The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the ideal place to spend your holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life, where you can enjoy rolling green hills, picturesque villages, long walks and fresh air. With the historical city of Bath (a designated World Heritage Site), Badminton House – the home of the Badminton Horse Trials and the renowned footpath, the Cotswold Way, you can be sure there’s something for everyone when you stay in this beautiful part of the world. With endless reasons to spend your holiday in the Cotswolds, here are a few of the most compelling reasons.
It’s a truly stunning part of the world
You may have already assumed that the Cotswolds were beautiful, due to its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status, but the sight of golden villages will think you’ve time travelled into a more romantic, simple era.
Despite most villages using honey-coloured stone, you’ll soon find that every village has its own unique and distinctive look to it, as well as warm and welcoming pubs serving fine cuisine, and a number of unique and curious shops.
The area’s majestic churches and striking manors are lasting reminders of the area’s historic wool and textile industry, and there is plenty of Arts and Crafts architecture to enjoy throughout your stay.
The Cotswolds are a book-lover’s heaven
Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, writer Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie is a classic novel that managed to really capture the spirit of the place. William Tyndale, who printed the first English translation of the Bible, was born just south of the Cotswolds and Percy Shelley was inspired to write A Summer Evening Churchyard after walking past St Lawrence Church, Lechlade-on-Thames.
Other writers to have been inspired in the Cotswolds include Evelyn Waugh, George Orwell, Peter Curell Brown and more.
The Cotswolds has multiple royal connections
As well as its plethora of natural beauty, the Cotswolds has a great number of manors and stately homes for you to visit and explore. Many of these impressive buildings were built for royalty, such as Prince Charles’ Highgrove Estate, which is regularly open to the public, and Corsham Court. This former royal manor is no less grand than in days gone by and its exquisite gardens were designed by Capability Brown.
You’ll experience the best produce and food in the UK
The Cotswolds produces a wonderfully wide selection of fresh produce all year round, ensuring the produce in the Cotswolds is unparalleled anywhere else in the UK. Delicious lamb, Gloucestershire Old Spot pork, and fresh fruit and veg, including asparagus and plums are local highlights, along with fish from trout farms in Donnington and Bibury.
What’s even better, is that you can find numerous gastropubs and traditional restaurants offering vastly varied menus. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it in the Cotswolds.