An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswold’s rolling hillsides and tranquil valleys embody the vision of the idyllic English countryside. The region is the largest in the country and treats its visitors to a pleasant mixture of quaint villages and market towns, picturesque churches and tranquil valleys dotted with grazing sheep and dry stone walls. Holiday cottages in the Cotswolds can be found across the region and offer guests the chance to discover the sights of this spectacular area, from manor house gardens and palaces to hidden treasures at antique fairs. Enjoy a relaxing break and indulge in some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery and charming villages.
Walking and cycling are extremely popular ways of exploring the striking landscape that surrounds holiday cottages in the Cotswolds and with over 3000 miles of footpaths, there are routes to suit all abilities. There is a mixture of long and short walks available, from The Cotswold Way National Trail of around 100 miles from Chipping Campden to Bath, to The Wardens Way, a shorter route of around 13 miles from the picturesque Bourton-on-the-water to Winchcombe. Guests staying in holiday cottages in the Cotswolds can find more details on individual walks from the local tourist information office. Those who prefer to cycle can find a suitable bicycle from one of the many rental shops scattered throughout the area.
Cheltenham and Bath are two of the most well-known towns in the region and guests frequenting holiday cottages in the Cotswolds close by can enjoy a variety of pursuits. Shopping in stylish fashion boutiques, being pampered in a spa or admiring historic sights are just some of the options. Bath has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and history enthusiasts can admire the sights of numerous buildings of Georgian and Roman design. If you are staying in holiday cottages in the Cotswolds within reasonable distance to the town you may want to visit the impressive Roman Baths or the Pulteney Bridge. Cheltenham is particularly interesting for its horse racing as it is home to the prestigious Cheltenham Racecourse.
As an agricultural area, the region has a selection of fine foods that are just waiting to be sampled. Local restaurants offer a variety of specialities and those staying in self-catering holiday cottages in the Cotswolds may want to visit one of the popular farmers markets, which can be found in numerous towns across the region. Visitors can also enjoy the tradition of afternoon tea in one of the welcoming tea shops or relax at one of the many pubs. In addition, antiques fairs are also popular attractions and those staying in a holiday cottage in the Cotswolds can find centres in towns such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury and Chipping Campden.
There are many rated attractions in the Cotswolds and one of particular significance is the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Located at Woodstock in Oxfordshire, the palace is a spectacular example of Baroque architecture where visitors can explore stately rooms and beautiful gardens whilst admiring a fantastic collection of paintings, tapestries and intricately carved furniture. Holiday cottages in the Cotswolds can also be found close to other interesting sights such as the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham, where you can see the childhood home of composer Gustav Holst, and the Model Village at Bourton-on-the Water, a mini replica of the village that was built out of famous Cotswold stone by local craftsmen in the 1930’s.
Holiday cottages in the Cotswolds are ideal for admiring nature and in addition to the remarkable wild scenery, there is a number of well sculpted gardens that are open to visitors. Hidcote Manor Garden, owned by the National Trust, is one of England’s most celebrated gardens and features a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ with an array of unusual or rare plants and shrubs. There is also a restaurant and shop on site and guests can enjoy a number of tours, talks and family trails. Another popular garden for those staying in a holiday cottage in the Cotswolds to visit is the Painswick Rococo Garden, the last example of Rococo garden design from the 18th century.