Cotswolds hotels and inns are very often set in typical and beautiful Cotswold villages, but it is certainly worth exploring our list of lesser-known Cotswold villages on your next visit. There are around 200 towns and villages across the area - you might recognise some of the following but in general these are 10 lesser-known gems.
Ebrington is a Gloucestershire viilage. a little piece of old Cotswolds with cottages, cottage gardens all brought together by one of the best pubs in the area. Not a spectacular place but pop by for a bit of Cotswold charm and to check cottage gardens.
Fans of the the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes TV series may recognise Stanton whose ancient High Street was used for an episode or two. Popular for horse riding and walking, the village is also well known for the Mount Inn, a no nonsense local. In general, Cotswolds inns and hotels are pretty relaxed, informal places and The Mount is the sort of place where muddy booted walkers won’t feel awkward.
Mickleton is well-known as home of the Pudding Club, a Friday/Sunday open event for those who love traditional English puddings. The event takes place in Three Ways House, one of those genuine family-owned Cotswolds hotels and inns. Mickleton is a pleasant village with a very good butchers. The location is said to be the inspiration for Tolkien’s ‘Weathertop’.
Taynton and Barrington are two tiny places near Burford. Virtually unvisited by tourists it’s worth stopping the car to walk through and enjoy cottage gardens and a bit of the atmosphere of the old estate village' in ‘the Barringtons’ (Little and Great Barrington).
The local tourist office had a call once asking for the name of the ‘cute village on the cover of their brochure’ - the enquiry was from a film location manager, the village was Snowshill and the movie was Bridget Jones’s' Diary. It was the village square that was used for the snowy Chrstmas scenes in the film . The next question was; were there enough Cotswolds hotels and inns locally to accommodate the crew!
Nearby is Snowshill Manor, a National Trust gem which is packed full of the worldwide collection gathered by Charles Wade - usually described as eccentric, but we're not so sure. It’s a amazing that such a small village should also be home to Snowshill Lavender, a little touch of Provence in the Summer months.
One of the newest of all Cotswolds hotels and inns is in Painswick. Long-known by the locals as a fine, unspoiled Cotswold village, a church and group of historic houses cling onto a Cotswold hillside. Fantastic Cotswold valley scenery.
Nailsworth is a working town with its own charms but, most importantly, a great place to spend an hour or two. William's Kitchen is a local institution restaurant and there is a large vintage shop called Domestic Science, plus many other quirky little shops. If you remember Channel 4’s Fabulous Baking Brothers, this is where they come from.
Cotswolds hotels and inns are great places to enjoy, but don't forget to explore the nearby villages and small Cotswolds towns.