The Cotswolds are the second largest ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ and is believed to be typical of stunning English countryside. The Cotswolds is in the South-West of England and only 1 hour and 40 minutes on the train from London. The region is a complete difference to city life where the beautiful and picture-perfect landscape of The Cotswolds is so distinctive because of the rolling hills and widespread green grassland. The distinct tone of the honey-tinted natural Cotswold stone, brings a glow to The Cotswolds landscape, creating a pretty impression of true English heritage. There area has an estimated population of 139,000 and stretches across several counties including Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. The stunning Cotswold market towns are famous for being typically characteristic of interesting medieval architecture, with buildings that contrast with the green of the countryside around them. Cotswold villages are often pretty clusters of cosy thatched cottages with warming log burning fires, grand stately homes and well-kept village gardens.
Unique Cotswold Market Towns
Many of the Cotswold towns are centred around open town squares where sheep markets once populated regularly. The streets leading to the market squares are often narrow and winding, built for farmers to keep track by counting their sheep on market day. There are no longer sheep markets in the towns, but instead weekly markets selling vegetables, household goods, meat, rugs and wicker baskets. The Farmers Markets come once a month to sell organic produce on a Saturday, sometimes with stalls of local pottery and other handmade items. Most of the best Cotswold towns are famous for the wool trade as the Cotswold area was once the largest output in England.
Burford town centre has many pretty shops including gift shops, woodcraft, cafes and antiques. The town is a pretty Cotswold market town with a long hilly high street that stretches down to the River Windrush at the bottom. There are plenty of pubs looking out onto the high street where you can sit and watch the world go by while you sip on a cool summers drink. Burford beautiful architecture gives you a unique mix of Cotswold stone and Tudor style buildings, attracting thousands of visiting tourists all year round.
Bourton town centre is focused around the stunning River Windrush that flows through the town. The river is surrounded by stretches of lawn, pretty boutiques, gift shops and cafes. This picture-perfect Cotswold town is popular with visitors and tourists having many attractions for families. Bourton has the famous Model Village, a clever waist-height built town that you can walk around. The model village is based on Bourton town centre itself, a near exact reproduction including the small models of trees and the River Windrush. Bourton also has a family-friendly attraction called Birdland, where you can see a huge selection of rare and exotic birds including owls and penguins. The Cotswold Motoring Museum is also a popular attraction with some of the most unusual vintage cars in England.
Woodstock is a pretty market town, famous for the beautiful, historical and breath-taking Blenheim Palace, an enormous manor house set in 2000 acres of stunning estate land. The palace was home to Sir Winston Churchill who was born in the house and spent much of his life there. The palace was gifted to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough as a reward from Queen Anne after his victory over France in the War of the Spanish Succession. Blenheim Palace is now one of the most regularly visited and most popular tourist attractions in The Cotswolds. It offers regular tours, garden walking tours for special events and exhibitions. The palace has Christmas Craft Fair, Blenheim Palace Flower Show and Battle Proms.
Cotswold Secret Cottage Tours
The Cotswolds Secret Cottage Tour offers a wonderful 6-hour daytrip that takes you to all the best Cotswold towns in the area. If you’re visiting the Cotswolds or staying in London, then book a tour with us to see the stunning landmarks of the Cotswolds. We pick our guests up from Moreton-in-Marsh train station in our luxury minibus and take you back there when the tour has finished. We show you pretty villages, majestic stately homes and some of the most beautiful market towns around. Don’t worry about bringing food with you as we take you to the Secret Cottage for a morning drink and pastry, the back to for a delicious buffet lunch. We also provide a traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon! Enjoy tasty food at our home the Secret Cottage while you discover the beautiful places in the Cotswolds. Don’t miss out, book your Cotswolds Secret Cottage Tour today!