The Cotswolds have been famously noted as the second largest ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in the UK. People flock from all around the world to visit the quaint villages and market towns that sit beautifully amongst the stunning countryside and rolling hills of The Cotswolds. The area is after all, one of the most stunning locations in England and with it being so close to London, it is the perfect place to escape the big city.
If you’re staying in or around London or visiting England, then The Cotswolds are easily accessible, being just a short 1hr 40mins train journey from London Paddington. A daytrip makes it an easy choice for a countryside visit, away from the capital city. Get away from the hustle and bustle of London and enjoy a leisurely day in the Cotswolds where you can explore some of the charming beauty spots that inspire you and make you feel you’re on an extra special adventure or a wonderful treasure hunt.
The Cotswolds are well-known for their chocolate box villages, stunning honey-coloured stone market towns, cosy thatched cottages, extraordinarily magnificent stately homes and the historical fame of what is known to be the second largest outputs of wool in Europe. The beauty and splendour that is The Cotswolds is most certainly an example of classic English heritage at its best.
Celebrities and Fame in The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is residence to numerous famous people who can often be spotted around the loca towns and villages. The well-known Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson lives just outside Chipping Norton and is regularly spotted around town and also supporting local charities and events. British romantic novelist Jilly Cooper resides in a village called Bisley near Stroud, and The Princess Royal lives at Gatcombe Estate near Tetbury. Indeed, quite a few of the Royal family inhabit The Cotswolds – The Princess Royal’s daughter Zara Phillips also lives in the village of Cherrington. Prince Charles occupies the beautiful Highgrove Estate near Tetbury. More celebrities including model Kate Moss and comedian Michael McIntyre live in the area, Popstar Lily Allen and famous Blur band member Alex James own beautiful homes in The Cotswolds too. Damien Hirst, British artist and Turner Prize winner is renowned for his extraordinary style of art and lives in a splendid Victorian gothic stately home called Toddington Manor.
What Makes The Cotswolds so Special?
Famous for pretty villages that nestle sleepily between the hills and rolling countryside, The Cotswold also has plenty of stunning market towns that have a lovely, bustling atmosphere with a relaxed and friendly vibe. The antique and gift shops, 16th century inns, old cosy pubs, cafes and farmer’s markets presents a warming sense of uniqueness, no matter what time of year it is. Villages such as the Slaughters have a splendid air of aristocracy about them, yet are just tranquil and peaceful villages where the only murmur you hear is from the tiny River Eyre. In the spring and summer, you can relax and enjoy the sunshine while sitting outside the pub overlooking the rivers around The Cotswolds.
Staying in The Cotswolds
There are many places to stay in The Cotswolds, from quaint guesthouses to stunning magnificent hotels such as Foxhill Manor in Broadway, Lower Slaughter Manor, Hatton Court Hotel, Redesdale Arms Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh, Lords of The Manor Hotel, The Noel Arms Hotel in Chipping Campden and the beautiful Cotswolds Spa Hotel in Chipping Norton. The hotels and guesthouses in the area are quintessentially English as you would expect, usually built from the stunning Cotswold stone with embellished exteriors and perfectly kept acres of land. Most of the hotels are set within stunning gardens, often including lakes and tall woodland that flourishes with wildflowers in the spring. Weekends in The Cotswolds gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside, but a six-hour Secret Cottage Tour will ensure you see the most exclusive places in The Cotswolds.
Take a Secret Cottage Tour of The Cotswolds
Cotswold tours are the most perfect and exciting way to explore all the best locations in area. Experience a first-class tour by knowledgeable local experts who will show you some of the most beautiful places including hidden gems that many do not discover. If you’re travelling from London, it takes 1hr 40 minutes on the train and you are picked up from Moreton-in-Marsh train station in our luxury Mercedes minibus. We take you some stunning places around The Cotswolds, resting for a tea / coffee and pastry in the morning at our home, the Secret Cottage. We also provide a delicious buffet at lunchtime and then a traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon. Treat yourself and see some of the most stunning countryside around, views of magnificent stately homes, hidden gems, chocolate box villages and the green rolling Cotswold hills. After the six-hour tour, we return you to the train station to ensure you get back to London in time for the evening!