Imagine, if you will, mixing equal measures of Cecil Beaton and Andy Warhol, and then adding a massive dash of maximalism to the blend. When the martini shaker finally settles, you’d have a concoction that approaches the mind of Luke Edward Hall, the Cotswolds-based creative wunderkind who’s worked with everyone from Burberry and Lanvin to Ginori. Below, he shares all the best spots in the Cotswolds with Chairish readers. And be sure to shop his exclusive curation of Chairish favorites for a sampling of his style.
What’s something every visitor to the Cotswolds should see or do?
Visit some of our fantastically atmospheric houses and gardens. There are so many to choose from, but my favorites include Chastleton House, built in the early 17th century, and the Painswick Rococo Garden, designed in the 1740s, which is now England’s only full surviving rococo garden.
Where’s the best shopping for home decor?
What’s your favorite place to dine in the Cotswolds?
We have lots of good, classic pubs of course, but my favorite is The Lamb Inn in Shipton-under-Wychwood. Order the duck frites!
Where can people see the best art in the Cotswolds?
Compton Verney House is just outside the Cotswolds, but it is always an exceptional place to visit, both for the sprawling 18th-century manor and for the permanent collection and rotating exhibitions you can see there.
Who’s a person who embodies the spirit of the Cotswolds and why?
Laurie Lee, who was a poet, novelist, and screenwriter. He wrote so wonderfully about the Cotswolds, and the Slad Valley in particular.
If there were a scent that best embodied the Cotswolds, what would it be?
Woodsmoke, I would say. That scent always makes me think fondly of home.
What are three words that best describe the Cotswolds?
Not (always) what you’d expect. That’s four (or five), sorry!
Excerpted from Volume 6 of Magazinish