Cotswolds Rural retreats, accommodation for retreats in the CotswoldsWhat could be better than a Cotswolds cottage holiday?
Whether you opt for Warwickshire, Worcestershire or Wiltshire, the Cotswolds is a great bet for that relaxing, rural retreat. The area’s long been considered one of England’s finest stretches of countryside, characterised by lush, green hills, forests and meadows, and dotted with the quaintest of hamlets and villages. There are tiny, ancient chapels and enormous stately homes, and the opportunity to try all sorts of outdoor activities. Whether your interests lie in history, nature or laid-back living, the Cotswolds provides you with the perfect escape from those everyday stresses.
Of course, while it doesn’t matter where you choose to holiday in the Cotswolds, the right accommodation makes your break that little bit better. You know you’ll have the holiday of a lifetime with the privacy and space of a private rental, not to mention the freedom with which to enjoy your holiday at your own pace. You could opt for a cosy cottage on the outskirts of a woodland, or a large farmhouse fit for a family: we have hundreds of fantastic Cotswolds holiday cottages, so there’s something to suit every budget, need and desire. So why wait? Simply read on for a run-down of our favourite areas in the Cotswolds, and plan your break through HomeAway today.
Top places to visit in the Cotswolds
Rural retreats in Worcestershire
Home to the village of Broadway, known as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’, Worcestershire’s a lovely area in which to enjoy that rural retreat. Its charming villages and mature woodlands will please those looking for a relaxing break, while those in search of history and heritage will find plenty to keep them entertained: from medieval settlements to Iron Age fortresses, the benefits of living in this part of the Cotswolds have clearly been known for centuries! Visit the fascinating museums of Redditch, the ancient spa baths of Droitwich, or the magnificent priories of Evesham: Worcestershire's wealth of attractions won’t fail to amaze you.
Rural retreats in Gloucestershire
When it comes to rural retreats, you can’t go wrong with a break in Gloucestershire. Split into three areas, the region comprises the greatest part of the Cotswolds, as well as the Severn Vale and the Royal Forest of Dean, the latter of which inspired writers such as Tolkien. The ideal choice for those who want to get out and explore, you can simply laze along the River Severn and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, or lunch at a half-timbered tavern in towns like Cheltenham, Tewkesbury or Bourton-on-the-Water. There are Norman castles and Roman villas to see, as well as wonderful walks to be had: why not spend a day strolling down Daffodil Way?
Rural retreats in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire is a beautiful and diverse part of the Cotswolds, with contrasts to be found around every corner. In its quaint, historic markets towns like Witney, Woodstock and Chipping Norton, you can easily spend hours lazing in the garden of a historic pub; in the magnificent city of Oxford itself, meanwhile, you can enjoy strolling around the UK’s finest museums and art galleries. There are old-fashioned English mazes, butterfly farms and botanic gardens, as well as important sites like Blenheim Palace and its grounds. Whether here for relaxation or recreation of any kind, Oxfordshire has everything you could want from a break away.
Rural retreats in Warwickshire
On the edge of the Cotswolds and usually better known as ‘Shakespeare’s County’, Warwickshire’s a beautiful place to enjoy that rural retreat. It’s home to Stratford-Upon-Avon, where you can visit plenty of Shakespeare’s old haunts: tracing the great writer’s life, you can visit his birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s cottage, and even his burial site at the Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Of course, you don’t need to have literary interests to enjoy this part of the country: as well as stately homes and formal gardens, historic sites and market towns, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor sports and adventures!
Rural retreats in Wiltshire
Wiltshire is probably best-known for eight iconic white horses, carved into its hillsides along the now-named ‘White Horse Trail’. Almost 90 miles long and steeped in mystery and myth, much of it’s deemed an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, due in no small part to these amazing, chalk motifs. But there’s so much more to Wiltshire than the region’s famed white horses, and much of it remains unknown: it’s a truly rural idyll which seems to have remained unchanged for centuries. Shop in the market town of Marlborough, or admire the soaring spires of Salisbury: this is one relaxing retreat which won’t fail to leave you rejuvenated.