With the prettiest villages to explore, quaintest hamlets, and the best places to see as well as where to stay.
The Cotswolds is an English area of outstanding natural beauty which covers almost 800 square miles. It spans 5 counties so it is safe to say there is a lot to explore! It is best known on Instagram for its rolling hills, market towns and country houses; and is the perfect place to slow down and breathe in some fresh country air.
Getting There & Getting Around: We decided to drive , which made it easier to hop between the regions quaint villages. Just a warning though: parking can be hard to find, so ensure to get to the popular spots early on to guarantee a space!
Prices: The Cotswolds is known for being a little boojie and there are a lot of luxury 5 star hotels to choose from if you want to splash some cash. However as with almost any destination you can save money by choosing more affordable accommodation like a local BnB and by taking advantage of free activities like country walks and village visits.
Accommodation: The Cotswolds is home to some incredibly luxurious boutique hotels. We stayed at the De Vere Tortworth Court, the hotel provided so much safety measures during our stay to to reduce the spread of COVID. For our pool sessions, we had the whole facility to ourselves. I guess the pandemic has it's positivities right?. The breakfast buffet, dinner and range of cocktails are exquisite. However if you want to save some pennies, then many of the villages have inns which offer more affordable accommodation in beautiful locations.
How Long To Stay: The Cotswolds is a perfect long weekend destination as you can easily fill 3 days with a wide variety of activities.
When To Go: As The Cotswold are located in England, the best time of year to get the highest chance of good weather would be summer. However, I would honestly recommend visiting any time of year. It is a gorgeous place to watch the gardens bloom in spring, kick up some golden autumn leaves or wake up on a frosty winter morning.
Which village to visit?
You've got plethora of choice, the beauty of Cotswold is all within easy reach. Allowing you complete all of these quintessential villages within a day.
Bourton On The Water: Often voted as one of the prettiest villages in England, this popular spot has the River Windrush winding through its centre. Head to Bakery on the Water for delicious sweet treats.
Stow On The Wold: A medieval market town that is known for its antique shops. Once you’re here, make sure St Edward’s Church, see the Fosse Gallery and pop over to the Farmer’s Market that’s held every second Thursday of the month.
Burford: Burford is one of the Cotswold’s smaller medieval towns that’s perched on the River Windrush
Bibury: William Morris described Bibury as “the most beautiful village in England” and it is easy to see why. Don’t miss a walk along Arlington row, a street of typical Cotswold stone cottages. Do get there super early, its a hotspot.
The Slaughters: Two sleepy sister “chocolate box” villages connected by a countryside path. Lower Slaughter is home to “the most romantic street in Britain” Copse Hill Road.
Castle Combe: About 5-miles from Chippenham, Castlecombe is one of the best places in the Cotswolds to visit, which is actually split into two parts. Firstly, explore the narrow valley of the By Brook then head towards Upper Castle Combe that’s quite a bit higher up.
Broadway:A few miles south-west of Chipping Campden is the village of Broadway. ake sure to explore Snows-hill Manor, that was built in the 16th Century. Once inside, you’ll see a treasure trove of artefacts from all over the world.
Naunton & Guiting Power: Two sleepy villages away from the crowds, head here for some peace and quiet. I recommend walking this route between them and stopping at The Old Post Office for a cuppa tea.
Have you been to Cotswold? Where did you visit and Stay?