The Hidden Gems of the Cotswolds
When you are in a new area and have limited time it can be hard to know where to visit and where to avoid, and you often end up missing those hidden gems that only locals or frequent visitors seem to know about. The Cotswold’s has loads of beautiful little hidden spots to be discovered, from tucked away pubs and hotels, to walking spots and views that are not to be missed. Have a look at our recommendations here.
The Garden at Miserden
If you want to get away from it all and take in the peace, quiet and beauty of the Cotswold countryside then the garden at Miserden is one of those perfect hidden gems. Set on a 850 acre estate, this hugely romantic garden is home to a whole host of plants, tree’s and flowers.
Chedworth Roman Villa
Set in a gorgeous valley, surrounded by divine countryside, this is certainly one of the hidden gems of the Costwolds. Stock up on your knowledge of local history, take a walk and a picnic or mooch around the museum.
Sezincote House and Garden
This 200 year old Mogul Indian Palace is not exactly what you would expect to find in the Costwolds. Just by Moreton in the Marsh you can emerse yourself in the beautiful Hindu style buildings, temples, canals, waterfalls and gorgeous gardens.
The Old Mill at Lower Slaughter
This is about as typically Cotswolds as its gets. This beautiful, quintessentially English village is so quaint and is certainly one of the hidden gems of the Cotswolds with lots of nice walks, amazing country views, gift and craft shops and the gorgeous old mill.
If you’re a Poldark fan then you may recognise Chavenage House, located just outside of the lovely Cotswold town of Tetbury, this location was used in the series and has features that have barely been touched in 400 years. You’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time wandering around the house and there are also some very beautiful gardens to be explored.
The Maytime Inn, Astall
Along the Windrush valley between Minster Lovell and Burford you’ll find the Maytime pub offering great food in a peaceful and pretty village.
The Maytime Inn seamlessly blends historic elegance with luxurious amenities and is a beautiful spot to come and stay or simply eat and drink. The beer garden is an absolute treat on a balmy summers afternoon.
Painswick Roccocco Gardens
Escape to the Roccocco Gardens and discover the beautifully designed, arty vibe that is a pleasure to see.
Its a real haven of peace and tranquility sprinkled with quirky features to be discovered.
These are gardens with a difference and are fun for the whole family to explore.
Crickley Hill, Cheltenham
If you fancy blowing away those cobwebs then head up to Crickley Hill, there are stunning views out across the Cotswold countryside, walks for all experience levels and there is even a cafe for a quick coffee and cake!
Head up there towards the end of the day and you will be treated to a really beautiful view of the sunset.