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Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire is where the main bulk of the Cotswolds region lies, however it also falls in to parts of Somerset, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The ‘Cotswolds Area’ officially spreads across 790 sq miles, settled within the northern part of the southwest region of England. The Cotswolds has officially been named as the UK’s largest “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and has become a favourite location for both the British and tourists from far and wide.
There are many reasons why this picturesque area has stood out to ‘want to be visitors’. With the hillsides (otherwise known as ‘wolds’) as a perfect backdrop for a relaxing holiday in the stunning countryside, with river valleys, water meadows and the heart warming villages all constructed with golden-coloured limestone. Quite simply an outstanding destination to experience a bit more of what the UK has to offer, it is so easy to imagine yourself back in the 1700’s as many of the market towns have preserved the look and feel of a bygone era.
The area is made up of quaint towns like Cheltenham, larger cities including Bath and other delightful smaller villages such as Burford and Castle Combe. As mentioned earier, the golden-coloured local limestone is everywhere you look, from stone floors and house tiles to the dry stone walls that pleasantly divide the countryside. The architecture has a certain uniqueness about it that one would struggle to not fall in love with!
If you fancy delving a little deeper in to the countryside, you shall be rewarded with many villages that are hidden away from the main traffic routes and once there you shall soon realise why you came. A few of these secret hide aways include Wodstock, Painswick, Biddestone and Winchcombe. Heading to the more well know market towns? Stow-on-the-Wold is famous for its many shops along with Tetbury, Cirencester and Chipping Norton. Looking to stretch your wings? Then the Cotswolds is a great base to visit places such as Oxford, Bath, Stratford Upon Avon and even London! So take a look at our great range of hotels and typically British Bed&Breakfast’s –>