Monks Mill Barn, our luxury holiday cottage, is nestled into a country valley in the South Cotswolds. For anyone who has stayed before, you’ll be familiar with the quiet fluttering of nature, the fresh country air and the unbeatable comfort of our self-catered luxury cottage. For many of our guests, their escape to the country is a time for relaxation, indulgence and generally slowing things right down. However, the beauty of a self-catered Cotswold cottage is that you have the freedom to explore nearby towns at your own pace. Here we want to share 4 of our favourite towns and villages that are just a short drive from Monks Mill Barn.
An historic wool town, Painswick is as cosy as a woollen jumper – without the itching. Sitting a little further along the Cotswolds Way than Monks Mill Barn, Painswick is dubbed ‘The Queen of the Cotswolds’ and is one of the area’s best preserved settlements. Don’t be surprised by the abundance of artists’ workshops and those taking their paints to the cobbled streets – beautifully quaint with its honey coloured stone, Painswick is full of inspiration. Look out for Painswick Arts Festival – Art Burst – when the town will be filled with even more colour than usual.
Cared for by the National Trust since 1944, the Lacock Estate of the Abbey is only one part of Lacock’s charm. With a history of around 900 years, the town has maintained its traditional architecture of lime washed half-timbered stone houses which have been the backdrop to TV and film productions including Pride and Prejudice and Emma. A visit to Lacock is to take a step back in time – and we think you’ll love it!
The second largest town in the Cotswolds, Tetbury is known as the southern gateway. Tetbury is a special place and well worth the quick drive from your luxury Cotswolds holiday cottage. The town has a recorded history of over 1300 years and its grade I listed market hall and original wool merchants’ houses award the town its status as an “architectural gem”. Tetbury is quintessentially British with cobbled streets, bustling independent shops, markets-galore and a town crier to boot. So lovely, Tetbury is also home to the Royals at Highgrove. The Highgrove Gardens are well worth a visit, a guided tour will need to be booked in advance.
When you stay at a luxury holiday cottage in the Cotswolds, take any turn and you are sure to stumble across beautiful towns and villages, but Castle Combe is often recognised as the prettiest village in England. So pretty is Castle Combe, that is has featured in a number of films including Stardust and War Horse. The honey-coloured stone cottages, character-filled pubs and offerings of freshly baked goods from the locals make Castle Combe a delightful day out.
We know that when escaping to your luxury self-catered cottage in the Cotswolds, you will want to spend much of your time there, but should you wish to stretch the legs and explore some magical towns in the South Cotswolds, these four are sure to charm.
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