Enchanting villages dotted across the English countrysideAnd there are so many more to explore
Ahhh the Cotswolds, so quintessentially English, flowing streams ambling by the golden-stoned cottages, little churches perched on a hill, the village square for locals to have a chatter and the traditional log burning fires in the cosy inns. This is not a dream, this truly is the Cotswolds.
So, with this beautiful region spanning across six English counties how do you choose which village or market town to visit?
To be perfectly honest, if you just jumped in your car and toured around from one village to another, across the tranquil countryside, you wouldn’t be disappointed.
As a taster of the Cotswolds, Gary and I decided to take a mini road trip around a couple of the perhaps lesser-known spots and also to a few of the ones that attract the higher number of visitors.
We touched on three of the six counties that the Cotswolds cover, which was Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. The other three are Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Somerset.
Our 8 Cotswolds choices
Where to stay in Castle Combe
Considering Lower Slaughter is only 1.7 miles (2.7km) from Bourton-on-the-Water there were very few visitors.
I think as the roads are relatively narrow it may keep the coaches away.
Where to stay in Lower Slaughter
Escape for a few days
So, you'd love to visit the chocolate-box towns and villages in the Cotswolds, and you’re in search of a tranquil hideaway to unwind in.
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Where to stay in Broadway
- The Broadway Hotel - This 16th-century hotel is full of charm & history, in an excellent location in the centre of Broadway. Stylish, modern, but with a nod to the past - and ideal stay.
- Crown and Trumpet Inn - A gloriously traditional Inn, offering cosy rooms in an excellent setting. This is a proper English pub, in the finest of traditions, and you're guaranteed a warm welcome
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