Cotswolds, United Kingdom
‘A village within a village,’ Thyme includes our hotel, Ox Barn restaurant, Meadow Spa, Cookery School, The Baa, farm & kitchen garden, Tithe Barn private event space and quintessentially Cotswold village pub – The Swan.
An enclosed collection of restored farm buildings, houses and cottages on an historic 150 acre estate. Collectively, they form a peaceful hamlet environment epitomising the natural beautyof the Cotswolds, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Thyme has evolved organically withan understanding that conservation is about sustainability – not only preserving the past but more importantly, securing the future.
Thyme has 31 bedrooms situated in a Georgian rectory known as the Lodge and a 17th century Farmhouse; and Courtyard & Village cottages. With five contemporary Garden Rooms each with its own private garden.
Meadow Spa encompasses five treatment rooms, greenhouse water bar, hot house, a pure water swimming pool and a hot spring water tub, as well as a yoga and pilates studio, tennis court and a range of country pursuits including local walking and cycling routes.
Food is at the heart of Thyme, with a fully productive kitchen garden and farm supplying fresh produce to new restaurant, Ox Barn, a dining destination serving modern country fare in an extraordinary restored 19th century barn; Thyme’s traditional village pub; The Baa cocktail bar;the Cookery School and events hosted in the grandeur of the medieval Tithe Barn.
Distance from Airport
Bristol 49 miles, Birmingham 50 miles
Months to avoid
Perfect all year round
Average high season temperature
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Food and Drink
The nineteenth-century former oxen house is now our Ox Barn restraunt under the direction of Head Chef, Charlie Hibbert. A state-of-the-art piece of agricultural architecture at its conception, Caryn Hibbert worked meticulously to preserve the soaring archways and original Cotswold stone rubble walls. Now, it’s a modern restaurant with a contemporary bar and seven-and-a-half metre Charvet open kitchen.
You dine in style at the Ox Barn, where the short menu changes daily and is very largely based on what’s available from the vegetable garden. Dishes include the likes of grilled Southrop lamb with braised beans and spinach.
Drawing inspiration from the Cotswolds’ famous sheep industry and wool trade, the Baa Bar is situated in the old lambing sheds and is characterised by bespoke ‘sheep seats’ designed by Caryn.
Bartenders create homemade cordials, shrubs and infusions which together with fresh flowers and herbs from the garden, form a botanical cocktail menu that tells the story of the land.
The Baa is an elegant space to enjoy a coffee and a newspaper during the day or a fresh cocktail in the evening.
Experience Meadow Spa’s inside outside spaces, our outside relaxation areas are as important to the spa experience as the Greenhouse and the Meadow Cottage. Each space is designed to nurture and encourage guests to embrace the peace associated with country living, to breathe deeply and stretch into an environment that echoes the well-being engendered by the natural world.
Nurturing peacefulness, stillness and beauty from within, the botanical spa is an idyllic haven of peace and tranquillity; a place for calm, mindfulness and meditation that provides respite from our busy lives.
We offer a bespoke menu of Thyme treatments in partnership with award-winning, natural British brand, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare. Sharing a mutual philosophy for natural ingredients and a ‘love of the land’, treatments are tailored specifically for mind and body harnessing unique probiotic ingredients to protect, restore and balance the skin from within. Together, we have made a commitment to the scientific use of natural ingredients.
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The outside pool & hot tub … enclosed by Cotswold stone walls and sheltered even on winter days, we offer guests the opportunity to swim in pure spring water. Drawn from our own spring, a subterranean river 50 meters down, the water is filtered through Cotswold limestone and a revolutionary bio- filtration system, to deliver crystal clear water without the use of any chemicals.