Cotswold stone cottages, quaint market towns, rustic rural villages, unhindered history and winding country lanes. The images conjured just by thinking about a weekend in the Cotswolds hold true when you arrive.

A reputation for fabulous farm shops, impressive stately homes and a recently accrued celebrity fan base, ensure that Cotswold holiday cottages are highly sought after.

Starting at Burford in Oxfordshire, heralded as the gateway to the Cotswolds, you’ll find crooked houses, country pubs and quirky independent shops. And this essence nudges north into Warwickshire, south into Wiltshire and west into Gloucestershire.

Bibury is touted as one of the most typical Cotswold villages and its market towns are well known too. The quiet market town of Lechlade is also the highest town from or to which the River Thames is navigable. Time your visit well to Bourton on the Water and you could also experience the town’s annual river football tournament.

Chipping Campden achieved popularity thanks to local resident William Morris founding the Arts and Crafts movement there. Visitors to the town can also take in Broadway Tower, a folly that Morris sometimes lived in. And just to be different, its also hosts the Cotswold Olimpick Games featuring activities of centuries long past.

A hop to Tetbury in Gloucestershire’s Cotswold and you’re on the doorstep to Highgrove, Prince’s Charles’ country home that is open to visitors with advanced bookings.

The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that is the rolling Cotswold Hills will either leave you hankering for the peace of times gone by or the need to borrow a dog to make the most of the scenery. But wherever you find yourself along the 100 miles of Cotswold Way, you won’t be short of options to savour a locally brewed ale or a relaxed cream tea in front of a roaring log fire.

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