The Cotswolds is an area of gentle hills with stone walls criss-crossing the picturesque Cotswold landscape with hidden river valleys and distinctive market towns and villages made of the famous Cotswold stone. Many Cotswold villages have enigmatic names such as The Slaughters, Stow-on-the-Wold, Milton-under-Wychwood, Birdlip and Guiting Power.
Centuries ago the Cotswolds was made wealthy by the wool trade, and the results of that wealth can be seen in the many fine manor houses and churches throughout the area.
Among the British themselves, the Cotswold area is well loved as the ideal place to escape for a few days. Cotswold summer days are relaxed and long, but log fires in winter, spring bluebells or autumn colours are all good reasons why visitors come to the Cotswolds at any time of year.
The Cotswolds today offers wonderful gardens to visit, many sporting and arts festivals, historic and friendly country pubs for lunch, antique shops to visit and plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling, riding and other outdoor activities.
Cheltenham, Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon Avon - all nearby - offer further opportunities for shopping and cultural activities.
Members of the Cotswolds Finest Hotels group can provide visitors with complete relaxation in idyllic surroundings, with a high standard of excellence. From Thornbury and Tetbury in the south to Chipping Campden and Mickleton in the north of the Cotswolds, they are dedicated to making your stay a comfortable and happy one and look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful corner of England.