Touring in the Cotswolds

There are times when living in a town can be a bit claustrophobic, you just need to get out, have a drive somewhere different, and have a holiday somewhere fresh, green and amazing. The Cotswolds could be the answer to your dream holiday.

The air is clean, clear and crisp; there are no congested and heavy road traffic areas, lots of picture postcard villages to visit and chocolate box cottages.  Nothing could be more enjoyable than hiring a classic car from “Self-Drive Classic Vehicles” and driving a convertible round the countryside, twisting, winding roads and rolling hills.

Villages and sights

There is nothing like the rolling hills, the winding and twisting streams and rivers, mellow limestone terraces and Bibury, the most beautiful village in the whole of the Cotswolds according to the famous William Morris.


This is a beautiful, picturesque village which is set under the brow of a hill in the ‘lode valley’ closely bordering Oxfordshire. There are only about 80 residents within this small and very beautiful village community. If you have parked up your hire car and walked the ‘Macmillan route’ walk, Adlestrop is a great resting place, there are places to eat or you can picnic and absorb its beautiful scenery and surroundings.

The famous Poet Edward Thomas is strongly linked to this town in the Cotswold in 1914 by writing a poem about it, but died a short time later after being killed in battle.


This city ‘The city of Bath’ should be credited with a book, tourist guide or website all of its own. This city is a picture of architecture, beauty and heritage.  Bath has been named as a world heritage site due to its beauty and heritage.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the ‘Royal Crescent’ where there is a hotel here, and there is also a museum at number one. This house is a renovated townhouse especially renovated to reveal a fantastic and unique history and to give the feel and atmosphere of Georgian living both above and below stairs.

Bourton – on – the – water

(A painters’ paradise) The River Windrush runs right through the middle of the high-street here and beautiful and serene it is too. It has been known to have been said that Bourton – on – the – water is the Venice of the Cotswolds.

The majority of the picturesque, chocolate box cottages here are of around 300 years of age, dating as far back as the Elizabethan times. If you are looking for something to get your adrenalin rushing while you visit Bourton – on – the – water then maybe a bloody tourist walk would haunt you…. Be right up your street.

You will find out about the macabre past and the spooky goings on here including a favourite form of entertainment popular in 1500’s and 1600’s – hanging and beheading. There won’t be any of that, but you will be taught about it and shown the square where it took place.

If you are looking for something more relaxing, beautiful and something that the children can join you with, then Bird land is a feast for the eye. There are so many birds to see, plenty of spaces for you to picnic while you are there too. A great day for the whole family.

Chipping Campden is a village which has been labelled as the “most perfect high street in the UK,” it is simply a must visit, and maybe stay overnight at the “Kings Head.” Stylish, opulent, while at the same time homely and cosy if you feel you could benefit from a cosy, winter get away. At £125 per night, you will experience only the best treatment, fine dining and the most memorable, comfortable accommodation on offer.

There is so much to see and do in the Cotswolds; you will want to go back again and again.