Cotswolds Holiday Cottages
Market places are ancient and chartered, shops are boutique and small, pubs are gastro and the beer is crisp. The hills are gently undulating, the sheep are plenty and the fields are green, with the air fresh and the walks many and varied; stretching from Warwickshire to the historic and breathtaking City of Bath; the Cotswolds is 100 miles of quintessential England.
This landscape is scattered with small picture postcard towns and villages, all with their recognisable honeyed limestone buildings. In this mellow and calming countryside, there is hidden a wealth of interesting places to visit, such as stately homes, historic houses, castles with gorgeous gardens and ancient churches dotting the vista. Days, if not weeks could be spent in this idyllic area of the UK. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is crammed with interests and attractions to intrigue and delight any visitor. With delectably beautiful villages such as Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, to the towns and cities of Bath, the gleaming spires of Oxford, the races at Cheltenham and William Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon.
If you meander and criss cross through the Cotswolds countryside at your own leisurely pace, you can take in the pretty streets and their shops, which are filled to the brim with antiquities, gifts, clothes, delicacies and quality goods. Dine and refuel in one of the many quaint tea rooms and gastro pubs, or perhaps even indulge your appetite at a Michelin star restaurant. Taste local wonders such as Old Spot pork or one of the famous 100 cheeses, or whet your whistle with a butter beer or three.
Stay in one of our properties and add some of these fantastical sights to your bucket list: Sudeley Castle, there are no other castles in Gloucestershire to have seen so much romance, war or royalty and within it’s breathtaking gardens lies Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife. Set in the AONB, this is a private residence with the wow factor. Carrying on with the castle and heritage theme, we mustn’t overlook the fabulous Berkeley Castle, Hidcote Manor or indeed Tewkesbury Abbey. This small handful of treasures are certain to delight even the most reluctant of historians.
The children will not be left wanting, with their visit to this magical part of England starting with Cotswold Farm Park, where they can get up close with rare breed lambs, piglets, horses and more. A fantastic experience for all the family and one to leave you feeling more connected to the countryside and the Cotswolds way of life. Similarly named Cotswold Country Park, though a very different affair, offers water sports, fishing and a toddlers play and paddling area, as well as the UK’s largest inland beach. Definitely a go to destination on those hot summer days. Lakeside walks and cycle paths are in abundance too.
For a more cultured and relaxing break, either take a gentlemanly stroll or yomp across fields and meadows by popping on your walking boots and heading down the Cotswold Way. Voted England’s best marked trail, it offers fantastic views at every corner. Perhaps you’re one for the arts and there's nowhere better to absorb the fine works of the greatest English speaking writer in history, William Shakespeare, than to visit his birthplace and take in a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Alternatively, you may just need to kick back and luxuriate in a little thermal magic at Thermae Bath Spa.
Whatever you're looking for in an English country cottage, we are sure that the mellow and undulating landscape of the Cotswolds, complete with it’s chocolate box charm and delight, will bring nothing but great experiences and happy memories.