Think of the Cotswolds and you’ll probably think of the countryside, relaxation, and peace and quiet. And you would...
If you book a Cotswold holiday cottage in the North Cotswolds you have picked a great spot for a fantastic holiday. You really are spoilt in this particular area, since there are some beautiful areas that are well worth visiting.
Take Batsford Arboretum for starters. The highlight of this charming place is surely the arboretum itself, spread over 56 acres and welcoming visitors throughout the year. There are numerous trees here, not to mention other plants and shrubs that come to fruition every month. It gives you an excuse to visit throughout the year.
Within a stone’s throw of the arboretum is Bourton House Garden. Few people seem to know of this particular delight, yet it is award-winning and quite breath-taking as well. A manor house overlooks the stunning gardens, filled with terraces, ponds and numerous plants both local and exotic in nature. Regardless of the season a visit here is well-rewarded.
BOOK YOUR STAY in Cotswold House in Moreton-in-Marsh near Bourton-on-the-Hill.
As nestled in the northern Cotswolds is Chipping Campden. There is many a Cotswold holiday cottage here so this could literally be right on your doorstep. It has many charming streets and buildings, and there are lots of footpaths and walks in the area too. This gives you a chance to explore in more detail.
BOOK YOUR STAY in Campden Cottage in Chipping Campden.
The northern Cotswolds is resplendent with a number of famous villages most people have heard of. Perhaps most famous of all is Bourton on the Water. The River Windrush is one of the key sights here, as are the small bridges that span it at several points. The village offers some key attractions, not least of which is the Cotswold Motor Museum. However on a sunny day there is nothing better than enjoying an ice cream or even a bag of chips while settled alongside the river on the grass.
BOOK YOUR STAY in Hayloft in Cold Aston near Bourton-on-the-Water.
Finally Snowshill is unmissable if you are staying in the northern reaches of the Cotswolds. This is higher than many other locations in the area, offering some beautiful views out over neighbouring villages. Head over to Snowshill Manor to explore the gardens there and to see the impressive collection of toys and assorted other items Sir Charles Wade put together.
BOOK YOUR STAY in Broadway Cottage in Broadway near Snowshill.