Think of the Cotswolds and you immediately think of the quintessential sleepy village. And while popular places like Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are well worth visiting, they are not as secluded and quiet as a lot of the beautiful images of them may suggest.
So if you’re looking for picture perfect, secluded rural retreats in the Cotswolds, it’s worth it putting a little extra time into finding the perfect Cotswold holiday cottage to stay in. Here we’ve narrowed down a few ideal spots that really do take you away from it all.
Aston Magna and Blockley
The villages of Aston Magna and Blockley in North Cotswolds are both peaceful and charming. With Chipping Campden just a few miles down the road, a well-stocked shop and a fantastic café in the centre of Blockey, there are spots close by that are ideal for picnics, walking trails not visited by many and those stunning, iconic Cotswold fields just moments away. From here you have quintessential Cotswolds right on your doorstep.
BOOK YOUR STAY at Hadcroft Cottage in Aston Magna.
Lower Slaughter, despite the somewhat grisly name, should vie for the title of the sleepiest and most stunning village in the whole area… it’s so picture perfect you would be excused for thinking it was man-made setting created to offer it’s visitors an experience of the most outstanding natural beauty. A shallow stream runs through the village, with a couple of bridges crossing over it in places. Watch out for the mill which has a quaint café serving tasty dishes and drinks throughout the day. Grab a seat outside to watch the world go by – you’ll have earned your reward if you have been out on a walk to get there. From a holiday cottage in Lower Slaughter, you are perfectly set to experience rural Cotswolds.
BOOK YOUR STAY at Newland's Corner in Lower Slaughter.
Staying in a Holiday cottage in the Cotswolds is the perfect base for you to experience some of our many rural tourist attractions also. Take Batsford Arboretum for example, a wonderfully peaceful place spread over 56 acres offering some of the most beautiful walks you could ever hope to do. The Westonbirt Arboretum is also worth visiting, divided into the Old Arboretum and Silk Wood, both of which have numerous tracks and trails available to explore, this makes for a peaceful and stress-relieving day out.
Finally, try the area around Snowshill out for size. Quiet, laid-back and well-positioned for taking numerous walks in the local area, the village of Snowshill has a wonderful village pub (known to be the local for a couple of local celebs) so you’ll always have somewhere to seek refreshments after a long ramble.
BOOK YOUR STAY at Shepherds Hay near Snowshill.