Okay, we may be biased, but a tour of the beautiful Cotswold countryside and picture-perfect villages is about as lovely as lovely can be… and with so many wonderful restaurants and pubs, boutique and shops, landmarks and attractions, hotels and holiday cottages in the Cotswolds, you are in for a treat when you come here for a short break or a holiday
So what’s in the Cotswolds, then?
Visitors find themselves in another era when they walk among the honey-coloured Cotswold towns and villages in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With sheep farming and wool trading having been the main resource here in the past, the many wool churches and manor houses still stand today as they did when wealthy textile merchants built them long ago. As years went on, the Arts and Crafts movement flourished in the Cotswolds and the remnants from both eras left a rich legacy that formed the Cotswolds as we know it today.
Even though the Cotswolds is rich with history, modern living has most definitely caught up and found it’s place among the rolling hills in the form of top class eateries, museums and galleries, food- and music festivals and shopping experiences across the region that are second to none. Spanning almost 800 square miles over five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire), the Cotswolds may be a series of smaller towns and villages, but it is vast and can easily keep you occupied, excited and interested for weeks on end.
When to visit the Cotswolds
Every single season in the Cotswolds has it’s perks:
Winter in the Cotswolds may be considered low season in terms of holidays, but it yields less crowds, low accommodation costs and fire-side dining for a more intimate experience, all things we think are definite upsides and not lows at all.
Springtime in the Cotswolds is the season of lambs, cool and yellow sunshine, daffodils and bluebells. It is such a beautiful time of year and often warm enough to leave the overcoats at home.
Summer in the Cotswolds is so beautiful. Flowers in bloom, warm summer evenings, picnics surrounded by all that outstanding natural beauty.. perfect!
Autumn in the Cotswolds brings a quieter ambience and wonderful foliage all around, but with the warmer weather often continuing throughout September and even October, all the things that are so wonderful about the Cotswolds in Summertime, still apply in Autumn.
Where to stay in the Cotswolds
Whether your preferred holiday accommodation is a hotel, a B&B or a Cotswolds holiday cottage, you will find all in abundance throughout the entire region.
Stay in the larger towns like Stow-on-the-Wold, Cirencester and Cheltenham for a town location with easy access to shops and restaurants in walking distance.
Stay in the larger, but still completely picture perfect, villages of Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Painswick and Broadway among many others for a taste of village life while still having access to shops and restaurants.
Or stay secluded in the countryside, in the smaller villages like Bourton-on-the-Hill, Oddington and Lower Slaughter or anywhere in between for the perfect holiday in the Cotswolds with a loved one, your family or as a group of friends.