Escape the crowds from Cotswolds hotels and inns
Most visitors to the Cotswolds are day-visitors, arriving by car or coach. As a result, the best way to ensure that you avoid the crowds is to stay in the area overnight. There is a selection of Cotswolds hotels and inns on this website to help you do that. Many of the most popular towns (Broadway, Chipping Campden and Bibury, for example) show their real character first thing in the morning and in the early evening. Most visitors have gone home and you feel a sense of privilege in being a local for the evening.
The other great tip is to remember that there are hundreds of small settlements, hamlets towns and villages in the area. Some are busier than others. There are well over 100 towns and villages across the Cotswolds, all within easy reach of your choice of Cotswolds hotels and inns. Seek out the quieter ones and you’ll be the only person walking down a dusty, cottage and flower-lined High Street.
Seek out the quieter places and you’ll be the only person walking down a dusty, cottage and flower-lined High Street.
If you’re willing to head off the beaten track, there’s a great opportunity to find some peace and quiet. Here are some suggested places near our Cotswolds hotels and inns:
The busy North Cotswolds is also home to some brilliant backwaters. Almost over the road from the Cotswolds hotels and inns in Bourton on the Water is Lower Slaughter. This just about still qualifies as a quiet village as it it being ‘discoverered’ but it is much more peaceful than Bourton. Better still take the walk up to Upper Slaughter and back for beautiful hour.
Nearby Wyck Rissington is a little piece of old Cotswolds too.
Broadway is another visitor hotspot. It’s famous for its galleries and antique shops and the beautiful cluster of Cotswolds hotels and inns such as Dormy House, The Fish Hotel and Russell’s in the area. Nearby is Stanton, a beautiful grouping of houses along a high street, with a good pub at the top of the hill.
Further south it’s always good to combine a trip to Saturday’s Stroud Farmers’ Market, with a visit to Minchinhampton. This small town remains unspoilt and sits, surrounded by Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons, hilltop grassy areas with spectacular views. Stroud itself is leftie, fair trady and creative in character.
Nearby Nailsworth is good for food lovers, with William’s Kitchen and Hobb’s House Bakery. Cotswolds hotels and inns in this area include The Painswick Hotel, Whatley Manor and Calcot Manor.