Spanning five counties and a stunning 800 square miles in the south-west of England; the Cotswolds is a delightful tangle of creamy ‘Cotswold-stone’ villages, undulating hills and pretty lanes, each with a story to tell, that has steadily morphed into one of England’s most desirable countryside escapes. Originally put on the map by the booming ‘Cotswold Lion’ wool trade, which brought riches to the area and left behind an abundance of exquisite villages, the Cotswolds is steeped in captivating history with evidence of Neolithic settlements and the remains of Bronze and Iron Age forts.
A haven for English city dwellers seeking a country escape and popular with oversees travellers pursuing that genuine ‘English’ experience; the Cotswolds encompasses famous cities such as Bath with its rich Roman heritage and beautiful regency towns such as Cheltenham. Punctuating the countryside, the Cotswolds’ most prized villages, such as Burford, Broadway, Tetbury, Bourton-On-The-Water and Castle Combe, are typified by rows of honey-coloured limestone cottages, cosy pubs, antique shops and tiny tearooms. Heading slightly off the beaten track the lesser known spots such as Winchcombe, Woodstock, Northleach and Painswick offer a keyhole to history and the chance of spotting a celeb or two, such is the sought-after nature of this beautiful corner of England.