The Cotswolds are one of the UK’s premier holiday locations, attracting some 38 million day visits each year.
The problem with being so popular however is that during the summer all that is wonderful about the Cotswolds, including the pretty villages and beautiful countryside, become a little over-run with tourists and traffic.
So if you are wanting to see the Cotswolds at its best, it’s well worth heading there now, as the tourists have headed back to their working lives. Suddenly you can enjoy the winding lanes, meandering rivers and honey coloured villages in relative peace and quiet.
The Cotswolds are situated in south-west and western England, with a range of hills mainly in the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, although they do extend to include parts of Wiltshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Somerset. It is the biggest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales (790 square miles of it).
Much of its appeal is that a visit to many of the Cotswolds villages is like a step back in time to what England was like before the Industrial Revolution impacted the rest of the country…. postcard pretty village dot the gentle rolling countryside.
The best way to see this beautiful area is on foot, walking the Cotswold Way is a delight, or by bike on those adorable country lanes.
It is perfect for a weekend break, short break or a holiday and particularly through the rest of September and October when the tourism is quiet but the weather is still bright and pleasant. If you are planning to visit the Cotswolds, what could be better than your own stone cottage with a roaring log fire at the end of the day? We have put together a list of some super Cotswold Cottages which are perfect for a self catering break.
By the time we had put the list together, we were so won over by the idea, that we booked one for ourselves… can’t wait 🙂