Image thanks to National Trail
The Cotswolds is a place of Kings and Queens, history and romance and gentle hillsides (‘wolds’) perfect for adventurers of all ages. Visiting the Cotswolds is like stepping back to a simpler, more elegant time as you wander through its many ancient limestone villages or take tea in one of the region’s historic market towns, with their timeless welcome and of course tea shops laden with yummy goodies. In fact with so much to do - from countryside walks through water meadows and beech woods, to exploring magnificent castles and stately homes, the Cotswolds is a unique slice of English heritage that the whole family will fall in love with.
If you are planning a weekend in the Cotswolds there are plenty of places to stay. You can choose from cheap and cheerful bed and breakfasts, perfect for that impromptu visit on a promising sunny weekend, camping and caravanning at one of the hundreds of registered sites in the area, visit pitchup for more information.
If you really want to spoil the family however, how about choosing a luxury stay at a 19th Century hotel near the Cotswolds where you will be treated like royalty.... something you might just get used to! Whatever your budget, staying in the Cotswolds adds to the magic and charm of the region as you get to see its sweeping landscapes at both dawn and dusk and of course have a comfortable place to rest your head ready for a day of time-travelling adventure.
Image of Sudeley Castle
Where better to start than with a trip to Sudeley Castle and Gardens? Sudeley has played an important role in English history for over 1000 years as both home and final resting place to members of the Tudor dynasty. The castle rooms boast treasures from ancient Rome through to the modern day and the 1,200 acre estate, complete with ten award-winning gardens and a thrilling adventure playground make this a perfect family day out.
The Cotswolds is also home to the famous Blenheim Palace, a world heritage site and principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough. For Downton Abbey fans you can combine a visit to the Palace with a tour of nearby Bampton, the stunning setting for the TV series.
These are just two of the many attractions the Cotswolds has to offer. If you want something more adventurous why not try your hand at horse riding or perhaps relax with a spot of fishing? There are also many family friendly events that place throughout the year including the quirky Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill and Tetbury Woolsack race. You can find out more here.
As spring finally stirs now is the perfect time to visit the Cotswolds. You need nothing more than to arm yourself with a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a sense of wonder and delight. It is the perfect staycation, up there with West Yorkshire, Blackpool and the many other gems that Britain has to offer. So why not turn the clock back with a stay in the Cotswolds?