That historic and much loved country hotel the Lygon Arms, known by generations of racing people as the smart place to stay for Cheltenham Festival, is back in top form. This grand old Cotswolds coaching inn in Broadway—named the ‘loveliest town in England’—has hosted everybody, from Charles I, Edward VII, Edward VIII and Prince Philip, to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton—and even John Wayne.
Now the Lygon Arms has joined the smart stable of Iconic Hotels, alongside those great country-house hotels, Chewton Glen and Cliveden House, and received a multi-million-pound restoration. To celebrate this return to front runner status in the country field our Members have preferential year-round rates starting at a mere £140.26 for two sharing a room—currently from just £70 each—including full English breakfast, VAT, complimentary room upgrade on arrival and a free bottle of Champagne on ice in your room to welcome you—we’ll raise a toast to that!
All 90 rooms and suites have been beautifully decorated, like the rest of the hotel, by Anita Rosato. They combine old and new, with Gordon Russell antiques, high wooden beams, original paintings, sofas, Nespresso coffee machines, free Wifi, bathrobes and slippers. The Spa, revitalised after its own complete makeover, has a vast, renowned swimming pool and retractable glass roof for summer days.
History and current affairs are all part of the Lygon Arms fabric. The suite now known as the impressive King Charles I Suite was where King Charles I and his supporters would assemble. The King’s coat of arms stands regally over one of its fireplaces today. Visitors will also notice that the face of the royal lion is missing, presumably hacked off by Parliamentarians—the opposing side of the English Civil War, the Parliamentary army, also stayed at The Lygon Arms, then known as the White Hart Inn, in 1651. The bedroom now known as The Cromwell Room was where Oliver Cromwell slept the night before the Battle of Worcester. This battle would finally destroy the Royalist cause. A copy of his ‘warts and all’ portrait hangs next to a huge 17th-century fireplace in The Cromwell Room today.
If all this talk of battle is apt to make you hungry, the food at the Lygon is excellent, a delicious menu of mainly English grills and country Italian dishes, served in the Lygon Bar and Grill, a stunning feature room, once a ballroom, with barrel vaulted ceiling and minstrels’ gallery, historical paintings and antler chandeliers. Breakfast is served here too: a delicious choice between the full English with back bacon, field mushrooms, new-laid eggs and Cumberland sausages or the equally full Continental with Coln Valley smoked salmon, cheeses, charcuterie, drop scones, stewed fruits and cooked dishes to order, such as avocado and poached eggs. It is all thoroughly recommended!
Even in high season, Members’ rates start at £110 per person when two share the Cozy Room, including English breakfast, VAT, bottle of Champagne and complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival. Members’ rates for all rooms and suites are available, and all include the special perks as above.
Rates at the Lygon Arms fluctuate according to dates and season, and all are subject to availability on booking, but the Club rate is always special, and so is the bottle of Champagne!
To check availability for your dates, and for all room and suite categories, kindly call Member Services on 020 7399 2960, or follow the link below to email your request.