Explore the cotswolds

The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. It covers a vast area (approximately 800 square miles) and is made up of five counties. The Cotswolds has been building a reputation for excellent cuisine, arts and crafts for years. 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. 

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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. 

The Barringtons

The Barringtons are situated in a peaceful location in the Windrush valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Buford. Little Barrington with it’s meandering stream and pretty cottages was described The Telegraph’s property section as “Village England in perfect miniature”. Moonlight Barn is loctaed on the south of the green with stunning views over the village.

Moreton-in-Marsh

Moreton-in-Marsh is a market town in the North Cotswolds dating back to the thirteenth century with a high street lined with independent shops and cafes, and a direct link to London by train. There is still a busy market on Tuesdays, the largest in the Cotswolds. The annual Moreton show in September is a showcase of faming life past and present. 

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.

Stow-on-the-Wold

Once an important market town, evident by its vast market square, this quintessential town is known for its many antique shops, art galleries and gift shops. There are some lovely tea rooms and cosy pubs too. We have two fantastic properties located in a private valley only a mile away – Waterhead Barn and Old Brewery House.

Our handpicked recommendations

Lynwood & Co Cafe


Lynwood & Co. has brought the down-to-earth and family-oriented coffee culture of Sydney to the Cotswolds. Their award winning Lechlade & Fairford cafes serve independent coffee and locally sourced, homemade food and everyone is welcome, no matter what age you are or how many legs you have.


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 125ml glass of house wine when purchased with a meal.


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.


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.


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.


The Bull at Fairford


Enjoy a delicious meal at the grade II-listed coaching inn situated in Fairford which serves local craft beers, spirits and great wines in the restaurant and traditional pub bar with open fires. There’s also a traditional, vaulted barn, The Bull Room, which can be hired for weddings and parties for up to 60 guests.