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Where to Stay in the Cotswolds

Where to Stay in the Cotswolds

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. Whilst you're her, we recommend getting out and about to see as many of the pretty towns and chocolate box villages as you can. Exploring the Cotswolds and all its pubs, shops and tea rooms really goes without saying. But when it comes to choosing a base and a place to call your own for the week, whcih area will win your heart? Here we look at some of the best places to stay for your Cotswold holiday....

Cirencester
The town of Cirencester makes a fantastic base for anyone wishing to explore the wider Cotswold region. Its central location positions you perfectly for visiting villages both north and south, and you won’t be far from the services and amenities needed to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The nearby Kemble Train Station also runs regular trains to London Paddington every day, so this is one of the easiest destinations to get to from the capital.

Why we love it:
We love Cirencester because it has a superb town centre with some great boutique shops and a fabulous local farmers’ market every week. There’s always something to do here, providing a fantastic introduction to the area without being too remote.

Where to eat:
The Village Pub is one of the best gastropubs in the Cotswolds, well known for its country inspired gastronomy and seasonal menus that change from month to month.

Find a cottage:
If you want to be in the heart of the action in this wonderful market town, book your stay at Castle Mews, a half-timbered cottage that is the perfect retreat for couples. 

cirencester

Bourton-on-the-Water
Famed for its low bridges and stone houses, the charming village of Bourton-on-the-Water is a postcard-perfect destination for those who desire spectacular surroundings from the moment they step foot outside their cottage.

Why we love it:
The River Windrush makes this one of our favourite places to stay, and it’s a sight to behold at any time of day. From sunrise or the fleeting twilight zone to sunset or street lights reflecting in the water, the river always looks its best. Bourton-on-the-Water is nicknamed as the "Venice of the Cotswolds".....you have to see it for yourself to believe its beauty.

Where to eat:
The Chestnut Tree located on the High Street is one of the best casual dining spots for couples, groups or families. It is a tea room in the day and a bistro at night, so you will always be able to pop in and fill your boots. If you’re after a classic burger or some hearty pub grub, we recommend the 18th Century, family run Mousetrap Inn (located along The Lansdowne).

Find a cottage:
Inglenook Cottage is tucked away on a quiet little lane, very close to the water and boasting a central location so you can walk to all the shops, cafes and pubs nearby without trouble.

Stow-on-the-Wold
Another beautiful market town that is a good place to lay your hat is Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the best places for a farmers’ markets and also for antiques and vintage shopping. There are also a number of excellent art galleries and art shops for those who appreciate beautiful paintings and sculptures.

Why we love it:
Digbeth Street is said to be one of the most beautiful roads in the region, with quintessential Cotswold stone architecture that will make you feel like time stood still here. Many of the shops are also unique and totally one of a kind.

Where to eat:
You simply cannot to stay over in Stow-on-the-Wold without popping in for a pint at The Porch House (the food here is honest, hearty and always well received). Another culinary must is The Old Butchers on Park Street, which is an unpretentious bistro set inside an old butcher's shop (with a seasonal menu and the promise of fresh, local ingredients).

Find a cottage:
Check into the gorgeous Primrose Cottage right in the heart of the town, yet boasting a peaceful location so you can enjoy a great night’s sleep after a long day of walking, sightseeing and shopping. Or for a more remote location, book your stay at the Spa Changing Rooms, a grade II listed cottage less than 5 minutes’ drive from the centre.

Stow on the Wold

 Cheltenham
Want to experience the beauty of the Cotswold countryside, but still want to enjoy the culture, sights and nightlife of the city? The stylish town of Cheltenham is where you want to be and you will be conveniently located close to top attractions, such as Sudeley Castle, Hidcote Manor Garden, Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, and Snowshill Manor.

Why we love it:
Cheltenham is dubbed as the ‘cultural capital of the Cotswolds’ so if you get bored or restless way too easily, then this is the perfect place to set up camp during your vacation. There’s always something to do, day or night. You will also find plenty of children’s attractions, so you can bring the whole family here for a full week of fun. It is fun to visit whilst the Cheltenham Festival is on and you can spend a day at the races.

Where to eat:
You won’t struggle to find a good restaurant or posh pub to whet your appetite in Cheltenham. From afternoon tea to fine dining, there’s something for every budget or occasion. Book well in advance for Michelin star restaurants such as Le Champignon Sauvage or Purslane, or pop into Bentleys Bar & Kitchen for the best burgers around!

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden is one of the loveliest small towns in the far north of the Cotswolds. Ideally placed for those who wish to explore the quaint hamlets and villages in that area, including Blockhill, Broadway, Mickleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, and the Slaughters. It has easy road access for the perfect short break, and has a lovely town centre area which is always bustling with people.

Why we love it:
What we love most about staying here is the fantastic atmosphere. It really comes to life in the peak of summer, as well as other holiday periods across the year. And in winter, it’s the ideal town to wrap up warm and enjoy a hot tea / coffee in a local café. Visitors always fall in love with the main street, a shallow arc lined with ancient houses, each one with its own distinct historical charm. You can find out more about the best things to do in Chipping Camden here.

Where to eat:
Huxleys is lovely little café and bar on the High Street with a superb menu; set within a beautiful 500 year old building and providing a cosy, intimate setting for its diners. If you’re looking for a classic Cotswold pub with traditional dishes, head over to The Red Lion Inn. Or for something a bit more continental for the summer, book a table at Michael's Mediterranean Restaurant.

Find a cottage:
The Brew House is the ultimate escape for groups or families, sleeping 6 people and featuring a lovely sitting room with a large inglenook fireplace plus a good-sized kitchen diner. Located close to the centre of Chipping Campden, near all the main shops and restaurants.

Chipping Campden

  Stroud
The popular town of Stroud is great for anyone who plans to explore the central and southern parts of the Cotswolds. It is about an hour away from Bath, and it is conveniently close to places such as Cirencester, Cotswold Commons & Beechwoods National Nature Reserve, Sapperton, Kingscote, Coombe, and the famous Westonbirt Arboretum.

Why we love it:
Love independent shops and cafes? Stroud is brimming with indie businesses, family run restaurants, small galleries and chic boutiques. There’s a great sense of community here, and people that come here fall in love with the eclectic, bohemian vibe of the centre. The town also boasts one of the best farmers’ markets in the country. On top of all that, you will have the awe-inspiring Five Valleys serving as your backdrop.....book your stay here and you’ll never want to leave!

Where to eat:
Staying in Stroud, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a place to eat. Some of the top pubs include The Old Fleece, The Lord John, and The Clothiers Arms. But you don’t have to hit the gastropubs if you don’t want to. There’s everything from vegetarian dining (Star Anise Arts Café on Gloucester Street) and Mediterranean cuisine (The Olive Tree on George Street) to all you can eat buffets.

Find a cottage:
Stop a few nights in Rose Cottage located a few minutes from the town in Bowbridge. This elegant home away from home is a grade II listed detached stone cottage, set stop a hill with its own manicured garden. We think it’s a wonderful family rental, sleeping up to 5 people.

Kingham
A sleepy village with a large open green, a Norman church, and traditional stone and thatch cottages which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. There are a number of great walks starting here, so if you’re here to soak up the fresh air and country views, Kingham makes the perfect base.

Why we love it:
It’s nice and quiet in Kingham, although the village can be very popular with tourists. If you want to get away from it all, this is the ideal spot to refuel and recharge. The village is also home to two outstanding pubs, serving the finest in local gastronomy (this is truly a food lover’s heaven).

Where to eat:
The Wild Rabbit Inn is without a doubt one of the best gastropubs in the whole of the Cotswolds. It has featured in publications such as The Telegraph, Guardian and The Independent. It pitches itself as a “modern British pub” and the idea behind it was to create a place that “felt just like home”. All the dishes are beautifully presented and they only ever use the finest seasonal ingredients. Additionally, foodies will enjoy dining out at The Kingham Plough, an award winning pub that boasts an exceptional menu with daily specials.

 

Kingham

Bibury
Arlington Row is the reason that Bibury is so famous with tourists. This chocolate box village and its iconic row of 14th Century weavers’ cottages has been described by poet William Morris as “the most beautiful place in England”.

Why we love it:
Not only is this village one of the prettiest destinations in the UK, but it’s also home to something truly spectacular – a fantastic trout farm which is superb in the summer months! The Bibury Trout Farm is one of the country’s oldest fishing farms and you can come here to catch your own dinner. The BBQ facilities and on-site deli mean that you can rustle up your catch of the day right there and then.

Where to eat:
In the daytime, head over to the William Morris Tea Room where you will be able to enjoy a vintage-inspired Alice in Wonderland style afternoon tea experience. And in the evening, book a table at The Catherine Wheel where you can enjoy stone baked pizzas in 15th Century stone pub surroundings with a roaring fire.

Find a cottage:
The nearby Old Farm Cottage in Ablington is just a short walk or drive away from Bibury and features a large and perfectly manicured garden – the ideal holiday home with outdoor space for relaxing in when the sun is out.

If you would like to discuss planning your holiday to the Cotswolds, please do get in touch today and we can help you find your perfect cottage.

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