The Cotswolds are well-known for gentle hillsides (or ‘wolds’), sleepy villages and for being typically English. As such, they are a popular destination for tourism, with many activities and sights to enjoy for anyone enjoying a Cotswold break.
Geologically, the Cotswolds is a limestone mass stretching 100 miles from the south-west to the north east, with Bath to the south and Chipping Campden to the north, mainly within Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire.
Cotswold towns include Burford, Cheltenham, Chipping Campden, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stratford-upon-Avon and Tetbury. Cities are Bath, Bristol, Gloucester and Oxford. Cotswold villages include Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Westonbirt and the Slaughters.
The region is officially designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ ( AONB). The Cotswolds AONB is famous for its ancient mellow ‘honey’ coloured oolitic limestone, which gives the buildings their distinctive golden glow. The villages blend perfectly into the countryside and its bustling market towns. Many towns and villages have hardly changed since the prosperity of the medieval wool trade in the 15th and 16th centuries brought developments such as the famous wool churches and magnificent manor houses and merchant buildings, some of which form part of our own collection today.
Our beautiful surroundings
Cotswold Inns & Hotels encapsulates everything that is so loved about the Cotswolds; stunning old-English villages, beautifully architected Cotswold stone buildings and breathtaking views of unspoilt countryside – all underpinned by a rich tapestry of history.
Our eight Cotswold Hotels can be found in the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds region. They make the perfect base for day trips to explore the fascinating countryside nearby. Through a clever blend of antique furniture, plush fabrics and striking colours, each has been brilliantly refurbished in keeping with its ancestry, yet offer 21st Century chic, comfort and – most importantly – luxury.