Located in south Central England, the Cotswolds is officially classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Spread across six different counties, it primarily lies within the boundaries of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but also reaches into parts of Somerset, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire. The area is perhaps best defined by its rural landscapes, Jurassic limestone geology and historic, stone-built villages.
The region's unique aesthetic beauty has helped to make it a popular holiday destination, both for domestic and international tourists. And after a long day of taking in its spectacular sights, nothing can help you to relax and unwind quite like one of the many luxury cottages we have to offer.
We are able to offer a superb selection of luxury cottages in the Cotswolds, to suit just about all needs, party sizes and budgets. So regardless of whether you are travelling to the area with your family, with friends, on a romantic trip with a partner, or by yourself, we should have an ideal option for you.
Our cottages provide a superb self catering experience, offering freedom and allowing you to relax at the end of a day in an authentic home-like environment. However, for those who are feeling a little more indulgent, we also provide cottages with hot tubs, swimming pools and a range of other more grand features.
In addition, families and couples with pets may benefit from renting one of our dog friendly options. These cottages remove the need to find a dog sitter or hire a kennel when you go away on holiday, and the Cotswolds has number of superb dog walking locations that are well worth checking out.
As with any popular tourist location, the Cotswolds has a number of major attractions to keep visitors entertained.
Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire is officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the building and its gardens are open to members of the public. It is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Thermae Bath Spa, meanwhile, is a fascinating combination of contemporary and historic spa buildings, allowing visitors to bathe in its mineral-rich waters, or book spa treatments for the ultimate day of pampering.
Furthermore, for nature lovers, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens in Burford is a sure winner. The beautiful gardens are perfect for a romantic stroll, while the wildlife park showcases a wide range of different animals, including rhinos, penguins, giraffes and tropical birds, appealing to people of all ages.
In terms of major settlements, Cheltenham Spa provides some excellent shopping opportunities, as it is home to department stores such as House of Fraser and Jack Wills. The town is also notable for the various festivals it hosts, including the Cheltenham Festival, the Greenbelt Festival and the Cheltenham Music Festival.
Gloucester is another major retail hub, but the city is perhaps best known for its picturesque architecture, which dates back to the medieval and Tudor periods and includes Gloucester Cathedral. The city of Oxford lies on the Cotswolds' eastern boundary and is famous around the world as the home of the University of Oxford. It is also one of the United Kingdom's greenest cities, featuring a number of parks, nature reserves and meadows.
Moreover, the region contains various smaller towns and villages, including the likes of Bibury, Marshfield, Chipping Sodbury and Bourton-on-the-Water, which embody the culture of the Cotswolds and contain some of the area's best markets, pubs, restaurants and parks.
Two of the most common activities undertaken by visitors to the Cotswolds are walking and cycling, and ample opportunities are provided for both. Going for a walk in the countryside can be the perfect way to spend a day and Tourist Information centres will be able to supply detailed maps with some of the most popular routes.
The area's network of quiet country lanes and dedicated paths also offer cycling opportunities for all ages and ability levels, with many of the roads interconnecting with towns, villages, attractions and public transport stations. Again, maps will be available from Tourist Information centres, as well as from local bicycle hire shops.