Slow Cotswolds

  • The best hotel room for Chocoholics?

    It's Chocolate Week from the 12th to 18th October and my recommendation for those who can't get enough of the brown (or white) stuff is a visit to The Three Ways House Hotel (page 28-29), the home of the world famous Pudding Club, in Mickleton.

    Firstly, one of the hotel's many eccentric pudding-inspired bedrooms is the Chocolate Suite, a room filled with chocolate. Try the bed, designed as a giant golden chocolate box tied with an elegant red ribbon. You can dive into the chocolate box bed, with its chocolatey velvet bedspread and cosy up to the selection of chocolate cushions. In the bathroom, you'll find chocolate handsoap and cocoa butter hand cream while there's any number of chocolate-inspired books on the bedside table.

    But if sleeping in a box of chocolates still isn't enough, well then you'll need to take part in one of the hotel's Chocolate Indulgence Breaks - the next one is on November 7th and 8th 2015. As described on the hotel website it's a, "mouth-watering, lip-licking 24 hours of chocolate". The chocolate-themed break includes dinner where chocolate is featured in every course, after which you can relax in the hotel lounge with coffee and homemade chocs plus a choccy liqueur.

    In case you're starving for more in the morning (by the way, there's a box of chocs waiting for you in your hotel bedroom should you be peckish in the night), chocolate will also feature as part of an extensive breakfast buffet. During the morning you'll take part in a Chocolate Car Treasure Hunt before having fun with a Divine Chocolate Cookery demonstration and tasting.

    Should you feel the need to escape the chocolate addiction, the village of Mickleton, in the far north of the Cotswolds, is particularly attractive with the buildings built in the richer honey-coloured stone of the region. There are superb views of the Cotswold ridge, with delightful belly-busting walks possible direct from the village or head up into the hills - the 102-mile Cotswold Way begins just a couple of miles away in neighbouring Chipping Campden if you're feeling in need of a mightier walk to work off that chocolate - or indeed work up an appetite for more!

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