor Experimental in Cheltenham, you'll be on a river, within a 15-minute drive of Cheltenham Racecourse and Crickley Hill Country Park. This upscale hotel is 11.8 mi (18.9 km) from Gloucester Quays and 15.7 mi (25.2 km) from Cotswold Country Park and Beach.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find a health club, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. Additional amenities at this Georgian hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.

Satisfy your appetite for lunch or dinner at The Restaurant, a restaurant which specializes in local and international cuisine, or stay in and take advantage of the room service. Unwind at the end of the day with a drink at the bar/lounge or the poolside bar. Buffet breakfasts are served on weekdays from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM and on weekends from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM for a fee.

Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. This hotel has 2 meeting rooms available for events. Free self parking is available onsite.

Make yourself at home in one of the 31 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Your pillowtop bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets. Smart televisions with digital programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.

Services & Amenities

Indoor Swimming Pool
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Spa
Fitness Room
Bar
Billiards Room
Restaurant
Meeting Room
Restaurant
Restaurant
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to stay at Cowley Manor Experimental?

Prices at Cowley Manor Experimental are subject to change according to dates, hotel policy, and other factors. To view prices, please search for the dates you wish to stay at the hotel.

What is the closest airport to Cowley Manor Experimental?

The closest airport is Gloucestershire Airport. It is 19.2 km from the hotel and approximately a 24minutes journey by taxi.

What are the check-in and check-out times at Cowley Manor Experimental?

The check-in time is after 15:00 and the check-out time is before 11:00.

Does Cowley Manor Experimental provide airport transfer services?

No, the Cowley Manor Experimental doesn't provide airport transfer services.

What amenities and services does Cowley Manor Experimental have?

Cowley Manor Experimental has the following amenities and services: Indoor Swimming Pool, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Horse Riding.

Does Cowley Manor Experimental have a swimming pool?

Yes, Cowley Manor Experimental has a pool. Pool type: Indoor Swimming Pool, Outdoor Swimming Pool.

Does Cowley Manor Experimental have fitness amenities?

Yes, Cowley Manor Experimental has fitness amenities.

Does Cowley Manor Experimental provide Wi-Fi?

Yes, the hotel provides Wi-Fi.

Does Cowley Manor Experimental have non-smoking rooms?

Yes, Cowley Manor Experimental has non-smoking rooms. Please view the hotel listing for details.

Does Cowley Manor Experimental provide breakfast?

Yes, Cowley Manor Experimental provides breakfast.

About This Property

Nearest AirportGloucestershire Airport
Distance to Airport19.24KM
Nearest Train StationCheltenham Spa Railway Station
Distance to Train Station10.95KM
Average Price FromGBP622
Hotel Star Rating5