On a warm evening in September, the south terrace of Estelle Manor, a Jacobean-style country house nine miles northwest of Oxford, took on a distinctly Ibizan flavour. A thousand partygoers drank and danced late into the night, entertained by fire-eaters, DJs and a live orchestra, and the event was widely regarded as one of the most glamorous ever held in the Cotswolds.
It only served to underline the fact that the new members’ clubs arriving in the area don’t just rival those in London, but might (whisper it) be even better. They’re luring a younger, dynamic crowd out to the countryside – and giving house hunters another reason to leave the city behind.
Estelle Manor, which is also a 108-room hotel, threw open its doors in May 2023 and was immediately lavished with praise. “The Cotswolds’ hippest new hangout”, said The Sunday Times; “the hot new hotel everyone wants to book”, purred the Evening Standard.
This new arrival joins a select group of hotels and members’ clubs all over the south of England – including Babington House, The Newt and The Pig – evolving from places to sleep into lifestyle destinations with a sustainable bent. They’re giving back to the local community as well as drawing in a new audience, and providing high levels of luxury for both.