Immerse yourself in England's biggest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - the Cotswolds. This green vista or rolling hills and ancient countryside spans nearly 800 miles and is a visitor's dream, with pretty villages, superb accommodation, thriving market towns, country houses, gardens, castles and arboretums. From the River Thames and its meadows to the steep escarpment of the Cotswold Edge, you'll find a tremendous amount to explore, including ancient woodlands of beech and rare grasslands, all to the backdrop of the unique Jurassic limestone which gives the buildings their famous honey shade. With plenty of high-quality holiday cottages Cotswolds holidays are the perfect choice for a beautiful staycation.
From your cosy accommodation, you can easily visit popular Cotswolds towns and villages. Bampton will be instantly recognisable as 'Downton Village' in the hit show, Downton Abbey. Pretty Burford has some of the finest gastropubs in the area, and Chipping Norton has excellent independent shopping and a bustling farmer's market. Shop to your drop at lively Cirencester or stroll along the River Coln at peaceful Fairford. Kingham is another must-visit with chocolate-box homes and the distinction of being Britain's Best Village in 2006. Whatever your dream afternoon, you'll be able to come home to your accommodation and relax in style as holiday cottages Cotswolds wide are of superb quality and extremely well appointed. Many are also situated very close to the area's fine gastropubs, restaurants and cafes - which range from cosy and cheerful afternoon tea rooms to fine dining restaurants listed in the Good Food Guide.
From the area's holiday cottages Cotswolds family attractions such as Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens are easy to visit, and dog-walkers will find pet-friendly accommodations near the many miles of green footpaths. Look out for cottages too with plenty of space for groups, easy parking, pretty outdoor areas and amenities such as hot tubs, BBQs, fast broadband and plenty more, for the ultimate break.