The region of the Cotswolds is possibly one of the most beautiful places you will ever experience and it’s no wonder that it’s been named as the second largest area of outstanding natural beauty in the UK. When you’re in the Cotswolds, you will be amazed at the breath-taking views, the green rolling hills, the pretty meadows and the stunning stately homes that you pass by. The Cotswolds is a picturesque vision of English heritage, a magical place of beauty, magnificence and splendour. Cotswold villages and pretty market towns are a wonderful aspect of this beautiful region in England. The Cotswold hills and countryside spread for an impressive 800 square miles across several counties in the south-west of England. Many villages and towns are hidden far from civilisation, down dusty winding country lanes and through tunnels of trees.
Charming Market Towns
The beautiful Cotswold market towns of Burford, Chipping Norton, Woodstock, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold have a lot of history attached to them, often dating back to Medieval times. Cotswold market towns have a special atmosphere, the locals wonderfully friendly and there is much to offer for an exciting shopping experience. Cotswold market towns once had weekly sheep markets where farmers traded their sheep, providing for the wool trade. In fact, the Cotswolds was known to be one of the largest suppliers to the European wool trade before the industrial revolution moved the cloth trade to the north of England. Now beautiful Cotswold market squares have weekly markets selling fresh produce and the squares are surrounded by cafes, gift shops and antique shops. Cotswold market towns are typically busy most the year round and the strong working community have a supportive network that resonates when you visit.
Cotswold Country Villages
If you’re exploring the Cotswolds, then you will discover charming hidden villages that nestle between hills or woodland, far from main roads and or closely developed towns. Cotswold villages are small, with several stone cottages dotted around, thatched cottages and sometimes a grand house somewhere in the village. Village life offers a strong community and many of the villages have been self-sufficient for years with a small primary school, a village shop and a local pub and a small village church in the centre. Well-known villages in the Cotswolds include Kingham, The Rollrights, Bourton-on-the-Water, Bledington, Chastleton, Upper and Lower Slaughter and Snowshill. Villages are quiet in the winter with plumes of smoke coming from the woodburners in the cosy cottages and in the summer, villages are bustling with locals being sociable and walkers exploring the surrounding countryside.
Stunning Scenic Views
The stunning countryside in the Cotswolds is possibly one of the most beautiful places you will ever come across. There are plenty of scenic views with far-reaching with especially for visitors who go to Broadway Tower where you can see as far as the Welsh Mountains across the Vale of Evesham. With hundreds of miles of green rolling hills, winding and meandering rivers stretching throughout the countryside, trickling streams through villages and a healthy wildlife, the Cotswolds is one of the most idyllic places in England. Cotswolds tour guides promise an interesting and exciting day out where you can experience the beauty of the Cotswolds while you’re visiting England. It will be a memory that you will never forget.
Cotswolds Secret Cottage Tour
If you’re planning a day in the Cotswolds, then book a tour with the Secret Cottage. The Secret Cottage Tour takes you to all the hidden parts of the Cotswolds that provide the ultimate experience. Discover the beautiful countryside, plenty of hidden villages and charming market towns. Be inspired by far-reaching views and the secret beauty places in the Cotswolds. If you’re staying in London, then you can get a direct train to our nearest station in Moreton-in-Marsh from London Paddington. We pick up our guests from the train station in our comfortable 7-seater luxury Mercedes minibus and take you on an exciting 6-hour tour around the Cotswolds. Our guests are invited into our 400-year old home for a tour of the Secret Cottage and some wonderful homecooked food. We provide a hot drink and pastry in the morning, a delicious homemade buffet lunch and a traditional Cotswold cream tea to enjoy in the afternoon. If you want to experience the best private Cotswold tour, then book with the Secret Cottage today. Read our 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor to hear what has been said from previous guests.