Chipping Campden is a beautifully preserved town in the Cotswolds. Often referred to as the “jewel in the crown” of the area, this historic market town offers scenery, shopping, gardens and festivals to delight any visitor; it even holds its own Olympic games every summer, and has done so since 1612! HomeAway holiday cottages in Chipping Campden offer a comfortable base from which to explore this town and its lovely architecture, which dates back to the 14th century. As a prominent wool-trading centre during the Middle Ages, many of its attractions revolve around these unique, honey-coloured limestone buildings, which include holiday cottages in Chipping Campden. There’s a variety of Chipping Campden accommodation to choose from, many with gardens, parking and modern facilities, and as they sleep from two to 16, groups of any size can find a suitable place to stay.
-Architecture: Market Hall was built in 1627, and this iconic structure was once used to shelter traders as they sold butter, cheese and poultry. See its magnificent stone arches, and glimpse the High Street from inside. One of the most beautiful in the Cotswolds, the High Street is long and terraced, and fronts many examples of stunning Cotswold stone architecture. Take a winding walk and explore its trove of intriguing shops.
-Churches: St. James Church is a highly visible landmark, and a fantastic example of a perpendicular wool church. A gothic-style building incorporating complementary horizontal and vertical elements, it was built with profits from the wool trade. This popular attraction boasts 15th-century vestments and altar frontals from the 1500s. More than just a historic piece of eye candy, however, St. James is also a living church with Sunday and special services throughout the year.
-Gardens: Earnest Wilson Memorial Garden is free and open to the public. This small enclosed space is one of several gardens to visit in the area. It offers around 1,200 different plants, and is named after a Chipping Campden native from the late 19th century, who brought back many of the featured species from several plant-hunting trips to the Far East.
-Events: The Cotswold Olympics Games are an annual sporting event that has taken place every summer since 1612, and its fun still draws visitors to Chipping Campden holiday cottages every year. In addition to running and jumping, events throughout the years have included things from fighting with swords and cudgels and coursing with hounds, to shin-kicking and motorcycle scrambles.
Chipping Campden enjoys temperate weather year-round thanks to the Atlantic Gulf Stream. Winter temperatures bottom out around 5°C, and summers see highs occasionally in the mid-30s. There tends to be a lot of precipitation. Plan a trip in the summer to catch most of the annual festivals and celebrations, and experience the town at its most lively.
Reach your Chipping Campden holiday home easily by car, air, rail or bus. For car and bus arrivals, it is located a little under 100 miles northwest of London, accessible via the M40 or a combination of the M40 and A40. It is 38 miles south of the Birmingham International Airport, which features regular services from 21 European cities. It is also on the national rail and coach network.