THE COTSWOLDS – WHY GO?
Timewarp Cotswold villages are almost too-good-to-be-true clusters of thatched roofs and honey-coloured stone, set in rolling countryside. Towns are elegant, pubs are mellow, while teashops are second to none. It's all tailor-made for romantic getaways, and you'll find a list here of our favourite romantic hotels in the Cotswolds.
MUST SEE, MUST DO
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
One of Britain’s finest stately homes, Blenheim Palace is the ultimate in British Baroque, with gilded state rooms and vast gardens laid out by Capability Brown complete with lakes.
Sezincote House, Moreton-in-Marsh
A unique Indian-style house with minarets, pavilions and peacock-tail windows amid the Cotswold hills.
Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury
You'll find over 3,000 trees in the 600 acre Arboretum. Its flame-coloured leaves are a treat in autumn.
This city of handsome Georgian terraces, leafy streets and wrought-iron balconies is well worth exploring. Cheltenham comes alive on race days (especially for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March), while the showpiece Pump Room in Pitville Park is well worth seeing.
This appealing Cotswold market town has a fine main street peppered with tea houses and antique shops. The town has some even finer watering-holes and a nicely relaxed air.
A gorgeously sleepy Cotswold village packed with charm – said by some to be the prrettiest in England.
A pretty Cotswold village with a trout stream, tea rooms and pretty riverside houses.
A showpiece village that's a great place for afternoon tea
Attractive small town famous for has its castle-hotel where King Henry Vlll and Ann Boleyn once slept.
The dreaming spires and colleges of Oxford are on the fringe of the Cotswolds. This is just the place to go punting on the river.
MAKE A DATE
Shakespeare's Birthday. Stratford upon Avon stages a parade in the Bard's honour.
Join the crowds for a match at the Beaufort Polo Club, where you could spot the royals playing.
Burford Festival. Barn dances, poetry and more.
Literary Festival – Cheltenham
Get into the olde-England mood by driving through pretty villages in an open-top classic car, stopping for afternoon tea in one of the many little tea rooms.
Boutique Hotels in Cotswolds
Cotswolds coaching inn in a captivating village setting. More Details...
Cossetting olde-worlde Cotswold townhouse. More Details...
Country chic in a chocolate-box Cotswold village. More Details...
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Classic country inn in prime Cotswolds location. . More Details...
Appealing Cotswold inn with olde-worlde vibe. More Details...
Baronial manor in parkland setting near Bath. More Details...
Appealing new-old rambling Cotswold manor house . More Details...
Glossy guesthouse blending rustic with rock star glam. More Details...
Classic Cotswolds charm on the riverbank . More Details...
Classic Cotswold charm in olde-worlde Burford. More Details...