It’s no surprise to anyone that the Cotswolds have been noted as one of the largest areas of outstanding natural beauty in England. With the rolling Cotswold hills and the stunning countryside, the wild woodland and the pretty River Windrush, the Cotswolds is an English gem that should be discovered. The area of the Cotswolds covers nearly 800 miles and is located in the South-West of England. The area stretches across several counties including Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, and Wiltshire. The local stone is called Cotswold stone, and is a typical limestone of the area used in construction with most of the buildings, the homes and the stately houses in the Cotswold town market squares.
Are You Visiting the Cotswolds?
If you’re passing through the region, then it’s well worth stopping in the Cotswolds to see the beautiful countryside and the historical sites. If you are coming to the Cotswolds for a weekend away or you’re visiting England and staying in London, then it’s an easy area to visit. There are many tourist attractions around such as Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park near Guiting Power and the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford. Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is also one of the most famous landmarks in the area, located in Oxfordshire where a grand stately home sits amongst 2000 acres of land in Woodstock. Blenheim palace is still owned by the late Duke of Marlborough and it is most famous because Sir Winston Churchill was born and lived there. Most of the Churchill family are buried in a nearby church in the village of Bladon. The Cotswolds are renowned for being one of the largest suppliers of the wool trade in Europe but when the cloth trade moved to the North of England, the area remained unspoilt and idyllic in comparison to many industrialised areas in England.
The stunning Cotswolds hills make up much of the countryside in the Cotswolds and are famous for their breath-taking landscapes and green lush grass where Cotswold sheep reside. There are hundreds of tourist attractions across the region including beautiful palaces and castles, grand stately homes and exciting tourist attractions. Cotswold market towns have a friendly buzz and are busy with tourists all year around. Local villages have charming thatched cottages and perfect village greens where children gather and cricket is played on a Sunday. Some of the larger market towns like Tewkesbury, Cirencester, Cheltenham and Oxford are home to many affluent residents. Music festivals, antique shops, summer festivals and boutique gift shops make up a creative and welcoming vibe throughout the towns and cities. Cotswold villages are famous for their historical landmarks such as Bibury, with the famous weavers’ cottages of Arlington Row, Lower Slaughter for Copse Hill Road which has been named as one of the most romantic streets in England.
Daytrip from London
The Cotswolds are a short train journey away from London. If you’re planning on staying in the south-west of England, then a tour of the area is very easy. Catch the train from London Paddington directly to Moreton-in-Marsh and you will be in the heart of the Cotswolds in just one hour and 40 minutes. The nearest airports are London, Bristol and Birmingham, all within only an hour or two distance from the Cotswolds. If you’re staying in London and have a free day, then book a daytrip on a Cotswold tour. A day out in the Cotswolds will leave you feeling revived as you soak up the wonderful fresh air and the relaxing and friendly atmosphere of the countryside.
The Secret Cottage Tour
You can book a London daytrip or a small group tour with The Secret Cottage Tour. You will be taken by us to all the wonderful sites in The Cotswolds, showing you the most beautiful views of English countryside and giving you a true sense of Cotswold life. You will see charming Cotswold villages, pretty market towns, magnificent stately homes, wildflower meadows, trickling streams or full-flowing rivers that run through village gardens or towns. The Secret Cottage Tour pick guests up from Moreton-in-Marsh train station in a luxury 7-seater Mercedes minibus and you will be returned after the six-hour tour to be back to London for your evening meal. We bring you to The Secret Cottage for a tasty homemade buffet lunch and a hot drink and pastry in the morning. Then treat our guests to a traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon at the cottage. Book your Secret Cottage Tour today – don’t miss out!