The Cotswolds

The gently rolling green hills and postcard-perfect villages, with their honey coloured stone mansions, ancient churches and thatched cottages, make the Cotswolds one of the most quintessentially English of all the UK's regions. And thus, a hugely attractive region for visitors seeking ye olde world English charm.

The popularity of this beautiful region makes it, unfortunately, one of the places in the UK you're most likely to be overcharged for accommodation. But our list of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds should help protect you!

Consult our Guru's list of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds

If you've ever fancied a snack mid-afternoon, the Cotswolds is for you - cream teas and proper afternoon teas are big here. Likewise if you like your landscape neat, your beams exposed and your pubs and inns rustic and friendly. Though of course the popularity of the area with visitors has significantly increased the number of book, art and antiques boutiques. And with all this farmland, the Cotswolds also host a myriad of farmer's markets, so this is a great destination for foodies. And all of these beautiful villages, historic towns and stately homes are within easy striking distance of London - and other major centres.

The beautiful country houses were mostly built during the Middle Ages, when the Cotswolds grew wealthy off the back of the wool trade with the continent. Which is why, as well as building beautiful homes, much money was spent furnishing the region with exquisite churches.

Some of the Cotswold's best known towns are Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, Cirencester and Broadway. If you're at all interested in art and design, you might like to visit Chipping Campden, the birthplace of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th Century.

Bill Bryson says you can't do the Cotswolds without a car. But he's not totally right, you can do a lot of it on foot, along gently rolling hills and valleys.

The Best Places to Stay in the Cotswolds

If you know which town you want to be in or near, go straight to our local guides:

The Best Places to Stay in the Cotswolds for a Luxury Break

  • Calcot Manor Hotel is one of the best examples in the country of a genuinely family-friendly hotel that also works for couples. Set in its own estate, the former farmhouse, with a courtyard of lime trees and old barns, is praised for the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. There are comfortable bedrooms, an indoor pool and an outdoor hot tub, next to a roaring fire.
  • Bibury Court has one of the most beautiful locations of any Cotswolds hotel - it's a majestic and much-photographed Jacobean manor on the trout-filled River Coln. The village it's just outside is also considered one of the most beautiful in the region.
  • The name makes it sound a bit gimmicky, but the Lords of the Manor Hotel is actually an elegant and understated affair in honey coloured stone, surround by beautiful gardens then parkland. There's also a Michelin starred restaurant. And excellent fishing nearby.
  • If you're looking for a spa escape, then the newly refurbished Dormy House is a good choice. The decor is traditional: oak beams, wood panelling and open fires, but they also lay on every modern convenience, and it's a great place for a proper pampering.

The Best Places to Stay in the Cotswolds to Escape!

  • Barnsley House is the sister property to Calcot Manor and has all the same hallmarks: attention to detail, elegant interiors and helpful staff. Once the home of famous garden designer Rosemary Verey, the grounds are a sight to behold. Add to this great food and spoiling spa and you have the perfect ingredients for a country escape.
  • The Five Alls at Filkins is a glorious country pub acclaimed for its food, beautiful gardens and cosy, rustic rooms. Very popular with walkers.
  • The New Inn at Coln is a 17th Century coaching inn, with modern, comfortable interiors, an award winning restaurant, a roaring fire and a selection of Gloucestershire's best ales. Perfect for a romantic escape.

The Best Places to Stay in the Cotswolds for Exploring the Great Outdoors

  • Lower Slaughter Manor is a fantastic manor house hotel surrounded by elegant gardens and lawns. The 19 rooms themselves are also elegant, as are the public spaces, and there's a great restaurant and plenty of sporty facilities to help you enjoy the great outdoors. This is an unstuffy country house break.
  • Buckland Manor is the kind of place you might expect to run into Miss Marple taking tea: a traditional old manor house in peaceful grounds with 13 beautiful rooms. Here men are expected to don a jacket and tie for dinner, where you'll also be able to take advantage of their impressive wine cellar.

The Best Places to Stay in the Cotswolds for Under £200 per Night

  • The Feathered Nest is smaller, less formal and less expensive than a fully fledged hotel yet offers many of the same services and standards. There's a bar and restaurant - with bar stools fashioned from saddles, luxurious bedrooms - with calming views of the Evenlode Valley, good food and a lovely garden.
  • The Swan Inn is situated in a quiet village, yet is only minutes in the car from the hustle and bustle of Burford. Its six simple, yet stylish, bedrooms are in a converted barn. Expect a warm welcome and excellent pub grub.
  • The The Rectory Hotel is a listed period house renovated into a mellow, 12 room bolthole. The atmosphere is comfortable, yet elegant. And the food, served in the panelled dining room is locally sourced.
  • There's something for everyone in The Cotswolds, even for those seeking a hip hotel: Cotswolds88 Hotel. Renovated from a former vicarage this property is now a marvel of modern design. It's location, Painswick, is quiet, and full of charming little coffee shops and one off boutiques.

The Best Places to Stay in the Cotswolds for Under £100 per Night

  • Set on an unspoiled village green, The Kings Head has a comic old pub sign, a prelude its bonhomie, bags of character, cosy corners and just the right sort of superior pub grub that suits today’s new-style old country inn. Bedrooms are the sort we love: simple and unpretentious, yet artfully decorated.
  • The Howard Arms is a charming, 400 year old stone-built inn with an easy-going ambiance and plenty of character. The food consists of comforting dishes at sensible prices and locals drink merrily at the bar. The rooms are excellent, individually furnished, and the service is prompt, professional and friendly.
  • The The Slaughters Inn in Lower Slaughter offers a blend of modern design and historic features, with a modern British menu. Its 30 rooms start from just £85 per night.

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  • The Lamb Inn

    Burford, The Cotswolds

    Charming 14th century inn. Cotswold charm. Award-winning restaurant. Stone-paved garden, lawn, rose-lined walkway. Michelin recommended bar. Comfortable bedrooms.

    17 rooms from $130
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
  • The Slaughters Inn

    Lower Slaughter, The Cotswolds

    Country house hotel. Cotswold stone, beamed ceilings, views over the gardens. Restaurant, bar, riverside terrace. Comfortable light bedrooms.

    30 rooms from $138
    Great walks  -  Great walks on the doorstep.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens, Michelin Travel
  • Howard Arms

    Ilmington, The Cotswolds

    Pretty and charming 400 year old stone-built inn overlooking the Stour Valley on the village green - good value with pretty rooms and plenty of character.

    8 rooms from $146
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Fishing  -  Fly fishing in the grounds
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • King's Head

    Burford

    Cosy and characterful traditional English Inn, with funky rooms and great gastropub food in the heart of the Cotswolds.

    12 rooms from $154
    Exclusive offer  -  Midweek DB&B Offer
    Quirky  -  Full of junk shop finds
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Full of character
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Signpost
  • No 12

    Cirencester, The Cotswolds

    Stylish B&B in the heart of Cirencester. Cotswold facade. Eclectic mix of modern and antique furniture. Large comfortable beds.

    4 rooms from $162
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 12 only. Must be in own room.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Russell's of Broadway

    Burford

    A chic restaurant-with-rooms in a picture-perfect Cotswold village

    7 rooms from $170
    Great walks  -  The Cotswolds Way runs through the village
    Romantic  -  Book room 7 with jacuzzi bath.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Rectory Hotel

    Malmesbury, Wiltshire

    Stylish informality in a listed period house, renovated by ambitious owners into a mellow bolthole, with excellent food in a panelled dining room. Relaxed retreat and the perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds.

    12 rooms from $170
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Sights nearby  -  Great base for exploring the Cotswolds
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor, Summer Months only
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
  • Five Alls at Filkins

    Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds

    A glorious countryside pub with fantastic and acclaimed food, a garden, and cosy rustic rooms. Two dining areas, garden, bar, sitting room and fireplace. The perfect spot for a stop over or a great choice for a special gathering; the venue can cater for 150.

    from $178
    Foodies  -  Fantastic gourmet pub food, lots of Italian inspiration.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Cotswolds88 Hotel

    Painswick, The Cotswolds

    Hip hotel in the Cotswolds. Contemporary interiors in a traditional country backdrop. Bright comfortable bedrooms. Restaurant, bar, cookery lessons.

    17 rooms from $178
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Lower Brook House

    nr Moreton-in-Marsh, The Cotswolds

    Charming countryside B&B with scenic backdrop. Spacious and cosy rooms. Log fires, flagstone floors, four poster beds. Restaurant and garden.

    6 rooms from $178
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
  • Horse and Groom

    Bourton on the Hill, The Cotswolds

    Informal restaurant with rooms cum gastro pub in the now familiar mould - towny style, a buzzing bar and restaurant, and a small number of stylish bedrooms.

    5 rooms from $195
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Swan Inn

    Burford

    In a village lost in time, home to the Mitfords, the last of whom owns this charactful inn on a riverbank in the Windrush valley. Gastropub food, boutique elegance in the bedrooms.

    11 rooms from $195
    Exclusive offer  -  Dinner B & B Offer
    Restaurant  -  Locally sourced gastropub fare
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Signpost
  • The Malt House

    Broad Campden, The Cotswolds

    Delightful B&B in sleepy Cotswold village. Pretty rooms in an ancient house, some with separate entrances, and views over the lovely garden. Good sit out terrace in summer.

    7 rooms from $195
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Wheatsheaf Inn

    Northleach, The Cotswolds

    Popular, luxurious and imaginatively decorated converted inn - of which the Cotswolds abounds. Except the rooms here are super comfortable and the food exceptional. Family friendly.

    14 rooms from $211
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  Lovely local walks, and you can borrow their wellies.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
  • New Inn at Coln

    Cirencester, The Cotswolds

    17th century coaching inn. Modern, comfortable interior. Award-winning restaurant, bar, terrace.

    13 rooms from $227
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Cotswold House Hotel

    Chipping Campden, The Cotswolds

    A historic des res in the heart of Chipping Campden, this 28-room hotel has a modern vibe and excellent bistro – just right for those who want mod cons while taking in olde world England.

    25 rooms from $227
    Private Hot Tub  -  Two rooms feature a private garden with hot tub
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Hydrotherapy pool
    Spa
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Bibury Court

    Cirencester, The Cotswolds

    One of the most beautifully situated hotels in the Cotswolds - a Jacobean manor on the trout filled Rover Coln. Classic Cotswold village, much photographed.

    18 rooms from $235
    Garden  -  6 acres bordered by the river Coln
    Fishing  -  Private fly fishing on site
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Johansens
  • Old Swan and Minster Mill

    Witney, The Cotswolds

    Renovated old mill in 60 acres of woodland and orchards. Traditional charm, period features. Antiques and modern comfort. Dining room with gastro pub. Riverside gardens fishing.

    16 rooms from $251
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Spa
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens, Sawdays, Michelin Travel
  • Dial House Hotel

    Bourton on the Water, The Cotswolds

    Elegant 17th century mansion turned hotel in very pretty, classic Cotswold village, overlooking the river. Traditional yet stylish interior, lovely bedrooms and fabulous walled garden.

    16 rooms from $251
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 10 only
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Sawdays
  • Manor House Hotel

    Moreton in Marsh, The Cotswolds

    16th century manor house in the centre of picturesque Moreton in Marsh. Classic yet contemporary rooms and Apple Cottage Suite with its own private garden and hot tub. Award winning fine dining. A chic yet relaxed spot and ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds.

    35 rooms from $258
    Exclusive offer  -  Food and wine lovers
    Sights nearby  -  Moreton in Marsh is the perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds, Bath or Oxford.
    Private Hot Tub  -  If you book the Apple Cottage Suite
    Four poster beds  -  Some rooms feature four poster beds
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
  • Oak House No. 1

    Tetbury, The Cotswolds

    Boutique B&B in Georgian townhouse. Four luxurious and individually designed bedrooms. Art collection and antiques from around the world.

    3 rooms from $268
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • The Feathers

    Woodstock, The Cotswolds

    Historical hotel near Oxford. Colourful rooms, garden, courtyard. Extensive gin bar. Award-winning restaurant.

    21 rooms from $274
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
  • Cowley Manor

    nr Cheltenham, The Cotswolds

    Hip hangout in the Cotswold countryside for escaping urbanites - more for grown ups than nearby Calcot, with an award-winning spa. Glorious grounds, gourmet dining.

    30 rooms from $284
    Spa  -  Wide range of treatments using Green & Spring products.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and indoor heated pools.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Burford House

    Burford, The Cotswolds

    Cosy 17th century townhouse. Centre of Burford. Comfortable, elegant interiors. Antiques, linens, bright colours. Garden room, garden courtyard, dining room.

    8 rooms from $290
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
  • The Feathered Nest

    Burford (Nether Westcote)

    Newly converted inn in the modern gastropub with rooms tradition - practical and countrified, with lush garden, simple, cosy bedrooms and gourmet cooking.

    4 rooms from $292
    Restaurant  -  3 AA Rosettes. AA Notable wine list
    Views  -  views over the Evenlode Valley.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Lower Slaughter Manor

    Lower Slaughter, The Cotswolds

    Manor house hotel country escape. Gardens, lawns. Elegant public rooms, individually decorated bedrooms, restaurant.

    19 rooms from $316
    Private Hot Tub  -  If you book a garden suite
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
  • Buckland Manor

    Buckland nr Broadway, The Cotswolds

    Classic old traditional manor house in peaceful grounds, with attractive rooms. Timeless elegance, men dress for dinner, and no keys to the doors. Quiet, good food.

    13 rooms from $316
    Garden  -  10 acres featuring a stream, waterfall, rose beds, croquet lawn and tennis courts
    Restaurant  -  3 AA Rosettes
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Relais & Chateaux
  • Lords of the Manor Hotel

    Upper Slaughter, The Cotswolds

    Elegant but understated country manor. Honey-coloured stone, parkland, walled garden & lake. Michelin-starred restaurant, spacious bedrooms.

    26 rooms from $323
    Restaurant  -  Michelin-starred
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Dormy House

    Broadway, The Cotswolds

    Newly refurbished country house hotel in the heart of Cotswold country. Oak beams, wooden panelling and open fires complement stylish modern interiors, with tablets as standard for every room, and great facilities for families. Fantastic bolt hole for a pampering country weekend.

    40 rooms from $341
    Exclusive offer  -  Spa break offer
    Sights nearby  -  The Cotswolds are on your doorstep
    Spa  -  Opening in January 2014
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Barnsley House

    Burford (Barnsley)

    Mellow Cotswold house with a famous garden, good food and a sybaritic spa. A popular rural escape for urbanites in a lovely part of the Cotswolds.

    18 rooms from $446
    Garden  -  Former home of Rosemary Verey, the renowned garden designer
    Sit-out Terrace  -  Lovely terrace overlooking the garden
    Spa  -  Choice of holistic and beauty treatments.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Ouddoor Pool
  • Calcot Manor Hotel

    Tetbury, The Cotswolds

    Superb all-round hotel in its own estate: the perfect retreat for families or couples with top notch rooms, spa, indoor pool, and great dining.

    35 rooms from $446
    Exclusive offer  -  Mid week spa break
    Child friendly  -  Lots of kids activities for all ages.
    Swimming Pool  -  Stunning indoor Swimming Pool
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Spa
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