A visit to one of the idyllic villages of the Cotswolds is an absolute must when looking for a break from it all be it for a weekend or even a longer break.
Call us biased, but we believe that the British countryside is, without question, amongst the best and most beautiful in the world. We’ve got everything from sweeping coastlines and rugged clifftops, to lush green pastures, trees, forests, woodland, hills, heather-laden moorland and the occasional mountain thrown in for good measure.
When you think of authentic British chocolate box countryside villages, however, you simply must consider the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds are situated in the South of England, between Bristol, Birmingham and Oxford.
It is a region renowned for its natural beauty, which is why we’re looking at the most beautiful villages of the Cotswolds to point you in the right direction for your next trip. If you’re thinking of visiting, here are some stunning Cotswolds villages you should seriously consider seeing.
With a name like this, you just know that you’re going to see something truly special. Bourton-on-the-water does not disappoint. This village is often included on lists looking at the prettiest villages in the UK, and sometimes Europe with the rest of the world too for that matter.
As you might expect, water features heavily in this village, as the River Windrush is a real hit amongst tourists and sightseers. It is also the reason why Bourton-on-the-water is often affectionately known as ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’.
Cirencester is another of the most beautiful villages of the Cotswolds. This buzzing market town is steeped in ancient history, which can be traced way back to the Ancient Romans. Back then, it was known as ‘Corinium’. These days, though, because of its thriving economy, stunning architecture and the sheer volume of tourists, Cirencester is referred to as the ‘capital of the Cotswolds’.
If you do visit, be sure to visit the Roman amphitheatre, as well as the historic and fabulous church of St John the Baptist. In the summer, a stroll through the picturesque Cirencester Park is also a very enjoyable way to relax.
If Cirencester is a little too metropolitan and too over-crowded for your taste, why not visit Castle Combe instead? If you imagine a romance novel set in the English countryside during the 16th century, that is pretty much the surroundings that you can expect with Castle Combe. It’s yet another of the most beautiful villages of the Cotswolds and words just can’t do it justice.
Castle Combe has actually been featured in a number of Hollywood movies, including Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. With everything from expansive stately homes to quaint limestone ‘chocolate box’ cottages and running streams, Castle Combe has something for everybody that can appreciate the great outdoors.
Finally, we have the village of Blockley. Blockey has a rich and storied industrial past, as it was famous for its silk production in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Of course, the silk mills are closed nowadays, but many of them have been converted into antiquated little cottages, which is yet another reason why Blockey is another of the most beautiful villages of the Cotswolds.