The Cotswolds: An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Visiting the Cotswolds is a wonderful experience. Officially the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England it isn’t hard to understand why the Cotswolds is known and loved by the English and foreign travellers alike.

The glorious hotchpotch of honey coloured stone buildings, ancient rooftops, wonky gables and gentle hillsides all provide a wonderful backdrop for the many pretty cottages, charming pubs, traditional tearooms and unique art dealers that can be found in what many consider to be the epitome of quintessential England.

Many come to the Cotswolds envisaging country walks, cycling along the highways and byways, exploring the wonderfully unique boutiques each charming town and village have to offer and relaxing with a fabulous cream tea or sitting in front of an open fire at the end of the day.

Although the pretty cottages, well kept gardens, charming pubs, local shops, quiet churches and villageBurford Post Office greens may give the impression of laid back England, do not underestimate what the Cotswolds has to offer. A typical day in the Cotswolds will see visitors enjoying everything from Archery to Zorbing. Visitors are pulled back to the Cotswolds time and time again because all interests, ages and abilities are catered for.

The Cotswolds is charming all year round.

Spring brings bursts of colour when the plants begin to grow. The vast display of snowdrops at Painswick Rococo Garden and feeding the lambs at the Cotswold Farm Park are popular attractions.

The many unique gardens and country houses are a great way to enjoy the lighter summer evenings, whereas Westonbirt Arboretum comes alive with its vast array of stunning leaf displays in autumn.

The variety of Christmas markets gives a festive backdrop to indulge in the lovely heart warming food in front of an open fire without feeling too guilty on those crisp winter days!

There’s adventure for everyone, the trick is to fit it all in!