Our Hotel History, Heartland Hotel Cotswold
Built in three stages throughout the 1980s, the Cotswold Inn was the realisation of a 25-year dream for designer and builder Tom Sharples.
Almost a perfect replica of a sixteenth century coaching inn, the Cotswold even has its own Crest which reads In Fabulosa Intrate, translating to ‘Stepping into a Fantasy’. The authentic covered archway entrance and the traditional cobbled courtyard was designed to bring guests into a totally new and original accommodation experience.
The Inn was constructed in three separate phases. The first stage opened in 1985 and comprised 16 luxury suites, two restaurants, and a house cocktail bar. The spacious suites were built to reflect the elegance of a bygone era. Each suite had its own lounge area and was designed to accommodate the needs of the fussiest guest through to high-powered business luncheons and cocktail parties.
Stage Two opened in February 1986 adding a further 22 suites. Stage Three introduced 12 more suites and a conference/function room, completing the circular design of an authentic sixteenth century coaching inn. The six accommodation wings of the hotel were originally named after Henry VIII’s wives and colour coordinated in red, tan, green and blue.
The two two-bedroom ‘Royal Suites’ featured sumptuous leather couches and armchairs, complimentary sherry and brandy in the finest crystal glasses, a marble tone spa bath and even a telephone in the toilet – the height of 1980s decadence!
The Cotswold Inn was purchased by American businessman and entrepreneur Earl Hagaman in the early 1990s and became part of the Scenic Circle Hotels portfolio.
In 2009 Scenic Circle rebranded to become Scenic Hotel Group. As Scenic Hotel Group, two distinct brands were introduced to the market – the four star and four star plus Scenic Hotels, and the three star and three star plus Heartland Hotels.
Furniture in all the rooms of Heartland Hotel Cotswold was freshened up and bedding upgraded to the signature ‘Scenic bedding system’ including feather and wool mattress toppers and a generous pillow menu. The imposing exposed beams were painted to give the rooms a cleaner, more open feel, and a new neutral colour scheme was adopted throughout.
The Westminster Room underwent another transformation following the Christchurch earthquakes of 2011-2012 and became home to St Germain French restaurant.