About the Cotswolds

Why visit the Cotswolds?

"The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful areas of England, known and loved by people across the world. It is the largest of 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales: an area of warmth and clarity with stone walls and buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, beech woods and captivating villages, making it an outstanding English landscape - a landscape once experienced, never forgotten."

Cotswold AONB website

Cirencester Sign PostCome here for peace and quiet to get away from it all with countryside walks and cycle rides leading straight from your door across some of England's most stunning landscapes.

Or use us as a base to explore the local area and further afield for the theatre, eating out, visiting historic houses, shopping, golf, horse-riding, relaxing at the local spa or just staying put and chilling out - it's up to you.

Compton AbdaleThe only National Trust pub in the country, the Fleece, with its great food and real ales, is just down the road in Bretforton (one of 27 National Trust sites within 25 miles) and we're a only few miles from the start of the Cotswold Way.

When you stay with us, you're away from everything but convenient for everywhere. Bustling Broadway and Chipping Campden are both nearby, along with picture-postcard villages like Stanton and Snowshill.

Cotswolds LambYou can also enjoy the delights of the nearby surrounding counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

From Blenheim Palace, Oxford and the Cotswolds to the south, to Gloucester, Worcester and the Malverns to the west plus Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick (with the best medieval castle in Europe), all within an hour's journey. And it's less than 30 minutes drive from Cheltenham Racecourse.

Glass Blowing in CirencesterThe Cotswolds really are the heart of England - full of experiences, views and inspiration that you just can't find anywhere else.

Whether it's lunching at a village pub, browsing an outdoor food market, visiting a country show, exploring the area's royal connections, or taking a trip on a steam train, you're never short of things to do, whatever your age or interests. Lively year-round festivals, cultural and sporting events attract visitors from all over the world.

Pub LunchVisit vibrant country towns like Cirencester, the capital of the Cotswolds, Stow on the Wold, Moreton in Marsh, and Bourton on the Water and discover traditional chocolate-box villages including theSlaughters, Broad Campden, Chalford, Bibury, Longborough and many, many more.

Each town and village has a unique character that you can explore at your leisure. Visit them all and find your favourite!

Stone CircleRegency Cheltenham offers award-winning gardens, stylish shops and restaurants and a range of festivals, whilst nearby neighbour Gloucester will impress with its fascinating history and docks.

Explore the beautiful old buildings of medieval Tewkesbury or visit Stroud, home of one of the country's best Farmers' Markets. And if you just can't live without some retail therapy, Bicester Shopping Village with its brand name designer outlets is just 40 miles away.

The mainline train to London Paddington, Oxford, Reading, Worcester and Hereford stops at Honeybourne, just 3 miles away. Once you're here, a car is recommended and assistance can be given with car hire arrangements.