Everything you'll ever need to know about the Cotswolds

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The Cotswolds

Unless you've been living under a rock for your while life you will have heard of The Cotswolds, a stunning area located in the heart of England. Pepper potted with endless pretty villages it is as desirable as it is expensive!

There is a glut of information about this popular part of the UK and below is a convenient list of links to some of the more helpful websites that will provide you with all of the information you will ever need know...

Arlington Row, Bibury
Arlington Row, Bibury

Exploring The Cotswolds

"The Cotswolds covers a huge area – almost 800 square miles – and runs through five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire). One of the delights of visiting the Cotswolds is exploring the different areas, each with its own identity, yet all with those defining Cotswold features: golden stone and rolling hills, the ‘wolds’.

Explore quintessentially English villages of honey-coloured stone; take in splendid, lively market towns; visit some of the country’s greatest palaces, castles and country houses; marvel at the natural world in acclaimed reserves and at some of the most famous arboretas in Britain; walk through breath-taking landscapes along historic trails; or make a splash in our lake-land area with its own inland beach.


There’s a vibrant buzz in places like Cheltenham, irencester, Tewkesbury, Stroud and Witney. There are many exciting things to do for all the family. And an arty heartbeat too – which extends to the wealth of festivals and events that are testimony to the creative vibe of the region.

The Cotswolds is also richly rural: more than 3,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore; ancient woodlands and wildflower meadows; 4,000 miles of historic Cotswold stone walls dividing up the landscape.

The Lygon Arms, Broadway

Unsurprisingly this landscape provides a rich harvest of food and drink with local cheeses, meats and drinks appearing prominently on the menus of the gastro pubs, old inns, colourful cafes and fine dining restaurants scattered generously across the region.

The accommodation is just as wide ranging and welcoming: enjoy the finest of country house hotels, go chic and boutique, take a spa break, snuggle up in a charming B&B, put up a tent at a beautifully located campsite. Or opt for a place of your own: there’s a striking range of cottages and manor houses to rent."

CLICK HERE to be taken straight to the official tourist information site.

Walking The Cotswolds

The medieval wool town of Chipping Campden is a lovely day’s walk from Winchcombe, along the Cotswold Way. Photograph: David Knibbs/Getty Images

A great article in The Guardian newspaper (July 2021) with a guide to walking in The Cotswolds...

"To start, we trek to Winchcombe from Cheltenham train station; there is a direct bus, but we’re keen to start walking right away. We leave the genteel spa town for the looming escarpment and soon join the Cotswold Way national trail. This leads us over Cleeve Common, the Cotswolds’ highest point; a sign warns us not to “obstruct, annoy or molest” any golfers (we don’t); belted Galloways graze the scientifically interesting grassland; and a topograph points to the Malverns and Wales. Beyond, we pass the sleeping-giant hump of Belas Knap long barrow before finally reaching Winchcombe. Dinner at the old Lion Inn has been richly earned..."

To continue reading this article CLICK HERE 

Sleeping in The Cotswolds

The Swan Hotel, Bibury

As you would expect from such a pretty area it is incredibly popular with tourist so there is a wealth of places to stay.  Whether it's a quaint English Inn or something more grand anyone wishing to find somewhere to stay will be spoilt for choice.

For a link to a list of places to stay in The Cotswolds CLICK HERE

Living in The Cotswolds

Burdocks is a highly impressive Queen Anne style house in Fairford, Gloucestershire, built in 1910 by Guy Dawbar, well known for his work in the Arts and Crafts style

If your budget allows for it and you find The Cotswolds style of property irresistable then you'll begin the hunt straight away.  Of course, most of the bug name estate agents operate in the area and it's impossible to keep in touch with all of them so a great place to look  is on the Online Portals.

Rightmove is the UK's biggest property portal.  To search for properties advertised in The Cotswolds on Rightmove, CLICK HERE


OnTheMarket.com provides and alternative place to find homes across the UK, CLICK HERE for properties advertised on the site in The Cotswolds

Eastcourt Farm , Eastcourt , Malmesbury , Wiltshire - 5 bed £3,700,000

Highlands, Silver Street,Calne - 11 Bedrooms, £3,500,000

Touring The Cotswolds

Broadway Tower, Broadway, Worcestershire

Another useful site is that of Cotswold Journeys who provide tailor made holiday experiences...

Welcome to The Cotswolds, widely recognised as the walking capital of England. Attracting visitors from all around the world, we’re extremely fortunate to call it home.

We have been offering walking tours & hiking vacations in the Cotswolds (sometimes referred to as the Cotswalds) since 1993. We live and work in the heart if this area of gentle hills and extraordinarily beautiful villages, giving us over 35 years experience of helping our clients experience our beloved Cotswolds region first-hand.

As the longest established provider of Cotswold walks, we have frequently been voted 'The Best Cotswolds Walking Tour Company' by our clients and pride ourselves on our unparalleled knowledge of the local area, enabling us to offer the most informed and well planned Cotswold walks & routes for you to discover the well-trodden paths, as well as those off-the-beaten tracks too...

 For a link to the site CLICK HERE

Reasons to visit The Cotswolds

"StayCotswolds" has provided an interesting list of the top ten reasons to visit The Cotswolds.

How to spend a perfect long weekend in The Cotswolds

Lower Slaughter

The fantastic Lonely Planet website has come up with a lovely article (October 2019) about the ideal weekend in The Cotswolds.

Undisputedly one of the most picturesque areas of England, the Cotswolds are the ideal destination for a country escape. Tucked amongst the rolling hills (the eponymous ‘Wolds’) lie honey-coloured villages galore all inviting you to explore the gourmet food scene, ramble in the beautiful countryside and cosy up in the local pub. Here’s our guide to spending a perfect long weekend in this slice of quintessential England. 

 For the full article CLICK HERE

An important note from me:  The above links are for information only and are in no way endorsements, as with all things... cavaet emptor!

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