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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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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

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

Lantern House

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 6th Jul 2024 for 6 nights, £803"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

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

51.930401, -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

51.914195, -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

51.690967, -2.341161

This beautiful 18th-Century Farmhouse is steps away from The Cotswold Way and offers guests plenty of space to relax both inside and out. With four bedrooms sleeping eight to ten guests (with extra beds/cot), and two reception rooms where people can spread out, it is ideal for large or extended families or groups of friends. Nearby attractions include Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Berkeley Castle, and Westonbirt Arboretum, plus the cities of Bristol, Bath and Cheltenham. 

Weekly guide price:
£1490 to £2268
Short breaks from £212 per night

8-10  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.641627, -2.407733

Located on the outskirts of the Cotswolds, these two holiday cottages offer comfortable self-catering accommodation conveniently placed within easy reach of Cheltenham, the Roman City of Bath, Forest of Dean, Bristol, Gloucester and the numerous ancient towns and villages of the area. Set within extensive grounds, the cottages offer plenty of opportunities for those who enjoy walking, cycling and outdoor activities.

Weekly guide price:
£486 to £772
Short breaks from £110 per night

2+2  |   1  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.718994, -2.136469

A romantic hideaway with wood-fired hot tub located centrally within the Cotswolds on a hill farm amongst beautiful scenery, offering a taste of country life and panoramic views over woodland and the countryside of Gloucestershire. A great base for exploring the areas many attractions or simply relaxing in a tranquil setting with plenty of fresh air, wonderful walks and a pub within walking distance for long lazy lunches.

Weekly guide price:
£950 to £1500
Short breaks from £225 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.718961, -2.136245

A quaint self-catering holiday cottage located in an elevated position on a Cotswold farm offering panoramic rural views over woodland and the countryside of Gloucestershire. Sitting in a haven for wildlife, this beautiful valley is dotted with arts and crafts workshops, cheese makers, farmers markets, microbreweries and pubs within walking distance - a pleasure to visit at any time of the year!

Weekly guide price:
£950 to £1500
Short breaks from £225 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

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

51.645145, -1.971023

A spacious, contemporary family home in a sought after waterfront location on the Lower Mill Estate in Gloucestershire. Guests have direct access to tennis courts, play areas and a 450-acre nature reserve, as well as a luxurious spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools. There is also a man-made beach within 2 minute drive. The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is on the doorstep, while places like Cirencester and Westonbirt Arboretum are nearby. It's the perfect place where families can enjoy being together, relaxing and having fun.

Weekly guide price:
£1350 to £2500
Short breaks from £350 per night

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

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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