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Discover The Best of The Cotswolds: A Guide to Unforgettable Experiences.

Explore the Cotswolds, a quintessentially English region renowned for its charming villages, rolling hills, and rich history. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a longer stay, there’s no shortage of things to see and do. Here’s your ultimate guide to making the most of your time in this beautiful area.

Explore Idyllic Cotswold Villages

The Cotswolds is home to some of the most picturesque villages in England, each with its own unique character. Here are some of our favourites that are definitely worth a visit during your getaway to The Cotswolds.

Burford: A charming medieval town renowned for its historic architecture, picturesque High Street, and beautiful setting along the River Windrush.

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Cirencester: Often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds, is a historic market town celebrated for its Roman heritage, vibrant town centre, and the stunning Cirencester Park

Bibury: Often referred to as the most beautiful village in England, Bibury’s Arlington Row is a photographer’s dream, with its row of ancient cottages and lush greenery.

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Stow-on-the-Wold: A bustling market town with a rich history, offering unique shops, galleries, and delightful eateries.

The Slaughters: Two picturesque villages, Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter, known for their charming stone cottages, idyllic river views, and tranquil rural beauty.

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Visit Historic Sites and Stately Homes

Dive into the region’s rich history by visiting some of the Cotswolds’ most iconic historic sites.

Blenheim Palace: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in the quaint town of Woodstock and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Wander through its opulent rooms and expansive gardens. There are always exciting events taking place at this historic palace – explore all of the events taken place at Blenheim Palace. The palace hosts a variety of events year-round, including seasonal festivals, outdoor concerts, art exhibitions, and historical re-enactments, offering visitors a rich blend of cultural, musical, and historical experiences set against the backdrop of its stunning architecture and gardens; explore our Events page to find out more.

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Sudeley Castle: Nestled in the beautiful Cotswold hills, Sudeley Castle is surrounded by award-winning gardens, extensive art collection, and rich history. The Caste has ties to notable figures such as Queen Katherine Parr, the last wife of King Henry VIII, who is buried on its grounds.

Broadway Tower: This iconic folly offers stunning panoramic views of the Cotswold countryside. It’s a perfect spot for a picnic or a scenic walk.

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Embrace Nature and Outdoor Activities

The natural beauty of the Cotswolds is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a network of walking and cycling trails as well as rivers and lakes perfect for kayaking, fishing, and leisurely boat rides, The Cotswolds invites everyone to embrace the great outdoors.

Cotswold Way: This long-distance walking trail offers over 100 miles of breathtaking scenery, that stretches from Chipping Campden to Bath, showcasing the scenic beauty of the Cotswolds with its rolling hills, historic landmarks, and charming villages, making it a favourite for hikers and nature lovers.

Cleeve Hill: The highest point in the Cotswolds, offering challenging hikes and incredible views of the surrounding countryside. It is a popular destination for hikers, nature lovers, and golfers, featuring scenic trails, diverse wildlife, and the renowned Cleeve Hill Golf Club.

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Westonbirt Arboretum: Located in Gloucestershire and is one of the UK’s most celebrated botanical collections, featuring over 15,000 tree specimens from around the world spread across 600 acres, with seasonal displays of vibrant foliage, serene walking trails, and educational programs for all ages.

Experience Local Culture and History

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Cotswold culture through visits to its diverse museums, where ancient Roman artifacts, medieval heritage, and the artistic legacy of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Cotswold Motoring Museum: Located in Bourton-on-the-Water, is a charming attraction showcasing a nostalgic collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, and motoring memorabilia, offering visitors a delightful journey through the history of 20th-century motoring.

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Corinium Museum: In Cirencester, this museum offers fascinating insights into the region’s history, from Roman times to the present day. It features an impressive collection of Roman artifacts, including mosaics, sculptures, and everyday objects, providing visitors with a vivid insight into Roman life in Britain. The museum also explores the area’s prehistoric and medieval heritage through interactive exhibits and displays, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts of all ages.

The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum: In Woodstock, offers a compelling insight into the military history of Oxfordshire and the experiences of its soldiers. The museum features interactive exhibits, personal stories, and an extensive collection of artifacts, including uniforms, medals, and equipment, chronicling conflicts from the 18th century to the present day. Located next to the Oxfordshire Museum, it provides a unique and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Indulge in Food and Drink

The Cotswolds is a haven for foodies, with its abundance of local produce and gourmet experiences.

Local Pubs and Restaurants: Enjoy hearty meals and local ales at traditional pubs like The Angel at Burford, The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold, or The Bell Inn in Langford.

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Daylesford Organic Farm: A food lover’s paradise, renowned for its commitment to sustainable farming and organic produce in the heart of the Cotswolds. Offering a wide range of certified organic products, including fresh vegetables, meats, dairy, and artisanal goods. Visitors can explore the farm, shop for organic groceries, dine at the farm-to-table restaurants, or participate in workshops focusing on organic farming and healthy living practices.

Cotswold Distillery: Take a tour and enjoy tastings of locally crafted, artisanal gin and whisky. During the tour, guests can witness the distillation process, learn about the selection of botanicals, and enjoy tastings of their handcrafted spirits. It’s a unique opportunity to delve into the artistry and craftsmanship of distilling while soaking in the scenic beauty of the Cotswolds.

Family-Friendly Activities

The Cotswolds offers plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens: Home to a diverse range of animals and beautiful gardens. It showcases a diverse collection of exotic and endangered species in spacious, naturalistic enclosures, surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, making it a perfect day out for visitors of all ages.

The Model Village: A fun and unique attraction in Bourton-on-the-Water, this one-ninth scale replica of the village is fascinating for all ages.

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park: Offers interactive farm experiences and a chance to meet the animals. Founded by BBC presenter Adam Henson, the park showcases rare breeds of farm animals, educational exhibits on farming practices, and interactive activities for visitors to learn about rural life and conservation efforts in a hands-on way. It’s a popular destination for families and anyone interested in the heritage and future of British farming.

Relaxation and Wellness

Unwind and rejuvenate in the peaceful surroundings of The Cotswolds, whether you are looking for a luxury spa day, a yoga retreat to refine your skills and relax or you are looking to attend a wellness festival to meet likeminded people, there is plenty of options in The Cotswolds.

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Luxury Spas: Pamper yourself at luxurious spas like Dormy House Hotel or Calcot Manor, where you can enjoy a range of treatments in tranquil settings.

Yoga Retreats: Join a yoga session or retreat in the serene Cotswold countryside for a truly relaxing experience.

Soul Circus Yoga and Wellness Festival: A popular festival held at Elmore Court near Gloucester. Featuring yoga, live music, wellness workshops, and outdoor activities.

Visit Soho Farmhouse: An exclusive retreat located in the Oxfordshire countryside, offering a luxurious blend of rustic charm and modern amenities. Set on a sprawling estate, it features a spa, multiple dining options, and recreational activities, providing members and guests with a serene and upscale rural escape.

Plan Your Stay with Short Let Space

Whether you’re looking for a cosy cottage, a luxurious farmhouse, or a modern apartment, Short Let Space has a wide range of accommodation options to suit your needs. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of a home away from home while you explore the best that the Cotswolds has to offer.

Book your stay with us and start planning your unforgettable Cotswolds adventure today!

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