One of the prettiest parts of the UK, it’s little wonder the Cotswolds is such a popular holiday spot. Brimming with breathtaking natural beauty, honey stone villages and plenty of traditional pubs, this region was simply made for a relaxing staycation.
Take a hike through the rolling hills, stopping for some tasty pub grub afterwards, or else try your hand at an array of water sports at Cotswold Water Park. The activities available in the Cotswolds are endless and there’s certainly something to suit every kind of holidaymaker.
Top it all off with a luxury cottage complete with a private hot tub and you’re onto an absolute belter of a getaway. From beautiful barn conversions with open plan living to log cabins overlooking lakes, we know all the very best cottages with hot tubs in the local area.
Overflowing with beautiful towns and villages, picking a holiday home in the area can feel a little overwhelming. Luckily, we know all the very best spots for an extra special hot tub holiday in the Cotswolds.
Best for: A spot of shopping
Home to the world-famous Cheltenham Festival, there are plenty of reasons why the town of Cheltenham is worth a visit. Gorgeous Georgian architecture, pretty landscaped public parks and plenty of restaurants, bars and shops. You certainly won’t be stuck for things to do in this sumptuous spa town.
Best for: An idyllic hot tub break
Known as ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’, Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the area’s most beautiful villages. Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, the River Windrush flows through the centre of the village and under a series of stone bridges - hence the nickname.
Best for: History lovers
Small but perfectly formed, Asthall is just the ticket for those seeking a little peace and quiet. Made up of quaint streets lined with the honey-hued stone cottages typical of the region, Asthal has a rich history. The first settlement here dates all the way back to the Roman times.
Best for: A peaceful countryside staycation
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Cheltenham, Hawling is the ideal hideaway for those seeking a spot of tranquility. Yet it still has all the delights of the celebrated spa town nearby.
Best for: A shopper’s paradise
Situated on the highest point of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, the bustling market town of Chipping Norton is well worth a visit. Home to an array of antique shops, quirky boutiques and a craft market on Saturdays, this is the perfect spot for shopping.
Famous for its rolling hills, sleepy honey stone villages and charming medieval churches, there are endless reasons to ditch the four wheels and explore the Cotswolds on two feet instead.
The Leckhampton Loop
Walk length: 4.5 miles
Wend your way through verdant grassland and enchanting woodlands, visiting iron age forts and Victorian quarries along the way on the splendid Leckhampton Loop.
Circular Walk Around Bourton on the Water
Walk length: Three miles
Take in all the sights and sounds of ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’ on this relaxed three-mile stroll. The Circular Walk Around Bourton on the Water makes use of both the North Cotswold Diamond Way and the Oxfordshire Way, to take you through the village and out to some pretty fishing lakes.
Swinbrook & Asthall
Walk length: Five miles
Starting at the bucolic village of Asthall, the lovely Swinbrook & Asthall route allows you to explore the endless beauty of the Windrush Valley. Passing by medieval churches, historic manors and picturesque pubs, you’ll be spoiled by beautiful Cotswolds views everywhere you turn.
The Hollow Bottom Pub Loop from Guiting Power
Walk length: 5.5 miles
There’s nothing quite like a good walk which involves a length stop at a cosy local pub. And The Hollow Bottom Pub Loop from Guiting Power does just that. Beginning at the village of Guiting Power, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts half way through the hike with a stop at the snug Hollow Bottom pub.
Chipping Norton to Over Norton
Location: Chipping Norton
Walk length: 2.5 miles
The Chipping Norton to Over Norton route takes you from the town’s bustling High Street, through charming kissing gates, past enchanting woodland and out onto the green meadows.