All Cotswold locations
Stow On The Wold
Bourton On The Water
Cotswold Water Park
Moreton In Marsh
Wye Valley & Welsh Borders
Situated in the Somerset Countryside, only 100 miles west of London, lies the enchanting city of Bath. Renowned for its Roman heritage, beautiful Georgian architecture and impressive Abbey, the city is a favoutite with visitors from around the world.
Bath and its beautiful surrounding countryside offer a variety of visitor attractions, from gardens and stately homes to museums and art galleries. Bath city is easy to navigate on foot and a variety of city tours are available. It has a host of restaurants, theatres and public houses and is a haven for shoppers.
Bourton On The Water
Broadway is, quite simply, is world famous and regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in Britain with it's numerous Cotswold stone houses and cottages, ancient chestnut trees and impressive High Street.
Broadway has sometimes been described as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds' due in the main to its stunning presence. The name 'Broad Way' comes from the wide main street which is centred around The Village Green, is lined with red chestnut trees and many classic Cotswold stone buildings, some dating as far back as the 16th century.
The village has some excellent pubs, The Swan and The Crown and Trumpet to name just two, along with the famous hotel The Lygon Arms. The High Street is very long and at the Upper End it is quite stunning; almost dreamy! There are also some very good shops - especially for antiques.
The region around Broadway incorporates many lovely villages set in a beautiful landscape. We particularly recommend Stanton, Stanway and Snowshill. A circular walk takes in all three and there are some good pubs along the way!
Broadway is a perfect base for touring the Cotswolds, with Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon just fifteen miles away. There are also many National Trust properties and gardens nearby and for those wanting to explore the area in depth, there are many areas to go walking. Broadway is on the Cotswold Way and Broadway Tower (at the top of Fish Hill) offers one of the most spectular views of the Cotswolds. A must visit location!
Burford is justifiably one of the most picturesque towns in England (Forbes 5th Best place to live in the World!). With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, the town looks as attractive today as it did 500 years ago - it was an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town.
Little in Burford has changed over the centuries, and today remains very popular, both for its beauty and history but also for its shopping and antiques, as well the wide variety of places to eat, including restaurants, pubs and teashops.
Chippenham is an historic market town with many architectural gems. It is near some of the country’s greatest houses and historic villages, making it an ideal location for touring the southern Cotswolds. It is set on the River Avon and lies between the Malborough Downs, the Cotswolds and Salisbury Plain. Surrounding there are a number of stone-built Cotswold villages villages, including Lacock (National Trust), Biddestone and Castle Combe. The great house and art treasures of Longleat, Bowood, Lacock Abbey, Sheldon Manor and Corsham Court are within easy reach
Chippenham hosts a many established annual events, including a variety of unique celebrations: Shrove Tuesday heralds the annual Pancake Races in the High Street, there is the popular Folk Festival occurs over the second May Bank Holiday. September is the Chippenham Fishing Match together with the Beer Festival. A great location!
Frequently described as the "jewel in the crown" of Cotswold towns, Chipping Campden is also one of the best preserved and most historically important. The High Street is lined with a range of wonderful and intriguing shops. In the town centre is the Market hall built in 1627 for the sale of butter, cheese and poultry. Chipping Campden has been thoroughly preserved and still presents the character of a Cotswold market town
There are many excellent pubs, hotels and restaurants in the village all of which are frequented by the locals and tourists equally. Located in the northern Cotswolds, it is near to a host of Cotswold treats including Broadway, Snowshill, Stanton to name a few. Probably one of the most desireable locations in the region this has to be one location that is visited during a Cotswolds holiday.
Chipping Norton is situated at the highest point in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Once a centre for the Cotswold wool trade the town has a history dating back over 800 years with many buildings showing the prosperity that the wool brought. Later, sheep farming was largely replaced by arable, but agriculture remained important in this part of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Many of the original houses around the market place were rebuilt in the 18th century with fashionable Georgian frontages.
Renowned for its antique shops - Chipping Norton retains a robust living, working market town atmosphere. There is good choice of places to eat and top quality entertainment at the wonderful Theatre, famous for its pantomime and visiting world class performers. Chipping Norton is an excellent base for exploring further afield: easily accessible by road and rail, right on the edge of the Cotswolds and lying between Oxford and Stratford upon Avon.
Cirencester is described as The “Capital of the Cotswolds". It has the unmistakable air of a lively market town with its street market, (held in the large and impressive Market Place) is still a colourful twice-weekly feature of town life. The town's origins lie in the Roman period when it was one of the regional capitals of Roman Britain. The Corinium Museum in the town tells this story, displaying reconstructions of how life was in Roman Cirencester, then known as Corinium Dobunnorum.
Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, the town is excellently located for almost all of the region's attractions. There is a wide variety of shops, restaurants and much more making it well worth at least a visit as part of your stay in the Cotswolds.
Cotswold Water Park
The Cotswold Water Park is NOT what you might think! There are no water slides, log flumes or similar, it is in fact a collection of 150 lakes, making it one of the UK's largest Nature Reserves with many species previously lost being reintroduced successfully into the wild. Its development into what it is today started only 50 years ago when the gravel extraction commenced, leaving huge lakes ideal of a variety of uses including natural redeveopment, some water activities(fishing, sailing etc) and a generally a peaceful environment.
The Water Park is the catchment area of the Upper Thames and over millions of years, vast deposits of sand & gravel were laid down here as the Cotswolds were eroded into the Thames. There are a number of villages which sit either in the designated 'Cotswold Water Park' or just outside it. While there is still some gravel extraction, today the area is best known as a Site of Specific Interest for its geology and various Nature Reserves providing protected areas for endangered wildlife.
Hay On Wye
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Lechlade On Thames
Lechlade on Thames is a small market town (or big village!) perched on the River Thames on the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire border, roughly in the southern Cotswolds. Lechlade is so called because it is near to the River Leach which joins the Thames nearby. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it is still within easy access to Swindon, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Burford and Oxford.
The town has a good selection of pubs and shops but these are more of a convenience nature than as a shopping hub! Although it isn't true Cotswolds' countryside, it is an attractive area with some super surrounding villages. Examples include Southrop (wow!) Little Faringdon, The Eastleach villages and also Clanfield, all well worth a little look.
Lechlade is also close to the Cotswold Lakes / Cotswold Water Park which offers a huge amount of things to do depending on your taste. We'd say that this is a relatively unknown area in this region, but one you should visit if possible.
Ledbury is one of England's text book black and white market towns, full of stunning examples of timber-framed buildings. The 17th century black & white Market House, which had originally served as a grain store dominates the town centre,and is supported on pillars of chestnut. It was completed in 1653 by John Abel, the Kings carpenter, another fine example of black & white architecture is The Feather's Hotel on the High Street
Lower Brailes is an attractive village situated at the northern tip of the Cotswolds, on the edge of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. The 'area' of Brailes comprises of Lower and Upper Brailes, Sutton under Brailes and also a sweet little hamlet called Winderton.
Lower Brailes is probably the largests of the three villages, comprising a local shop, small hotel and pub. It enjoys a rural setting and is within an an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - but is equally well positioned for access to the motorway network and specifically the M40. The village has a long history with some very old family names dating back hundreds of years still living locally. That suggests it can't be a bad place to live - or holiday in!
Malmesbury is a small yet ancient market town, located in the southern Cotswold with a history dating from the 5th Century. The town is the oldest borough in England, having been granted its charter by King Edward in 924. Malmesbury also boasts having England's oldest hotel, the Old Bell which has been offering bed and board since 1220.
The town offers a wealth of 17th and 18th century buildings, many of which are now host to bright and friendly shops and inns. It is famous for its 7th Century Abbey and Gardens including its extensive collection of roses. With the abbey as dramatic backdrop its five acres feature more than 10,000 plant varieties spread between formal gardens dotted with fish ponds and a wilder section that cascades into a valley cut through by a tributary of the River Avon
Moreton In Marsh
Moreton in Marsh, one of the northern Cotswolds most active market towns is located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode valley. It is a thriving market town with a history dating back over 1000 years to the Saxon era. Its broad High Street is lined with elegant 17th and 18th Century buildings, among them the White Hart Royal, a former manor house in which King Charles I sheltered during the Civil War.
The town has a wide range of shops including antiques, resturants, pubs and inns, plus many other useful shops. More of an active and 'locals' town, it has, every Tuesday, the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds. It is also the venue for a successful one-day agricultural show held on the first Saturday in September - The Moreton Show. There are many attractions within a short drive including Batsford Arboretum, Bourton House Garden,
Cotswold Falconry Centre and the Cotswold Farm Park.
Nailsworth is a small town set in a valley in the heart of the southern Cotswolds. It is located approx four miles from Stroud. It is a meeting place of three valleys which branch off towards Avening, Horsley and Stroud. There is a wide variety of shops and places of interest including some excellent restaurants and cafes. There is good access to Bath to the south and Cheltenham to the north making it an ideal base to explore the Cotswolds' countryside.
Northleach is a small market town situated deep in the Cotswolds' hills, approximately 20 minutes to the west of Burford and 15 mins to the east of Cheltenham. It is in the county of Gloucestershire. Although it is probably best to reach the location by car, the nearest train stations are either Charlbury or Moreton in Marsh, both of which are about 30 mins away.
Although it is described as a 'town', like so many other places in the Cotswolds, it is more like a big village - there is a small market square with some simple but attractive shops including a wine store, cafe, newsagents and butchers. It also, fortunately, has one of the Cotswolds' best pubs, one which has one many awards - The Wheatsheaf and one which is owned by the people who run The Chequers in Churchill (another excellent pub). There are two other, good pubs The Red Lion and The Sherborne Inn.
The town/village has a magnificent church, descibed by some as the Cathedral of the Cotswolds, and when you see it you will understand why. The reason for such a church is primarily due to the fact that Northleach was once a major hub for the wool trade, given its location just off the Fosse Way.
We have a selection of cottages in the surrounding villages, including the amazing Notgrove Estate, please click for further details
Painswick is a stunning village-come-town located deep in the Cotswolds countryside and rolling hills. Sometimes described as the Queen of the Cotswolds it has a long history (once it was the main wool town) and some gorgeous architecture in fact many of the historic buildings here are built using stone from local Painswick quarries.
Today it has the oldest building in England to hold a Post Office as well as the oldest bowling green in England. The stunning church 'The Church of St Mary' (originally Norman) was extended circa 1480 while the churchyard is famous for its 99 yew trees, legend has it that the 100th won't grow. A closer look at the church tower still reveals traces of Painswick's role in the Civil War.
There are many small shops and galleries to browse plus with pubs, restaurants and tea shops that serve good food.
Raglan is a busy and popular village with a thriving village community, set deep in Monmouthshire countrsyide. The village has a long history and today is probably best known for the Raglan Castle which is a popular tourist spot. There are a host of amenities to choose from including a recommended local pub
Ross On Wye
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Somerford Keynes is a small village located within the Cotswold Water Park just 5 miles to the south of Cirencester. It has a long history dating back thousands of years and today it has many classic Cotswolds cottages houses giving it a real traditional appeal. To the south of the village is the Lower Mill Estate a small development of holiday homes located around various lakes.
Somerford Keynes is also one of the main tributaries of the River Thames, although here is it is only a small stream! There is a small local pub, which is recommended.
Stow On The Wold
Stow on the Wold, for many people, is the most easily recognisable of Cotswold towns or locations. It is renowned specifically for the antiques shops as well as its delightful Market Square, cafes, excellent pubs and attractive buildings. It is situated on the Roman Fosse Way, and has a long history with origins as a prehistoric fortified settlement on top of the hill.
The Market Square is large and impressive and, surrounded by houses, shops and inns all built in the local Cotswold stone, it gives the feeling of being the focus of town life over many centuries. At nearly 800ft, Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns, approached uphill from all directions.
Stratford Upon Avon
Accommodation in Stratford Upon Avon is easily accessible by rail, road and air and is quintessentially Olde England. Based in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, the town is riddled with tales. Famously known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford Upon Avon boasts being a market town with over 800 years history and one that will transport you back in time with its architecture, theatres and historical places to visit. Read our guide to Stratford Upon Avon
Tetbury is one of the most beautiful (and still relatively unknown) Cotswold towns. It has many very elegant buildings all which create this timeless beauty — a delight for those who visit this hidden jewel of the Cotswolds. It is a thriving market town built around its outstanding seventeenth century Market Hall. As well as offering a unique retail experience with many individually owned shops, it is also a major centre for antiques. Tetbury has also been the winner of Gloucestershire’s Best Market Town Award.
With one of the tallest spires in the UK, the Georgian Gothic church - together with Tetbury’s many other listed buildings - make the town a designated outstanding conservation area.
Tetbury is world-renowned for its unique Royal associations. Highgrove, home of HRH The Prince of Wales is situated just outside Tetbury, and Gatcombe Park, home of the Princess Royal is also nearby.
Whatever your wish, Tetbury is in the perfect position, close to an array of popular attractions, offering interesting days out, fun and relaxation. There's something for everyone!
Witney is a thriving and busy market town located within Oxfordshire Cotswolds. it is well known for its blanket making and in fact owes much of its prosperity to the wool trade, including examples of architecture resulting from the wealth this brought. It is the largest of the market towns in the region and has a wide variety of shops including two large supermarkets. Of particluar interest is the the 17th century Butter Cross, the fine tree-bordered green and church of St Mary the Virgin with its 150ft spire, which is the 'centre' of the town.
A long attractive high street runs from the Butter Cross and features the 18th century town hall, the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange. The town has a bustling atmosphere with a good range of shops, plus a twice weekly market.
Woodstock, situated on the edge of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, is just 8 miles outside the 'dreaming spires' of Oxford - one of Englands most attractive cities. Woodstock is particularly renowned for its association with Sir Winston Churchill and especially where he was born - Blenheim Palace.
It is a fine Georgian town containing many attractive period buildings: including the 17th century Fletcher’s House, home to the excellent Oxfordshire Museum and a Visitor Information Point, the 18th century Town Hall and the Church of St Mary Magdalene.
Woodstock has excellent antique shops as well as an interesting selection of other shops and galleries, plus some excellent pubs and restaurants. The Kings Head, The Black Prince and The Malborough Arms are all favourites with us.
Wye Valley & Welsh Borders
While staying in your Wye Valley Self Catering accommodation you can choose to relax with gentle walks along the river, stroll through numerous towns such as Monmouth, Ledbury, Walford and Hay On Wye or challenge your energy levels to the extreme with many biking trails, water sports, tandem paragliding and hiking. Read our guide to Wye Valley.
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