There are plenty of fine places to stay in the Cotswolds—Soho Farmhouse, in Chipping Norton; Thyme, in Southrop; Kate Moss’s place in Little Farringdon.

But there is only one Cirencester Estate. This Georgian-style manor has good looks to spare, thanks to a charming, highly personal interior design that includes colorful (but not garish) walls, bold fabrics, pottery of many varieties, an impressive collection of portraiture, and an array of antiques. Outdoors, a heated pool, an all-weather tennis court, a croquet lawn, and a lakeside sauna await. There’s even a landing pad for the helicopter, if you’re really going to go there.

The Cirencester grounds, and a room at the estate.

To be clear: to experience Cirencester Estate, one must rent the entire house for a minimum two-night stay, which is an expensive proposition. (Although, given the fact that it has 10 bedrooms and eight bathrooms, and comfortably sleeps 20, not eye-wateringly so.)

But it’s just the thing for those who’d like to approximate a modern-day, Downton Abbey–esque experience on holiday, and while Mr. Bates himself is not included, plenty of other amenities are. Let’s start with the staff. The estate is attended to by a butler, private chef, housekeeper, driver, and gardener, and can even summon a cheerful babysitter (with a full slate of educational activities!) for the junior set. And they’ve all been thoroughly trained by the good people over at the Mandarin Oriental.

Wide-open spaces, and intimate gathering places.

You heard us correctly. The Mandarin Oriental, the detail-obsessed hotel group behind some of the world’s smartest hotels, is now getting into the vacation-rental business with a new Exclusive Homes division, thanks to a partnership with house-rental agency StayOne. Launching with the summer ’22 season, the estate has only nine exquisite homes available—for now—and they are located in the toniest corners of Europe. (Those seeking a beach vacation might want to check out the private island near Ibiza, a modernist masterpiece in Mallorca, or a clifftop villa in Èze.)

Plenty of spots to stretch out, indoors and out …

At Cirencester Estate, when guests eventually tire of the gourmet meals and leisure time in the private lake, there are 600 acres to explore. Somewhere out there is a hidden, fully stocked bar. And something tells us that it too will be manned by a friendly mixologist with a cure for whatever ailments could possibly remain.

Cirencester Estate is available to rent during the summer 2022 season; rates vary between $8,900 and $12,475 per night, with a two-night minimum;