The Cotswolds stretch from the northern Cotswold gateway of Broadway to the famous roman city of Bath in the south. The borders of the area include William Shakespeare’s birth town of Stratford upon Avon, the stunning castle of Warwick, the historic university city of Oxford, and Sir Winston Churchill’s beautiful childhood home Blenheim Palace in Woodstock. The Cotswolds has been named as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is one of the largest in the England. The region is in south-west of England and spans across striking countryside known as the Cotswold hills and has pretty market towns and charming villages. The Cotswold region stretches over the counties of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, and reaching parts of Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Somerset and Warwickshire. The region has some of the largest conservation areas across England for tourists to discover.
The South Cotswolds
The Cotswold region is well-known for its beautiful pale honey-coloured limestone, which has been used to build many a charming village and is typical of thriving market towns throughout the region. The Cotswold City of Bath and the stunning Castle Combe are just a few of the most attractive places to see in the south of the Cotswolds. Chippenham has been nicknamed ‘Little Bath’ and is a bustling town well-known for its contribution towards the wool trade. The building and construction of the Wiltshire and Berkshire canal in the 19th century linked this pretty Cotswold town to the rest of the country, allowing for expanding agriculture to thrive. The area is famous for its cattle and was once known as the largest dairy producers in the country, founding the famous Chippenham Cheese Market. The Cotswolds is noted as one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the UK.
The Central Cotswolds
Some of the most popular tourist attractions are Malmesbury Abbey and Gardens, Kelmscot Manor, Prinknash Abbey near Painswick and Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury. The beautiful town of Cirencester is known as the Roman capital of the Cotswolds and is perhaps one of the most historic towns in the area. Painswick in Gloucestershire is known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’, the thriving town of Burford, the stunning town of Malmesbury, and the pretty town of Woodstock which is near to Oxford and the historical home of Blenheim Palace. The famous village of Bibury is near to Burford and was once described as ‘the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds’ by famous designer William Morris.
The North Cotswolds
In the north of the Cotswolds, you will find the beautiful regency spa town of Cheltenham, and wander through pretty market towns such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Burford, Chipping Campden and Chipping Norton. There are ancient villages including Bourton-on-the-Water (known as ‘Little Venice’), Lower Slaughter with Copsehill Road which has been awarded as the most romantic street in England and the village of Broadway (known as ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’). Some of the most beautifully kept gardens can be found in the north Cotswolds, surrounding incredible stately homes such as Hidcote Manor, Bourton House, Sezincote Manor and the stunning Batsford Arboretum which has incredible views in the autumn. Chastleton House, the Rollright Stones and Snowshill Manor are also some of the most popular places in the north Cotswolds.
Secret Cottage Tours
If you’re staying in London and visiting England, then it’s only one hour and 40mins on the train to our local station Moreton-in-Marsh. Book with a daytrip with the Secret Cottage Tour for an exciting day out where you can see some of the best English countryside. We collect our guests from the station in our 7-seater luxury minibus and take you on a magical 6-hour tour of the area. We go through pretty villages, past beautiful and magnificent Cotswold stately homes, charming market towns and some of the best Cotswold attractions. There’s no need to bring food with you as we take you to our home ‘The Secret Cottage’ for a lovely homemade buffet lunch, also a hot drink and pastry in the morning. Our guests can enjoy a traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon before you go home. When the tour has finished, we will take you back to the station where you can get the train back to London. Book your place now to avoid disappointment!