For a quaint, yet riveting escape, visit Cotswolds villages in the UK, a destination at the top of our list! Envisage ancient cottages lining picturesque streets and a brilliant array of centuries-old churches and pubs. These Cotswolds villages also offer a variety of boutique hotels that are renowned for their high standards. Wander through the pretty villages, enjoy a pint at a local pub, or an indulgent spa treatment.
Located in Nothern Cotswolds, Broadway Village comprises the district’s smartest high streets. With an incredible smattering of art galleries and interior shops, the village will leave you enchanted. For picnic lovers, the Broadway Deli has a delightful selection of fresh local produce. The village is also home to the lovely Dormy House and Lygon Arms hotels. Tram to the Broadway Tower for majestic panoramas of the magnificent village.
The Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire
Upper and Lower Slaughter in Gloucestershire offer a myriad of pursuits. Take a stroll alongside the tiny River Eye tributary and marvel at the brilliant scenery surrounding you. The community of the area places great emphasis on conservation, making it a photographer’s paradise. Capture the stone houses, caramel in color, as horses graze quietly in the background. Visit the many shops and pubs as well as the water mill, where you will find a museum/cafe that serves delightful hand-churned ice cream.
The Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire
The village of Upper Slaughter is one mile from Lower Slaughter and rests on a grassy slope above the stream that connects the two villages. Meander from Lower to Upper Slaughter following the River Eye, which flows through the neighboring villages. Upper Slaughter is a ‘sainted village,’ which means that it did not lose to any country in the First World War. Upper slaughter offers a 17th-century hotel, The Lords of the Manor, which has a dining room overlooking exquisite gardens. Enoy a tasting menu, including dishes such as preserved lemon with scallops and veal.
Castle Combe, situated in a lovely valley, is considered one of the prettiest in Cotswolds. The castle is often used as a backdrop for period television and cinema dramas. Visit the quaint local museum atop the hill, or the racecourse circuit for thrilling motorsports and vintage car shows.
The village of Blockley comprises a unique collection of buildings that reflect its prior glory of mills and silk production. The village green at Blockley overlooks a hill that gently towers over the Norman church. A short drive away in busier Moreton-on-Marsh, the Cotswold Cheese Co is a treat for dairy-lovers with more than 80 artisan cheeses to choose from!
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Well-preserved and full of history, Chipping Campden is also full of life and bustle. The town has a fantastic calendar of events, including the famous Cotswold Olympics, founded in the 17th century by Captain Robert Dover and entails an eccentric mix of sports, games, and village festivities. Chipping Campden has an abundance of excellent places to eat, drink and stay. With a number of notable gardens nearby, including Hidcote and Kiftsgate, enjoy many wonderful walks in the area.
Set in the broad Evenlode Valley, Kingham is a peaceful and secluded village, chosen as Country Life’s ‘England’s Favourite Village.’ It has been described as the most cosmopolitan of the Cotswolds villages where London residents retreat to when they need a reprieve from the City. Enjoy a myriad of pursuits in a truly remarkable setting.
Stanton is a small village on the edge of the Cotswold Hills near the Worcestershire border in England. Its history dates back to the Iron Age! Envisage unspoiled beauty, charm and authenticity. Stanton is one of the typical Cotswolds villages with little commercialization. The Mount pub has spectacular views across the Vale of Evesham towards the Malvern Hills and Welsh mountains.
Bourton On The Water
Located in a small valley amongst the gently rolling hills of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is a ‘must-see’ for all visitors to the area. This popular village is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of the charming little bridges that cross the River Windrush.
Set in the hilltop splendor of Cheltenham, Painswick’s boasts unspoiled countryside. The historic wool town is one of the best-preserved in the Cotswolds. Explore the narrow streets and discover the fascinating galleries and shops, including the Art Couture Painswick Gallery. Travel worry-free in Painswick where accommodation ranges from luxury boutique hotels to homely bed & breakfasts.
Stow On The Wold
Located on the Roman Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful market town. The Market Square is large and impressive and testifies to the town’s former importance. Surrounded antique shops and cosy cafes, the medieval town is will take you on a gander back in time.
Burford, North of Oxfordshire, is considered the Southern gateway to the Cotswolds. A beautiful and old Cotswold town, it’s High Street slopes from the high Wolds, where beautiful views over the open countryside can be found. Burford has a number of impeccable restaurants and a gardening center, regularly frequented by Kate Moss and Liz Hurly.