It’s no wonder that masses of people from overseas and various parts of England, Scotland and Wales make a trip to see the Cotswolds at some point. The Cotswolds is well-known for being one of the most beautiful areas in England. If you are coming to the country on holiday and want to experience an amazing Cotswolds day trip, then you won’t regret it. The Cotswolds region has been named as one of the most famous areas of outstanding beauty in England and Wales. The area spreads across 800 square miles through Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and parts of north-east Somerset.
Hidden Cotswold Villages
It’s no surprise that the Cotswolds is famous for having some of the most charming and picturesque villages in England. The pretty village of Bourton-on-the-Water is well-known by tourists and was nicknamed ‘little Venice’ because of the beautiful River Windrush that gently flows through the centre of the village. Bourton has many tourist attractions such as the British Motoring Museum, the Model Village which has an identical built stone village that stands waist height and Birdland which has hundreds of rare birds. The quaint village of Lower Slaughter has a road called Copse Hill Road which was once famously named as the ‘most romantic street in Britain’. Lower Slaughter is a picturesque village in the Cotswolds with a slow flowing river in the main street. Great Tew and Little Tew villages are near Chipping Norton and Banbury, hidden away down long lanes and very popular with tourists and passer-by’s. Great Tew is also home to Soho Farmhouse, a popular retreat for celebrities and famous members and a stunning place that boasts luxury apartments, a spa and a wonderful restaurant and bar.
The Cotswold Lions
The Cotswolds is perhaps most well-known for once being one of the largest suppliers towards the European wool trade before the industrial revolution when the cloth trade moved to the north of England. The Cotswolds area produced an enormous amount of wool at its finest quality. Cotswold sheep were well-known as the ‘Cotswold Lions’ and became the major suppliers for English wool. They were nicknamed as ‘Cotswold Lions’ because they had long, shaggy golden coats that had a yellowy-silver tone. Cotswold sheep are still bred in the area but since sheep farming has decreased, there are now faster-growing sheep breeds which have a higher resistance to disease, therefore having a longer life.
Market Towns in the Cotswolds
Cotswold market towns are a picturesque vision of honey-coloured limestone known as ‘Cotswold Stone’ and many are famous for their thatched stone cottages, stately homes, bustling gift shops, friendly cafes, magnificent town halls and market squares. The market town of Chipping Norton is home to Bliss Mill, once a tweed and wool mill, but now converted residential homes and apartments. The beautiful Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is still owned by the late Duke of Marlborough and was once home to the Churchill family and the famous birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Sodbury, Chipping Campden and Northleach are all pretty market towns in the Cotswolds, giving visitors perfect photo opportunities with some of the most stunning scenery that they will ever come across. Burford is also an impressive market town built on a beautiful Cotswold hillside, overlooking the rolling Cotswold hills.
The Secret Cottage Tour
If you’re planning on going on a Cotswold private tour, then you will see all the best attractions and beautiful countryside views on a fantastic tour with The Secret Cottage. If you’re travelling from London, then there’s a direct train to our local station at Moreton-in-Marsh from London Paddington. We pick guests up in our 7-seater luxury Mercedes minibus and take you on a 6-hour tour around the north Cotswolds. Discover one of the most peaceful areas in England and experience the best way to see the region with the Secret Cottage. We not only take guests on a driving tour of the Cotswolds but we also invite you into our home. The Secret Cottage is nearly 500 years old and is a beautifully quaint, pretty Cotswold stone cottage. We provide a hot drink and pastry in the morning, then a tasty homemade buffet lunch and a traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon. The Cotswolds really is one of the most breath-taking places in England, so if you’re coming to England, then don’t miss out! See what previous guests have written – we have over a 1,000 5* reviews on Trip Advisor.