The Cotswolds area with its hills and villages creates a scenery that one would imagine only possible fairytales. If you are looking for the quintessential English landscape with green rolling hills and cottages found in the pages of story books, there is no need to look further.
All throughout the year you can delve into the picturesque scenery the honey-coloured stone villages have to offer or explore the lively market towns whilst walking down quaint cobbled streets. Interestingly, these characteristic buildings that can be found in the Cotswold villages are owed to the area’s wool trade which was at its peak during the medieval era, and have remained until today.
There is also an abundance of palaces and country houses in the area, from Blenheim Palace to Sudeley Castle, some of the greatest in the country. If you are more interested in enjoying the landscapes and nature that the Cotswolds has to offer, then there are plenty of options: from historic trails where you can observe some of the English countryside’s most remarkable rural views, public rights of way spanning over gently sloping hills, ancient forests and wildflower fields, or relax in the internal beach of the lake-land area.
The choice of dining venues are ample and suitable to any palate. If you are looking to enjoy traditional English dishes you can dine at a number of old-fashioned inns or gastro pubs, or if you are on the lookout for creative dishes then you can head to one of the high-end restaurants or vibrant cafes.
Finally, you will not be short of accommodation at the Cotswolds. There are lodgings for every budget; from luxurious country houses to cosy B&Bs, and for the more adventurous there are superbly situated campsites. If you are planning a long stay or travelling in a large group there is also the possibility of renting manor houses or cottages!
How to get to the Cotswolds:
Should you have time on your next trip to London, you can make your way to the Cotswolds via train from London Paddington station. Although the visit can be done in the form of a day trip, it is highly recommended to stay at least one night so that you can leisurely explore the area and enjoy a romantic sunset in the midst of a rural landscape.