Cottage Breaks in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are one of Britain's most popular cottage short breaks and tourist regions, and little wonder when you view the gentle limestone hillsides, wonderful countryside and picture-book villages that dot the glorious landscape.

Cottage Breaks in the Cotswolds. Stone houses of Arlington Row, BiburyTo be found in the south west and western England, the Cotswolds are a range of hills mainly to be found in the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, although they do extend to include parts of Wiltshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Somerset.

The largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales, the Cotswolds are some 790 square miles and it's the second largest protected landscape in England (behind the Lake District National Park).

This was once a thriving commercial region whose wealth was derived from wool and clothing merchants as far back as the 16th Century, leaving behind a wonderful legacy of buildings, but was bypassed by the Industrial Revolution and fell in to commercial decline. However, being left untouched and unspoilt by industry has made the Cotswolds what attracts visitors - some 38 million day visits each year - to the area. It's truly like stepping back in time from the honey coloured villages built from the Cotswold stone to the beautifully preserved architecture of churches and to the wonderfully eccentric English Morris Dancing!

The best way to explore the Cotswolds is on foot with walkers heading for the Cotswold Way which is a National Trail that runs for over 100 miles along the top ridge taking in Chipping Campden, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bath. The Trail is largely flat and comfortable walking so is enjoyable for an afternoon stroll or a longer hike.

The winding lanes of the Cotswolds also are great for a cycling break and are an ideal way to explore the area travelling between the villages and coffee shops.

So where do people head on a Cotswold Break? Here are a few suggestions:

This list could go on and on, which is why the Cotswolds are so popular for a weekend, short break or holiday throughout the year. There are simply hundreds of villages and towns to explore, mile upon mile of hills and countryside to walk or cycle and some super self catering holiday accommodation available. So if you are planning a Cotswolds break take a look at some of the cottages and apartments we have selected which are ideal for a short break or holiday.

 

Cotswold Cottage Breaks and Holiday Accommodation

The Stowaway in Stow-on-the-Wold, Oxfordshire, Central England

The Stowaway, Stow-on-the-Wold

Self catering in OxfordshireCentral England

The Stowaway self catering accommodation in Stow-on-the-Wold, Oxfordshire sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays . It also has Internet access. The Stowaway does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at The Stowaway start from £865 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about The Stowaway


Sleeps 6 Pet friendly Internet WIFI available Free Parking

Wychwood Cottage in Chipping Norton, Gloucestershire, South West England

Wychwood Cottage, Chipping Norton

Self catering in GloucestershireSouth West England

Wychwood Cottage self catering accommodation in Chipping Norton, Gloucestershire sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Swimming Pool . It also has Internet access. Prices at Wychwood Cottage start from £498 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Wychwood Cottage


Sleeps 4 Indoor pool Internet WIFI available Free Parking Easy walking close by Games room

The Old School House in Stow-on-the-Wold, Oxfordshire, Central England

The Old School House, Stow-on-the-Wold

Self catering in OxfordshireCentral England

The Old School House self catering accommodation in Stow-on-the-Wold, Oxfordshire sleeps 2. This 1 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. The Old School House does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at The Old School House start from £529 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about The Old School House


Sleeps 2 Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Free Parking

Yew Tree Farmhouse in Hannington Wick, Gloucestershire, South West England

Yew Tree Farmhouse, Hannington Wick

Self catering in GloucestershireSouth West England

Yew Tree Farmhouse self catering accommodation in Hannington Wick, Gloucestershire sleeps 13. This 7 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Detached Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Yew Tree Farmhouse does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Yew Tree Farmhouse start from £4165 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Yew Tree Farmhouse


Sleeps 10 or more Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Free Parking Open fire or wood burner

Hawfinch Cottage in Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire, South West England

Hawfinch Cottage, Somerford Keynes

Self catering in GloucestershireSouth West England

Hawfinch Cottage self catering accommodation in Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire sleeps 9. This 4 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Swimming Pool Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Hawfinch Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Hawfinch Cottage start from £1822 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Hawfinch Cottage


Sleeps 8 Indoor pool Pet friendly Internet WIFI available Free Parking Open fire or wood burner

Elmhurst Cottage in Lower Quinton, Gloucestershire, South West England

Elmhurst Cottage, Lower Quinton

Self catering in GloucestershireSouth West England

Elmhurst Cottage self catering accommodation in Lower Quinton, Gloucestershire sleeps 8. This 4 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Detached Garden Open Fire/woodburner . Elmhurst Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Elmhurst Cottage start from £1632 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Elmhurst Cottage


Sleeps 8 Pet friendly Garden Free Parking Open fire or wood burner

The Reeds in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, South West England

The Reeds, South Cerney

Self catering in GloucestershireSouth West England

The Reeds self catering accommodation in South Cerney, Gloucestershire sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays . Activities close by include golf . Prices at The Reeds start from £961 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about The Reeds


Sleeps 6 Golf close by Free Parking

Forthampton Court in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, South West England

Forthampton Court, Tewkesbury

Self catering in GloucestershireSouth West England

Forthampton Court self catering accommodation in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire sleeps 10. This 5 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf . Forthampton Court does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Forthampton Court start from £1123 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Forthampton Court


Sleeps 10 or more Pet friendly Golf close by Garden Internet WIFI available Free Parking Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Keytes Cottage in Bourton-on-the Hill, Gloucestershire, South West England

Keytes Cottage, Bourton-on-the Hill

Self catering in GloucestershireSouth West England

Keytes Cottage self catering accommodation in Bourton-on-the Hill, Gloucestershire sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Prices at Keytes Cottage start from £346 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Keytes Cottage


Sleeps 4 Garden Internet WIFI available Free Parking Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

The Glen in Blockley, Gloucestershire, South West England

The Glen, Blockley

Self catering in GloucestershireSouth West England

The Glen self catering accommodation in Blockley, Gloucestershire sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf fishing . Prices at The Glen start from £530 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about The Glen


Sleeps 6 Fishing close by Golf close by Garden Internet WIFI available Free Parking Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

 

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