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nr Cheltenham, The Cotswolds
A contemporary-chic manor house set on 55 beautiful acres, in the Cotswold countryside. Trendy rooms mix the best of both worlds, with original sash windows, high ceilings and fireplaces mixed with sleek handmade modern furnishings and bold colour combos. A sophisticated, fun country escape.Spa - Wide range of treatments using Green & Spring products.Swimming Pool - Outdoor and indoor heated pools.Restaurant - Recommended.Great walks - 55 acres of parkland surround the proerty with natural springs, lakes, and Victorian cascades.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
The King's Arms 6 rooms from $92Didmarton, Gloucestershire
A traditional 17th century coaching inn situated in the heart of the Cotswolds. Stylish rooms with feature walls of George Stubbs paintings, antique furniture, four posters & cosy sheepskin rugs. Or cottages for groups or families. Great British pub food, real ale and excellent value too!Value chic - Stylish rooms which can be had for as little as £75 per night B&B.Local exploring - Ideal if you want to explore the wider Cotswolds.Sights nearby - A wide range of places to visit close by including Badminton House, Highgrove House and Westonbirt ArboretumFishing - Private tuition or guidance can be arranged
The Porch House 13 rooms from $109Stow on the Wold, The Cotswolds
Britain's Oldest Inn (c.947AD) offers thirteen comfortable and stylish rooms in its English Heritage listed building. Think exposed beams, exposed stone walls, roll top baths and Nespresso coffee machines as standard. The perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds and great value for money.Historic - C.947A.D. England's oldest Inn.Value chicOutstanding location - In the Cotswolds: Area of Outstanding Natural BeautySights nearby - Stow on the Wold, a picturesque market town.
Howard Arms 8 rooms from $110Ilmington, 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.Garden - Attractive outside space.Secluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Old Stocks Inn 18 rooms from $121Stow on the Wold, The Cotswolds
A traditional country inn with a modern twist. This boutique hotel has 16 stylish bedrooms with big comfortable beds and contemporary Scandinavian design features. A bright yellow roll top bath and cosy patterned throws. Artisan coffee, a garden pizza oven and good modern British food.Local exploring - Perfectly located for exploring the CotswoldsSights nearby - Chastleton House, Blenheim Palace and all the beautiful Cotswold villages in the surrounding area.Great walks - Good local walks right from the doorstepRecommended by - Sawdays
Hare and Hounds Hotel 42 rooms from $122Tetbury, The Cotswolds
The Hare and Hounds is a traditional Cotswold country house hotel. The newly refurbished rooms and suites have an air of elegance and surround a delightful courtyard. The restaurant's creative menu is popular with locals and visitors alike. The best in comfort with its own country pub.Local markets - The historic Cotswold market town of Tetbury is only two miles away.Private Hot Tub - Two suites feature private hot tubsSights nearby - Highgrove House is just a mile awayHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
King's Head 11 rooms from $122Burford
A cosy and characterful traditional English Inn. With simple, homely guest rooms and fine pub food - The King's Head offers guests are proper countryside getaway. Lovely scenic walks in the heart of the Cotswolds and outdoor activities available to those looking for something extra.Country Escape - A traditional inn - the inexpensive alternative to a country house hotel.Quirky - Full of junk shop findsGreat walks - Beautiful country walksFull of characterRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Rectory Hotel 12 rooms from $129Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Stylish, informal listed period house, renovated by ambitious owners into a mellow bolthole. Each of the 12 rooms is spacious, light & elegant – a blend of antique and contemporary. A relaxed retreat & a perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds with an excellent restaurant and large pool.Foodies - The restaurant supports the Slow Food Movement, so all produce is locally and responsibly sourced- you can taste the difference!Total relaxation - Curl up on the soafas with the papers, or move it to the bedroom for a movie fest and a massage!Great walks - The wellies lining the hall are testiment to the fantastic walks around here, ask your hosts for their favourite.Sights nearby - Situated in the lovely Cotswold triangle of Tetbury, Malmesbury and Cirencester. A great base for exploringRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
Five Alls at Filkins from $135Gloucestershire, 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.Foodies - Fantastic gourmet pub food, lots of Italian inspiration.Great walks - Good for walkers.
The Ragged Cot 9 rooms from $135Stroud, Gloucestershire
Lovely 17th century inn in a beautiful rural spot overlooking 600 acres of National Trust common land. Comfortable rooms and an excellent seasonal menu complete the stay. Fuel yourself for long walks in the country and wind down with an evening by the fire.Country Escape - Surrounded by bucolic Gloucestershire there are plenty of 'country' activities - and lots of pubs.Romantic Break - The perfect hidey hole for a weekend break in the country.Great walks - The National Trust lands of Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons are prime walking territory.Local markets - The market town of Minchinhampton hs awash with farm stalls and antique shops.
Lower Brook House 6 rooms from $135nr 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.Four poster beds - For romantics.Great walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
Horse and Groom 5 rooms from $147Moreton in Marsh, 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 smart bedrooms. Five individually designed rooms in contemporary classic style, plus award winning food - a perfect laid back base for exploring Cotswold country.Local exploring - An ideal base for exploring the beautiful Cotswolds, with charming Moreton in Marsh just down the road.Sights nearby - Moreton in Marsh, Chipping Camden, Broadway and Stow on the Wold are all close byGreat walks - There is lovely walking for all abilities on the doorstep.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Swan Inn 11 rooms from $147Burford
Located in a pretty little village, seemingly lost in time - this river side Inn offers elegant boutique bedrooms, a fine seasonal British menu and charming riverside cottages. Chickens freely roaming the garden and Mitford memorabilia add a unique charm to this quaint Cotswold retreat.Country Escape - A traditional English Inn in the heart of the Cotwolds.Great walks - Explore the Cotsolwds - an area of natural beautyLocal markets - Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Spa.Birdwatching - Cotswold Wildlife Park
Buttress House 2 rooms from $147Chedworth, The Cotswolds
Bijou B&B in the heart of the Cotswolds. With just two rooms this is an intimate property and the perfect bolthole for city types looking to escape! Stylish interiors complement period features, all set in beautiful gardens. Delicious breakfasts & supper on request.Sights nearby - Bang in the heart of the Cotswolds, with lots to explore. Just 10 miles from Cheltenham & CirencesterGreat walks - Good for walkers.Local markets - Good for local colour.Romantic - Good for couples.
No 12 4 rooms from $147Cirencester, The Cotswolds
Stylish B&B in the heart of Cirencester. Cotswold facade. Eclectic mix of modern and antique furniture. Large comfortable beds.Restrictions on children - Over 12 only. Must be in own room.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Russell's of Broadway 7 rooms from $147Broadway
A chic restaurant-with-rooms in a picture-perfect Cotswold village. Large rooms with high ceilings, exposed stone walls and crisp white linen. Modern bathrooms some with free standing baths. Superb Modern European cuisine. Complete countryside perfection.Foodies - The restaurant is the main focus of the hotel and serves modern cuisine with an emphasis on local produce cooked to perfection.Country Escape - A charming escape set in Englands most picturesque village, with seriously stylish interiors and wonderful service.Sights nearby - Visit the pretty Cotswold villages of Chipping Campden, Burford, Bibury, Moreton in Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Woodstock.Great walks - The famous 95-mile Cotswold Way from Chipping Camden to Bath runs through the village.Recommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Fish 67 rooms from $153Worcestershire
A hotel sitting in 400 acre estate, close to Stratford and the Cotswolds. Laid back and modern with cosy touches. Restaurant, bar with fireplace plus lots of outdoor activities from archery to segway safaris. A cool choice for weekend getaways for groups or young couples.Groups - Endless activities (can be taylored) from archery to baking classes to keep everyone happySights nearby - Cheltenham is just over 30 minutes’ drive. Stratford is 15miles away.Great walks - Hotel sits in the heart of the 400-acre Farncombe EstateViews - On the edge of Cotswold country, yours to explore
The Lamb Inn 17 rooms from $153Burford, The Cotswolds
This 18th century inn is more than just another Cotswolds B&B. Curl up with a book next to an open fire or explore the rose scented gardens. Rooms are spacious with antique oak furniture and colourful fabric. Bathrooms have original wood floors. An award winning restaurant serves seasonal cuisine.Great walks - Combine a walk through this typical Cotswolds town with a traditional cream tea.Sights nearby - The university town of Oxford is 20 miles away and well worth a visit.Four poster beds - For romantics.Birdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Recommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
The Lion Inn 8 rooms from $159Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
The only thing ordinary about this Gloucestershire B&B is the name. Each of the eight rooms are beautifully presented with exposed beams and stone walls next to soft hues and knitted throws. There is an outdoor patio restaurant with seasonal menu and bar with fine wines and real ales.Sights nearby - The nearby Snowshill Manor is a warren of hidden treasures.Great walks - The many Cotswold walking trails are on your doorstep.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Full of characterRecommended by - Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
The Trout at Tadpole Bridge 6 rooms from $159Faringdon, Oxfordshire
A welcoming Inn, backing on to a rural section of the Thames with its own private mooring, & set amidst lovely gardens. Six comfortable rooms, "classic country" in style, located around a pretty courtyard away from the bustle. The AA rosette restaurant steals the show. A wonderful country treat.Great walks - For an afternoon stroll there is Buscot Park and Gardens; for serious ramblers the Thames Path is on your doorstep.Sights nearby - The famous Blenheim Palace and William Morris' Kelmscott Manor are both nearby.Sailing - The hotel has its own river and private mooring for guests.Views - Some of the rooms have lovely river viewsRecommended by - Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
The Wheatsheaf Inn 14 rooms from $159Northleach, 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.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
Abbots Grange 4 rooms from $165Broadway, The Cotswolds
A delightful B&B in the Cotswolds, brimming with historical charm. Each room is elegantly appointed with magnificent four poster beds and bespoke furnishings. With sprawling Cotswold's countryside on the doorstep, it's ideal for a romantic weekend escape.Country Escape - An ideal country escape with plush fourposter beds and plenty of Worcestershire and Cotswold landscape to explore.Great walks - Make the most of the beautiful walking trails and landscapes in the surrounding Cotswolds.Sights nearby - Take a day trip to nearby Stratford-Upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare.Full of character
The Village Pub 6 rooms from $171Barnsley, The Cotswolds
Brought to you by the owner's of Barnsley House, the Cotswold's most sought after hotel, the facilities of which you can enjoy. Gastro pub does not do the restaurant's gourmet menu justice. The rooms are similarly welcoming and stylish, some with four poster beds, tartan throws and lounge areas.Great walks - Barnsley House's immaculate gardens, opposite the hotel, aswell as Westonbirt and Batsford Arboretums are all worth a stroll.Sights nearby - Cirencester Park and The Church of St. John the Baptist are both located in nearby Cirencester.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Full of characterRecommended by - Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
Dial House Hotel 14 rooms from $171Bourton on the Water, The Cotswolds
Elegant 17th century mansion turned hotel in a very pretty classic Cotswold village overlooking the river. The interiors are traditional yet stylish. Premium rooms feature four poster beds and roll top baths. The cuisine is award winning. Ideal for that country get away.Country Escape - A traditional property, perfect for a cosy weekend away, with great walking around the picteresque Cotswolds.Sights nearby - Model Village is situated just behind the hotel and entertains both children and adults alike.Birdwatching - Birdland has over 500 species to spot set in beautiful surrounds.Restrictions on children - Children over 10 onlyRecommended by - Frommers, 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
Bibury Court 18 rooms from $178Cirencester, 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.Garden - 6 acres bordered by the river ColnFishing - Private fly fishing on siteFour poster beds - For romantics.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Frommers, Johansens
The Painswick 16 rooms from $182Painswick, Stroud, The Cotswolds
Following a loving restoration, this 18th century abode has been catapulted into the 21st century. Sixteen lovely rooms with original features decorated in soft hues and country style. Rejuvenate in the Spa, relax by a roaring fire and feast in the excellent restaurant. A gorgeous relaxing getaway.Total relaxation - Uncommonly comfortable rooms, roll-top baths, squishy sofas, fantastic food and massages and facials to boot!Country Escape - Located in the quaint village of Painswick, with lovely walks and stunning views.Sights nearby - The ornate Painswick Rococo Gardens are within walking distance.Great walks - Across the village green to your new local: The Falcon Inn.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Old Swan and Minster Mill 16 rooms from $190Witney, 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.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.SpaGreat walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Recommended by - Johansens, Sawdays
Manor House Hotel 35 rooms from $195Moreton 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.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 SuiteFour poster beds - Some rooms feature four poster bedsGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Johansens
The Close Hotel 18 rooms from $196Tetbury, The Cotswolds
In the market town of Tetbury you will find The Close's grand grey stone façade. Dating back to 1535 and lovingly transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. Each of the 18 rooms is unique, ranging from pretty florals to dark country cheques with roll-top baths and views. A full English is included.Hideaway - Beautiful rooms, deep roll-top baths and breakfast in bed: there are so many reasons not to leave.Local markets - Held every Wednesday, Tetbury market stalls display a colourful array of locally produced foods.Sights nearby - The stately home of Cirencester Park will give you some serious 'house' envy.Great walks - Whatever the season Westonbirt Arboretum is alive with colour.
The Swan Hotel 22 rooms from $196Bibury, The Cotswolds
With views over the River Coln this 17th century coaching inn is a welcoming Cotswolds abode. Crackling fires in the winter and viridescent gardens in the summer: the menu is similarly seasonal (and locally sourced). Rooms have an instantly cosy feel with fourposters, gingham and floral upholstery.Sights nearby - The famous Blenheim Palace, birth place of Winston Churchill, is arguably the country's best stately home.Great walks - Walk through the village to the postcard worthy Church of St. Mary.Fishing - Catch some trout in the River Coln, just opposite the hotel.Private Hot TubRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Cotswold Plough 12 rooms from $196Bampton, The Cotswolds
The Cotswold Plough never disappoints with it's rich history and effortless charm. Set in the picturesque Clanfield village, amidst beautiful rolling countryside. With elegant rooms and a delicious restaurant serving seasonal food, the hotel captures a peaceful, soothing atmosphere. A Cotswolds gem.Country Escape - The perfect rural escape, sitting in the enchatning Cotswold village of Clanfield, surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside.Local exploring - Perfect for exploring the rich natural heritage of the Cotswolds National Park.Great walks - Beautiful walking in the surrounding Cotswolds countryside.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby Kelmscott Manor, home of William Morris.
The Slaughters Inn 30 rooms from $202Lower Slaughter, The Cotswolds
Country house hotel. Cotswold stone, beamed ceilings, views over the gardens. Restaurant, bar, riverside terrace. Comfortable light bedrooms.Great walks - Great walks on the doorstep.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Recommended by - Johansens
Bay Tree Hotel 21 rooms from $202Burford
Winding your way along the Burford lanes, stumble across this 'chocolate box' property. Dating back to the 16th century it has traditional flagstone flooring, open fires and cosy rooms. The award winning restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A popular wedding venue and base to explore the Cotswolds.Sights nearby - Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill is a must visitGreat walks - Walk the 'Cotswolds Way'Full of characterFour poster beds - For romantics.
The Feathered Nest 4 rooms from $220Burford (Nether Westcote)
Newly converted inn in the modern gastropub with rooms tradition - practical and countrified, with lush garden, simple, cosy bedrooms and gourmet cooking.Restaurant - 3 AA Rosettes. AA Notable wine listViews - views over the Evenlode Valley.Recommended by - Sawdays
Lower Slaughter Manor 19 rooms from $239Lower Slaughter, The Cotswolds
Manor house hotel country escape. Gardens, lawns. Elegant public rooms, individually decorated bedrooms, restaurant.Private Hot Tub - If you book a garden suiteSecluded setting - For escaping.Cooking classes - Check for timings.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel
Buckland Manor 13 rooms from $239Buckland nr Broadway, The Cotswolds
Charming 13th Century manor house, steeped in tradition, on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment. Graceful rooms exude comfort and a timeless elegance. Dress for dinner in the award-winning seasonally inspired restaurant. Explore the beautiful grounds and countryside,Country Escape - Read by the roaring fire, try your hand and tennis and croquet or simply wander the grounds- an ideal country retreat.Great walks - Wander by the river and through the ten acres of beautiful gardens, or head down to the village for a pint.Remote - Off the beaten track.Full of characterRecommended by - Frommers, Relais & Chateaux, Fodors
Calcot Manor Hotel 35 rooms from $244Tetbury, The Cotswolds
A charming 14th century manor house in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Chic rooms feature bold wallpaper prints, soft tones, deep soaking tubs and trendy artworks. The beautifully landscaped gardens feature a range of family activities as well as a pool and spa. An elegant country retreat.Exclusive offer - Sunday spa breakSwimming Pool - Stunning indoor Swimming PoolKids Club - Fully staffed.Secluded setting - For escaping.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
Lords of the Manor Hotel 26 rooms from $244Upper Slaughter, The Cotswolds
Elegant but understated country manor. Honey-coloured stone, parkland, walled garden & lake. Michelin-starred restaurant, spacious bedrooms.Restaurant - Michelin-starredGarden - Attractive outside space.Views - Great views from hotelFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Recommended by - Frommers, Sawdays, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
Dormy House 38 rooms from $257Broadway, 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.Exclusive offer - Autumn OfferSights nearby - The Cotswolds are on your doorstepSpa - Opening in January 2014Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - I Escape
Foxhill Manor 5 rooms from $361The Cotswolds
Private manor-house hotel in the Cotswolds, with eight stately bedrooms and suites. A Grade II listed manor offering pure luxury served with heartfelt personal service and an easygoing at-home atmosphere. 24 hours a day service from a personal host. Hundreds of country activities.Exclusive offer - 3-4-2House party feel - Exclusive Hire available5* Luxury - Very high service standards.LuxurySights nearby - Explore the chocolate box villages and pretty historic towns of the CotswoldsRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Barnsley House 18 rooms from $366Cirencester (Barnsley)
An imposing Cotswold house set within stunning (deservedly famed) gardens. Gorgeously renovated rooms are light, airy and full of mod cons. The chic modern interiors, indulgent spa and contemporary British cuisine make it hard to leave! A popular rural escape for urbanites.Exclusive offer - 4 nights for the price of 3Romantic Break - A stately home with indulgent chic interiors- think dual baths, large suites and a pampering spa.Country Escape - A rural abode on another level, the ultimate luxury getaway in stunning surrounds.Great walks - This area is littered with beautiful walks, ask at the front desk to be pointed towards a favourite.Cooking classes - The nearby reputed Foodworks Cookery School offers a number of different classes for various levels.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Kiwi Collection
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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! We've a wide range of recommendations from cheap and cheerful pubs with rooms to top notch luxury spa hotels, or if you'd prefer a holiday cottage, then our online partner, booking.com has a good range.
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.
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. Plus 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.
As you'd expect with such a popular destination, the best places to stay in the Cotswolds are in high demand year round. So be prepared! Plan ahead and book early. Or if you can't do that, then plan a trip midweek when you're more likely to bag the right place to stay!
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.
For a complete 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.
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.
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.
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.
For a holiday cottage
- For a self catering cottage or apartment, our online partner booking.com, has a great range throughout the area.