The Cotswolds, located in central England, is a popular holiday location and a fashionable area due to its picture-postcard towns and rolling fields.Falling mainly within the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, it also extends into other counties such as Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire.
With its quintessentially English hamlets and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cotswold holiday cottages appeal to those looking to holiday at a leisurely pace in a picturesque environment.
The timeless villages and cottages across The Cotswolds are evidence of the area’s history in the wool industry. Many of our Cotswold holiday cottages are constructed from brightly coloured limestone, creating the perfect backdrop for any holiday photos.The high standard of holiday cottages in The Cotswolds, combined with the region’s indigenous beauty, make this a perfect holiday location for all
Why Rent a Holiday Cottage in Yorkshire Cotswolds?
Time in the area does seem to have stood still with many of the towns and villages looking very similar to how they would have done centuries ago.You can enjoy the area by taking advantage of the many minor roads that crisscross through the fields, hills, and Tors that span the region.You could also set off on one of many footpaths. Many of our Cotswolds holiday cottages are located very near popular walkways and surrounded by unspoilt countryside.
It is not just the stunning scenery that attracts its visitors; the outdoors also offers the opportunity for brilliant open-air pursuits. Many of the larger towns and cities offer something more modern for those seeking a livelier day or evening out.
Visitors to the area can also take full control of their schedule, as with our self catering Cotswolds cottages, you don’t have to worry about fixed meal times or missing breakfast, you have the freedom to do what you want when you want to.
With London being just over an hour away train, The Cotswolds is easily accessible for those wishing to take a break from London and equally offers those holidaying in The Cotswolds the chance for a day out in the capital city. The M4, M40 and M5 motorways that skirt the edges of the region also mean that travelling from any part of the country is easy.
The Cotswolds is a year-round destination with summer temperatures averaging around twenty one degrees Celsius, whilst in the winter, this falls to just above freezing, offering those staying in a Cotswolds holiday cottage over the festive period, the chance of a white Christmas.
With a choice of facilities in our properties, the chilly winter days shouldn’t put you off. Many of our Cotswolds holiday cottages have cosy open fires to snuggle up in front of or even hot tubs to relax in and keep the chill off.So whether it is a short weekend break for two or a large group holiday we have something for everyone at any time of year. You can also bring along your pet to one of our pet-friendly Cotswold properties.
Your canine friend will undoubtedly love a stay in one of our Cotswold holiday homes. With an abundance of paths through parks, forests and gardens, your dog will love the area and love their holiday to The Cotswolds just as much as you do.So, why not browse our selection of quality Cotswold holiday rentals where you will find a property to suit your individual needs, and if not, contact us and we’ll help find you your perfect Cotswold Cottage.
Exploring Cotswolds’ Attractions During your Holiday Stay
Once you visit The Cotswolds you won’t be able to help but fall in love with its rural landscape (scattered with picture-perfect villages), spa towns, antique shops and magnificently designed inns serving rustic food and ales.
The region has plenty to see and do whilst on holiday, and we’ve tried to highlight just a small sample of some of the best places to go on your Cotswolds holiday.The best attractions range from more traditional attractions such as Berkeley Castle and Hidcote Manor Gardens to more intriguing and modern attractions.
There’s plenty to keep the kids and dad amused with The Cotswold Motor Museum or the Gloucestershire Steam Railway being extremely popular for families.For anyone with a musical interest, a visit to ‘Keith Harding’s World of Mechanical Music’ is definitely recommended. The area is full to the brim with attractions and things to do, as well as villages to be explored.
There’s plenty more than just the fields and hills to explore in this region as it has some of the best towns and cities in the country. Why not start with one of the most famous Cotswold visitor attractions, the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.Here you can see the home of Shakespeare and enjoy a trip to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which stages productions all year round.
For those interested in history, a visit to Cirencester is highly recommended. Cirencester is located at the very heart of this fantastic region and features a Roman Amphitheatre and an authentic Chedworth Roman Villa. If you seek even more Roman history, then a trip to Bath should be next on your list, famous for and named after its Roman baths.
Many of the hamlets scattered throughout The Cotswolds are well known for their honey-coloured buildings and these hamlets are some of the most popular tourist destinations in The Cotswolds.
Why not take a leisurely stroll through Broadway or Stow-on-the-Wold, for example, and appreciate their fantastic beauty. You’re sure to find a beautiful hamlet close to your Cotswolds cottage and experience their gift shops, original inns and quaint tea shops.You’re sightseeing should also try to make time for Sudeley Castle and Tewkesbury Abbey, which are both popular and impressive.
For those interested in shopping on their Cotswolds holiday, the Designer Outlet Village in Swindon is a great destination. With many designer items being half price or less, you could pick up some real holiday bargains during your Cotswolds cottage holiday.
Nearly Cheltenham Spa also offers a range of shops and boutique clothing outlets. If that’s not discovered enough, then a trip into Oxford shows off over thirty colleges, which are what you expect from colleges with their quadrangles and lawns.
A day out for the family can also be catered for in this illustrious region with attractions such as Cotswold Farm Park and Cotswold Country Park, Tetbury Police Museum, Stratford Brass Rubbing Centre, Milton Keynes beach, Gloucester Cathedral, Warwick castle and Longleat Safari Park (as seen on TV).
The area also boasts a huge number of festivals and events on its calendar, so no matter when you’re looking to visit, there is likely to be something of interest to you. Highlights include the Longborough Festival Opera and the Guiting Music Festival.
Other fun events include Woolsack racing and cheese undulating as well as the horse racing with a day at the Cheltenham Races bringing people into the region from all over the country.The region does have so much to offer those looking for open-air pursuits, including angling, equestrianism, golfing, bicycling, rambling, paragliding, swimming and rock climbing.
In fact, the footpaths in the Cotswolds are celebrated for being some of the best in the country, with endless routes taking explorers into some of the region’s most tranquil parts. However, the walks do not necessarily have to be through the natural parts of the region as some estates have lovely walks such as the Brockhampton Estate with its manor house and moat, the Sherborne Estate or Hailes Abbey.So no matter what you are hoping to do with your holiday, this could be the region for you. Take a look through our list of holiday rentals to see where about in this lovely region you could stay.
Places To Rent A Holiday Cottage in Cotswolds
When staying in the Cotswolds, there are plenty of places to choose from.Why not try one of the smaller hamlets that the area is famous for such as Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water (known as the ‘Little Venice’ due to the river running through the middle), Stow-on-the-Wold or Moreton-in-Marsh with their markets, Chipping Camden in the north of the region or Chipping Sodbury in the south.
For a more lively stay, one of the larger towns may be more suited to you with Cirencester, Swindon, or Cheltenham Spa with their shops, cafes, and restaurants providing plenty to do both during the day and in the evenings.
Some of the more historical larger towns such as Oxford, Bath, or Stratford-Upon-Avon can also provide a splendid stay. All of these locations can be arrived at with ease with the area being extremely accessible by road, sea, and air.Both Gatwick and Birmingham airports are an hour and a half away with flights from all over the country. While the nearest seaport is only around 65 miles away, making the area easily accessible for those travelling in from abroad.