One of the big draws of the Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful parts of England to explore, are all the quaint little traditional villages you can find here. You’re sure to have your favourites and they’ll keep you coming back to this part of the world time and time again, but if you’re unsure where to begin, here are a few to put at the top of the must-visit list.
If you’re searching for stunning examples of the limestone cottages that the Cotswolds are famous for, Lower Slaughter has all you’re looking for and a lot more besides. It sits alongside the River Eye, which runs right through the village – and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the converted mill that still has its original water wheel attached.
This little village is known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds, with its oldest part lying within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Make sure you pay a visit to Hidcote Manor Gardens, set over ten acres, with some stunning Arts and Crafts style gardens divided into different themed areas. You’ll also find Anne Hathaway’s cottage here, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife.
Bourton on the Water
Bourton on the Water – or the Venice of the Cotswolds – is another utterly charming place to visit, regularly voted as one of the prettiest villages to be found in all of England. Here you’ll find beautiful homes, lots of cosy little pubs in which to while away an evening, museums to explore, tea rooms and lots more. Make sure you visit the replica model village, as well.