Locals claim Chipping Campden to be one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the UK and we are inclined to agree. This beautiful village is packed full of character and history and its central location in the North Cotswolds makes it a great choice for a self-catering holiday. Browse our collection of Cotswold holiday homes and find your perfect place to stay!Read More
Many of our guests come to the Cotswolds for the magnificent walking routes and Chipping Campden is the starting point for many of the most beautiful walks on offer. An absolute must is the circular route taking in Broadway Tower which is locally known as ‘the best Cotswold walk’. The route from Chipping Campden starts with a climb towards Dover’s Hill before arriving at Broadway Tower. From the top of the Tower you are able to admire the incredible views which, on a clear day, take in some 16 counties!
After a morning walk exploring the beautiful Cotswold countryside, there is nothing better than a stop at one of Chipping Campden’s tea rooms scattered along the High Street. Choose from the traditional Bantam Tea Rooms and Badgers Hall serving delicious salads and sandwiches alongside indulgent afternoon teas, to the authentic Italian café serving fresh focaccia, bruschetta, cakes and pastries. In the evening the choice of restaurants is just as varied, with everything from the exquisite food at Bistro on the Square to the little corner of Cyprus brought to you at Michael’s. Our guests also rave about the local pubs including the Eight Bells Inn, The Churchill Arms and on the outskirts, The Bakers Arms.
The beautiful Hidcote Manor Garden is just on the outskirts of the village, a short ten-minute drive away. The gardens are a series of outdoor rooms and one of our favourite rooms is the Pillar Garden, created in 1923 and dominated by a series of vast yew pillars set over three terraces which create the effect of entering three different gardens. Visitors should also take the time to stop off at the shop and enjoy a hot drink and snack in the Barn Café – or if visiting in the summer months, be sure to take a piece of Hidcote home with you from the Plant Centre.
The Cotswolds are renowned for the part they played in the Arts and Crafts movement and fans of the movement will be drawn to the Court Barn – a museum of Craft and Design telling the stories of the craftspeople, designers and artists working in the area from the 1900s to the present day. Visitors inspired by the exhibitions and events, which change throughout the year, will be delighted to find they can take away a little something from the museum shop. It is there that you will find lovingly created collectables and hand-made items produced locally by highly skilled designer-makers.
And, if your love of Arts and Crafts also extends to a more general love of antiques, then the stores in and around Chipping Campden are a real antique lovers paradise. Possibly the most famous is Station Mill, an 11,000 square foot emporium stacked with collections from around 80 dealers and recently made famous by being listed by Jeremy Clarkson on his favourite things in the area. If you still have the desire for more shopping, it’s always worth making the trip over to the Cotswold Lavender Farm. Here you can take in the magnificent sight of the lavender fields (during the summer months) and hopefully experience the strong scent of lavender coming from the distillery before stopping off to pick up a gift or a treat for yourself from the range of bath and shower products, skincare, home scents and even lavender chocolate.
Hopefully by now you can see why many of our guests return to Chipping Campden time and again.