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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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Lantern House

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 17th Jun 2024 for 4 nights, £495Save £100"Enjoy a lovely mid week break in the beautiful Cotswolds. Shorter stay enquiries welcome."
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

51.882229, -1.757795

This lovely Victorian Cotswold stone holiday cottage has a timeless charm and is on a quiet residential road in the picturesque Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Guests are a short stroll from the River Windrush, shops, tea rooms and pubs, as well as favourite attractions like the Model Village and the Cotswold Motoring Museum. Hire a bicycle or a classic car to tour the surrounding countryside, visiting the Slaughters, Stow-on-the-Wold, Biford, Burford and other scenic spots. Stratford-Upon-Avon, Cheltenham, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, and Malvern are all within easy reach for a day trip. The cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms and has a private courtyard garden and private off-street parking. 

Weekly guide price:
£645 to £945
Short breaks from £140 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.645906, -1.968524

Daisy Chain is a super holiday home on the desirable Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswold Water Park. It's right next to Somerford Lagoon with uninterrupted water views from all three levels. The house sleeps nine people in five spacious bedrooms, two of which have their own waterfront sundeck. Guests can use the estate's facilities that include a spa with a gym and swimming pools, tennis court and sports court, restaurant and village shop. The owners have provided a Canadian canoe with life vests, and there are lots of footpaths and cycling trails from the door. Cirencester is around a 15-minute drive away. 

Weekly guide price:
£1300 to £2500
Short breaks from £243 per night

9  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.972838, -1.444119

Field End is a blissful haven in the Oxfordshire countryside. It's part of the Great Tew Estate, within walking distance of The Boxing Hare pub and within easy reach of Blenheim Palace, Oxford, Bicester Village and Chipping Norton. It's ideal for a romantic break, shopping with the girls (or boys) or a gastronomic treat with farmer's markets, delis, gastropubs, and Michelin starred restaurants close by. Treat yourself to a cooking class at Daylesford Organic, or harness the creativity this landscape inspires with an artists workshop run by the owners.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £980
Short breaks from £115 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.896963, -1.526533

On the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, this self catering holiday cottage offers a comfy affordable base to explore this lovely area and sits in the village of Chadlington with good village pub and butcher. Between Woodstock and Chipping Norton, the areas many attractions are within easy reach of Stable Cottage.

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £500
Short breaks from £90 per night

2+1  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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

51.671754, -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

51.929900, -1.719142

A delightful period stone cottage ideal for large gatherings of friends or families in a quiet street in the heart of the ancient Cotswolds market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Great shops, pubs and restaurants on the doorstep and a host of attractions within easy reach.

Weekly guide price:
£1850 to £2600

9  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.882849, -1.756418

Riverside is a prestigious Cotswold holiday home on the bank of the River Windrush in Bourton-on-the-Water. Built from the characteristically beautiful Cotswold Stone with mullioned stone windows and an AGA, it sleeps six people in three bedrooms with three bathrooms and a walled garden. The self-catering cottage is perfect for families or friends, including those with children. You're close to fantastic restaurants, pubs and independently owned shops and within easy reach of favourite Cotswold attractions, towns and villages for days out. 

Weekly guide price:
£2250 to £3550

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.930401, -1.719210

Farthing Cottage is a pretty stone Cotswolds cottage in an enviable position sitting in a quiet backwater with off-road parking and garden, just two minutes stroll from the centre of the historic market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Beautiful countryside, great restaurants, pubs and independent shops on the doorstep and a host of attractions within a short drive make this romantic retreat with log burner and four poster bed an excellent choice right in the very heart of the Cotswolds.

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £695
Short breaks from £108 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.952174, -1.966467

A charming stone holiday cottage ideally situated in the lovely market town of Winchcombe in the heart of the North Cotswold's with excellent eating establishments and amenities on the doorstep. A great self-catering base for exploring Central England and its many attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£850 to £1050
Short breaks from £130 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (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

51.644879, -1.971452

Beaver Brook is in a terrace located just moments from the Spa and Ballihoo restaurant, overlooking a water garden with trout pool and beside one of the many streams that cross Lower Mill. Great family rental property, stocked full of baby/toddler equipment and games/books. Of course spa access is included for all the family. You can enjoy heated pools, a steam room, sauna and the gym.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

10  |   5  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.643795, -1.968725

Lagoon Villa is in the exclusive Somerford 'Nines' on the Lower Mill Estate overlooking Somerford Lagoon in the Cotswold Water Park. The contemporary holiday home has five bedrooms and three bathrooms and is ideal for families and friends. You couldn't plan a more relaxing self-catering holiday than here, with swimming pools, tennis courts, spa facilities, and watersports readily accessible. You have access to the exclusive 'Nines' outdoor heated pool during the warmer months (a facility shared by 9 houses), as well as the main Spa complex with heated pools, steam room, sauna and gym. The 450-acre park is a haven for birds and wildlife with nature trails and traffic-free cycling routes to make it easy to explore. A well-behaved dog is welcome and the property is child-friendly. Short breaks and extended stays are possible all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£1625 to £2835
Short breaks from £232 per night

10  |   5  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.645262, -1.970825

A spacious and modern lakeside holiday house located on the highly desirable Lower Mill Estate on The Cotswold Water Park close to the market town of Cirencester - with free access to the luxury on-site spa with heated pools, a steam room, sauna and gym! Sleeping 10 guests in 5 bedrooms (2 on the ground floor), and with a large decking area overlooking the water for sundowners in the summer and a log burner for cosy winter nights in, Sorrel House is the perfect self-catering retreat for extended family celebrations and special get togethers. This fabulous holiday house also welcomes up to three dogs and on-site you will find a wonderful field-to-fork restaurant Ballihoo, children's play areas, two tennis courts, table tennis facilities and a 450-acre nature reserve. 

Weekly guide price:
£1375 to £2300
Short breaks from £360 per night

10  |   5  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.643895, -1.968757

Serenity is a huge holiday home in The Nines, an exclusive gated part of the Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswold Water Park. With four bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, the modern waterfront property is perfect for big families, multi-generational families or friends who love spending time outdoors in beautiful surroundings. Amenities include a hot tub, shared heated swimming pool and mini-gym, and access to a spa, bigger gym, outdoor tennis courts and play areas, bar, restaurant and village shop. You'll love starting and ending every day with uninterrupted views over Somerford Lagoon. Cirencester and Bourton-on-the-Water are nearby, while local attractions include Cotswold Beach and Country Park, Cotswold Farm Park, and Chedworth Roman Villa. 

Weekly guide price:
£1625 to £2835
Short breaks from £300 per night

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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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