6 Hidden Gems for a Cotswolds Break
When people think of the UK, the first thing that pops out in their minds is London, and they’re pretty much done with their thought process. From the stunning mountains in Wales to the intricate cobbled streets in Edinburgh, the UK certainly has a plethora of great things to offer.
A lot of people have travelled, studied and worked in England, but missed out on the great opportunity to travel deep within the skirts of the ethereal beauty of this country. One of the places that should not be missed out is the Cotswolds, which is nestled in the heart of South Central England.
Here are five hidden gems you have to explore during your holiday break in the Cotswolds…
The Honey-colored stones of Burford
The first stop of your Cotswold journey will be in the town of Burford. You wouldn’t expect that the main street was lined with honey-colored stone and fancy little shops that will make your hearts melt with pure English dainty. With 790 square miles of hills filled with limestone, it’s not so surprising to see honey-colored stones aged through time. It is also home to beautiful places to stay if you want to stay a little longer.
The Newark Park
If you’re up to some old and historical infrastructures, you may want to take a little detour at a nearby village of Ozleworth and find for yourself one of the hunting lodges of the famous House of Tudor – the Newark Park.
This historical abode sits in an estate of 700 acres at the southern tip of the Cotswold escarpment. What’s even more stunning of this place is the scenic view down the Severn Valley to the Severn Estuary. This house and the estate have been in the care of the National Trust, so I bet it is quite impossible to book a reservation here.
The Sudeley Castle and Garden
Located near the town of Winchcombe, Sudeley Castle is one of the many exquisite castles in England that retained its stark beauty. One of the most notable things in this castle is their mesmerizing knot garden, which is designed and maintained to a very high standard. People visit this castle just to explore the beauty of Sudeley Garden.
Would you believe that there’s a family who lived here up until now? Yes! Even though this castle is also considered a chapel castle with the remains of Queen Catherine Parr rested here, Sudeley Castle is one of the very few castles in England that remains to be a residence. Albeit, there’s a schedule for tourist visits and alike, but private family areas are off limits.
The Broadway Tower
Today, the Broadway Tower is considered the ultimate tourist attraction in the Cotswold escarpment. This tower is located in the town of Broadway and the center of a country park with numerous art exhibitions open to the public.
This place is also monumental, as this had been the home of William Morris for some time and became the monitor nuclear fallout and an underground bunker during the Cold War in the late 1950s.
The Town of Burton-on-the-Water
The last of your trip would be in the very famous town of Burton-on-the-Water. This is a beautiful homey town in Cotswold residing along a steady flowing river.
This quaint town is often compared to Venice in Italy because of a beautiful steady flowing river cutting through the center of the town. The many centuries-old bridges crossing over this river are truly a very admirable view. Now, if you’re tired from wandering around the place, you can have a seat along the river banks, and put yourself into relax mode.
A Log Cabin Break
Whilst exploring the beautiful villages of the Cotswolds visitors often forget to look for other options for accommodation. The Cotswolds is home to one of the best log cabin escapes in the UK and this is one not to be missed!