Everything you need to know about The Lygon Arms
Frequently Asked Questions
What did The Lygon Arms use to be?
The Lygon Arms has roots reaching right into the 1300’s. It’s a historic hotel in the Cotswolds, with a typically Cotswolds history.
Owners have changed, names have altered, but visitors have always flocked to The Lygon Arms, a charming hotel enshrouded in history. The hotel’s name has changed throughout history, and the first written record refers to it as The White Hart, in 1377. The hart, a mature stag, was a personal symbol of King Richard II (1367 – 1400).
In the 1900s, design pioneer Gordon Russell had a factory in what is now the hotel and the building benefitted from the high quality and bespoke furniture pieces.
Where is The Lygon Arms?
The Lygon Arms is situated in Broadway in the Cotswolds, one of England’s most beautiful and charming villages. Broadway is accessible by car (2h from London, 1h from Oxford and 3h from Manchester) and train (1h 50 min from London Paddington to Evesham). The Lygon Arms can be reached from Evesham Station by taxi in 15-minutes.
How old is The Lygon Arms?
The Lygon Arms is over 600 years old and over the course of history, the name of the coaching inn has changed, reflecting the political changes in each era. In 1377, it was referred to as The White Hart, a personal symbol of King Richard II.
Who designed The Lygon Arms?
Based locally in the nearby Cotswolds town of Moreton-in-Marsh, Tyack Architects, Ltd. managed the renovation back in 2017. Anita Rosato Interior Design, based in London, centred the interiors around the architecture of The Lygon Arms, particularly the older buildings dating back to the 14th century.
When was The Lygon Arms built?
The Lygon Arms has roots reaching right into the 1300’s. It’s a historic hotel in the Cotswolds, with a typically Cotswolds history. The predominantly Tudor coaching inn stands in Broadway, which was a key connection between Wales, Worcester and London in Elizabethan times.
When was The Lygon Arms renovated?
The Lygon Arms was renovated in 2017 by local Architects in the nearby Cotswolds town of Moreton-in-Marsh, Tyack Architects, Ltd.. Anita Rosato Interior Design, based in London, centred the interiors around the architecture of The Lygon Arms.
Is The Lygon Arms an exclusive use venue?
The Lygon Arms can be hired for exclusive use events but does not solely hold events of this nature. If your event exceeds a certain number of guests, you will need to hire the venue exclusively in order to go ahead. Speak to our events team who will be delighted to discuss what is best suited to your requirements.
The Lygon Arms quick facts
- The Lygon Arms Hotel, with roots dating from the 1300’s, proudly stands on Broadway village High Street in the Cotswolds designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
- Big names were drawn to the hotel for its historic prestige and The Lygon Arms boasts one of the world’s most glamorous guest books. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor stayed here in 1963 at the height of the scandal surrounding their affair.
- Under a 16th century barrel ceiling surrounded by wood panelling and two vast chandeliers is The Lygon Bar & Grill. Formerly a ballroom, today the room is a relaxed eating space adorned with marble table tops, oil paintings and a stone fireplace. The menu offers seasonal British fare celebrating local ingredients from sustainable suppliers.
- The Mediterranean-inspired Lygon Wine Bar focuses on delicious Italian & European wines by the glass, carafe and bottle. Guests can also enjoy a selection of Italian bites, pizzette and casual dishes.
- The traditional past-time of Afternoon Tea is served in the cosy Lygon Lounges and in the outside Courtyard during warmer months. Alongside Traditional Afternoon Tea, Vegan Afternoon Tea is on offer alongside seasonally-themed Halloween, Easter and Christmas Afternoon Tea.
- The Lygon Spa sits beside the three-acre private garden and facilities include a 13-metre indoor swimming pool with retractable roof, spa bath, Technogym equipment, male and female saunas, eucalyptus-scented steam room, single and double treatment rooms, and Spa Kitchen & Bar.
Is The Lygon Arms a wedding venue?
Yes, The Lygon Arms has hosted many weddings over the years from intimate celebrations to larger exclusive events.
How much does it cost to host a wedding at The Lygon Arms?
The cost of a wedding at The Lygon Arms varies due to a number of factors. In order to advise you accurately based on your requirements, please contact our Wedding Coordinator who will be delighted to discuss the finer details of your special day and advise accordingly.
How many bedrooms are in The Lygon Arms?
The Lygon Arms has a total of 86 bedrooms, designed with the rich history of the hotel in mind, yet individually decorated to create an eclectic collection. The guestrooms of The Lygon Arms are appealing to both families, and couples.
Can anyone use the Spa at The Lygon Arms?
The Lygon Spa can be used by members and guests of The Lygon Arms Hotel along with spa day options available.
Does The Lygon Arms serve food?
Dining at The Lygon Arms is a typical Cotswolds celebration of local food and drink. Each menu is carefully crafted using locally sourced, fresh produce. The Lygon Bar & Grill is a relaxed and informal eating space. The Grill offers a seasonal British menu that celebrates fantastic local ingredients in a relaxed yet imaginative way. The
Lygon Wine Bar is a relaxed wine bar with a focus on Italian and European Wines by the glass, carafe and bottle. If you’re popping in for a glass and are feeling a little peckish, enjoy a selection of Italian bites and casual dishes. Or for something more relaxed join us for a light bite, afternoon tea or a cocktail in the lounges.
Are children allowed at The Lygon Arms?
The Lygon Arms is an ideal choice for a Cotswolds family break with spacious rooms, seasonal children’s menu & themed Afternoon Tea, welcoming all the family.
Can you smoke inside The Lygon Arms?
No, The Lygon Arms operates a no-smoking policy throughout.
Is there parking available at The Lygon Arms?
Yes there is Valet Parking available along with a private car park to the rear of the property, for all patrons of The Lygon Arms Hotel. You will be required to register your cars registration number with the reception team, to avoid a fixed penalty charge from the parking cameras.
Do you have electric vehicle chargers?
Yes. We have 4 EV charging points in the main car park on Back Lane as you enter on the right hand side.
All chargers are capable of charging both single and 3-phase vehicles.
We do ask guests to bring their own charging cables.
Per Hour - £4 hotel guests and spa members / £6 non hotel guests
Overnight/8 Hour - £30 hotel guests / £40 non hotel guests.
Upon arrival, plug in the charger and head to reception to log you car registration and make payment for the selected duration to activate the service.
Is there a dress code at The Lygon Arms?
For The Lygon Bar & Grill the dress code is smart casual and sportswear is not appropriate. For individual events, the dress code is specified upon booking.
Is The Lygon Arms dog friendly?
Yes, The Lygon Arms not only welcomes dogs but actively encourages that you bring them with you on your visit, we love our four pawed guests.
Who is the General Manager of The Lygon Arms?
Ordinarily you would find a General Manager running a hotel. However, as The Lygon Arms begun its journey as a coaching-inn over 600 years ago, we proudly uphold the time-honoured tradition of having an Innkeeper at the helm. Presently, the esteemed position of Innkeeper is held by Graeme Nesbitt.
What’s on in the Cotswolds?
The Lygon Arms is surrounded by the beautiful Cotswolds Countryside, filled with places to explore and make memories.
View our What's On guide to find out what’s on in and around The Lygon Arms, with a variety of local village events every year. Broadway is the perfect location for a variety of activities including the British & Midland Hill Climb Championships, Jazz Festival in Cheltenham, world renowned Literary Festival in Cheltenham and Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford upon-Avon. Locally, there are also food, art, and cultural festivals, including Broadway Arts festival which celebrates the unique artistic heritage of American artists, writers and musicians, who visited and worked here in the late 19th century.