Discover the Cotswolds

Bourton on the water in Cotswolds
Above: The calm Bourton on the Water runs through Gloucestershire in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds – an area of gently rolling hills, lush countryside and that ubiquitous honey-coloured stone bathing everything with a unique glow – is unsurprisingly one of the most visited, photographed and loved parts of the country. We select our favourite places to visit

Bourton on the water in Cotswolds
Above: The calm Bourton-on-the-Water runs through Gloucestershire in The Cotswolds

Greystones Farm Nature Reserve, Bourton-on-the-Water Network of ponds, lakes and water meadows on the outskirts of the village, with interesting plant and bird life in abundance. Tel: 01452 383333; www.gloucestershire wildlifetrust.co.uk

Juri’s Tea Room, Winchcombe Award-winning tearoom in a Grade II -listed building in the centre of the town, serving up exquisite homemade cakes and scones. Tel: 01242 602469; www.juris-tearoom.co.uk

Lower Slaughter Manor (3-star), Lower Slaughter Hotel in charming house dating back to 17th century, with tworosette restaurant. Tel: 01451 820456; www.vonessenhotels.co.uk

Ozleworth Bottom, Wotton-under-Edge Beautiful and secluded walks along the valley bottom, a unique church with a circular church yard and an excellent place to see bluebells in the spring.

Sezincote House and Garden, Moreton in-Marsh Extraordinary Indian-style  house that provided the inspiration for Brighton Pavilion. Tel: 01386 700444; www.sezincote.co.uk

The Cotswolds Art & Antique Dealers’ Association Members have shops and galleries around the area for antique hunters to explore. www.cotswolds-antiques-art.com

The Ebrington Arms (4-star), Ebrington, nr Chipping Campden Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA ) North Cotswolds Pub of the Year, with good food and three bedrooms.  Tel: 01386 593223; www.theebringtonarms.co.uk

The New Inn at Coln St Aldwyns (2-star) Gorgeous inn with two-rosette food. Tel: 0844 815 3434; www.new-inn.co.uk

The Pudding Club at Three Ways House Hotel, Mickleton Renowned dining club with weekly meetings at which guests can sample seven different desserts. Tel: 01386 438429; www.puddingclub.com

Cotswold Walking Holidays Specialists in guided and self-guided walking tours throughout the Cotswolds. Customised, luxury and group tours also available. Tel: 01386 833799 www.cotswoldwalks.com

Want to know more about what to visit and when? Read our insiders guide to The Cotswolds!

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