With the kind of unspoilt countryside that could have been made to grace postcards and chocolate box cottages galore, we can’t think of a destination that even comes close to the Cotwolds in the quaintness stakes. A nostalgic little corner of the country that’s home to everything we love about olde England, the region’s perfect for those breaks when you just need time away from the daily grind doing the things you love.
Honey coloured cottages sit quietly on winding roads, just as they’ve done for hundreds of years, and it seems every road eventually leads to a pretty little market town complete with welcoming pub, good food and a history to discover. Our Cotswolds home from homes welcome families keen to take time out enjoying the scenery, couples looking to escape from it all, and friends who want that perfect setting for a long overdue catch up.
With all those rolling fields beckoning the energetic, a stay in the Cotswolds is the perfect opportunity to dig your bike out from the back of the garage (or hire one when you get there), gather the kids and get cycling. For the walkers, trails such as The Cotswold Way National Trail means every day is a new chance to take the path less travelled and take in the views as you go. The route stretches on for 102 gorgeous miles, taking its walkers through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK (no small claim we know).
Cirencester has always been one of the Cotswolds most popular places for a day exploring, and the Normal church that dominates its skyline looks over its visitors as they enjoy the leafy parks and nose around the many antique shops. Now far be it from us to be a bad influence, but you’ll probably want to ditch the diet for a few days during your visit to the region, as the tea rooms know just how to get the cream tea just right. We’re talking warm scones fresh from the oven, clotted cream and jam you’ll be asking for the recipe to make yourself back home.
If you were hoping to pick up something special during your stay in the region then time your visit to Cirencester on a Monday or Friday when the market takes place. It’s not only a great chance to find something unique to take home, it’s also a fantastic experience browsing the local produce in the historic market square. If you fancy experiencing Regency grandeur, then make time for a day in Cheltenham. With elegant Regency buildings and enough shops to satisfy even the most avid shopper, the town’s the perfect place to experience the Cotswolds’ sophisticated side.