The Cotswolds have been rightfully named as the second largest ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in the UK. Visitors flock from all over the world to experience the charming villages and market towns that sit gracefully amongst the beautiful rolling hills of The Cotswolds. It is after all, one of the most stunning areas in England and so close to London and nearby airports. Discovering the Cotswolds is the perfect way to explore hidden villages and pretty market towns.
If you’re visiting England and staying in or around London, then The Cotswolds are just a short 1hr 40mins train journey from London Paddington, making it an easy daytrip from the capital city. Escape the hustle and bustle of London and treat yourself to a leisurely day in the countryside where you can discover some of the hidden beauty spots that make you feel like you’re on a wonderful treasure hunt.
The Cotswolds are famous for their chocolate box villages, honey-coloured stone market towns, thatched cottages, extraordinary stately homes and its historical fame of one of the largest outputs of wool in Europe. The brilliant beauty that encompasses The Cotswolds certainly shows classic English heritage at its most inspiring.
Famous People in The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are home to many famous people who are often spotted as you’re wandering through towns and villages. Top Gear’s presenter Jeremy Clarkson lives in the market town of Chipping Norton and is regularly seen supporting local events and charities. Famous British romantic novelist Jilly Cooper lives in Bisley near Stroud, not far from The Princess Royal who resides at Gatcombe Estate near Tetbury. In fact, a few of the Royal family live around The Cotswolds – The Princess Royal’s daughter Zara Phillips lives in Cherrington and Prince Charles resides at Highgrove near Tetbury. Many more celebrities such as model Kate Moss, comedian Michael McIntyre, Popstar Lily Allen, famous Blur band member Alex James all live in The Cotswolds. Artist and Turner Prize winner Damien Hirst who is renowned for his unusual style of art resides in a Victorian gothic stately home called Toddington Manor.
Why are The Cotswolds so popular?
The Cotswolds are famous for their pretty villages that lie sleepily amongst the rolling countryside. The beautiful Cotswold market towns have a lovely, quietly bustling atmosphere that is always relaxed and friendly, giving you a somewhat comfortable feeling of belonging. The antique shops, 16th century inns, old country pubs, gift shops and farmer’s markets give the towns a magical sense of uniqueness and no matter what time of year it is, it’s still incredibly beautiful. Visitors often say that they leave a piece of their heart in The Cotswolds, for it seems a place that will capture you, perhaps because of its unspoilt beauty and tranquil setting. Places like the Slaughters have a distinctive air of grandness about them, yet they are just quiet peaceful villages where often the only noise you hear is the trickling clear water from the tiny River Eyre. In the summer, you can relax amongst the crowds of people enjoying the sunshine at the pubs located next to the al the rivers around The Cotswolds – the River Coln, the River Windrush and the River Thames.
Places to Stay
There are numerous places to stay in The Cotswolds, from quaint B&B’s and guesthouses to beautiful huge hotels such as Lower Slaughter Manor, Foxhill Manor in Broadway, Hatton Court Hotel, Lords of The Manor Hotel, Redesdale Arms Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh, The Noel Arms Hotel in Chipping Campden and The Cotswolds Spa Hotel in Chipping Norton, just to name a few. All the hotels and guesthouses in The Cotswolds are the kind of quintessentially English buildings you would expect, built from beautiful Cotswold stone with interesting carvings embellishing the exteriors and framing the windows and doors. Many hotels are set within stunning acres of gardens with lakes and woodland delightfully decorating the beauty of the venue. A weekend in The Cotswolds gives you a chance to explore the area, but a six-hour daytrip will also take you to the most exclusive places in the area.
Take an Exciting Mystery Tour of The Cotswolds
Cotswold mystery tours are the perfect and most exciting way to explore the best locations in The Cotswolds. You will experience a first-class tour by local experts showing you some of the most beautiful places around including many hidden gems that not many discover. If you’re coming from London, it only takes 1hr 40 minutes on the train and we can pick you up directly from Moreton-in-Marsh train station in our luxury 7-seater Mercedes minibus. From there we take you to some of the most incredible places around The Cotswolds, stopping for a hot drink and pastry in the morning at a village café, then a delicious meal at lunchtime in a 16th century pub. As it’s a ‘mystery’ tour we cannot tell you where we will be going! But, we can guarantee that you will feel like you know The Cotswolds inside out afterwards and will have seen some of the most stunning countryside around, views of magnificent stately homes, chocolate box villages and secret surprises. After the six-hour tour, you will be taken back to the train station so that you can get back to London in time for your evening meal!