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The Cotswolds is a location that is the true definition of the English countryside. Beautiful rolling hills, quaint little villages, gorgeous places to stay, and plenty to see and do. It is one of the first choices of a holiday staycation location for families and for good reason. However, while it might be a popular choice, it could be that you have visited a while ago, never been, or are regular visitors, there is still a lot to know about the Cotswolds. So without further ado, here is everything that you need to know about a holiday in the Cotswolds.
Where to stay?
The Cotswolds is a rural location in the Southern part of central England. It covers six counties but mostly it covers parts of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. There are so many plus points about the Cotswolds. Rolling hills, lots of countryside walks and distinctive villages. Here are some of the best places to visit in the Cotswolds.
This is frequently ranked as one of the prettiest villages in England, so it is definitely a location to consider when wanting to visit the Cotswolds.
This is an idyllic location and is often referred to as the gateway to the Cotswolds. There are beautiful antique shops, a gorgeous river winding through, and a tranquil location.
This is a buzzing market town with a lot of history and character. It is a little busier than some of the other villages in the Cotswolds, which can suit families.
This is another gorgeous location in the Cotswolds that you might want to visit. Lots of picturesque streets to wander through and enjoy a slower pace of life.
There are also other places including Chipping Campden, Blockley, Stow-on-the-wold, and Tetbury.
What sort of accommodation should you look at?
Another thing to consider when staying in the Cotswolds is what sort of accommodation you want to stay in. There are so many different options you might want to consider. I thought I would mention a few to help offer some inspiration.
A holiday cottage
A holiday cottage is such a great option to consider for a family. It gives you the benefit of all those home comforts. There are some great holiday cottages in the Cotswolds that you can consider. With a holiday cottage, you get to pack up your car with all the things you might want from home such as comfort blankets and pillows, and it gives you the chance to cook a few meals inside. Which can be especially welcoming during the winter months when holidaying in that season. It is often the accommodation of choice for families given the flexibility.
What about the dog?
But what about those fur babies many of us have? The Cotswolds is the ideal place to take along your dog to enjoy the holiday with the family. You can seek out dog-friendly holiday cottages in the Cotswolds quite easily, and many of these will be equipped with everything you need to take your dog with you. Plus there is an abundance of dog-friendly pubs and restaurants and places to go. It is also ideal for all of the walks. The perfect spot for the family and your pet pooch.
Places to visit in the Cotswolds
While you are visiting the Cotswolds you may be wondering what places you could visit. So I wanted to share some of the top attractions that will be worthwhile for your time. However, do your research, especially specific to the location you are staying. There are so many places to visit and things to do that will suit everyone.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
If you have any family lovers amongst the family then you must visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. Here you will find some of the most incredible animals giving you a chance to get up close and personal. Giraffes, Rhinos, Lemurs, and more. There is so much to see and do.
Blenheim Palace is an unforgettable experience. A beautiful palace in a romantic setting. There is a lot to see and do here from walking around the palace itself to the beautiful gardens and grounds.
Sudeley Castle and Gardens
Who doesn’t love a castle visit? Sudeley Castle and Gardens delivers on all fronts. The castle is an exciting place to be and the grounds are spectacular. A lovely location for a day out that the whole family will love.
Adam Henson’s Cotswolds Farm Park
Again if you love animals then this farm park is the place to be. It gives children the chance to interact with the animals as well as enjoy the adventure playground. There are usually events on and specific things to do so always a good idea to check out the website.
Where to eat in the Cotswolds
Last of all, food. It forms an important part of any holiday and the Cotswolds delivers on all fronts. Cosy pubs, top-class restaurants, family and dog-friendly establishments, it has it all. Here are a couple of highlights that are definitely worth exploring.
This restaurant offers seasonal menus so you will likely see things change up depending on what is in season. There is a great selection of options including vegan and vegetarian options. There’s something for everyone.
You can’t beat sandwiches and this place serves up baguettes with an array of fillings. Whether you love simplicity or crave all of the flavours there is a baguette to suit. A definite highlight.
Who doesn’t love Italian food? Some have said that this place serves up some of the best pasta dishes in the area.
The Feathered Nest Country Inn
You can’t beat a traditional country inn. Pub grub and roast dinners on a Sunday, this has to be one of the best in the Cotswolds.
Hopefully, this has given you plenty to think about when it comes to a holiday in the Cotswolds.