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It’s fair to say that if you are looking at buying a second home in the Cotswolds, you are giving yourself an excellent chance of making money.

But, how exactly do you choose a second home which you can enjoy whilst still being profitable as a holiday let?

Buying a second home in the Cotswolds

house near Broadway

The Cotswolds is the largest UK Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and as a result, is one of England’s most popular holiday destinations.

It’s known all over the world for the beautiful honey-coloured stone, open fields and picture-perfect villages. The Cotswolds makes for a superb holiday home destination.

The natural beauty in the Cotswolds has attracted visitors to area for years. More recently the huge growth in restaurants, pubs and fantastic festivals has added to the history and culture.

Additionally, you’ll find some of the UK’s most wonderful attractions. Therefore, the Cotswolds is ever becoming more popular and this is set to continue.

What kind of property makes a good holiday let?

Bourton on the water accommodation

When looking for a property in the Cotswolds with the view of being able to rent it out as a holiday let, think about what you might like from a property. Think of what you require on holiday yourself, not what you would like from a property.

Parking is limited especially in the popular high streets so anything with a driveway or private parking is a huge plus.

Outdoor space is great especially if you’re looking to make your holiday home pet friendly.


Stow on the Wold Shops

Village locations are good, often visitors like to be able to walk to the local shops, cafes and pubs.

As many of the Cotswold towns are quite small these are considered a great choice as well.


You won’t be surprised to hear that the more bedrooms (and bathrooms) a property has, the higher the potential income.

Having a property which caters to larger families and groups of friends means more responsibilities i.e. upkeep, but equally higher reward.

Similarly, properties with large gardens are of high appeal, but again require more care. Therefore small gardens may be preferable as they are easier to manage between guests stays.

Finding the perfect holiday cottage in the Cotswolds

House prices in the Cotswolds are above the national average and the traditional period properties. Many of which are Grade II listed, are very much sought after. But, they have been sought after for many years so the chances of retaining value is very good!

Finding the perfect property may take some searching, but good things come to those who wait.

This is a good thing to remember when looking to buy a second home in the Cotswolds as an investment. Wait for just the right cottage and you will have a steady income from it for years and years.

Chat to one of our specialists about buying a second home in the Cotswolds by calling us on 01993 824 252 or email