Best place to staycation in The Cotswolds
When you’re choosing where to staycation in the Cotswolds, you are spoilt for choice with so many wonderful, beautiful and exciting places to choose from. We have small chocolate box villages, great shopping towns and places with an absolute abundance of attractions and places of historic interest.. all you need to do, is take your pick.
These are five of the best places to staycation in the Cotswolds.
The Georgian town of Woodstock is World famous for Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, but it really has so much more on offer. It has a deep-rooted royal heritage, it has two fantastic museums of local history, and many of its buildings are places historical of interest.
History aside, the here and now is equally exciting and interesting in Woodstock. Home to antiques shops, excellent places to eat, drink and be merry, galleries and shops, this famous town is a must when you’re planning your staycation in the Cotswolds.
Book your staycation in Brown’s Lane, Woodstock.
Renowned for being a living, working market Cotswold town, Chipping Norton is a great base for your staycation in the Cotswolds. It has a great variety of shops, antiques dealers, pubs and cafes. It’s home to Jaffe & Neale, an amazing book shop; Wild Thyme, one of the best restaurants we have; and The Tea Set, of the best tea rooms in the Cotswolds.
The performing arts are front and centre in the heart of Chipping Norton, not least for Christmas where The Chipping Norton Theatre is the setting for what is widely considered to be one of the absolute best pantos in the UK.
Book your staycation in Hutts Bothy, Ramsden just south of Chipping Norton.
Chipping Campden is arguably one of the most beautiful Cotswold towns, with almost every single house and building made up of our signature honey-coloured Cotswold stone, and with the overall look and feel very much that of a chocolate box village scene.
But Chipping Campden is so much more than picture-perfect, it is also somewhere to take in a delicious afternoon tea, somewhere to go shopping, somewhere to lunch and dine on an abundance of culinary treats, and even somewhere to enjoy an art experience in the home of one of the most wonderful galleries in the Cotswolds, Campden Gallery.
The 102-mile long Cotswold Way walk begins in Chipping Campden, as does a great many shorter walks on the many public footpaths that go through the town.
The High Street in Burford is one of the most famous and the most photographed in the Cotswolds. Set on a steep hill with the River Windrush running under a medieval bridge at the bottom, both sides are flanked by beautiful old buildings, most of them housing shops, restaurants, tea rooms and pubs.
Burford is known far and wide for the great variety in shops on its High Street. Antiques, cheese, fashion, toys, delis, art and home wares. Burford is home to one of the country’s most prestigious exhibition spaces outside London, Brian Sinfield Gallery, and even England’s oldest pharmacy, Reavley’s, a chemist since 1734.
The Cotswold town of Moreton-in-Marsh is a great entry point to this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as it has the most and the best rail and bus links in to and around the Cotswolds. As well as being a travel hub, it is also a thriving market town with a super High Street full of great shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Steeped in history, the High Street is also the main road (The Fosse Way, A429) through the Cotswolds, and lined with impressive 17th and 18th Century buildings. One of these buildings is The White Hart Royal, now a hotel but formerly a manor house where King Charles I sheltered during the Civil War.
Moreton-in-Marsh is a true market town. On Tuesdays it is host to the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds, an extremely popular weekly event with people coming from near and far to find a bargain. And in the centre of the town is Redesdale Hall where antiques and craft fairs are regularly held also. When there’s not a market on in Moreton-in-Marsh, the beautiful buildings that line the High Street are home to some fabulous shops, antiques dealers, cafes, pubs, restaurants, and tea rooms.
Book your staycation in Orchard Cottage, Great Wolford near Moreton-in-Marsh.