England | Cotswolds Guide

It’s a scene straight out of your favorite Victorian drama. Rolling pastoral hills dotted with grazing sheep and haystacks. Little cottage towns with thatched roofs and a homey atmosphere. Everything from the flowerbeds tucked under window sills to the stately manor houses make you feel right at home. This corner of the UK may be calm and sleepy, but it’s full of wonders that will have you reaching for the nearest cup of tea.

Learn the Lingo:
Many of the charming villages in the Cotswolds combine a variety of Old English terms. Learn the meaning behind these words:
Wolds = rolling hills
Chipping = market
Combe = valley

Cotswolds, England
N 51.76° / W 2.12°

July - October
The Cotswolds can be delightful year-round, with a temperate climate in all seasons. As with all of Great Britain, however, the weather can change suddenly, so it’s always smart to check the local forecast. The best time to visit is late summer and early fall, when the weather is warm and your odds of a sunny day are high. But if you dream of cozy Christmas markets, winter offers its own chilly delights.

Witney, Oxfordshire | @stephen_whitelock

The Village People
Which of the Cotswolds' stunning chocolate-box villages will you visit? The answer depends on where you decide to stay. Set a home base in one of the towns and explore from there. Each little town has its own personality, but favorites include the Slaughters (Upper and Lower), Castle Combe, and the darling Arlington Row in Bibury. But hopping in the car and driving the winding country roads will yield hidden small town delights. Whether it’s a bustling pub, dreamy country walk, or quaint craft store, you’ll find something to love in each small hamlet you pass through.

Broadway Tower, Worcestershire | @point_and_perceive

Exceedingly English
Whether you dream of Downton Abbey, Jane Austen or Harry Potter, you might recognize many of the historic sites throughout Cotswolds. Lacock Abbey and Gloucester Cathedralboth served as backgrounds for the Harry Potter films, and St. Edward’s Church is home to a door said to be an inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. A visit to the English countryside wouldn’t be complete without a castle or two, and the stunning Sudeley Castle is up to the task. Add Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, and Broadway Tower to your list to round out your fairytale fantasies. And if you can’t get enough of British Royalty, tour Highgrove Gardens, the private residence of Prince Charles.

Snowshill Lavender Field | @lensereflection

Flower Power
Few things rival a good English garden, and in the Cotswolds you’ll find some of the best. If the bright flowers along the road aren’t enough for you, head to Batsford Arboretum, a 56-acre garden with ponds and towering trees, or Painswick, the country’s sole surviving rococo garden. For a unique experience, drive to the Cotswolds Lavender Farm, outside Snowshill. When the season is right, stroll through the purple fields that smell like the stuff of dreams, and bring home something soothing. If you like some wildlife with your vegetation, get friendly with the giraffes and rhinos of Cotswold Wildlife Park.

North Nibley, Gloucestershire | @werewolfhunter777

Fancy Something Robust?
If all this sightseeing and small-town wandering elicit a yawn, let’s get active. Getting outdoors for a brisk walk in the moor is decidedly English, and the mile-long stroll between the Upper and Lower Slaughter villages might be just the ticket. If you want something a little more strenuous, check out the Cotswolds Way National Trail, which includes 102 miles of trails through the entire sprawling countryside. Kick up the thrills with the 417 Project, a private mountain bike facility with tracks for all levels. A round of golf at Chipping Sodbury or the horse races at the Cheltenham Racecourse will also give you a dose of English energy.


"I like nothing more than exploring some of the handsomest villages with their stunning architecture. Admiring the honey coloured houses there and then diving into a Pub for a pint or two or tucking into fine Cotswold cuisine in a local eatery or one of the really good traditional restaurants or more modern Gastropubs. And what can be more quintessentially English than to unwind with a traditional cream tea in most of the historic market towns and villages in the area."

The Porch House | @waewtirawan

Feeling Peaky?
Afternoon tea and Sunday roast are two quintessential English meals you cannot miss. You’ll find a tea shop in most Cotswold villages, but we recommend Lucy’s Tea Room in Stow in the Wold. Finish off the night in one of the historic pubs, like The Porch House, which is the oldest pub in all of England, or The Bell at Sapperton, which has its own bar for horses. If you want something more upscale, check out the region’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, The Wild Rabbit, for a rich meal you’ll dream about for years after.

The Wood Norton | @jamesmccourt

Cots and Cottages
There are really only two ways to go in the Cotswolds - cottage rental or cozy boutique hotels. If you love the idea of pretending to be one of the village’s residents, rent your own cottage on the outskirts of town and see if you can learn to brew your own tea. If you’d rather have someone take care of that for you, there are plenty of breathtaking hotels to check out. Our favorites include Foxhill Manor, an upscale country home in Broadway and The Wood Norton, which is housed in a stunning 19th-century manor. But for a truly luxurious country experience, you can’t beat the relaxing Thyme hotel, which features one of the best spas in the country.

Snowshill | @_alina_dragan_

Get Away
"The Cotswolds is great for a weekend break/getaway but I'd say it's also a place you can keep coming back to. There are so many tiny villages it’s impossible to do them all at once!" – @honestexplorer

Zoom Zoom
"The best way to get around is to hire a car! Local buses and tour companies will only take you to a couple of the most touristy places in the region. Our best discoveries were winding through small country roads and stumbling across beautiful tiny villages that weren't even on Google Maps." – @throughhannahseyes

Shop Like Royalty
"If you’re looking for something exclusive (not cheap but still affordable), you can pop into Prince Charles’s shop at Tetbury. You can browse for nice gifts such as scented candles, garden accessories, picnic rugs as well as their very own tea blends and biscuits. All profits go to the Prince of Wales’ charitable foundation." – @simona.ladytraveller

21 comentários:

  1. João Maria15 novembro

    Fabuloso!! Cotswolds é lindíssimo e conseguiste mostrar a beleza da cidade com as tuas fotografias e dicas!
    Já sei que sítios frequentar quando for �� obrigado!! Parabéns pelo post!

  2. I really love your posts! Nice style and nice photos ��

  3. Caity Hickman15 novembro

    Hey! First off, THANK YOU for putting the pronunciation down. There is nothing more irritating than someone who doesn't know how to pronounce Cotswolds (please NEVER say Cutswolds). Anyways, everyone needs to experience Cotswolds. Centerness hospitality at its finest. :)

  4. Cotswolds sounds incredible! I definitely need to get over there!

    Happy Wednesday!

  5. Ana Margarida Silva15 novembro

    Que orgulho que tenho de ver o teu blog a crescer de dia para dia!!! Conheço-te por aqui hà tanto tempo e desde então que adoro o teu trabalho. Agora foste a um dos meus sítios de sonho, e estou cada vez mais apaixonada pelo sitio e com mais vontade de lá ir!! Que fotos maravilhosas!

    És linda Delta!
    Love, A

  6. Annie Stain15 novembro

    Love this! This is giving me major flashback to when I studied abroad in UK :)

  7. Amaya Scola15 novembro

    Hello!!!! We want you to publish a guide to Madrid! We love your site we live in Madrid & we have to say that it is very hard to share with the world all the wonderful things that can be found here. Can we suggest a few stops to add regarding shopping, since it is totally worth it. Calle Pelayo its a great kept secret - you can find cute boutiques with carefully selected pieces, ran by their owners such as Maison 101. Et bang! custom leather goods made by the designer at the shop. Galleries, such as Echale Guindas focusing on Spanish up & coming artist, Hola Guille, ceramics & gifts to die for all made in Spain & much more. I love this area since it is a well kept secret that needs to be shared. Also Malasaña & barrio de las letras are a must. We sent you a e-mail :) xx

  8. Anónimo15 novembro

    Non vedo davvero l'ora di una guida sull'Italia!

  9. Filipa Gomes15 novembro

    Olá delta.. É uma cidade menos falada mas parece muito linda. Estes guias são em ingles mas é facil perceber e traduzir com o google tradutor. Gosto muito de ti bjs

  10. Edward Brown19 novembro

    Hello there ,we have a weekend cottage in Blockley, cant reccomend the Crown hotel at the moment , see my comments earlier today for iowa lad, Blockley is worth a visit as it is not invaded by tourists, it is different from most cotswold villages and is a hill village built on different levels and with severel streams flowing through it -it is known as the secret village of the cotswolds.Chipping campden is not to be missed and is supposed to have the most beautiful high street in England ,also if poss visit Burford a quite stunning town , in my humble opinion, Really though you cant go wrong wherever you go in the cotswolds i love it all - kind regards to you

  11. Anónimo19 novembro

    WOW! Some fantastic information.. thanks. Am now thinking that we will modify our path

  12. Britney Lewis C.19 novembro

    Delta your suggestions are going onto my itinerary

  13. Carol Liatte19 novembro

    J'adore vos conseils de voyage et vos guides sont très bons. Merci

  14. Ana Afonso19 novembro

    Olá Delta, como eu não conhecia isto? Adoro! Obrigada querida Delta.

  15. Chris Han19 novembro

    It looks like such a dream! I’d love to spend some time in the Cotswolds!

    Chris Han

  16. Hello Delta!It looks so amazing. Never really been on my radar before. Although I doubt I’ll be able to squeeze it in for my trip to the UK unfortunately.��

  17. Mona Salama19 novembro

    I definitely want to visit the Cotswolds one day soon! I absolutely love the English countryside (you have to visit Cornwall and the Lake District one day – they’re absolutely incredible! �� ) and so there is no doubt in my mind that I would be blown away – they really do look stupid pretty! ��

  18. Bella Bucchiotti19 novembro

    Adorable!!! Cotswolds and the Lake District are both very high on my list!

  19. Nadia Roberto19 novembro

    Oi minha querida, eu amo seu blog e amei conhecer Cotswolds.
    Espero que vc venha até Amsterdam novamente para nos encontrarmos guria.

  20. Hey Delta..One of my favourite parts of the UK and I visited a couple of times when I was living in London. There is some great hiking trails to tiny remote villages and even stone age burial mounds – so much history and beauty ��Maakul from ig @nomadic.chemist

  21. Hi! I’m very lucky – these villages are just 10 mins from where I live! Castle Combe is one of my favourite places to go for Sunday roast dinners and I often go off for a wander around Lacock. It’s such a beautiful part of the world to live in.


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