It’s that beautiful time of year again when the leaves are turning orange, the nights are drawing In and the mornings are dewy and fresh. If you thought staycations were just for the summer months, think again. There are so many ways to enjoy this magical time of year without jumping on a plane. The Cotswolds offers an abundance of countryside retreats that are often available at discounted prices after the busy holiday rush. Why not treat yourself to a city escape and embrace this picture perfect season, enjoying autumn in the Cotswolds before the chill of winter sets in.
AUTUMN IN THE COTSWOLDS
Where to stay in the Cotswolds
When you think of the Cotswolds, do you think of a picturesque chocolate box cottage, set in beautiful rolling countryside with a colourful picket fence and roaring woodburner? This beautiful part of the worlds is home to an abundance of pretty homes, as well as holiday cottages that cater for thousands of visitors heading to the Cotswolds to explore the quaint, traditional and picture perfect villages. Make sure you get the full ‘Cotswolds experience’ and explore your options before you book. Here are Destination Downtime’s best picks from ‘Holidays in the Cotswolds.’
All of the holiday homes featured in this post are unsponsored recommendations.
A ROMANTIC COUPLES RETREAT
Thatched Cottage – Chipping Norton, (5mls N), Cotswolds
- A quintessential thatched cottage perfect for two.
- An ideal location for walkers and cyclists with access to a wealth of breath-taking countryside.
- A lovely base for exploring the many picturesque Cotswold villages.
A RELAXING FAMILY STAYCATION
Broadway House – Broadway, Cotswolds
- Close proximity to Broadway High Street with amenities on your doorstep.
- Private rear garden.
- family friendly with plenty to see and do.
A DOG FRIENDLY HIDEAWAY
Clearbrook Barn – Bicester Village (4mls SE), Cotswolds
- Set in 3 acres of lovely gardens with a hot tub.
- Pet friendly accommodation, bring 3 of your furry friends.
- Secluded village location surrounded by plenty of countryside walks.
A LUXURIOUS ESCAPE
Peony Cottage – Moreton-in-Marsh, Cotswolds
- A luxury, idyllic and romantic retreat peacefully tucked away.
- Luxurious bathroom with 2 baths.
- Perfectly situated to explore the villages and countryside.
PRETTY VILLAGES TO VISIT DURING YOUR STAY
The pretty village of Castle Combe is situated northwest of the town of Chippenham. The village is a popular spot for tourists exploring the picturesque area, as well as a famous filming location, featuring in films such as Robin Hood and Doctor Dolittle. Castle Combe is often named ‘the prettiest village in England’ well known for its quaint chocolate box cottages.
The villages eye-catching honey-hued stone cottages make you feel as if you are stepping back in time, no new properties have been built in the Wiltshire village since the 1600s. You certainly won’t spot any street lights or TV aerials!
For the perfect photo opportunity head down the hill from Market Place to the little bridge at the southern tip of the village.
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The charming village of Bibury is situated in the civil parish of Gloucestershire, a short drive form Cirencester. Home to a selection of picture perfect properties dotted along the banks of the River Coln, this quaint and inviting little village is most definitely worth a visit during your autumn stay in the Cotswolds.
- The Coln St Aldwyn and Bibury Circular is a popular walking route passing Arlington Row with a total distance of 10.5km.
- The Catherine Wheel pub is a highly rated lunch stop.
Arlington Row is a popular spot to visit and a fantastic photo opportunity. Here you will find a cluster of ancient cottages with steeply pitched roofs dating back to the 16th Century.
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Broadway is a large village in the Cotswolds, nestled in the Worcestershire countryside. The famous Cotswolds beauty spot is home to an abundance of independent shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of antique shops. The historic village boasts plenty of picturesque landscapes and quaint charismatic cottages. The village is a popular tourist destination attracting thousands of people every year from all over the world.
Broadway Tower is the Cotswold’s highest castle at 65ft, perched on top of a hill overlooking the village.
GET INSPIRED FOR YOUR AUTUMN IN THE COTSWOLDS
Instagram accounts to follow before your stay!
Accommodation images from Holidays in the Cotswolds.
Will you be heading for a staycation this autumn in the Cotswolds?