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About Chipping Campden
There's no shortage of pretty towns in the Cotswolds, but Chipping Campden is especially lovely, with its graceful main street lined with postcard-perfect cottages in the Cotswold's golden-stone (where many of the best places to stay in Chipping Campden can be found).
Part of its grace can be attributed to its relative wealth, this was a big wool centre in the Middle Ages, and the 'Chipping' bit of the name comes from 'cheapen' or market, denoting the town's market town status. There's a grand, 17th Century Market Hall in the middle of the High St. and an impressive 14th Century wool merchant's mansion. And that's just the High Street.
As well as grand residences and the extraordinary gardens of Hidcote, just four miles from town, the area around Chipping Campden is also home to several old mills, one of which became a centre for Charles Ashbee's Guild of Handicrafts, an important chapter in the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th Century.
Chipping Campden is also home to the Cotswolds Olimpick Games, held late May, early June and including the unusual sport of 'shin kicking', and a closing ceremony featuring a maypole and Morris dancing.
The village is a hugely popular destination especially during the busy summer months. So if you want to book a room in one of the best places to stay in Chipping Campden you'll have to plan well ahead.
- The Cotswold House Hotel is a 25 room Regency era hotel with a useful mix of modern technology and attractive antiques - there's a beautiful grand spiral staircase up to rooms which have Bang & Olufsen TVs. Downstairs there's a choice of public rooms, including a fine dining restaurant and a more modern bistro. There are also two acres of well tended gardens for guests to enjoy.
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Best Hotels in Chipping Campden
The Seagrave Arms 8 rooms from $110Chipping Campden (Gloucestershire)
Dating back to 1740 this commanding double fronted Georgian property sits in a quintessentially Cotswolds village. Original features including flagstone floors, sash windows and open fireplaces are complemented with soft patterned linens and comfy beds. Locally sourced food is top notch.Fishing - Hook yourself a prize winning trout in the surrounding rivers and chalkstreams.Sights nearby - Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon are both no more than 20 minutes drive away.Great walks - Walk a portion of the famous Cotswolds Way.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Sawdays
Cotswold House Hotel 28 rooms from $176Chipping Campden, The Cotswolds
A historic property in the heart of a quaint village. Rooms are modern with indulgent bathrooms - think rain showers and large free standing baths. Open fireplaces give a cosy feel. Relaxed dining areas serve food inspired by local produce. The six room spa is excellent. The perfect country escape.Total relaxation - Refresh yourself at this quaint country retreat, enjoy spa treatments, long walks and deep soaking tubs!Sights nearby - Just 5kms away is Broadway Tower a unique Capability Brown Folly Tower which has imressive views.Local markets - Chipping Campden has a whole range of quirky independent shops selling crafts and gifts.Great walks - Explore the Cotswolds countryside, renowned for it's natural beauty and serenity.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels