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Broadway in Worcestershire, The Cotswolds, England

Cotswolds Cottages & Holiday Accommodation

Steeped in history, the Cotswolds gained many of its settlements from the mediaeval sheep trade. Its long history in the wool industry generated much wealth which resulted in building the many fine houses that the Cotswolds is so famous for today.

The landscape in the Cotswolds still holds much evidence of its history in the wool trade. With its dry stone walls that once formed enclosures for the sheep, buildings that were formerly factories for processing wool and market squares approached by narrow little alleyways where the sheep were once driven through to market.

Where is the Cotswolds?

Often referred to as the 'Heart of England', the Cotswolds is one of the UK's most popular holiday destinations with a huge choice of accommodation and iconic Cotswold cottages to rent. Attracting visitors from all over the world, all year round, this beautiful part of Central England is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and Wales. Its proximity to London makes the Cotswolds a perfect destination for weekend breaks in holiday cottages. Read more

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51.994683, -1.483252

This welcoming holiday cottage has a wealth of features including an inglenook with wood burner and walled garden for enjoying a glass of your favourite tipple in the sunshine, giving it all year round appeal. With a choice of three pubs, as well an a Victorian Brewery in the village, Rose Cottage in Hook Norton is perfect for exploring Central England including the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire and Shakespeare's very own Stratford-upon-Avon. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £599

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

52.194152, -1.705238

This cosy studio apartment, with bay windows overlooking the canal, is the perfect bolthole for couples looking for a self-catering getaway in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this pretty market town, or explore the beautiful surrounding countryside. 4 Bancroft Place has everything you might need for cosy nights in, or take advantage of the huge number of pubs, restaurants and attractions on the doorstep. 

Weekly price:
£420 all year

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.671754, -1.902004

The Cotswold Water Park is a perennial favourite for its superb amenities and beautiful surroundings. You'll love this waterfront holiday home facing Isis Lake, with deck and outdoor hot tub and stylishly furnished rooms. Green Woodpecker Lodge sleeps six people in three bedrooms and has a versatile layout that suits families and friends. You can stroll to South Cerney village with its well-stocked village shop and friendly pubs or stay on-site and make the most of the park's restaurant, play areas, tennis courts, table tennis pavilion and games room. Walking, cycling, fishing, and other watersports are all easily accessible, with equipment hire locally. 

Weekly guide price:
£1200 to £2300
Short breaks from £150 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.736888, -0.990706

Located in the pretty hamlet of Moreton in Oxfordshire, Byre Cottage provides a warm welcome and enjoys a lovely peaceful setting from which to relax and explore Central England. With many original features, this cosy character cottage is conveniently placed within walking distance of the market town of Thame with a good range of amenities. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly price:
£435 all year

2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

51.736888, -0.990706

Four spacious holiday cottages, comfortably furnished with exposed beams and original features providing a peaceful retreat within walking distance of the historic market town of Thame in Oxfordshire. Within easy reach of the Cotswolds for day trips out and a great self-catering base for exploring Central England. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£995 to £1175

6+1  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

51.736888, -0.990706

The Old Dairy is a comfy welcoming holiday cottage in the pretty tranquil Oxfordshire hamlet of Moreton. Comfortably furnished with lovely character features and a peaceful setting to relax with the many amenities of Thame within walking distance, and an abundance of attractions in the nearby Cotswolds and Central England just waiting to be discovered. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £795

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

52.125846, -2.050872

Peaceavon sits serenely beside the bank of the River Avon in the charming Worcestershire village of Wyre Piddle. It sleeps eight people in four superbly appointed bedrooms, two with ensuite, with fantastic views from the bedrooms and the living areas. The upside-down layout makes the most of the incredible views and allows for a large balcony on the upper level and a patio and terraced garden on the ground floor. Pershore is two miles along the river with shops and places to eat and drink. The Cotswolds, Worcester, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick Castle, and Cadbury World are all within reach for a day out. 

Weekly guide price:
£995 to £1995
Short breaks from £174 per night

8  |   4  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.671754, -1.902004

Why would you even consider going abroad for your holiday with the beautiful Cotswold Water Park as an option? The 40-square mile nature reserve boasts over 150 lakes and has been carefully developed to protect the natural habitat for birds and wildlife while still being superbly comfortable for holidaymakers. Grey Heron Lodge is a waterfront holiday home with ample space for up to six people, with three comfortable bedrooms, an open-plan living area and a huge wrap-around deck. Guests have use of onsite facilities that include watersports, play areas, and a bar and restaurant. They can fish next to the lodge, and the owners have provided a two-person kayak for them to use on Windrush Lake. Dogs and children are very welcome, making Grey Heron Lodge a firm favourite with families and friends, as well as couples who appreciate a great location, pet friendly accommodation and extra space.

Weekly guide price:
£1500 to £2300
Short breaks from £175 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

Lower Ling Lodge

Last Minute Offer:Sun, 14th Jul 2024 for 5 nights, £1390Save £300"SPECIAL OFFER - take advantage of this reduced rate and enjoy the private heated indoor swimming pool for up to 6 guests for a special rate of £1390 for 5 nights"
52.241519, -1.769571

A spacious two bedroom ground floor holiday lodge located in the grounds of a country house with indoor swimming pool. Stratford-upon-Avon and Henley in Arden are only three miles away with an abundance of attractions and great days out within easy reach. A good self-catering base for exploring Central England.

Weekly guide price:
£1250 to £2250
Short breaks from £275 per night

6  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

The Ling Lodges

Last Minute Offer:Sun, 14th Jul 2024 for 5 nights, £1690Save £350"SPECIAL OFFER - take advantage of this reduced rate and enjoy the private heated indoor swimming pool for up to 10 guests for a special rate of £1690 for 5 nights"
52.241519, -1.769571

This fabulous property sleeps ten in comfort and has a fantastic completely private heated indoor swimming pool for your exclusive use - ideal for groups of friends or large families who wish to holiday together in complete comfort. Just three miles from Stratford-upon–Avon and with loads of restaurants and numerous attractions to visit locally.

Weekly guide price:
£1850 to £2750
Short breaks from £450 per night

10  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.914195, -1.435857

A holiday in the Cotswolds is a thing of joy. The Old Chapel is a beautifully converted period chapel in the quiet village of Cleveley and only a few miles from Chipping Norton and Soho Farm House. It sleeps five people in three bedrooms and suits couples, families or friends. Perfect for a country escape and beautiful walks from the doorstep. Enjoy sitting on the deck surrounded by a large private garden. The area is wonderfully rural yet within easy reach of Blenheim Palace, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Bourton-on-the-Water, Bicester Village, Shakespeare's Stratford-on-Avon, and the spires of Oxford. It's perfect for a holiday in any season. 

Weekly guide price:
£850 to £1250
Short breaks from £180 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.195411, -1.707670

This comfortable early Victorian holiday cottage, with private off street parking, sleeps six people in three bedrooms and is a five-minute stroll from some of Stratford-Upon-Avon's favourite sights and attractions. It is perfect for families, especially those with a car, as it benefits from off-street parking. Spend happy days shopping, relaxing over a long lazy lunch, strolling beside the river and exploring Shakespeare's birthplace, seeing his grave, and discovering where his wife and daughter lived. Warwick Castle is only 20 minutes away, as is the north Cotswolds . 41 Shakespeare Street is a wonderful place to stay at any time of the year. 

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £905
Short breaks from £150 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.195411, -1.707670

42 Shakespeare Street, with private off street parking, is a welcoming holiday cottage close to the Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal and within walking distance of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, as well as favourite attractions like Shakespeare's Birthplace and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The three-bedroom property sleeps six people and has off-street parking and an enclosed patio garden. It's ideal for families, including those with a dog, being close to all of the sights that make Stratford-upon-Avon perfect for a relaxed holiday in any season. You can walk or cycle along the canal and into the beautiful Warwickshire countryside or take a day trip to Oxford, Birmingham, Bicester, Blenheim Palace, Warwick, and Leamington Spa, which are easily accessible from the cottage. 

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £830
Short breaks from £130 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.571611, -2.213480

Lantern House is exceptionally family-friendly and offers spacious holiday accommodation for five adults/children plus two babies/toddlers under two years in the Wiltshire village of Sherston within the Cotswolds AONB. Close to Westonbirt National Arboretum and the areas many attractions (including Tetbury), this well presented character Cotswolds house provides a good base for exploring Central England.

Weekly guide price:
£580 to £940

5  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.250246, -1.840307

Mutton Barn provides luxurious holiday accommodation with a wood-fired Hot tub and boasts a wonderful rural location with breathtaking views of Warwickshires spectacular countryside. A haven for wildlife, this impressive barn set in the Heart of England Forest is just 7 miles from Stratford upon Avon and is an ideal base for exploring Central England including Warwickshire and the Cotswolds.

Weekly guide price:
£1250 to £1550
Short breaks from £200 per night

10  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.875737, -1.704267

This clean and comfortable Cotswold Cottage is well equipped with modern amenities.  Three bedrooms on the first floor, offer a Main Superking Bed with ensuite shower, a second King Bedroom with shared Family Bathroom and Twin Room with a trundle pull-out bed, which can be set up for single or double occupancy.  The downstairs area has a WC, open plan kitchen and dining room as well as a comfortable lounge space with SmartTV and high speed internet.  We have spared no expense on quality mattresses by the award-winning manufacturer Harrison Spinks and 300 thread-count bed linen, so you will be guaranteed a good night's sleep.  We do have a travel cot and high Chair which will be provided, if requested in advance.  This is a pet-free home to cater to people with pet allergies.  Wheelchair access from your vehicle into and around the ground floor (WC / Kitchen/Lounge) is possible but you would need to climb stairs to get to the bedrooms) Our bathroom products have been sourced from MadeKind, as they are eco-friendly, plant-based, non-toxic and cruelty-free. The property benefits from Electric Vehicle charge points and a lockable Bike Shed.

Weekly guide price:
£285 to £405
Short breaks from £285 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.573228, -2.310088

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Cotswold Spa House, Badminton, Gloucestershire, sleeps 10-25 in 7 bedrooms.

Weekly price:
£7000 all year
Short breaks from £2000 per night

25  |   7  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 1 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.567925, -2.308389

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Cotswold Manor House, Badminton, Gloucestershire, sleeps 10-28 in 6 bedrooms.

Weekly price:
£6000 all year
Short breaks from £2000 per night

24  |   6  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 1 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.186234, -1.710006

Indulge in 5-Star Gold luxury within walking distance of famous sights and fantastic amenities at Heritage Mews. The modern holiday cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon is only a 10-15 minutes walk from places like Shakespeare's Birthplace, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and the River Avon, offering a very high standard of accommodation for three people in two bedrooms. The cottage has a beautiful private courtyard garden, off-street parking for two cars, and lots of touches that will ensure you're very comfortable in every season. It's a perfect choice for exploring Stratford-upon-Avon and the wider Warwickshire countryside and the nearby Cotswolds.   Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £940
Short breaks from £99 per night

3  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 5 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star Gold

51.645145, -1.971023

Merlin House in the Cotswolds is perfect for big families and friends as this lakeside holiday home comfortably sleeps eight across four plush bedrooms. As part of the prestigious Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswold Water Park, it's perfect for families and friends seeking relaxation and adventure. Enjoy alfresco dining on the deck and indulge in the on-site pool and spa facilities - you have free access with your booking. With its pet-friendly policy, everyone can join in the fun. Lower Mill Estate is a nature lover's paradise, offering birdwatching, walking trails, and spa indulgence. Nearby Cirencester offers historic charm, while Cotswold attractions provide endless exploration. Merlin House promises magical moments in Gloucestershire.

Weekly guide price:
£1500 to £2800
Short breaks from £215 per night

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

Holiday Cottages in the Cotswolds

Where to Stay in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds represent 'quintessential England' and encompass six counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, along with Wiltshire, Somerset and Worcestershire.

Whatever the weather, the Cotswolds has plenty of great days out with its fine architecture, National Trust properties and gardens, arboretums, museums and pretty villages. There are fantastic, historic towns and cities including the Roman City of Bath, Oxford, Cheltenham and Stratford-Upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

The Cotswolds offers lots of shopping with its local farmer's markets, antique shops, boutiques, gift shops, old-fashioned tea rooms and stylish coffee houses. It is also an incredibly dog-friendly area with plenty of pubs, restaurants, Cotswold accommodation, holiday cottages and attractions welcoming dogs.

Cotswolds Travel Guide

Before booking your holiday cottage in the Cotswolds, you can find all the information you need for your trip here. For more tips, check out our complete Cotswolds Guide.

When to Visit the Cotswolds

Every season delivers its own magic in the Cotswolds. The sparkle of winter frosts is accompanied by the smell of log fires providing a warm welcome in cottages and pubs. A visit in spring or summer allows for a myriad of footpaths like the Cotswolds Way beckon. Autumn is also pretty special, with places like Westonbirt National Arboretum showcasing a dazzling array of colours.

Summers in the Cotswolds are generally mild and warm with some infrequent hotter days. With more daylight, this means that you can spend much of your time outdoors when visiting the Cotswolds during this time. It is typically overcast with average temperatures of around 21°C, providing comfortable weather to enjoy the numerous activities in the county.

The Cotswolds in spring is utterly breathtaking with an array of daffodils and tulips popping up all over the gardens and countryside. Spring is a great time to get active in the outdoors as the temperatures drop to around 15°C, making for comfortable hiking weather.

Winter in the Cotswolds is great for those who are looking for a cosy, festive getaway with multiple Christmas markets popping up throughout the towns. Temperatures drop to a much cooler 7°C, however, there can be the occasional crisp, sunny day during winter.

What to Do on Cotswolds Holidays

There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied on Cotswolds holidays, including walking and cycling the numerous paths and trails, shooting, fishing, golf and hot air ballooning. Horse racing is a popular pastime in the Cotswolds with the famous Cheltenham Festival, along with other renowned equestrian events including Badminton, Blenheim Palace and Gatcombe. That's if you can bare to leave the haven of our holiday cottages, of course!

How to Travel to the Cotswolds

If you are travelling from one of the major cities in the UK, below shows an average distance to the Cotswolds, so you know what to expect when choosing to visit by car.

London: 83 miles

Birmingham: 69 miles

Glasgow: 351 miles

Liverpool: 160 miles

Bristol: 53 miles

Manchester: 150 miles

Leeds: 171 miles

Edinburgh: 357 miles

Newcastle: 260 miles

There are multiple ways to travel to the Cotswolds. Its excellent public transport links mean you can journey by train or bus from many major UK cities. If you travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip, as well as alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on.

Learn More About the Region

The Cotswolds is one of England's greatest treasures. Stretching across six counties, its bucolic appeal is protected as the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK. From Bath to Berkeley and Stow-on-the-Wold to Stroud, there is something for everyone whether your tastes are sophisticated or simple.

The scale and diversity of The Cotswolds make it the sort of place you can visit year after year and always discover something new. Two thousand years of history are visible everywhere you look, from the miles of stone walls to the straight Roman roads and elegant Georgian architecture of Bath and Cheltenham.

Cotswolds FAQs

  • Which part of the Cotswolds is the best?

If you want to stay in one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds then consider our Cotswolds holiday cottages in Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Broadway. However, if you want to be a little off the beaten tourist trail but still in the heart of the Cotswolds, consider Oddington, Kingham, Upper or Lower Slaughter, Bibury, Bruern or the Cotswolds Water Park for those who love water-based outdoor activities not fair from their holiday cottage.

  • Why is the Cotswolds famous?

The Cotswolds is mainly famous for its art and antique shops, having the largest offering outside of London. Its quaint villages, rolling countryside and tranquil atmosphere is another reason why the Cotswolds is so popular among tourists, along with the iconic golden stone that many buildings are constructed from. For a truly iconic experience, book one of our luxury holiday cottages that's straight out of a fairytale.

  • Is the Cotswolds expensive?

Living in the Cotswolds is known for being particularly expensive, as there are some of the most luxurious properties in the UK situated here. Its rural location and beautiful surroundings provide other reasons why this area is more expensive than others for self-catering accommodation in England.

However, when visiting the Cotswolds you will find that it doesn’t have to cost a lot. With the numerous places to explore in the outdoors, and plenty of towns and villages to stroll around, there are countless things to do here, as well as self-catering holiday cottages, that don’t need to break the bank.

  • Which is the prettiest town in the Cotswolds?

There are a number of pretty towns situated in the Cotswolds, many of which offer their own unique setting. Although, one that stands out in particular is Castle Combe, known for being one of the prettiest villages in England.

The housing here hasn’t been developed since the 1600s, which is why the old cottages have such an ancient feel about them. The historic bridge in the village that hovers over a river and surrounding greenery makes it a picturesque town that is absolutely worth visiting.

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