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 on 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 is part of 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 receive preferential year-round rates including full English breakfast.
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.
Members’ rates are 15% off the rates others pay, with complimentary English breakfast.
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.