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There is nothing quite like having a whole week to explore the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. But we can’t always find a week to spend away from home. Fortunately you can still see the highlights of the location you decide to stay in, whether that happens to be the central Cotswolds, Bath or even Stratford upon Avon.

So if you have a short break in mind to one of these areas, check the suggestions we’ve made below. If you add these attractions into a short three day break to one of these locations, you’ll be sure of seeing the best each area has to offer.

Bath (click for our Bath Holiday Cottages)

Make sure you make time to go into the Roman Baths, where you can sit by the water and imagine what it would have been like to live in Bath in centuries gone by. Be sure you make time for the Thermae Bath Spa as well, since this is the only one of its kind in the UK. What better way to relax on a long weekend away than to sink into the warm and steamy waters that are rich in minerals? You can polish off your trip by tucking into a famous Bath bun at Sally Lunn’s too.

Stratford upon Avon

If you head into Stratford upon Avon for the weekend, you have five Shakespearean properties to explore. Two of the best are arguably Shakespeare’s Birthplace, located in Henley Street, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, located a mile outside the main area of Stratford upon Avon in Shottery. You can also head back in time courtesy of the Falstaff’s Experience. This is located in Sheep Street and it is an award winning experience that is not to be missed – especially if you want to find out more about Tudor times.

Central Cotswolds (click for our Cotswold Cottages)

It is difficult to choose the finest experiences to have in the Cotswolds. You should include a visit to Bourton on the Water, often noted to be the prettiest village in the entire area. Once there you can walk a mile and a half to reach the Slaughters – Upper and Lower Slaughter. Don’t miss the Old Mill in Lower Slaughter, which has a shop and a charming tea room too. Copse Hill Road is worth a look too, especially if you are on a break with your loved one. This was recently voted the Most Romantic Street in Britain – and rightly so!

As you can see, while each area has plenty to offer for a longer break away, you can still enjoy a three day break in any of the above areas. Just book your Bath accommodation or a cottage in the Cotswolds or near Stratford upon Avon and plan the time you have there so you can see the highlights each area has to offer.

Wherever you choose to stay, you will undoubtedly have a much better time if you are able to plan ahead to make the most of every moment.