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The Rectory Hotel: A Chintz-Free Country House in the Cotswolds

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The Rectory Hotel: A Chintz-Free Country House in the Cotswolds

May 19, 2016

A slow country drive into the Cotswolds leads to three acres in the triangle of Tetbury, Malmesbury, and Cirencester on which the Rectory Hotel can be found. Fittingly located between a pub (the Potting Shed) and a church, the 18th-century Rectory was originally built for a vicar with 14 children. Today it functions as a 12-room hotel run by hotelier Jonathan Barry and antiques dealer Julian Muggridge. The decor is a colorful, eclectic mix of refurbished antiques and modern textiles; a modest model of the English country house, only chintz-free. Here’s a look inside.

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Above: The somewhat confusing address is “Crudwell, Malmesbury, Wiltshire” (no house number); no worries, The Rectory Hotel maps out a few different routes by car, train, or helicopter.

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Above: A painted door (in dentist green) stands out against the old building walls.

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Above: In the dining room, a collection of botanical prints line the walls.

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Above: When the original wood shutters are flung open, light floods the airy seating room.

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Above: Armchairs reupholstered in green linen and modern nesting tables exemplify the eclectic mix.

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Above: Garden roses and pastel glassware in the wood-paneled dining room.

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Above: The Nimblet room mixes star-patterned wool blankets with floral wallpaper.

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Above: All 12 guest rooms are complete with retro Roberts radios in a range of colors.

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Above: A chandelier with multicolored glass in the upstairs hall.

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Above: The Leckhampton room has a view of the church and Victorian baptism pool below.

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Above: A mix of metals in the antique bath.

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Above: Collections of grass green wellies and antique hotel key holders.

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Above: A serene English garden with a gravel walkway to the Rectory building.

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