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nxnmux--cohousdscf0539.jpgIn the UK, you don’t have to travel far to find some luxurious surroundings and breath-taking views. The Cotswolds is stunning at any time of the year, but the tangle of villages and stone cottages around these parts look picture-postcard beautiful, even in the cold and wet early months of the year.

Escape for a few days

There are many luxurious holiday cottages dotted around the Cotswolds. If you seek a quiet retreat with all the mod-cons, there are plenty around. Some lie within the Cotswold Water Park, providing many activities literally right on your doorstep. Alternatively, book a traditional Cotswold holiday cottage nestled in one of the many charming villages in this part of the world.

Wrap up warm and head out on foot – it’s a great way to explore

Many towns and villages make a good base for a walking holiday. Bourton-on-the-Water, for example, provides a good starting point for many walks. There’s a good four-mile walk that starts by the war memorial in the town and takes in Wyck Rissington, skirting round Rissington Mill and the Cotswold Carp Farm as well.

If it’s views you’re after, grab that windbreaker and head up to the ‘highest castle in the Cotswolds – Broadway Tower. A folly tower built by Capability Brown, it allows you to view as many as 16 counties on a clear day. Even in the depths of winter, when the weather isn’t as good, you can still experience the drama of seeing sheets of rain – or clouds full of snow – heading towards you.

A relaxed, top-class experience

Whether you want to walk for miles or simply relax in the luxurious surroundings of a top-notch holiday cottage, the Cotswolds always delivers on its promises. And with so much promise there, even in the late-winter, early-spring months, who needs to go abroad for a good time?