The perfectly picturesque Cotswolds

One of the most famous regions in England, the Cotswolds offer picture perfect scenery, little towns to wander through and stone built houses galore. 

Bourton-on-the-Water is absolutely beautiful with bridges criss-crossing the River Windrush and is deserving of its moniker the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’. There are some lovely attractions in the village including the Model Village, a scale replica of the village itself, the Cotswolds Motoring Museum, Birdland Park and Gardens which features penguins and birds of prey displays and the Dragonfly Maze (more challenging than it seems). 

There are many other towns in the area worth a visit, such as the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh and nearby Stow-on-the-Wold with its large array of antique shops which are just perfect for a browse. Part of the joy of the Cotswolds is the never ending scenery as you drive between the towns. In Chipping Campden you can see the Market Hall, an iconic sight in the village. Dating from 1627, it is now in the care of the National Trust.

Also recommended is ‘The Slaughters’ – consisting of Lower and Upper Slaughter. Lower Slaughter is particularly pretty and the Old Mill is a defining feature. 

Further down you find Cirencester, with its impressive church tower, attractive market square and remains of a Roman amphitheatre. Make sure you enjoy an afternoon tea in one of the many towns in a beautiful cafe for that perfect ‘English’ moment.

Alexandra Fletcher, Business and Operations Executive, February 2020