Timeless, beautiful, quintessential rural England, The Cotswolds are celebrated the world over and its honey-coloured, stone cottages and rolling open countryside define the region.
Discover the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. Since 1966, the region has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and its rural landscape and historic towns offer an idyllic escape for the whole family.
Stretching over 790 square miles across the south-central and southwest of England, it is a quintessentially English region that has everything from picturesque sceneries and stately homes to ancient churches and Royal Gardens.
With so much to see and do, the Cotswolds is ideal for weekend getaways and extended stays alike. From the quaint villages of Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water to the bustling streets of Bath or Stratford-Upon-Avon, visitors can take a walk through hundreds of years of UK history.
After a long day exploring the incredible sights and culture of the Cotswold, you will be able to dine on outstanding cuisine, with fantastic Michelin star restaurants, gastro pubs and tea houses in abundance.
Here we feature four of our more popular destinations in The Cotswolds where we showcase a selection of holiday cottages, homes and fabulous places to stay on holiday.
If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life, the stunning market town of Stow-on-the-Wold is the perfect location. Overlooking miles of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Stow-on-the-Wold sits atop of the highest hill in the Cotswold, giving it unrivalled views over the area.
Once renowned for its huge fairs and markets back in the 18th century, where farmers would sell thousands of sheep, today, the Market Square still hosts a bustling monthly market selling a range of food. In between that, though, Stow-on-the-Wold plays host to a wide variety of shops selling everything from antiques and gifts to art and clothing.
Twice a year, the town hosts the famous Gypsy Horse Fair, which sees travellers from across the UK bring hundreds of horses to the area to be paraded around and sold. This eclectic event makes a lively spectacle, but for visitors looking for a slower pace, the Costwold Cricket Museum provides a unique insight into the sport.
The town is the perfect base to go exploring the Cotswold, with visitors able to take in a wide range of walks covering the rolling hills, river valleys and meadows. After a day exploring the local area, Stow-on-the-Wold boasts a range of fantastic restaurants serving a range of fresh, locally produced food, while there are also some excellent country pubs to relax in with a drink.
One of the principal market towns in the whole of the Cotswolds, Moreton-in-Marsh is a bustling and vibrant destination for holidaymakers. Every week, over 200 market stalls are erected selling everything from food and clothes to art and gifts, a tradition that has been part of the town since eh early 13th century.
The popular market town has a broad high street that is lined with buildings that date back to the 17th century, while the town itself can trace its roots back over 1,000 years! The area boasts an array of historic inns and houses, and a short stroll through the centre of the town reveals an eclectic history, from the Redesdale Market Hall to the Curfew Tower.
The rich history of the area includes the White Hart Hotel, which was used by King Charles I to shelter during the Civil War, as well as The Bell Inn, which is said to have inspired J R R Tolkein’s The Prancing Pony pub in Lord of the Rings.
If you are a bit of a foodie, Moreton-in-Marsh plays host to an array of mouth-watering restaurants and cafes, ensuring you can always find something delicious to eat!
The idyllic village of Bourton-on-the-water is a gorgeous and picturesque village, with stone cottages, low arched bridges and beautiful flower-lined shops; it is the quintessential English village. A short stroll through the High Street will reveal an abundance of local stores selling everything from artwork to clothing.
The village also hosts a regular Farmers’ Market selling a range of locally grown produce, while every summer, it hosts a unique game of medieval football! Bourton-on-the-Water also boasts an array of attractions, from a model village based in the 1930s to the Cotswold Motoring Museum.
Lying in the heart of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is the ideal base to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visitors can take in the lush surroundings, while there is a range of restaurants, cafes and pubs to relax in after a long day walking the rolling hillsides.
Minchinhampton is a thriving hilltop market town, nestled in the rolling Gloucestershire countryside between the Golden Valley and Nailsworth Valley.
Near the towns of Stroud and Nailsworth, its ancient centre boasts a wide range of amenities including a 17th-century market house which still holds a brilliant country market every Thursday, a church with a crown-topped spire, a post office, traditional pubs and a selection of independent shops.
This charming South Cotswolds town remains largely unchanged, with distinctive honey-coloured houses, narrow streets and buildings which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries when Minchinhampton flourished as a market centre for the surrounding farmland and the medieval wool trade.
Minchinhampton is perfectly located for those with a love of the great outdoors, with the National Trust-owned Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons surrounding the town.