If you’re planning on coming to the Cotswolds for the weekend at some point soon, then you will be taken aback by how special the area is. The Cotswolds are famously known for being a region of beauty and have been named as one of the largest areas of outstanding natural beauty in England. Set amongst the stunning rolling hills of The Cotswold hills, the area is carpeted with fields of lush green grass. Tiny hamlets nestle between the hills and woodland and pretty market towns perch overlooking the stunning views of the area. The Cotswolds are famous for once being one of the largest suppliers to the English wool trade when the green hills were inhabited by Cotswold sheep. The area ceased production of wool when the cloth trade moved to the North of England, leaving the area unspoilt and tranquil. The Cotswolds is home to 139,000 residents, and the region stretches across hills and valleys of several English counties.
Places to Stay in The Cotswolds
Whether you decide to stay a city like Oxford or a charming market town like Stow-on-the-Wold, you won’t be disappointed by the selection of beautiful hotels, B&B’s and guesthouses that the Cotswolds have. There are magnificent 5* luxury hotels set within acres of land to pretty family-run guesthouses and plenty of self-catering cottages available. You will have no problem finding something within your budget. Consider the location to make certain you see many places in The Cotswolds or alternatively, you can book a daytrip tour where you can experience all the beautiful places in The Cotswolds. The Cotswolds region is a huge area but is easy to travel around because accessibility is good with regular bus routes, the Great Western train service and many local taxi firms.
The Cotswolds Seasons
The Cotswolds is beautiful no matter what time of year you visit. In the winter, the area has some of the cosiest places with charming 16th century pubs burning log fires and snug guesthouses that offer delicious homemade food and comfortable bedrooms. In the summer, you can have a drink outside a stunning pub overlooking the pretty River Windrush, relax on a village green to watch the cricket or amble around a charming Cotswold town. The countryside comes alive in the summer months with wildflowers, willow trees and meadows of long grass. Cows and sheep graze in the large lush fields and there is a magnetic, friendly buzz in the air. The Cotswold market towns seem to thrive most of the year around, welcoming visitors to explore the local areas. The Cotswolds are a sociable place where you will find passer-by’s greeting and smiling at you, wherever you go.
Explore the Cotswolds
If you are not able to stay for a weekend in The Cotswolds, then a daytrip to the area is still just as enjoyable. You can book a seat on a Secret Cottage Tour and be shown around the area by our knowledgeable and experienced tour guides. See the most stunning and charming places of the area, hear about the local history, view stately homes, Cotswold attractions and find out how the Cotswolds has so many Royal connections. A tour through The Cotswolds is the most beneficial way to see the stunning area. Drive through beautiful villages and pretty market towns on a 6-hour magical journey that takes you to the most idyllic spots. For guests who are not staying overnight in The Cotswolds, you can easily catch a 1hr 40-minute train from London where you are picked up from Moreton-in-Marsh train station in our luxury minibus.
Experience the Secret Cottage
The Secret Cottage is our home, a beautiful 500-year-old cottage located in a small Cotswold village. It has earned its name because it is hidden from the road, only accessible by a small path through the trees. In the morning of the tour, we take you back to the Secret Cottage and give you tea or coffee and a pastry. We return at lunchtime for a delicious home cooked buffet lunch, then come back in the afternoon for a traditional Cotswold cream tea. We ensure all our guest are fed well during the Secret Cottage Tour! Discover the Cotswolds on your special weekend away. Book now to avoid disappoint.