If you’re planning a large family or group getaway, consider booking a big holiday cottage in the Cotswolds. This popular, unspoilt and accessible part of the UK is rich in history and culture, with a wealth of interesting places to visit and activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
Here we’ve put together some tips on what to consider when booking a large group holiday in the Cotswolds.
Where in the Cotswolds?
The Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretches for over 100 miles from Warwickshire down as far as Somerset. Characterised by pretty limestone villages and picturesque market towns, it’s set within rolling hills and beautiful countryside and is the ideal location for a large group getaway.
If you’re looking for an activity-packed holiday, the Cotswold Water Park is a great location for large groups. It comprises 40 square miles of countryside and 150 lakes, spanning parts of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire. A multitude of outdoor activities are available here, including water sports, cycling, angling, archery and bird watching. Ducklings is an example of one of the fantastic large holiday properties at the Cotswold Water Park.
For a quieter, more relaxed Cotswold experience, head for one of the many picturesque towns and villages which are surrounded by countryside and an abundance of footpaths. For example, Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh in north Gloucestershire have a variety of large period holiday cottages from which to choose, including Elmhurst Cottage.
Culture-seekers might prefer the larger Roman town of Cirencester - a thriving market town bursting with history, shops and places to eat - or the city of Bath which has a host of visitor attractions, including the Roman Baths, museums, galleries, parks and gardens.
Choosing the right large holiday cottage
Whether your preference is for a holiday cottage oozing with historic charm or a converted barn in a contemporary style, you will need to take into account the wants and needs of the people you’re booking when deciding which part of the Cotswolds to visit and which large cottage to choose.
If you’re a family group with young children, a cottage with spacious rooms, an outdoor space and extras such as cots and high chairs may be the priority (Home Farm for example), while a lively hen or stag party might be more concerned with the location of the property and its proximity to evening entertainment.
Before booking, consider whether elements like dedicated parking spaces, large dining areas and multiple bathrooms are a priority for the people in your group, or whether you need to have great restaurants, bars and other entertainment nearby.
Try to picture how your group will use the cottage. Will everyone want to spend time there relaxing, cooking and eating together or will it be a base for exploring the local area and eating out? Remember that many larger cottages offer onsite amenities such as games rooms, swimming pools or hot tubs, with some located on private estates which ensures total privacy for guests - such as Norton Barn near Burford.
Whatever the occasion and whether you’re planning a short break or a complete family holiday, you can find the perfect place to stay in the Cotswolds. For more advice on which large cottages will suit your family or group, contact the friendly Manor Cottages team on: 01993 824 252.