Home to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK, as well as picture-perfect towns and villages, the Cotswolds is a popular staycation destination for couples, families, friends and solo travellers. Whether you’re looking for a rural retreat or a lively city break, there’s something for everyone here.
Boasting 800 square miles of land, it runs through five different counties – Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcesthire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire – meaning there’s plenty to do and see, whatever time of year you visit. Spend your days in the traditional English villages, visit some of the UK’s oldest buildings and marvel at the natural beauty that can be found in the reserves, arboreats, forests and more.
Take in the vibrant buzz at some of the area’s bustling cities, and keep an eye out on the annual events calendar which is packed with arts, entertainment and cultural activities. The local food is another reason why visitors flock here – with cheese, meats and delicious pastries being served up in old pubs, modern establishments and cute cafes.
The accommodation and beautiful cottages in the Cotswolds are just as inviting. Think large country houses with open plan living spaces, luxury apartments in a barn conversion or charming dog-friendly log cabins for a romantic retreat – that all come equipped with home comforts and a few extras like a hot tub. Of course, we could go on, but why not see just how incredible a hot tub break in the Cotswolds really is for yourself?
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The best activities in The Cotswolds
Often featured in movies and books, people have been falling in love with the Cotswolds for hundreds of years. But if you’re looking to create your very own story, these are the best places to go…
Best for? History lovers
Our top property pick: Cotswold Lodge
Often regarded as one of the finest towns in the Cotswolds, Chipping Campden has lots of historical treasures and rich heritage to explore. Its well-preserved high street dates back to the 14th century but, today, there are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants to take your pick from. There’s also lots of incredible architecture and old buildings to take in as you wander around – as well as walking trails that are ideal for getting all the family out into the fresh air.
Best for? Something livelier
Our top property pick: Reflections
While the Cotswolds might be known for its laid-back style and quaint villages, it is home to a few busy cities and thriving market towns like Cirencester. Often called the Capital of the Cotswolds, here you’ll find plenty of things to do and see – as well as a lot of history. In fact, in Roman times, it was the second largest town after London. Today, however, it boasts lots of independent shops, markets and a lively events calendar throughout the year. Why not look out for one of the food festivals and take some goodies back to your holiday cottage with a hot tub in the evening?
Best for? Picture-perfect scenery
Our top property pick: Mucky Cottage
Even if you’ve never visited Bourton-on-the-Water, you’ve probably seen pictures of it. It’s a beautiful, and popular, Cotswold village that boasts the River Windrush flowing through the centre. Little bridges cross it and gorgeous green spaces surround it as do pubs, bars, restaurants and shops. It can get quite busy in the peak seasons and at weekends but it’s well worth a visit if you want the traditional Cotswold feel. It’s also a great base for exploring the rest of the area and has lots of family-friendly attractions within walking distance.
Best for? Its attractions
Our top property pick: The Stables
Just eight miles from Oxford lies the town of Woodstock, a quaint and historic place that is also home to Blenheim Palace. The imposing and incredible stately home isn’t the only reason you should visit though. The town itself boasts lots of history, amazing architecture and plenty of cafes and pubs to keep everyone refuelled. There’s also a few galleries and two museums – The Oxfordshire Museum and Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum – which make for a great day out for all ages. The town’s church also has a musical clock which plays a different tune every day.
Best for? A UK city break
Our top property pick: Hidden Brook House
If you’re looking for the buzz of a UK city, yet with all the beauty and attraction that makes the Cotswolds just so famous, Oxford is sure to impress. Renowned for its colleges, gardens, and museums, there’s always something going on here and a delicious foodie scene is popping up too. Choose from theatre productions, comedy shows, and city tours or take it slow with a morning of shopping before a relaxing spa treatment in one of the luxury venues. Oh, and did we mention, the architecture is truly beautiful here as are the views.
The Cotswold Way
Where? Chipping Campden
You can’t come to somewhere as beautiful as the Cotswolds and not get your walking boots on for a day of exploration. Boasting over 100 miles of trails, The Cotswold Way leads you from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath – and while we’re not telling you to do it all, it’s definitely worth a few hours.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Home to more than 260 different species of animals and set in 160 acres of greenland, the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is a great day out for all ages. Get up close and personal with the Rhinos, join in with feeding time for the Giraffes and enjoy a walk to remember as you’re surrounded by Lemurs.
The Model Village
It’s one of the most popular attractions in the Cotswolds and the only grade II listed model village in the UK. In fact, it’s a one-ninth scale model of Bourton-on-the-Water and even built out of Cotswold stone. We guarantee you won’t have seen anything cuter than the miniature model church which plays music.
The Cotswold Brewing Company
Don’t worry if your version of sight-seeing is more focused on the local food and drink. There’s plenty of gin distilleries and breweries near – The Cotswold Brewing Company being one of the most popular. Taste some of the good old stuff, discover how it’s made and head to the on-site shop afterwards for a few little treats.
Okay so you might think this is just a normal park but, in actual fact, it’s way more than that. Home to deer, incredible scenery and a large country house, it’s a great place to enjoy a walk, picnic or one of the many events thats put on throughout the year.
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