The Best Places To Stay In The Cotswolds
Whether you are a rugged rambler, a foodie, or a cute village junky, our guide on the best places to stay in the Cotswolds will help you narrow down the perfect spot
Combining the rustic charm of village life with a broad selection of accommodation and dining experiences, there are places to stay in the Cotswolds for every budget and traveller.
Do visions of a sleepy honeypot hamlet with a deserted movie-set feel lure you, or are you beguiled by the imposing stone splendour of majestic historic centres? Are you a foodie seeking a hip hotel for a weekend of creative indulgence, or do you see yourself stationed by the open fire with a glass of red all weekend?
Beyond the wisteria-draped majesty of the Cotswolds villages, gracious country roads lead to areas of immense natural beauty, with scenic hiking trails dissecting rolling farmland.
We’ve explored the area a lot over the years. There are few paths we haven’t walked, pubs we haven’t frequented and villages we haven’t photographed.
Our guide to the best places to stay in the Cotswolds helps you decide where to stay to appreciate this unique corner of England.
For more inspiration discover our favourite things to do in the Cotswolds and narrow down some options from our Cotswold weekend breaks.
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1 – BOURTON & CENTRAL COTSWOLDS
Best place to stay in the Cotswolds for exploring charming villages
The defining image of the Cotswolds is honey-coloured cottages with steep pitched roofs, gathered to form idyllic villages lost in time. Set amongst wooded areas or curving around babbling brooks, the villages around Bourton and the central Cotswolds are some of the most photogenic spots in the UK.
While there is no shortage of cute villages all across the Cotswolds, the Bourton region gets our pick for the most atmospheric ones conveniently located in a central hub.
Our selection of hotels are full of rustic country charisma and plant you within spitting distance of the iconic weaver cottages of Bibury, the river-lined charm of Bourton-on-the-Water and the quaint beauty of Upper and Lower Slaughter.
Warm, friendly country-style inn with traditional touches and stylish modern finishings. The restaurant is a hit with customers.
THE OLD NEW INN
The Old New Inn is in a perfect location to explore the Cotswolds. It’s set in a beautifully decorated old building with a top-notch breakfast.
LORDS OF THE MANOR
Elegant manor house situated in the idyllic village of Upper Slaughter. This is a grand old stay with helpful staff and quirky traditional style.
2 – BATH & CASTLE COMBE
Best place to stay in the Cotswolds for independent shopping and immaculate villages
With Cotswold stone used to grandiose effect and cutting a niche between refined elegance and confident independence, Bath is one of our favourite cities in the UK. It’s loaded with Roman history, great architecture, a thriving coffee scene and a selection of restaurants at each end of the scale.
Just outside Bath, Castle Combe is nestled between forested hills and a meandering river. It’s regularly regarded as one of the most picturesque villages in the country and a great spot to base yourself for a weekend in the Cotswolds.
Read more on our guide to spending one day in Bath.
Stay in the best address in town on the Royal Crescent. The fully appointed spa, landscaped gardens and award-winning restaurants will make this a stay to remember.
It’s a luxurious stay in the Manor House at Castle Combe with award-winning dining, elegant country surrounds and the full spa treatment.
3 – BROADWAY & THE ESCARPMENT
Best place to stay in the Cotswolds for quirky galleries, great walks and big views
In the northwest of the Cotswolds, an escarpment cuts a natural divide between the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Severn Valley.
Here, the most dramatic sections of the Cotswolds Way provide some of the best hiking opportunities in the area. If you’re looking to spend more time in the outdoors, surrounded by excellent views, this is one of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds.
In addition to getting some mud on your walking boots, slip into your elegant footwear to visit two charming towns. Chipping Campden and Broadway is where you’ll find artists in their galleries and the well-heeled in their antique shops.
GUITING GUEST HOUSE
Warm friendly country style in a charming village, The Guiting Guest House is a relaxed, spotlessly clean stay with hosts who care about their business.
Lush picturesque setting with individually designed rooms, Buckland Manor is a stylish stay where every detail is considered. The restaurant features local farm produce.
4 – KINGHAM, DAYLESFORD & SOUTHROP
Where to stay in the Cotswolds for top-notch food and drink
Over the last 20 years, the food scene has well and truly made its mark on the Cotswolds. Gone are the days of drab pub lunches and soggy sandwiches. Now, innovative creations appear on pub menus and quality local produce is available in hipster farm shops and local market stalls.
The best place to stay in the Cotswolds for a foodie weekend is in or around Kingham – a great destination to include on a UK road trip.
The nearby Daylesford Organic has a decent brunch, cooking courses and a shop stocked with local produce. A little further north, the Hook Norton Brewery has been churning out ales for centuries, while the Cotswolds Distillery brings a touch of modern sheen to gin and whiskey production.
THE WILD RABBIT
As chic as it gets in the Cotswolds, the Wild Rabbit is a stylish, yet relaxed stay. The restaurant once had a Michelin star but lost it.
Thyme is a beautiful historic manor farm located in a country estate. With a passion for high-quality food, this is a memorable stay in the Cotswolds.
5 – OXFORD & BLENHEIM
Best place to stay in the Cotswolds for grand palaces and stunning architecture
To experience the imposing architecture built on the early wealth and power of the wool industry, head to the eastern edge of the Cotswolds.
Few places conjure up more majesty and glory than Oxford. Meander the quads of the colleges and stroll wonky laneways providing intermittent views of Oxford’s dreaming spires. Explore what is possibly the finest library in the world. Read our one-day Oxford itinerary for some ideas.
A few miles away visit Blenheim Palace, the seat of the Marlboroughs and one-time home of Winston Churchill. It’s one of the finest stately homes in the country with rooms teeming with aristocrat history, surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens.
Read more in our curated guide to the best things to do in Oxford.
One of our favourite pubs in the UK, the rustic Falkland Arms never fails to create that charming country pub atmosphere. The menu is all pub classics.
The chic country house feel of the Old Parsonage has a warm and friendly vibe that hits the spot with visitors looking for a blend of luxury and character.
The Galaxie is a friendly, family-run guesthouse in a leafy suburb just outside the centre of Oxford. There’s a hearty breakfast every day and facilities include parking and free wifi.
6 – DESTINATION STAYS
Best places to stay in the Cotswolds for destination dining and accommodation
If you’re thinking of a weekend getaway in the UK where you’ll spend more time in the hotel than outside it, there are some great places to stay in the Cotswolds to enjoy a luxurious getaway.
Spend lazy weekends unwinding in a stunning indoor pool; surrender to the care of a qualified massage therapist, or simply relax, feet up, in front of a roaring open fire.
There is no shortage of top-quality hotels in the Cotswolds to indulge for a weekend. But here are some suggestions from us where the accommodation is the destination.
THE LYGON ARMS
A quaint historic hotel with period features and top-quality service. Good enough for the royal clientele that once graced the halls.
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