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The Cotswolds Guide

In love with The Cotswolds. Sometimes you have these kind of places that you fall in love with. Well, we did with England and its countryside. More especially with The Cotswolds. If you have never been, its all you want it to be from the Bridget Jones and The Holiday movies. Explore sleepy little villages, with cobbled cottages and old fashioned tea rooms. Enjoy rolling hills for beautiful country walks. Visit pubs and restaurants packed with locals (and tourists). The Cotswolds is like that famous quote from poet William Blake "England’s green and pleasant land"

Longing for a romantic weekend away? Pack your wellies and barbour jacket for a classic British countryside adventure. And if you are up for it visit during horse racing season. When women go all out with colourful dresses and a fabulous hat. The season kicks off in March with the Cheltenham Festival.

Where are The Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds is a region in central-southwest England, covering a range of hills with an area approximately 25 miles (40 km) across and 90 miles (145 km) long. The Cotswolds area, which has been designated as the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), lies mainly within the English counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but extends into parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire. The main town is Cirencester, a lively market town, the largest in the Cotswolds district, often referred to as 'The Capital of the Cotswolds'.

The Best Cotswolds Hotels

The Rectory Hotel - A beautiful, contemporary country house hotel with romantic rooms. The bar and restaurant are excellent. They also have a pool. Exactly what you want a relaxing romantic weekend to be. Crudwell, Malmesbury SN16 9EP, United Kingdom

The Wheatsheaf Inn - A cute coaching inn in the heart of the Cotswolds. 14 beautiful designed rooms, a nice beer garden and a restaurant with delicious food. West Road, Cheltenham GL54 3EZ, United Kingdom

Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe - Camping or glamping more your thing? We also enjoyed a weekend away at this peaceful campsite of the Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe. Whichford, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 5PH, United Kingdom

Explore Boutique Hotels in The Cotswolds

The best restaurants in The Cotswolds?

Daylesford Farm - Hyped but good. Organic farm, lifestyle shop, restaurant and cafe, cottages with spa facilities and a cookery school all in one. A fancy lunch inside or some salad and other delicacies from the farm shop . There is something for everyone. Daylesford, Kingham, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0YG -

The Potting Shed Pub - Located opposite The Rectory Hotel in Crudwell. Cosy atmosphere and great pub food. If you are looking for the full Cotswolds experience you should go. As you get a mix of boutique hotel and snuggling up near the fireplace to meet the locals in the pub. The St, Crudwell, Malmesbury SN16 9EW -

The Wild Rabbit - Part of the Daylesford Farm Group. Go for a luxurious dining experience, for just a drink at the bar or book a night at this beautiful modern inn.

Church St, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YA -

The Ebrington Arms - Cotwolds pub and Inn. I haven't been but very famous with the Instagram crowd. May Ln, Ebrington, Chipping Campden GL55 6NH -

What is the most famous street in The Cotswolds?

Arlington Row in Bibury is the most photographed street in England with its famous row of houses in the Cotswolds. It is a charming street of quaint cottages surrounded by some gorgeous scenery.

The Best Places to visits in The Cotswolds?

Bibury - You are wondering where everyone takes that famous photo of The Cotswolds? That image you have seen over and over again? Its at Arlington Row, a pretty street of 14th-century weavers’ cottages.

Bradford -on- Avon - One of the last outpost of The Cotswolds and close to more wildly known Bath. Less touristy but just as beautiful. Don't forget to visit The Bridge Tea Rooms.

Broadway (Tower) - Climb to the top for amazing fairy-tale views across the Cotswolds.

Burford - Enjoy a stroll on Burford High Street with antique shops and tearooms and wonder up to Burford Hill.

Bourton on the Water - Also known as the "Venice of The Cotswolds”. I am not a particular fan but have to mention it for you if you want the complete overview of the Cotswolds.

Castle Combe - That other famous photo. Follow the troops down to the river.

Chipping Camden - A small market town with an elegant terraced High Street.

Painswick - Three miles out of Painswick you have the Painswick Beacon. Climb Painswick Hill for sweeping views across Gloucester and the Welsh Black Mountains.

Snowhill - To picture that famous Bridget Jones's Diary scene. Stanton - No shops or tearooms here but a quite cute little village that makes it worthwhile to drive through on your way to other villages. Stow on the Wold - An idyllic town center with lots of boutiques, antique shops, and cafes. Have you found the famous door of the St Edwards Church?

Upper and Lower Slaughter - Two cute twin villages nicknamed "The Slaughters". Park your car at Upper Slaughter and walk your way up to Lower Slaughter. Highlights include the nineteenth century flour mill and the church of St Mary.

The Best Things To Do in The Cotswolds?

Blenheim Palace - The only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. Also birth place to Winston Churchil. Make sure you visit the impressive Blenheim Palace when you are planning a trip to the Cotwolds. This beautiful baroque country house is close to Oxford and is home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and its family. You can easily spend a few hours on the grounds. Make sure you pre book. Woodstock OX20 1PP -

Lacock Abbey - A beautiful abbey founded in the 13th century, in the village of Lacock. Looks familiar? The abbey was a backdrop in quite a few Harry Potter movies if you care. Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2LG -

Sudeley Castle - A private castle with award-winning gardens. Sudeley Castle & Gardens Gloucestershire, Winchcombe GL54 5JD -

Where to walk and hike in The Cotswolds?

Woodchester Park - The park with five lakes, boat house and Woodchester Mansion. A great place for a woodland walk.

Good to know about The Cotswolds

Oh boy, The Cotswolds do get busy. Londoners are flocking to the cool countryside. Book your hotel in advance. I state, way in advance. To get the full experience you need to rent a car if you want to visit more than the hotel and its village surroundings. There is very limited public transport in The Cotswolds.

What was filmed in The Cotswolds?

Most famous film appearing in the Cotswolds are the Harry Potter series, Bridget Jones's Diary, Pride and Prejudice, Braveheart and Downton Abbey to name a few.

Reading books about The Cotswolds

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

Want to know more about The Cotswolds?

Visit the Cotswolds

Visit the website of the National Trust

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