10 Beautiful Cotswold towns. My favourite places to visit and stay for a luxury trip to the Cotswolds, Goucestershire, England:
- Bourton on the Water, stunning town with the River Windrush flowing through, idyllic place to stroll, good restaurants, pubs and more.
- Upper Slaughter – Fantastic hikes around the countryside here, picture perfect Cotswold stone houses.
- Lower Slaughter — nearby Upper Slaughter, you can walk from one to the other. Stunning cottages by the stream, picturesque Church and great hikes around the countryside and between villages.
- Stow on The Wold. A bigger Cotswold town famous for the annual Horse Fair held every year. Some interesting shops, Cafes and restaurants.
- Moreton in the Marsh – another of my favourite market towns situated in the Evenlode Valley. Another area of outstanding natural beauty.
- Bourton on the Hill. There is a lovely pub here and breathtaking views! The village is high up and the views stretch for miles over the Gloucestershire countryside.
- Chipping Norton – Home to the celebrities. Spot the Beckhams around town! Soho House is here too.
- Bampton – A must for Downton Abbey fans, this was the village used as Downton village.
- Burford – Just 2 miles from Bampton. Aother classic Cotswold village with thatched cottages and set on the River Windrush.
- Chipping Campden another medieval market town with picture perfect stone houses, some art galleries and well known as an Arts and crafts town.
Bourton on the Water:
This pretty Cotswold village is a favourite of mine. Although it is super popular with tourists and tours too! If you can go out of high season it will be less busy.
However, at any time of year you can enjoy strolling through the lovely village and enjoy the Cafes, restaurants and pubs. Many are dog friendly if you want to take your dogs along!
It is easy to see why this picture perfect little town is so popular. Make sure you take a stroll by the River Windrush. If you are feeling energetic and take your hiking boots, there are walking trails between the villages! Read more here:
Upper Slaughter Village:
We stayed at Upper Slaughter, staying at the lovely luxury country house hotel Lords of the Manor. Dogs are welcome here and our dogs had a lovely time! Read more here:
Enjoy horse riding nearby or the fantastic hikes. There were lots of people staying in the area from the U.S and other parts of the world even in winter!
There is a pretty Ford in the village too!
Lower Slaughter Village
Just down the road and within walking distance from Upper Slaughter is lower Slaughter. The same river meanders through Lower Slaughter.
My photo of Lower Slaughter was taken on a rainy day, but it still looks gorgeous with the river and picture perfect cottages. It is just 4 miles away from Stow on the Wold. Has some great walks and a very pretty church, the Church of Saint Mary. The name Slaughter derives from the old english name for “Muddy Place”. Look out for the beautiful Old Mill too!
Stowe on The Wold & Moreton in the Marsh:
Stowe on the Wold and Moreton in the Marsh are both small Market Towns in The Cotswolds, just 15 minutes drive apart. Stowe on the Wold is famous for an annual Horse Fair held every year. It has a pretty market square and lots of antique shops for antique lovers.
If you want to have a typical English afternoon tea, there are lots of tea shops and even a cricket museum. Many TV shows are filmed in this area and you can take a film location tour!
Moreton in the Marsh is only 15 minutes away and is another popular market town with restaurants, cafes and lots of little shops to explore. I especially like the shops for buying country clothes.
One of our favourite places to visit, not least because it is very dog friendly, is nearby Moreton in the Marsh. Daylesford Organic Farm has a restaurant, Pizzeria and a super Organic Farm Shop. You can stay in one of their charming restored Barns.
Bourton on the Hill
Bourton on the Hill has stunning views for miles. If you are looking for something to eat, we had a lovely dinner at the Horse and Groom. A good, typical country pub that welcomes dogs too! Also, visit Batsford Arbortorium and Bourton House.
Bourton on the Hill is 2 miles away from Moreton in the Marsh.
Chipping Norton is popular with the many glamorous celebrities who have homes here. You will also find Soho Farm House Hotel nearby, if you want to stay there! Look out for David and Victoria Beckham who live nearby. Chipping Norton is similar to Stow on the Wold with restaurants, gorgeous stone buildings and little shops. In the main square look out for the Bookshop cafe and stop for a coffee.
Also on the road to Chipping Norton you will pass the Bliss Tweed Mill. A magnificent building, you will definitely not miss it. Literary lovers will like the four day Chipping Norton Literary Festival.
The ancient Rollright Stones and the Kings Men Stone circle are just 4 miles away on the road into Chipping Norton, so look out for those and follow the path to stand in the Middle of these ancient stones.
Gin lovers will love the Cotswold Gin Distillery 8 miles away from Chipping Norton (we tried some in our hotel bar – delish!).
Downton Abbey fans have made Burford a very popular village! Burford played the part of Downton village in the TV series and many tours now visit the village and explore the filming sites. You do not need a tour though, just drive yourself and explore off the tourist trail.
Chipping Campden is one of the most popular Medieval Cotswold towns. It has a pretty terraced High Street and lots of shops and is a great base for exploring the area. Hidcote Gardens is nearby for garden lovers. There is a Music and Literary Festival both held every summer.