The Top Five Best Cotswold Villages to Visit
The Cotswolds are adorned with beauty, historical villages and towns set in golden Cotswold stone, boutique shops, beautiful old traditional English pubs and rolling fields framed by hills. It’s no wonder you’d want to take a break to the Cotswolds for some peace and relaxation, but which of the Cotswold villages do you choose to visit? We’ve selected our top five. Broadway, Worcestershire
Broadway is probably one of the best known Cotswold villages, with a stunning high street made up of high end hotels, boutique shops and tearooms, you can’t help but fall in love with this place. Broadway has lots to offer, you could spend a day perusing the high street, there is a huge, fabulous children’s play park, a golf club and museums. It is very easy to get out of the village and explore the area with so many walks on your doorstep including climbing Broadway Hill to reach Broadway Tower which is the Cotswolds highest tower and offers amazing views from the top, complete with a tea room to refresh after the climb. For those less able (or who just don’t fancy it!) you can drive up to the tower too.
This 17th Century hamlet is defined by divine honey coloured houses with beautiful, flowering gardens that are perfectly kept. Stanton is a tiny village with around 200 lucky residents. This is certainly one of the more sleepy of the Cotswold villages with a church, a social club and a pub, but a stay here will really allow you to soak up the reality of living in the Cotswolds and will certainly get you some relaxation and head space.
The Mount Inn is the village pub and is definitely worth a visit, it has views over Stanton and beyond into the Cotswolds and the beer garden is the perfect place to sip a drink and take in the view.
Bourton on the Water is also fondly known as Venice of the Cotswolds, the River Windrush trickles through under beautiful small bridges and the village is brimming with golden cottages.
There is plenty to do in Bourton on The Water and with it being one of the busiest of the Cotswold villages there can be a lot of tourists, particularly in the summer months, but somehow this adds to the charm with people picnicing on the various green spaces and beer gardens full of chat and laughter. Bourton on The Water has its very own model village, motor museum and model railway and a great day out at Bird Land. There are also pubs, tea rooms and hotels in abundance.
The area surrounding Bourton is great for walkers and has numerous footpaths plus nearby Salmonsbury Meadows is a wildlife nature reserve with natural meadows and wildflowers to be explored.
In 2006, Kingham was voted as ‘England’s Favourite Village’ With rows of limestone cottages and an open village green, Kingham does look very much like one of the Cotswold villages you’d read about in a story book.
Staying in the village makes an excellent base for walking with a mainline railway station and some excellent pubs including our favourite The Wild Rabbit with a roaring log fire, super comfy leather armchairs and Cotswold stone walls - a great place to wile away the hours!
Kingham is also more recently home to The Big Feastival, a weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex James farm just outside the village. If you’re looking for a quiet and relaxing stay than avoid that weekend in August, but if you’re a festival goer then you’ll love this one.
Bibury has been referred to as the most beautiful village in England and if visit you will see why. As far as Cotswold villages go this one is really something, boasting Arlington Row - a row of 14th century weaver’s cottages instantly recognisable as a symbol of the Cotswold District.
With lovely places to eat and drink and many walks on your doorstep you will definitely find ways to pass the time, and in fact it’s one of those places that you can just mooch around at a chilled pace and admire.
Whatever your taste there are such a great choice of Cotswold villages you will find just the one you’re looking for, and if you need a little help then get in touch!