As one of the most popular UK staycation breaks, you only have to look at a picture of the Cotswolds to see just why it attracts so many people every year. Think picture-perfect lanes, quaint villages, rolling countryside, beautiful rivers and some of the best bars, pubs and restaurants around.
Boasting five counties, there are lots to do and see here for all ages and budgets – whether you want to get outdoors and explore the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or meander around the towns, trying local delicacies and perusing individual stores. Foodies, shoppers, hikers, cyclists and dog walkers have all fallen in love with this slice of heaven, and you could be next.
The perfect holiday accommodation will put the cherry on the top for your UK break too, and we have a selection to suit any group size. From romantic hideaways in the countryside to large party pads, ideal for all the family, our range of Cotswolds accommodation has all the home comforts you’d expect – plus a few little extras. We even have dog-friendly holiday homes so no-one has to miss out.
Swan’s Rest benefits from stunning views across the lake from the first-floor balcony enjoying the late afternoon and evening sunshine.
Swillbrook is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so you will enjoy uninterrupted views over the lake as there are no water sports allowed.
From £65 pppn | Sleeps 8
Luxuriously appointed to provide a welcoming atmosphere, this cottage was reviewed by the Daily Telegraph travel section and offers tasteful, contemporary accommodation ideal for a family holiday or a get together with friends in this stunning and sought-after region of Gloucestershire.
From £55 pppn | Sleeps 8
The Malt House is the sort of place where you arrive and never want to leave.
From the moment you walk in, the atmosphere, the character, comfort and charm give it a magical feel a truly unique sense that you are enjoying a one-off holiday home.
From £110 pppn | Sleeps 11
Beautifully furnished throughout to provide very comfortable accommodation, this Worcestershire holiday cottage is ideal for family and friends to spend time together.
From £115pppn | Sleeps 16
Situated in the picturesque heart of the beautiful village of Bretforton, Myrtle Cottage is picture perfect inside and out. This luxury cottage complete with hot tub, retains plenty of charm with its character features of beams, an inglenook fireplace, wood burning stove and window seats.
From £72 pppn | Sleeps 6
Look forward to a fabulous break at this incredible property, where you can make use of the indoor heated swimming pool, great for hosting pool parties all year round or enjoying a relaxing morning swim.
From £150 pppn | Sleeps 30
Stepwell is a stunning barn conversion set in the beautiful Cotswolds village of Barton on the Heath.
A lovely, peaceful location with glorious views across the Cotswolds Hills, as well as the convenience of two lovely villages close by, you can enjoy the best of both worlds at this holiday cottage.
From £132 pppn | Sleeps 8
This is a spectacular, upside-down detached farmhouse in the village of Suckley in the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a stylish, contemporary conversion of a traditional farm building that was once used in hop and grain production.
From £115pppn | Sleeps 16
Watery Park Barn and Hiron’s Piece are both wonderfully restored barn conversions situated in the heart of the Cotswolds. With only a short walk between the two properties, this is an ideal choice for a large group of family or friends.
From £46 pppn | Sleeps 26
Hailstone Barn is a truly unique property set in the rolling countryside of the south Cotswolds in a completely rural setting. With spacious accommodation throughout, two wood burning stoves, an open fire and delightful courtyard, wildflower and orchard gardens; and a tarmac surface tennis court. This stunning barn also boasts an entertainment room with a bar.
From £30 pppn | Sleeps 10
Perfectly located within the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, Millstone Cottage offers a wonderful base for those dreaming of a taste of country living.
From £28 pppn | Sleeps 11
Watery Park Barn is a wonderfully restored barn once used as a venue for local events. Now a superb holiday cottage, it is a fabulously spacious home away from home in the country.
From £50 pppn | Sleeps 18
Manor Farm is a beautiful 17th century Grade II listed farmhouse set in a picturesque hamlet at the foot of Bredon Hill. Having been fully renovated in 2020, this luxury holiday home is the perfect base in which to explore the wonderful Cotswolds with stunning views and miles of glorious walks straight from the doorstep.
From £75 pppn | Sleeps 10
Kick back as Lord and Lady of the Manor in this beautifully appointed, elegant period home. Set within acres of stunning landscaped gardens, this historic property offers a tranquil base to explore Shakespeare country.
From £55 pppn | Sleeps 10
A luxury Cotswold stone barn conversion surrounded by beautiful countryside, this stunning property is set on the edge of a hamlet just two miles from Stow-on-the-Wold.
From £35 pppn | Sleeps 10
Pear Tree Cottage is a stunning four bedroom, four bathroom contemporary house which has been beautifully furnished with high quality furnishings, fixtures and fittings.
From £95 pppn | Sleeps 8
Situated in the beautiful village of Shilton, this award winning cottage is a perfect Cotswolds Hideaway. The Chestnuts has been lovingly restored and refurbished throughout to preserve the traditional whilst being lavished with contemporary luxuries.
From £120 pppn | Sleeps 8
Set in the heart of the village yet enjoying a secluded location within 5 acres of private grounds, the Coach House and The Stables at The Lammas form part of a listed Cotswolds stone building, a former stables which has been extensively refurbished with guest comfort in mind.
From £130 pppn | Sleeps 8
Set in its own gated grounds, Willersey Farm House is a unique blend of old and new, with a traditional Cotswold building for the bedrooms, attached to an all-new, contemporary living area. Traditional beams and Cotswold stone mix with stunning contemporary design to create a very special holiday home.
From £85 pppn | Sleeps 8
In the historic village of Sherston near Tebury and with the charm of a much older building coupled with modern fixtures and fittings, Little Maunditts combines the best of both worlds.
From £40 pppn | Sleeps 6
Set in the idyllic Cotswold village of Clanfield, this substantial home is very spacious and is tastefully decorated with a relaxed, family home feel. The five acre property comprises two fields (often with sheep) and a large walled garden.
From £50 pppn | Sleeps 8
This charming detached 19th century Cotswold cottage is set in a quiet corner of Tetbury, a thriving market town built around a 17th century Market Hall, yet only 30 minutes from Bath.
From £53 pppn | Sleeps 5
Best towns for a staycation in the Cotswolds
Every corner you turn in the Cotswolds provides you with more magical landscapes to explore. If we could, we’d list them all but instead here are six of the best locations to start your holiday in.
Best for: Trying some local delicacies
The Cotswolds may be home to a slower pace of life but that isn’t to say there isn’t much to do. Instead, days can be spent wandering popular markets, strolling through ancient cobbled streets and speaking to the independent shop owners that line the roads. Similar to something out of a fairytale, Stow-on-the-Wold is certainly worth spending a morning or afternoon in.
Best for: Exploring the rest of the region
Chipping Campden isn’t just a desirable location in its own right but is also a fantastic base for the rest of your Cotswolds exploration. Whether you want to jump in the car and drive around, adventure along one of the many walking routes or set off in search of some local wildlife, you really will be spoilt for choice. There’s also plenty of pubs for you to enjoy too…
Best for: Something a little livelier
If you’re looking for a Cotswolds staycation with slightly more to do, then Cirencester is for you. For starters, this market town is called the Capital of the Cotswolds. You’ll find lots of shops, markets, restaurants and sightseeing opportunities, including the Roman Amphitheatre and the Corinium Museum. After a busy day in the centre, there’s nothing better than a cosy evening in your Cotswolds cottage either.
Best for: Taking in the real beauty of the area
The Cotswolds really is a one-of-a-kind place and Tetbury makes this clear. No other town around still retains as much charm from the 16th century as this place does. Think cobbled streets, historic buildings and unique events that wouldn’t have looked out of place hundreds of years ago. If antiques are your thing too, there’s plenty of shops to meander around.
Best for: Foodies
You may recognise Bourton-on-the-Water from postcards and pictures of the Cotswolds. Here, the town is built around gorgeous waterways which are lined with shops, pubs and restaurants. This area is also fast-becoming a foodie destination so whether you’re looking for a lazy brunch, picnic lunch or special occasion dinner, this should be top of your list. The streets are also filled with butchers, bakers and everything in between.
Best for: Its arts, culture and entertainment scene
Known as The Queen of the Cotswolds, Painswick is popular for its local arts scene. There’s even an annual event that sees local artists parade the cobbled streets in unique outfits. When it’s not on, the streets are still lined with historic buildings, galleries and pop-up exhibitions that are sure to be loved by all the family.
Best walks in the Cotswolds
From dog-friendly hikes to routes that the children will enjoy, there’s a walk wherever you turn in the Cotswolds – and often, a pub along the way too!
Battle of Stow Walk
Walk length: Just over six miles
The Battle of Stow Walk passes a number of historical locations, and sightseeing points, and makes for a great interactive history lesson for the kids. Look out for medieval churches and Donnington Brewery, which opened its doors in the 1800s and is still working today!
Chipping Campden Market Hall
Location: Chipping Campden
Walk length: Three miles
Looking for a gentle stroll that the whole family can tag along with – even the dogs? The Chipping Campden Market Hall walk heads through the quaint town and along some quiet countryside lanes. Along the way, you’re sure to pass a pub too which is the perfect pit stop for lunch, drinks or both.
Source of the Thames
Walk length: Seven miles
The Source of the Thames walk will allow you to see the source of England’s longest river. Although rated as a medium to difficult walk, it’s certainly worth doing. The countryside views as you head out of Cirencester are incredible and it’s worth packing a picnic and stopping for a while to take it all in.
Tetbury Town Trail
Walk length: One and a half miles
The Tetbury Town Trail is ideal if you want to explore the town on foot, while getting some fresh air from the incredible nearby countryside. The route itself is flat and relatively easy – even for those with pushchairs – and the views will definitely give you something to remember. Afterwards, why not head into Tetbury and grab a seat at one of the local cafes?
Walk length: Three miles
What better way to explore the Venice of the Cotswolds than with the Bourton-on-the-Water circular walk? The route follows the waterways, and heads into the nearby countryside, before returning back to the heart of the town. There is an option to extend the walk for those who want to but when you see the cafes lining the streets in Bourton, we reckon you’ll probably opt for that instead…
Painswick Beacon Circular
Walk length: Five miles
Discover the Gloucestershire countryside like never before with the Painswick Beacon Circular. Look out for local nature, see how many plant species you can spot and why not plan a game of wildlife bingo to get the kids involved? There is a small climb up to the beacon but the views from the top are definitely worth it.
Must see places in the Cotswolds
Whether you want to take it slow or prefer action-packed days, there’s plenty to do and see in the Cotswolds.
Best for: Learning about the area’s past
Blenheim Palace dates back to 300 years ago and has over 2000 acres to explore. From guided tours to walks around the garden, this home really does have something for everyone. The arts and antiques collection will definitely impress you too. Oh, how the other half live, right?
The Cotswolds Farm Park
Best for: A family day out
Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park has been made famous after a few TV appearances and is a popular day out for all ages. Get up close to the animals, experience a real feeding time at a farm, explore the on-site adventure playground and maze, and afterwards refuel in the restaurant. Adults will be pleased to hear that it serves homemade beer!
The Model Village
Best for: Something unique
Bourton-on-the-Water is famous for its Model Village, and it’s easy to see why. Crafted in the traditional Cotswold stone, this popular sightseeing activity gives you a real view of the village but on a tiny scale. The model church even plays music…
Cotswold Lavender Farm
Best for: Getting those picture-perfect moments
The Cotswold Lavender Farm isn’t just a field of purple flowers. It’s an incredible sightseeing opportunity that visitors flock to see from all around. As well as this, there’s an on-site tearoom which makes as much food using lavender as possible and an on-site shop for scented gifts.
Best for: Getting up close with the penguins
As the name suggests, Birdland is a great family day out that gives you the opportunity to get close to some of the world’s best-loved birds. From penguins to ducks, chickens to quails, there’s feeding sessions, bird spotting activities and even a discovery zone that houses reptiles.
Cotswold Water Park
Best for: Letting off some steam
Spanning over 40 square miles and with over 150 lakes, the Cotswold Water Park is the go-to place for watersports and summer fun. Not just that but it’s also popular with walkers, joggers, hikers and birdwatchers and is home to a number of different wildlife throughout the year.
Best pubs in the Cotswolds
Whatever the weather outside, a Cotswolds pub is the perfect pit stop during your UK staycation. We’ve even rounded up our favourite places to help you out…
Location: Chipping Norton
Just imagine a traditional country pub and you’ve got The Chequers. Inside, you’ll find roaring fires, leather armchairs and locals lining the bar. It’s also a firm favourite with the Camerons who have been spotted here a few times. On the menu, you’ll find smooth wines and luxurious food making this pub one to remember.
The New Inn
The New Inn might look like your typical countryside pub but, inside, it’s a whole new ball game. Owners, Baz & Fred are famous for their pizza pop-ups in London and they’ve brought a little taste of America to the Cotswolds with this new venture. The interiors are paired back, the menu is juicy and it’s a top spot in the area for locals and tourists.
Plenty of famous faces visit The Bell and it’s easy to see why. It’s a traditional pub with incredible food and drink. Their sunday roasts have even been described as “the best mouthful of my life” by a local food critic. Inside, you’ll find open fires, quirky decor and comfy sofas just waiting for you to sit down.
The Porch House
The Porch House is England’s oldest inn and was first built in the 10th century. While the building might be incredibly old, inside the decor is modern and traditional meals also have a contemporary twist. With a vast selection of drinks, the worst thing about this pub is when you come to leave.
The Royal Oak
Boasting beamed ceilings, a wooden bar and low lighting, The Royal Oak is a traditional pub in all its senses. If you’re hungry, the organic menu and guest ales are sure to impress. Whether rain or shine, this is a fantastic Cotswold bolthole that all the family will love.
The Foston’s Ash Inn
Not only is Foston’s dog-friendly but it also welcomes horses – albeit outside! It’s the home of the British Polo Gin meaning it’s the perfect place for a G&T too. Plus, if ale or beer is your drink of choice, you’ll be spoiled here. Outside, the pub has a heated marquee so you can enjoy al-fresco drinking – whatever the season.
Best places to eat in the Cotswolds
From gastropubs to fine dining establishments, cute cafes to fish and chip takeaways, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to food in the Cotswolds.
The Coconut Tree
Since 2016, The Coconut Tree has been serving up delicious Asian street food as well as great service and a cracking atmosphere. It’s relaxed, informal and very colourful. The seats are wooden, napkins are in the form of paper towels and the ceiling is decorated with newspapers but it’s a fantastic place for dinner.
Lords of the Manor
Location: Upper Slaughter
If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion, this should be top of your list. The seven-course tasting menu offers traditional classics with a modern twist, and the basement has over 1000 wines. From the dining room, you can also see the walled garden which makes for a fantastic backdrop.
The Wild Rabbit
Situated in a traditional Cotswolds village, this is the place to go for great food and an even better atmosphere. Suitable for everyone – couples, families and individuals – the kitchen has won awards for its dishes, and supports local producers and British farmers as much as they can.
The Potting Shed Pub
This barn-style restaurant serves up a delicious selection of meat, fish and cheese – and the menu changes depending on the season too. Inside, you’ll find roaring fires and exposed wooden beams. The hearty menu, which features souffle, roasts and tantalising desserts, is sure to have you coming back for more.
It’s not just the taste of the food from Wild Garlic that’s impressive. The way in which it’s sourced is just as great too. In fact, the kitchen team heads to the market daily so menus are likely to change but freshness can’t be denied. Whether brunch, lunch or dinner, this has got to be on your list.
The Swan Inn
This gastropub is housed in a 17th-century inn and serves up family favourites like sticky toffee pudding and scotch eggs. Over the past few years, it’s experienced a big refurbishment and it’s no surprise that locals and tourists flock here every week. For locally sourced, classic, British cooking look no further.
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