The traditional Cotswold village of Longborough is a peaceful and largely undiscovered gem, nestled amongst several incredible stately homes and gardens. In the village itself, St James’ church dates back to the 12th century and is home to a beautifully carved Jacobean memorial to William and Elizabeth Leigh. Amongst the choice of village pubs you may be surprised to find a 500 seat opera house – home to the Longborough festival opera where there are classic performances during the summer months.Read More
Longborough is ideally located for garden lovers, staring with nearby Sezincote House, a 200 year old Mogul Indian Palace set in 3,500 acres of romantic landscape scattered with temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals. The stream is crossed by an Indian bridge adorned with Brahmin bulls and the many pools are lined with great clumps of bog-loving plants.
On a visit to Batsford Arboretum adults can take in the spectacular blooms on display as children are kept entertained on an adventurous little trail around the gardens, complete with prize at the end. And if you’ve seen something you love in the Arboretum, chances are you’ll find it – or something similar – in the plant centre and garden shop. From seeds and bulbs, tools and equipment to children’s gardening kits, wellies, bird feed and pots – this truly is a gardener’s delight.
You may recognise Bourton House Garden from BBCs Gardeners’ World where presenter Adam Frost absolutely loved the imaginative topiary, luxurious terraces and stunning plant, texture and colour combinations. From the raised 18th century walk through the gardens giving glimpses of the Cotswold landscape beyond, to the seven acre field planted with groups of trees, there is a carnival of colour from April through to early October.
Longborough is within easy reach of several delightful Cotswold market towns and villages. Moreton-in Marsh is one such market town with an elegant high street, a popular Tuesday market and a variety of antique shops packed with treasures from times gone by. Travel South to Stow-on-the-Wold for afternoon tea in one of the many tearooms, before soaking up the atmosphere in the market square on a lively Saturday afternoon.
If you don’t find a property in the Longborough area that suits your holiday home needs, you can browse all of our Cotswold Holiday Cottages here.