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The Cotswolds has a long history with horse riding and hosts three of the top equestrian events in Britain. Combine this with the famous Cotswold countryside of rolling hills, picturesque villages and quiet country lanes and you’ve discovered a horse riding holiday like no-other.

Getting off the beaten track and away from the crowds is one of our favourite things to do in the Cotswolds. And the beauty of a break in the Cotswolds is that it doesn’t take long to leave the bustling narrow streets of Cirencester or the popular waterways of Bourton-on-Water to enjoy complete peace and quiet.

A golfing break in the Cotswolds is a tradition enjoyed by players year after year. The Cotswolds brings together outstanding golf courses in outstanding natural scenery. 

The Cotswold Way, a 102 mile footpath, is one of only 15 National Trails in the UK. Taking walkers up along the Cotswold escarpment and through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK, it is unsurprising that it’s one of England’s most popular walks.

In our roundup here of things to do with children in the Cotswolds, we offer a range of activities for you and your family to choose from. We’ve also looked across the region, and as you’ll see, no matter where you are staying in the Cotswolds there are family-friendly attractions on your doorstep.

Historical attractions are places that inspire and fill visitors with wonder. They are particularly ideal when enjoying a winter break in the Cotswolds. Many are dog-friendly as well as having activities that capture the minds of younger visitors too, making a visit to a historical attraction suitable for all holiday guests.

We’re a romantic bunch at heart here at Character Cottages, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner we know you’ll be planning your February break. Here are our five favourite romantic restaurants in the Cotswolds that are perfect for a special and intimate occasion.

Taking in the skyline of the World Heritage City of Bath from the Landscape Gardens of Prior Park is a must on holiday in the Cotswolds.

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.

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