Cotswold Water Park
Somerford Keynes, near Cirencester
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Nestled in Central England is the official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - The Cotswolds. Home to six counties including Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, it’s made up of quaint towns, endless rolling countryside and historical villages with plenty of things to see and do.
With views that are famous all over the world, the Cotswolds attracts visitors of all kinds. Whether looking for a romantic break, a fun-filled family holiday or a laidback retreat, you’re sure to find it here. And there’s plenty of luxury Cotswold cottages and luxury self-catered holiday properties - complete with all the mod-cons - that will be a welcome home from home.
Our selection of luxury cottage holidays in the Cotswolds has something for every age, budget and group size. Plus, you don’t need to leave anyone out. Friends, family, children and four-legged companions are welcome here, making a Cotswolds holiday a fantastic choice for your next staycation.
Planning a holiday in the Cotswolds? These are the best locations that all ages will enjoy.
Best for: Its cafe culture
Known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, this little tourist haven offers great scenery, beautiful waterways and lots of exploration trails. The village itself is packed with tea rooms, cafes, pubs and shops but it’s also ideally located for a number of walking routes and day trips. A picnic by the river or a pit stop on one of the local benches is a must.
Best for: Something a little more lively
The Cotswolds may be loved for its sleepy feel but it’s also home to bigger and more vibrant towns like Cirencester. The market town is home to lots of shops, bars and restaurants and has a famous market square that you’ll probably recognise. Often dubbed the Capital of the Cotswolds, it’s really easy to get to and makes for a great day trip for the whole family.
Best for: A unique day trip
Not only is Bath one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cotswolds but also the UK. Offering a slightly more lively day trip, visitors flock to the Thermae Baths, museums and local sights. There’s also plenty of bars and restaurants as well as music nights and comedy clubs to enjoy in the evening.
Best for: Its charming and quaint small town feel
If you’re looking for a traditional Cotswolds village or town, then Stow on the Wold will definitely impress. Boasting ample charm and variety, there’s plenty of things to do - whether you’re into food, adventures, antiques or more. The area also has plenty of family-friendly and dog-friendly cottages to choose from with luxury amenities like hot tubs, swimming pools and private bars.
Best for: Its history and architecture
Officially home to one of the most stunning streets in England, here you’ll find impressive buildings, picture-perfect lanes and lots of opportunities to snap away. Spend your mornings exploring the local area and its eye-catching high street before refuelling in one of the many cafes. Come evening, there’s plenty of gastro pubs to choose from.
Whether new to walking or a seasoned pro, these walks in the Cotswolds are sure to impress.
Walk length: Four and a half miles
The Warden’s Way trail is a loop from Lower Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water and is ideal for all fitness levels and walking abilities. Starting at Moore Hospital, the paths are flat and easily-accessible making it great for those with dogs as well as pushchairs. Don’t forget your camera though as the views here are fantastic.
Location: CirencesterDifficulty: EasyWalk length: Six miles
Sapperton Valley Circular is a loop trail in the heart of Gloucestershire close to Cirencester Abbey. Ideal for all walking abilities, dogs are also welcome but must be kept on a lead. With a good mix of roads, tracks and paths, you’ll pass rivers, meadows and endless countryside views.
Walk length: One mile
In the heart of Bath, the Prior Park Landscape Garden walk is a gentle adventure through forest, countryside and nature. A National Trust trail, there is an option to carry on further for those who want to. Being close to Bath City also means there’s plenty of places to refuel afterwards.
Location: Stow on the Wold
Walk length: Six miles
Battle of Stow is a looped trail around Stow on the Wold. While the paths are easily-accessible, a good level of fitness and walking ability is required as you climb up small elevations and wander along uneven paths. The route will take you past a number of tourist attractions as well as lots of cafes ideal for the perfect pit-stop.
Location: Chipping Campden
Walk length: Three miles, or four and a half miles if you want to continue
The Cotswold Way Circular Walk takes you through the market town of Chipping Campden, past woodland, countryside and quaint village streets. While there are some steep bits, the route is relatively easy and flat. There’s also a choice between a three mile shortcut or a longer trail of around four and a half miles.