Explore the cotswolds

The Cotswolds has been building a reputation for excellent cuisine, arts and crafts for years. Occupying verdant lands between Birmingham and Bristol, chefs can source almost all their fresh produce from within a very few miles of their kitchens. Artists draw inspiration from the landscape and heritage of the area. Our village pubs are thriving, our high streets are filled with independent shops and family businesses have been providing us with goods and services for generations. From Oxford in the east to Cheltenham in the west, Chipping Campden in the north to Bath in the South, there are no end of attractions, cultural experiences and retail opportunities to discover and explore. 

places to explore

Burford

Burford is a historic town often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'. With a bustling high street where you will find good pubs, cafes and independent shops selling local produce, it is well worth a visit. For more information on Burford click here.

Situated just off Burford High Street and within walking distance to all the town's amenities you will find The Brewery, a luxurious 4 bedroom property. 

Bibury

Bibury is a small quintessential village, just outside Cirencester. The most iconic image of the Costwolds is perhaps the row of seventeenth century weavers cottages on Arlington Row in Bibury village. Henry Ford apparently tried to buy the whole row and ship it back to Michigan! Other attractions include the Bibury Trout Farm and St. Mary's Church.

 

The Slaughters

The charming villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter are linked by the River Eye and the short walk between the villages is popular with visitors. Known for their unspoilt limestone cottages it is no wonder Lower Slaughter was voted the most romantic street in Britain. 

Fancy staying in the gorgeous village of Lower Slaughter, how about The Vineyards, a unique home with a large garden which can sleep up to 10 guests. 

Our handpicked recommendations

The Angel at Burford


Situated just off Burford high street, The Angel is a 16th century pub and restaurant where you can enjoy a tipple from the local Hook Norton Brewery or a delicious meal from their varied menu. Families and dogs are welcome too. The Angel are kindly offering StayCotswold guests a glass of wine on the house!


Upton Smokery


A traditional Smokery with a shop just outside Burford, from which you can buy smoked meats, fish, game and ingredients alongside delicious, complementary food and wine. Smoked produce can be made to order so we recommend contacting Upton Smokery before your visit.


Oxleaze Barn


Oxleaze Barn sits in the heart of a thriving organic Cotswold farm, with plenty of privacy and stunning views over the countryside. The old grain barn has been beautifully resorted with exposed beams, beautiful stone work and is the perfect location for weddings and events! The barn opens onto a private courtyard and terraced lawn which is perfect for drinks and outdoor entertaining.


The Five Alls at Filkins


Head chef, Sebastian Snow, pays great attention to meticulously sourcing high quality seasonal ingredients from a wide variety of the Cotswolds’ artisan producers.  A visit to the Five Alls at Filkins is highly recommended by us during your StayCotswold.  The monthly-changing à la carte menu of generous and earthy ‘turf to table’ dishes with Italian influences are worth travelling for.


The Plough at Kelmscott


Sitting in the rural village of Kelmscott, this traditional stone inn is a 7-minute walk from the River Thames Path. Dedicated to showcasing the best locally sourced, seasonal produce on a  daily-changing menu of modern British comfort cooking, The Plough is well worth seeking out.  The delightful, cottage-style garden is perfect for summer dining while the log fires in the restaurant and bar roar in the winter months.


The Plough at Clanfield


The Cotswold Plough is located in the pretty village of Clanfield, with the home of Downton Abbey just a stone's throw away. Not only does The Plough provide mouth-watering dishes and local ales, they have a fabulous Gin Pantry with over 100 individual Gins from around the world along with their own "Gin in a Tin". The perfect stop for Gin enthusiasts.


Joanna Davies Flowers


There is nothing nicer than walking in to a room decorated with beautiful fresh flowers. Joanna Davies designs, creates and hand makes these stunning arrangements for all occasions, from small gatherings to large events. All arrangements are made at home, to ensure that personal touch.


Gluts & Gluttony


While it's lovey to cook, there are times when you simply shouldn't have to - your holiday being one of them. Gluts & Gluttony will arrive at your StayCotswold, armed with all ingredients and gadgetry, to cook delicious fayre and do the washing up. All menus are bespoke. If you fancy a little activity, talk to Mandy about an inspiring and relaxed cooking class.


Burford Garden Company


No trip to the Cotswolds is complete without a visit to the iconic Burford Garden Company. This stylish, beautifully presented store is independently owned and has been retail and foody heaven to those in the know since 1975. It is the place to go if you’re seeking something different, expertly curated and with service to match.