The Cotswolds countryside offers vast spaces of sloping valleys and the Cotswold hills are famous for their fabulous walking trails, meandering past rivers and woodlands, a stretched patchwork quilt that covers the south-west of England. The Cotswold region spread across 800 square miles across Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, parts of north-east Somerset and Wiltshire and is possibly thought of as one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in England.
Visitors come from worldwide to tour the Cotswolds which unsurprisingly have been noted as an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and the second largest in England and Wales. The Cotswolds is well-known for its stunning Cotswold stone, a pale-yellow limestone that has been around since Medieval times. Cotswold stone has been used to build houses and public buildings throughout villages and market towns, blending in beautifully with the Cotswold hills and lush landscape. The wonderful views across the countryside highlight the market towns, often next to rivers and stunning farmland, close to tiny hidden villages that are only within a few miles away.
Cotswold Market Towns
Market towns throughout the Cotswolds are one of the most eye-catching visions of quintessential English countryside and typical market towns are built with Cotswold stone, only having a few modern houses on the outskirts. The traditional town centre is ancient, breath-taking and quite simply a delight to explore if you’re visiting the area. There is a market square in the centre of each town where sheep markets once used to take over the town every week. Before the industrial revolution when the cloth trade moved to the north of England, the Cotswolds was one of the largest suppliers to the European wool trade. Now, market squares are the place where weekly markets congregate and fresh produce, pet foods, baskets and local handmade pottery can be found. There is a majestic-looking town hall in every market town, usually overlooking the market square, a special place for parties or charity fundraising events to be held by locals. Cotswold market towns include Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, Woodstock, Witney and Burford. The market town history often dates back to Medieval times, offering some fascinating places to see and buildings to explore.
Cotswold villages are charming, quaint and peaceful and it’s no wonder that what may seem like normal village life to locals, is magical for visitors who come here. No matter what time of year, Cotswold visitors include walkers rambling through the villages, finding walking trails that offer some of the most beautiful panoramic views across the region. Villages in the Cotswolds are sociable through the year, with locals gathering outside the village pub for a drink in the summer and cricketers playing on the village green. In spring, the countryside is laden with wildflowers that carpet banks, meadows and cottage gardens. In the winter, the long country lanes are scattered with autumn leaves beneath the tunnels of trees and smoke calmly billows from the chimneys of houses.
The Secret Cottage Tour
If you’re planning a trip to England or traveling to the south-west of the UK, then join a special Cotswold tour which gives you the best and most memorable experience. The Secret Cottage Tour is a privately-run 6-hour tour that takes visitors to the area around the beautiful region of the Cotswolds. We take you to hidden villages, drive past stunning stately homes, visit charming market towns and explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Cotswolds. If you’re staying in London, then you can get a direct train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh taking just 1 hour and 40 minutes door to door. We pick our guests up from the train station in our 7-seater luxury Mercedes minibus and return you there after the tour so you can get your train back. We bring our guests to our home, the Secret Cottage and give you a delicious homecooked lunch alongside a tour of our 400-year old cottage. We also provide a generous Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon to make your visit even more special Book your Secret Cottage private Cotswold tour today to avoid disappointment and please feel free to enjoy reading our 5-star reviews from recent guests on Trip Advisor. We relish in showing our guests this beautiful place in which we live.