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THYME / COTSWOLDS
Thyme in the Cotswolds call themselves 'a village within a village', and it's not difficult to see why. They offer an impressive collection of places to stay and things to do - hotel rooms, cottages, cookery school classes, spa facilities, tithe barn dining for celebrations & corporate events, cocktail bar, restaurant, village pub and gardens, with kitchen garden & farm. After purchasing the manor house, Caryn Hibbert and her husband slowly and organically converted all the derelict building around it, together with interior designer Roger Hall and gardener Bunny Guinness. “Thyme is a restored historic Cotswold manor and farm. It is a family story where a passion for the land, food and entertaining, merges with a love of local heritage, beauty and conservation. We took time to make Thyme. Working with the historic buildings and the land that surrounds them, we have created a thoughtful place with love and attention lavished on every detail. We hope you will experience a real connection to the land, the seasons and to nature, and we invite you to rest, relax and enjoy this English country idyll that our family call home.” Caryn Hibbert, Founder & Creative Director. Based on Southrop Manor Estate in Gloucestershire, which dates from Roman times, Thyme is a place for all seasons and all events - Kate Moss famously married Jamie Hince here in 2011 - and it attracts visitors all year round.
The colour palette is expected - soft and muted (creams and plaster-pink) - but then invigorated with unexpected pops of sunny, happy yellow, greens and blues. The bedrooms (and integrated bathrooms) are sumptuous with luxury touches of marble and stone. Beautiful exposed original beams add character, warmth and structure. In the drawing rooms, the use of greens enhances the organic feel with luxury touches of coppers and brasses. The use of light oak keeps spaces feeling fresh and modern, with quirky touches like arty sheep to keep visitors company. As written in The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, "Thyme epitomises the classic Cotswolds with its honey-hued stone, fluffy sheep sculptures, botanical prints ... charming converted barns and cottages have got more to them than plush bedrooms rolltop baths and open fires’. ’Thyme is also foodie heaven, with a kitchen garden and cosy cookery school – perfect for honing your baking skills on chilly winter days." We couldn't have summed it up better ourselves - it's such a beautiful place.