Visit GL7 Thyme England
It is the latest in enviable destinations. But what is it that makes Thyme, a hamlet retreat in the Gloucestershire hills, so special?
Firstly, it's more than just a photogenic Insta-opportunity. What is so lovely about Thyme is that it has been impeccably curated to provide you with an experience which is comfortable, relaxing and tucked away from modern-day life. The majority of people who book to stay at Thyme are seeking sanctuary, so take the opportunity to join them and leave your DSLR camera for the country walks and taking photos of the landscape, or better still leave your phone and modern technology at home. Step back into the simplicity of your surroundings, at least for a weekend.
Thyme owes much of its creative genius to founder and owner Caryn Hibbert, and it remains a family business.
Arriving at Thyme, you instantly sink back into relaxation mode. This small but perfectly formed hamlet offers you everything you could possibly need for some time away from modern day life. From the Meadow spa to the inspiring cookery classes, all set within grounds and gardens which are perfect for an amble, either by yourself or with someone special.
The best thing about Thyme is that everything has been developed and designed with a strong sustainable ethos in mind, this effectively makes your experience guilt-free. Walk up a pathway, heading away from the spa and through a garden gate, to discover the outdoor eco swimming pool.
It is an outdoor pool in a walled garden, sheltered even on winter days. The spring water, which is drawn from an underground river 50 meters below and filtered through the Cotswold limestone, has a groundbreaking biodynamic filter meaning there is no addition of any chemicals. All spa treatments use natural sources, too. And when it comes to dining there are four restaurants to choose from, each of which have menus incorporating vegetables, herbs and eggs freshly picked from the walled garden. This place is all about chic sustainability.
The buildings are historic and mostly 17th Century. Bedrooms in the Lodge house have their own individual character including a vintage Hollywood-styled room, complete with home cinema - ideal for a classic black and white movie screening. There is also private access to the lawn with the iconic Cedar of Lebanon & fields beyond.
Nearby, the Farmhouse sits within its own English country garden featuring a traditional boules court. Guests staying at the farm can relax in the drawing room or for private events enjoy exclusive use of the house’s kitchen & dining room. There is also an Ox House, Dairy, Tallet House and various smaller traditional cottages, all of which have rooms oozing individual character. It is a unique experience from start to finish - from the space you choose to stay in, to the hand-crafted cooking you order to eat.
Created with a wholesome, casual atmosphere in mind, Thyme is every-bit unique, and in this modern world where everything is geared to work faster and more efficiently, who wouldn't want to step away and kick-back in this traditional and characterful destination? Count me in for a long weekend, please.
Discover more about Thyme here.
Writing: Rory Robertson