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Welcome to the cultural capital of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham. Enjoy a jaunte around the upmarket Montpellier Quarter or arrive at Cheltenham Races via steam train. Book a holiday in Cheltenham or the surrounding areas and you may actually return home with an even longer ‘must-see’ list. 

When it comes to eating out in Burford, there are options aplenty. Choose from traditional British cooking, something a little more contemporary or exotic. There’s also fine dining and a host of other gastronomic experiences for you to explore.

Anyone planning a visit to the Cotswolds may hear about the “famous North”. Home to chocolate box villages with their honey-coloured houses, the northern part of the region is truly unique. This is where you’ll find ancient streets with some of Britain’s best and oldest pubs.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a fantastic base for anyone looking to explore the beauty of the northern Cotswolds. Famed for its honey-coloured houses and idyllic village scenery, you’ll be surrounded by beauty.

The Medieval town of Burford has grown around the crossing point of the River Windrush, which flows gently at the bottom of this town’s famous High Street.

Over the last 5 years the blogging world has truly taken off and for many of us, our favourite blogs are now one of our go-to news sources, while our most beloved Instagram influences are nothing short of celebrities.

Chipping Norton is one of the livelier locations in the Cotswolds, known for its vibrant High Street and quality independent shops, as well as its many festivals and events that run throughout the year.

Christmas is better in the Cotswolds! If you’ve ever been to one of our festive markets, you’ll understand why. The atmosphere is utterly unbeatable, and we do Christmas with a traditional approach, so pretty lights and mince pies are always guaranteed.

The Very Best Cotswold Venues to say “I Do”. There is nowhere quite like the Cotswolds. It has a unique scenic beauty, quaint English charm and lies only 2-hours outside the capital city of London.

The Cotswolds is a vast region here in the UK, and there's so much choice when it comes to finding the perfect place to stay. All the way from the scenic Slaughters in the north of the Cotswolds to the bustling city of Bath right down in the south, every corner of our region can offer something different.

At Character Cottages we know that your furry friends are an important member of the family, and that’s why we offer plenty of pet-friendly cottages in the Cotswolds. So to celebrate National Pet Month we are offering one lucky dog parent a fabulous dog-friendly break in one of our charming Cotswolds cottages.

When it comes to quality food, you simply cannot beat country dining. And the Cotswolds really comes into its own when it comes to serving up classic country dishes.

The Cotswolds is filled with beauty and charm – a place for countryside road trips and opulent holidays, there’s no wonder that some of the finest pubs in the country are located in the Cotswolds.

After reaching the final of MasterChef, Andrew decided to move from a career in finance to one in food and cooking. He now work as a freelance chef, food writer and cookery teacher, based in the Cotswolds.

In this Ultimate Guide, we’ve included everything you need to know about the Cheltenham Festival, from enclosure information to where to place your bets!

Stow-on-the-Wold is home to some of our favourite independent shops and boutiques in the Cotswold region. And if you love antiques, this is definitely the place to come for a shopping trip. 

Oxford is one of our favourite day out destinations. It’s an ancient university city, blessed with some of the nation’s most spectacular architecture, as well as the best shops, restaurants and bars just waiting to be explored.

Afternoon tea was first invented in 1840 by the Duchess of Bedford, who was a lifelong friend of Queen Victoria. The consumption of tea, sandwiches and cakes were a way of staving off hunger during the long afternoons, between lunch and dinner.

The Cotswold region is renowned for its breath-taking natural beauty and having different types of terrain to suit every level of walker. So, for those in search of soulful scenery or picturesque hikes, there’s no other place quite like the Cotswolds here in the UK.

The Cotswolds is world-famous for its stunning scenery, cosy cottages and welcoming atmosphere. The Cotswolds is also loved for its quaint and quirky traditions - including its annual cheese rolling event.

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