Cotswolds

Overview

From Andrew Harper

Two hours northwest of London, the Cotswolds is a compact region of natural beauty and exquisite rural architecture. Once a center of wool production, the area now contains a wealth of enchanting medieval villages set amid gentle rolling hills. Diminutive cottages built of honey-colored stone surround squares lined with appealing shops and atmospheric vintage pubs. The “capital” of the Cotswolds is the fine Roman city of Cirencester. During summer, the major towns become excessively crowded, but the back roads and lesser-known villages are still a delight.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in Cotswolds

Cirencester, United Kingdom
Barnsley House
Barnsley House

Refined country house hotel in a 17th-century mansion with 19 individually decorated rooms and suites.

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Lower Slaughter Manor
Lower Slaughter Manor

Graciously restored 17th-century manor-estate tucked behind stone walls in one of England’s prettiest villages.

Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Whatley Manor
Whatley Manor

Immaculately restored manor house at the gateway to the southern Cotswolds, 20 miles north of Bath.

Wiltshire
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Buckland Manor
Buckland Manor

Charming 13th-century manor house-hotel at the edge of an unspoiled village near Broadway.