Alongside quaint villages and rolling hills, you’ll find the grand palace of Blenheim, neolithic barrows, award-winning vineyards and the inspiring designs of the Arts & Crafts movement. Head out on the Cotswolds Way from an old byre, stroll to Broadway Tower from a timber-beamed coach house or sink into rural peace on a rambling farm.
Each space within our collection is inspected and selected, where we look for character and creativity that will make your holiday to this cultural and scenic region memorable.
Places to stay in the Cotswolds
Explore the Cotswolds your way. Sit in the garden of a self-catering cottage with morning coffee, treat yourself to a bit of luxury in a fancy hotel or enjoy the hospitality of a family-run B&B.
Our favourite holidays in the Cotswolds
If you are thinking of bringing your dog with you on your holiday, planning a romantic weekend away with your loved one, or want to bring the family away for a week of adventure, take a look at our collections below where we round up our favourite places.
Why set off for a place with lovely woodland rambles without your dog? These hotels, inns and self-catering spaces are perfect for people and pets alike to curl up and nap or head out and explore.
Places perfect for spending quality time, wandering in the gardens and down country lanes, cooking meals for two in farmhouse kitchens and sitting by the fire after a day out in the historic and scenic Cotswolds.
Younger kids will love the peaceful woods and streams of the Cotswolds, or the chance to meet the animals on the farm, older ones can learn about the ancient barrows, storied palaces and enjoy long walks.
- Some of the prettiest towns and villages in the UK, such as Broadway, Chipping Campden and Bourton-on-the-Water
- A sense of history being carefully preserved in the traditional crafts and architecture
- All the lovely country pubs with big flagstoned bars, fireplaces and local ales, such as Stroud Brewery and Yubberton Brewing Co., on tap
- The walking – not so much challenging hikes, but long, gentle strolls through a lovely landscape
- The festivals and events, from science to food and music, mainly found in the larger towns of Cheltenham and Stroud.
- Take on the 100 miles of the Cotswolds Way that run down the region’s west side, or one of the smaller circular sections that make it up
- Visit Sudeley Castle & Gardens for fascinating history in an atmospheric setting, where roses climb the walls of the disused dining hall
- Climb Broadway Tower, the Capability Brown folly in the north of the Cotswolds, for incredible views in every direction
- Taste award-winning wine in some of the many vineyards – Tree Choirs Vineyards and Woodchester Valley are two favourites
- Drop in to the cooperative workshop and watch fourth-generation silversmiths at work in Chipping Campden.
Where to stay in the Cotswolds
As well as being a fine example of the classic Cotswolds village, Stow-on-the-Wold is famed for having some of England’s best antique shops.
Wool merchants’ houses preserved from centuries ago, lovely boutique shops, an arts centre in a railway building and a genuine, working town crier.
Known as the “Venice of the Cotswolds” for its picturesque bridges. Often busy due to popularity but more than worth a stop for the beauty.
An award-winning farmer’s market, festivals of food, ideas and music all take place in this charming and lively town in the west of the Cotswolds.
More Cotswolds inspiration
Our guide to the Cotswolds: a region of the UK with a strong reputation as one of the most beautiful countryside landscapes, and for good reason. Our recent visit uncovered a great culture and a particular focus on preserving the area’s heritage.
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