There are many villages in the Cotswolds that are well-known for historical facts and many famous tourist sites are busy all year round. Cotswold villages are surrounded by beautiful green countryside and the legendary rolling hills of the Cotswolds, but they are usually hidden away down lanes that takes you through a tunnel of trees to a magical location. The Cotswolds has a multitude of places to visit and there are many special attractions that allure tourists and visitors to this beautiful place. If you’re considering taking a day trip to this region in the south-west of England, then make certain you visit some of the exclusive villages in the Cotswolds. The villages of Bibury and Broadway are just a couple of the Cotswold villages that have perfectly manicured gardens, Cotswold stone cottages with thatched roofs, trickling streams and some of the prettiest scenery around.
Unique Cotswolds Tours
Touring the Cotswolds could take a few days if you plan to do it alone! The beautiful area is in the south-west of England, expanding through several counties and reaching 800 square miles. The Cotswolds stretches through Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire where the views are famous for magnificent rolling hills, beautiful stately homes and pretty market towns. There are many stunning landmarks to visit and plenty of places to go which will show you true British countryside at its most attractive and there’s no doubt you will be taken back by the tranquility of this unspoilt and charming region. If you want to see breath-taking views of English countryside and pretty Cotswold villages, then it really is one of the most beautiful spots to visit in England.
Bibury near Burford
Bibury is undoubtedly one of the most quintessential places you will ever visit in the Cotswold region and was aptly names once as “the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds by William Morris, a famous artist and designer. The well-known and charming village of Bibury is in Gloucestershire, tucked away down a track from the A40 between Burford and Cheltenham sitting on thee River Coln. Bibury is well-known for its famous weaver cottages called Arlington Row, a pretty cluster of terraced cottages where blockbuster movies have been filmed (Bridget Jones’s Diary and Stardust) dating back to the 16th century. Once a monastic wool store where cloth was made by the weavers then taken up to Arlington Mill where the Arlington Row cloth would be hung out to dry on timber frames. Tourists and visitors come from all over the world to visit Arlington Row and they are certainly a famous landmark that should never be missed if you are visiting the Cotswolds.
Famous Broadway Village
The famous Broadway village is overlooked by Broadway Tower which stands high up on a nearby beacon hill and is said to be one of England’s highest viewpoints. On a clear day, you can see across the Vales of Gloucester and Evesham with views as far as the Welsh Mountains. The tower was designed by James Wyatt and commissioned by Lady Coventry in 1799 who simply wanted to know if she could see the beacon hill from her home across the vale. The charming village of Broadway is a picture-perfect vision of quirky character and the high street is lined with large horse chestnut trees, with the street lined with pretty Cotswold cottages and beautiful grand Cotswold homes. The famous artist and designer William Morris is from Broadway and several more artists such as Mary Anderson and John Singer Sargent all come from the village with its wonderful array of antique shops, galleries and cafes that keep visitors busy. The famous Lygon Arms is one of the local hotels and often has famous celebrities staying. It is also believed that Oliver Cromwell stayed at the hotel the night before the Battle of Worcester.
Are You Staying in London?
The Secret Cottage Tour offer exclusive privately-run tours in the Cotswolds. If you’re staying in London or visiting nearby and would like to see the Cotswolds on a day tour, then you can get an easy train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh. Our 6-hour Secret Cottage Tour takes you around all the stunning and unique sights of the Cotswolds, showing you beautiful stately homes, special Cotswold attractions, quintessential market towns and pretty Cotswold villages. You will be brought to the Secret Cottage for a homemade delicious lunch, also stopping by for a drink and pastry in the morning at our welcoming home. We also treat our guests to a traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon – so you certainly won’t go hungry! After the tour, we will take you back to the train station so that you can return to London for the evening. Check out our recent reviews on Trip Advisor to see what other guests have said about our Secret Cottage Tour!