When you think of the Cotswolds, acres of rolling hills, honey-coloured cottages, quaint country pubs, streams of independent shops and quintessential tearooms will no doubt come to mind. You see, there’s a reason this beautiful pastoral region holds so much inspiration for us – it champions that rustic, country-inspired and timeless lifestyle that so many people dream of creating in their own homes. So, wherever your life might be, we want to ensure that lifestyle is not only attainable, but wonderfully affordable too.
With that in mind, we thought we would run through some of the prettiest villages rooted in this world-renowned region, all famous for epitomising that typical English scene. Of course, we find ourselves slightly biased when it comes to the Cotswolds, and would happily include every village if we could, but here are just a few of the prettiest that we think are well worth a visit…
Home to our beautiful flagship store, Stow-on-the-Wold is actually the highest of the Cotswolds villages at 800ft, and is filled with plenty of Cotswold charm with independent antique shops and traditional country pubs.
If you do happen to be visiting Stow-on-the-Wold, don’t forget to pop in and see us on your way through! We’ve taken up residence in what was once The Unicorn public house and have made full use of all its wonderfully historic nooks and crannies with our country-inspired furniture and vintage home accessories.
Home to the much-photographed street, Arlington Row, together with an array of picture-postcard houses, William Morris once described Bibury as ‘the most beautiful village in England’. Separated by the River Coln seen above, it is actually two small villages – to the west lies Arlington and to the east is its namesake, Bibury. In amongst the picturesque streets, Bibury Trout Farm and the Catherine Wheel pub are both worth a visit.
Sitting five miles northwest of Chippenham in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castle Combe is a shining example of a quintessential English village. Boasting limestone cottages and an array of colourful hanging baskets, it is regularly used as a filming location, with well-known films including Stardust and War Horse having graced its pretty streets.
This list would of course not be complete without the beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water – aptly referred to as ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’. Situated in a small valley amongst the Cotswolds hills, it is a must-visit for all its quaint tearooms, museums and local attractions. It does get busy though, so we recommend getting there nice and early!
Voted ‘England’s Favourite Village’ back in 2006, Kingham lies four miles southwest of Chipping Norton and remains an unspoiled archetypal English village – definitely worth an afternoon meander and picnic pit-stop if you’re looking to get away from the crowds.
Our final recommendation sits on the River Windrush and is often referred to as the gateway to the Cotswolds. With its beautiful high street sloping from the high Wolds, Burford offers breathtaking views over the Oxford countryside, and is a haven for antique-seekers and tea-drinkers!