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The sublime countryside of the Cotswolds is perhaps the first image one conjures when imagining the English landscape. A land of honey coloured stone houses, medieval churches and village ponds. Our luxury Cotswolds cottages are all set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Luxury Cotswolds Holiday Homes

The sublime countryside of the Cotswolds is perhaps the first image one conjures when imagining the English landscape. A land of honey coloured stone houses, medieval churches and village ponds. Our luxury Cotswolds cottages are all set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The Cotswolds is one of the most iconic areas of England thanks to its honey-coloured limestone villages dating back to the medieval period when the wool trade created wealth. Indeed, many of the local churches are still known as ‘wool churches’ and are much in evidence today in villages such as Chipping Camden and Northleach. The dawn of the industrial revolution in the mill towns and cities of northern England saw the demise of the wool trade and ensured the beauty the Cotswolds was preserved.

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The region stretches some 100 miles from north to south and covers much of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. The northern Cotswolds includes famous villages such as Chipping Camden, Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway and Moreton-in-Marsh whilst the lesser known southern Cotswolds includes some hidden gems, such as Painswick, Berkeley and Lechlade.

Though less one and half hours from London, the pace is slow, with market days providing much of the hustle and bustle. The summer months can be busy in some of the most popular towns of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, but still very much worth a visit for their pretty tearooms and antiques shops. There are numerous public footpaths and maps can be bought from local tourist information centres, with picnic spots and traditional pubs highlighted to break your stroll. The path from Bourton-on-the-Water to the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter is particularly attractive, for example.

The town of Cheltenham sits on the western edge of the Cotswolds and, though small in size, boasts a healthy social scene with an internationally acclaimed schedule of festivals, including the International Jazz Festival, Science Festival, Music Festival and Britain’s oldest Literature Festival, which attracts the glitterati of the literary world. The town also boasts a pretty promenade of boutiques, tea shops and restaurants.

The central Cotswolds town of Burford sits further east, just within the Oxfordshire-Gloucestershire county border. The high street is one of the loveliest in the Cotswolds and is lined with traditional teashops and antiques shops as it reaches down to the River Windrush.

Further east still, on the Cotswolds border, lies the historic city of Oxford, with the 'dreaming spires' of the famous colleges and the meandering River Isis broken only by the blades of the rowers. Just to the north in the small town of Woodstock is the majestic Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Dukes of Marlborough.

Activities in the Cotswolds are focused on the great outdoors. Sports are popular here, with notable international cricket, rugby and horse trials and horseracing events. Villages also host local events such as cheese rolling and sack racing.

  • 10th – 12th February - Cheltenham Folk Festival
  • Throughout February - Bath Shakespeare Festival (Biennial event, with the next event taking place in 2012)

  • 12th - 15th March - Cheltenham Gold Cup Race Meeting

  • 17th - 18th April - The April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse
  • 18th - 21st April Cotswold Art & Antique Association Fair (Woodstock)

  • 1st - 6th May - Cheltenham Jazz Festival
  • 1st May - Hunter Chase Evening Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse
  • 2nd - 6th May - Badminton Horse Trials
  • 4th - 6th May - Jousting Tournament at Blenheim Palace
  • 16th - 19th May - Three Counties Show
  • 17th - 19th May - Winchcombe Walking Festival
  • 27th May - Woolsack Races (Tetbury)
  • 27th May - Cheese Rolling (Cooper's Hill)
  • 31st May - Scuttlebrook Wake (Chipping Camden)
  • 31st May - 2nd June - Wychwood Music Festival

  • 16th June - Charity Match at Beaufort Polo Club
  • 12th - 22nd June - Summer Outdoor Theatre (Oxford Drama School) at Blenheim Palace (Woodstock)
  • 16th June - 27th July - Longborough Opera Festival

  • 3rd - 14th July - Cheltenham International Festival of Music and Fringe
  • 6th - 120h July - The Prince of Wales Cup at Beaufort Polo Club
  • 20th - 21st July - Royal International Air Tattoo (Fairford)

  • 2nd - 4th August Gatcombe Horse Trials (Tetbury)
  • 25th - 26th August - Festival of Transport at Blenheim Palace (Woodstock)

  • 12th - 15th September - Blenheim Horse Trials

  • 11th - 20th October - Cheltenham Literature Festival

  • 9th November - 13th December - Christmas at Blenheim Palace

  • 1st December - 6th January - A Christmas Festival - Warwick Castle
  • 7th December - Victorian Christmas Evening (Bourton-on-the-Water)
  • Christmas at Blenheim Palace


  • Visit a Cotswold Garden like the Painswick Rococo Garden in Painswick. Many are open until dusk and are lit up beautifully to enhance your visit.
  • Hire a Classic Car for a memorable day out or a weekend break in The Cotswolds.
  • Try hot air ballooning to truly capture the beauty of the Cotswolds, this is most definitely one of the best ways of seeing the stunning countryside.
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s birthplace
  • Drive along one of the two Romantic Roads to the most picturesque Cotswold villages.
  • Experience the beauty of the nature and various outdoor activities and in the Forest of Dean.
  • Explore the local cuisine - Fabulous local produce, award winning restaurants & creative chefs all make eating and drinking in the Cotswolds a truly memorable experience.


  • Walking and cycling - Cotswold walking and cycling trails lead along Roman routes, ancient salt ways and through medieval villages.
  • Horse riding – the Cotswolds is the horse country par excellence with it's own strong riding culture.
  • Golf - golfing breaks are enhanced by friendly, unpretentious courses shaped by gentle Cotswold contours.
  • Cricket - Gloucestershire is a First Class Cricket County, with opportunities to see top level cricket at both Cheltenham Cricket Festival and Gloucester Cricket Festivals.
  • Swimming - there is a good selection of swimming pools in and around the Cotswolds, with both indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Fishing – Fish your own wild brown trout or try trout Fly fishing at one of the many lakes and rivers in the Cotswolds.


  • Bath,  Roman Baths
  • Berkeley,  Berkeley Castle
  • Broadway,  Broadway Tower
  • Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • Bourton on the Water, Birdland Park Garden
  • Bourton on the Water, Model Village
  • Cheltenham, Sudeley Castle
  • Cirencester, Royal College of Agriculture
  • Elkstone - Norman church of St. John
  • Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral
  • Oxford, Historical Centre
  • Painswick, Britain's oldest Bowling Green
  • Stow-on-the-Wold, Rollright Stones
  • Stratford-upon-Avon, Church of the Holy Trinity (Shakespeare’s Grave)
  • Stroud, Slimbridge Wetlands Centre
  • Tewkesbury, Tewkesbury Abbey
  • Warwick, Warwick Castle
  • Woodstock, Blenheim Palace



Great Britain operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


English is the principal language across Great Britain.


Great Britain’s unit of currency is the Pound Sterling, divided into 100 Pence.

Money Matters

In Great Britain, travellers cheques are sometimes accepted as payment in larger department stored but can be easily converted into local currency at banks. Hotels, shops, restaurants and many other venues accept all major credit cards and ATM access is widespread. American Express is less widely accepted. Exchange currency only at authorised outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.


A charge for service is often added to restaurant bills but, if it’s not, a typical gratuity would be equal to 10 - 15% of the total. In pubs, tipping lounge staff is at your discretion but is generally not common practice. When paying taxi fares, it is usual to tip up to 10% and round up to the nearest pound.


The British weather has a bad reputation but in actual fact rainy days are nowhere near as common as you may expect. The seasons are marked: In summer, days are bright and usually sunny: Spring and autumn can be cool in the evenings and rain showers are more common; In winter snow is rare but it can be cold and frosty.


While jeans are acceptable, “smart casual” attire in Britain often means stylish trousers or skirt outfit for women and a shirt with collar and trousers for men. Cotton and other light fabrics are comfortable choices for summertime. Spring and autumn temperatures dictate medium-weight clothing selections and in winter warm pullovers are required.

For the countryside, bring comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels. An umbrella or light raincoat may come in handy. 


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Electrical service throughout Great Britain is supplied at 220 volts/50 hertz.

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