When I think of the English countryside, my mind goes to the Cotswolds. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is so deserving of its designation it’s sometimes hard to believe it’s real. But I’ve traveled here enough to know it is, and in doing so I’ve discovered some particularly lovely places. Today I want to share some of my favorites with you, so read on for A Lady in London’s 13 pretty Cotswolds villages.
Prettiest Cotswolds Villages
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佩恩斯威克might just be the loveliest Cotswolds village. With its stone buildings, giant topiary trees, and my最喜欢的酒店在Cotstwolds, this little gem is packed with beauty.
I love walking through the streets to soak up the details and meander through the churchyard, not to mention venture further afield to explore the surrounding countryside. There are great walking paths from Painswick to places like Slad.
This village is also home to the Painswick Rococo Garden, an 18th-century garden in a secret valley with great views across the surrounding countryside. It’s the UK’s only complete surviving Rococo garden and it’s worth a trip.
Nestled in Wiltshire in the southern Cotswolds,科姆堡has a picture-perfect high street, adorable side streets, and shops with teapot signs overhead.
科姆堡is a great Cotswolds village to explore for its chocolate box houses and pretty bridge over the By Brook river. It’s a quintessential English country village, and one that’s a must on any visit to the area.
3. Chipping Campden
I spent aweekend in the Cotswoldsa couple years ago and stayed in Chipping Campden. I loved the historic high street with its Cotswold stone buildings and its atmospheric churchyard. Everything about this village is lovely.
奇平卡姆登is also known for its connections to theArts and Crafts Movement. The historic home of the Guild of Handicrafts is here, and the Court Barn museum showcases the work of designers and craftspeople from the movement.
Also in the village is the Market Hall, a在科茨沃尔德国家信托财产. Built in 1627 by the town’s benefactor, Sir Baptist Hicks, it originally sheltered traders of cheese, butter, poultry, and other goods.
Today people can walk across the historic stone floor to see how it was gradually worn by years of trading.
4. Upper Slaughter
If there was ever an idyllic village in the English countryside, this is it.
There are also attractive medieval almshouses and the historic St Peter’s Church to see.
As with Upper Slaughter, there are beautiful cottages here that always tempt me to move in.
Lower Slaughter has more to see than Upper Slaughter, and consequently gets more visitors.
家里什么米ight be the most photographed street in the Cotswolds, Bibury sits on the banks of the River Coln and is straight out of a fantasy.
Picturesque Arlington Row is lined with 17th-century weavers’ cottages and attracts visitors from all over the world. William Morris called Bibury ‘the most beautiful village in England’, and he might just be right.
Bibury is also home to a water meadow known as Rack Isle. It’s an important wildlife habitat in the Cotswolds. Rack Isle is home to water voles, kingfishers, and dragonflies as well as plants like pink ragged robin and yellow flag iris.
This loveliest of Cotswolds villages is also home to a trout farm. It was established in the early 20th century by naturalist Arthur Severn to stock local rivers and streams with native brown trout.
Kingham is a dream for lovers of houses and gardens. From topiary hedges to Cotswold stone cottages, this prettiest of Cotswolds villages is picturesque in every direction.
When I visited I loved taking walks in the area to soak up the fields and flowers. I also took a stroll to the nearby Daylesford Organic Farm in Gloucestershire, a luxurious complex with shops, restaurants, and a garden center.
Kingham is easily accessible by train from London, so it’s a great place to go if you want to visit theCotswolds without a car.
I’ve been to Burford a number of times, and I always adore its high street.
With lots of boutiques, cafes, and historic pubs, it’s a great place to wander and window shop. There are lots of pretty houses in the area, too, and it’s always fun to wander down the lanes.
This is one of the best Cotswolds villages for its mix of attractions.
In addition to the high street, there’s the stunning Burford Church, the Tolsey Museum, which is in an attractive 16th-century building, and Reavley’s, England’s oldest pharmacy.
As the name suggests, Bourton-on-the-Water straddles a stream. This Cotswolds village has an abundance of footbridges and green spaces along the banks of the River Windrush, making it lovely from any angle.
水上伯顿is also home to several small museums housing collections containing everything from birds to cars and model villages.
It also has a Jurassic Journey featuring life-size dinosaur models. The Model Village is a 1930s one-ninth scale replica of the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water.
The village itself is home to the Broadway Museum and Art Gallery, which is housed in a 17th-century coaching inn. In addition to the permanent collection of art and furniture, it hosts exhibitions, talks, children’s trails, and art classes.
Also in this Cotswolds village is the Gordon Russell Design Museum.
As the name implies, it focuses on the work of Gordon Russell, a British furniture designer, maker, calligrapher, entrepreneur, and educator. The museum houses a lot of his furniture and other work.
Also in town is the Church of St Leonard, a historic church with a pretty churchyard surrounding it.
Another pint-size Cotswolds village that deserves a place on my list is Slad. I walked here from Painswick once and was rewarded with a lovely lunch at the Woolpack Inn.
Across the street is the churchyard where Laurie Lee—local literary legend and author of苹果酒与罗西，他在童年回忆录科茨沃尔德-被埋。
Despite its small size, Slad packs a lot in. It’s worth a visit not just to eat or drink at the pub, but to take a walk and absorb the surroundings.
A short drive from Slad, Sapperton is another of the best Cotswolds villages.
Sapperton has two historic graveyards, one of which lies above St Kenelm’s Church. The church is worth popping into for its historic interiors. There’s also a village hall, which is across the street from The Bell at Sapperton pub.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my list and that you’ve found some inspiration to visit this part of the UK. If my experience is anything to go by, you’ll want to keep going back until you’ve seen all these Cotswolds villages and more.
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