Just 90 minutes from London, down the road can feel like the other side of the world.
Step outside the estate and within a short riverside walk you are in the heart of The Cotswolds, surrounded by some of the most picturesque countryside in Britain. Think thatched-roofed pubs, farmers’ markets and the sound of cricket on village greens.
Whether your preference is a pint by the fire or a Pimm’s in the garden, there are some wonderful pubs close by. The Five Alls in Filkins and The Bull in Fairford are worth particular mentions if you are looking to immerse yourself in a charming Cotswolds village pub.
The Cotswolds is crisscrossed with waterways. The Thames, Avon and Severn all run through the region and the Coln and Leach join the Thames at Lechlade. That makes the town a favourite mooring place for narrowboats as well as a hub for cruises. You can tour up-river on a Thames Launch or charter your own craft.
The nearby villages are idyllic. The market town, Lechlade, is home to a popular family-friendly music festival and a churchyard that inspired Shelley. Burford, a picturesque medieval town, was featured in Forbes list of Europe’s loveliest places to live. Filkins was part of the estate of Sir Stafford Cripps and Southrop has a beautiful 12th century church.
The things to do in the cotswolds
If there’s one thing we love about staying in the Cotswolds, it’s the awe-inspiring views. Imagine waking up to rolling hills and lush green countryside, with nothing but fresh air and the sound of farm animals in a nearby field. Having the great outdoors right on the doorstep of your holiday home is what makes the Cotswolds the most incredible place for a UK break. And with endless nature trails and picturesque villages to explore, there’s always something to do. But the real beauty of visiting the Cotswolds is that you can do as much or as little as you like, and still have the most unforgettable holiday.
With such a stunning natural backdrop, there’s really no need to rush. But if you’re looking for what to do in the area, here are some of the best ways to enjoy the amazing region...