Holiday in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are the very picture of the English countryside, a landscape of gently rolling hills and picturesque valleys that visitors can't help but be charmed by. Located mainly within Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but also crossing into Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, the Cotswolds has been officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it's certainly not hard to see why. The unspoilt landscapes are a perfect place for a holiday where you can relax, explore, and drink in the scenery of this beautiful location. The gorgeous settlements scattered through the Cotswolds are no less appealing than the countryside itself. The honey-coloured Cotswold stone quarried from the area is easy recognised and typifies the traditional cottages built in the villages and towns found here.
Holiday Cottages in the Cotswolds
Cotswolds Holiday Cottages are individually designed luxury holiday cottages in the grounds of an estate near Chipping Norton. The estate has an indoor swimming pool, gym and spa for the chance to truly unwind in beautiful surroundings. There are also playgrounds for children, a well-equipped games room and two incredible country pubs nearby in Kingham.
Holiday Apartments in the Cotswolds
Five Valleys is a collection of modern holiday apartments in the market town of Stroud. Located just under a mile from the town centre, they are the perfect base from which to explore the area. Ideal for solo travellers, couples or groups, and some apartments are dog-friendly. Guests travelling together can also opt to rent interlinking apartments for a fun communal space.
Isis & Windrush Lakes
At Isis and Windrush Lakes you'll find a superbly serene waterside setting where you can enjoy a relaxing break in a New-England-style holiday cottage. Make use of the surrounding lakes by setting out on fishing or boating excursions, get active with the various sports facilities on offer including tennis courts and more, or just unwind in truly tranquil surroundings while watching the local wildlife.
Howells Mere & Clearwater
Experience the ultimate in relaxation with a stay at the Howells Mere & Clearwater resort in the Cotswold Water Park, where in addition to a superb location in a 550-acre nature reserve surrounded by gorgeous lakes, you'll also enjoy access to the award-winning ArtSpa, with indoor and outdoor pools, a fully equipped gym, and luxurious treatments available.
Some truly charming traditional accommodation is available within Mill Village in the Cotswold Water Park, where you'll find traditional honey-coloured cottages within a beautiful wetland setting, perfect for a peaceful break within an unspoilt countryside setting. On-site amenities include a heated outdoor pool as well as a tennis court.
Things to do in the Cotswolds
Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, The Roman Baths and Gloucester Cathedral are just some of the spectacular sights waiting to be discovered.
Canoeing on the Thames
The River Thames flows through the region. Visit Lechlade-on-Thames to hire a canoe and explore the prettiest stretches of water, and the grand stone bridges.
Hiking in the Cotswolds
For walkers, there are 3,000 miles of footpaths, woodland and wildflower meadows. Try the 100 mile ‘Cotswold Way’ from Chipping Campden to Bath.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway offers a nostalgic way to traverse some of the most spectacular scenery around and makes for a fantastic day out.
About the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are a year-round destination. Whether you are visiting their famous Christmas markets, exploring historic manor houses in the spring, lounging by the river in the summer or crunching through the leaves at Batsford Arboretum in the autumn, every season offers up incredible treats. Knowing where to start is the biggest challenge. Cirencester is dubbed the capital of the Cotswolds, so make sure you set aside a day to explore. The architecture, earthwork and remains of the Roman amphitheatre will appeal to history buffs, while New Brewery Arts is a delight – showcasing the best of British arts and crafts, you’ll struggle to leave without buying a gorgeous memento. Show-stealers such as Blenheim Palace and Warwick Castle should be high on the to-do list while Chipping Campden – and the rest of the market towns such as Chipping Norton and Winchcombe – are the perfect excuse for a lazy afternoon of exploring. Don’t forget that a trip to any town or village isn’t complete until you’ve visited a couple of the cosiest pubs. Grab a drink in The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold (said to be England’s oldest Inn) or pop into The Ebrington Arms to find out why it was voted the UK’s number one village pub.
5 Reasons to Book a Holiday in The Cotswolds
1. With a huge array of historical delights, including the steam railway, you’ll feel like you’re in another decade.
2. Covering 800 square miles and straddling multiple boroughs, the area has an incredible amount of sights and experiences.
3. Famous for its cheese, the Cotswolds has become a foodie destination. Every town is heaving with restaurants, cosy inns and charming tearooms.
4. The Cotswolds has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hop on a bike, get in a canoe or go for a walk to see why.
5. Cream teas, pretty villages, lush green fields – this is what tourists expect when they come to England.