Destination guide

Escape to holiday rentals in The Cotswolds

Welcome to The Cotswolds, a captivating slice of the UK strewn with rolling hills, characterful villages and stately homes. The region spans 5 counties and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Spend your time visiting historic castles, wining and dining at farm-to-table restaurants and rambling in the countryside. Whether you're planning a romantic "staycation" or a fun-filled family getaway, holiday rentals in The Cotswolds showcase the region through a local lens.


Historic attractions near your holiday let in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds was once the beating heart of England's medieval wool trade. Today, the chocolate-box village of Bibury offers a glimpse of the region's heyday, with the topsy-turvy stone cottages and flower-filled gardens of Arlington Row never failing to enchant. The scene is so picturesque that it even graces the front cover of British passports. If you love history, don't miss the chance to snap up stone cottages, converted barns and other characterful holiday rentals in The Cotswolds.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities near your holiday rental in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds covers a sprawling 800-square-mile footprint and offers endless opportunities to enjoy the crisp country air. Serious ramblers take on the Cotswold Way, a 100-mile-long walking trail that winds through picture postcard-perfect villages, ancient ruins and historic battlefields. Whether you're into scenic strolls or multi-day hikes, self-contained holiday cottages provide an ideal base for exploring The Cotswolds on foot.

How to get around

Getting around from your holiday rental in The Cotswolds

With so much to see, do and experience, it's best to have a game plan in place when it comes to exploring The Cotswolds. Many of the region's towns and villages, including Cheltenham, Cirencester, Tewkesbury, Stroud and Witney, are easy to get around on foot. A car offers the freedom to explore The Cotswolds at your own pace. A set of wheels also unlocks access to rural holiday cottages, where you can wake up to serene views of emerald-green fields and grazing Cotswolds sheep.

Food & drink 

Bite into farm-fresh produce in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has well and truly earned its stripes on the British foodie circuit, with a bounty of local produce to enjoy. Across the region you'll find farm-to-table cafes, country pubs, colourful markets and even a constellation of Michelin-starred restaurants. With their spacious kitchens and sunny courtyards, holiday cottages in The Cotswolds are the perfect excuse to stock up on local produce and prepare your own meals. Staples include Tewkesbury mustard, Stinking Bishop washed-rind cheese, Bibury trout and fresh-baked Hobbs House bread.

Essential info

Key facts for your holiday rentals stay in The Cotswolds

  • Tipping isn't expected, though is always appreciated for stellar service – 10% is usual
  • Pack layers, as The Cotswolds can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • Read up on the rules of "right of way" and roaming etiquette, before exploring The Cotswolds on foot
  • From sun-drenched garden BBQs to cosy nights by the fireplace, self-contained holiday rentals in The Cotswolds offer a truly local experience in the region's prettiest towns and villages

Where to stay around The Cotswolds?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,481 holiday lettings near The Cotswolds. From 1,386 Cottages to 1,386 Cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near The Cotswolds is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in The Cotswolds?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in The Cotswolds. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Wales: 10,688 holiday homes
  • Dorset: 3,529 holiday homes
  • Somerset: 3,438 holiday homes
  • Bristol: 1,402 holiday homes
  • Bath: 1,024 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in The Cotswolds! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in The Cotswolds?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in The Cotswolds with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Bristol: 1,402 holiday lettings
  • Bath: 1,024 holiday lettings
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: 423 holiday lettings
  • Birmingham: 474 holiday lettings
  • Oxford: 334 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to The Cotswolds?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in The Cotswolds are:

  • Brize Norton Airport (BZZ): 1,399 self catering accommodations
  • Gloucestershire Airport (GLO): 1,577 self catering accommodations
  • Bristol Airport (BRS): 1,154 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in The Cotswolds?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in The Cotswolds. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Longleat Safari and Adventure Park: 1,035 holiday rentals
  • Thermae Bath Spa: 1,124 holiday rentals
  • Bath (QQX-Bath Spa Train Station): 939 holiday rentals
  • Cotswold Country Park and Beach: 976 holiday rentals
  • Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings: 660 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around The Cotswolds listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.