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The Cotswolds: The Prettiest Place In England!

When I picture England in my mind I see rolling hills, castles and medieval looking villages with houses covered in yellow limestone and thatched roofs. Whilst sadly this is not the case everywhere this fairytale image can be found in one particular area of England and that is the picturesque region of the Cotswolds.  I have spent around six months in the UK in total and the Cotswold area is by far my favourite, it is absolutely stunning and looks exactly like I always dreamt England would look.
Here is a short guide to everything you need to know about exploring this dreamy destination.

 

 

HOW TO GET TO THE COTSWOLDS

The Cotswolds can be found in South-Central England, roughly two hours north of London. It is shared across five regions of the country including Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Whilst you could catch a train up from London (Moreton in Marsh would be the train station I recommend) it would be difficult to see the surrounding areas without your own form of transport. I recommend hiring a car but if you’re a keen and confident cyclist this could also be an option.

 

 

 

THE BEST VILLAGES TO VISIT IN THE COTSWOLDS

 

STOW ON THE WOLD

Stow-on-the-Wold is the largest town in this list and so I recommend it as the first stop. It was here that the last skirmish of the English Civil War took place in 1646. This is a great place to stop and have some lunch, we ate at the ‘Porch House Pub,’ which apparently is the oldest Inn in all of England. I recommend the Burger with the thrice cooked chips. Delish!

 

 

 

UPPER SLAUGHTER

Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter are two of the prettiest villages in all of the Cotswolds. Be sure to park your car, wander down the alleyways and admire St Peters, a historic Norman Church which dates back to the 12th century.

 

 

LOWER SLAUGHTER

The tiny village of Lower Slaughter is so picturesque and my favourite section of the whole Cotswolds. Be sure to wander along by the River Eye and admire the idyllic cottages and bridges that surround. Make your way past the Victorian Corn Mill with the working Water Wheel where you’ll find a tiny store selling organic, home-made ice-cream. I recommend the caramel shortcake or double chocolate flavours. Yum!

 

 

 

 

BIBURY

The tiniest village of them all is Bibury which Fox News apparently once called ‘one of the worlds most picturesque villages.’ Arlington Row, the main attraction of Bibury, is often referred to as the most photographed and beautiful cottages in all of England. The tiny cottages, which sit beside the River Coln, are entirely made from local stone. It is picturesque!

 

 

All four of these villages are within a forty minute drive from each other so could easily be explored in a day. I fell absolutely in love with the Cotswolds and can’t wait to return and explore even more of this magical region.

 

 

Would you like to explore the Cotswolds next time you visit England?
OR if you’ve been lucky enough to visit the Cotswolds already what other villages should I explore next time?
Let me know in the comments below!
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21 Comments

  • Reply David 29/06/2017 at 11:34 am

    Such a humble and beautiful side

  • Reply Mike 27/11/2016 at 5:37 pm

    Such a nice part of the world. I’m in Malaysia now and this post made me miss the UK a little! Thanks for sharing

    • Reply Seven Continents Sasha 07/12/2016 at 1:33 pm

      Aw, glad I could make you reminisce a little. Enjoy the warmth of malaysia though, it’s cold and grey over here right now!

  • Reply Tracy Chong 11/11/2016 at 2:28 pm

    I am dying looking at your photos. Haha..I have never been to England although it is in my wishlist. All your photos reminds me of the children storybook I read when I was still a young kid. The villages are so lovely! 🙂

    • Reply Seven Continents Sasha 22/11/2016 at 2:51 pm

      Oh I am so glad that it is making you want to visit, it does indeed look like a book. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Juliette | Snorkels to Snow 09/11/2016 at 9:01 pm

    I remember visiting the Cotswolds on a UK trip with my parents when I was about. I didn’t care much about most sites my mum and dad wanted to see but I do remember loving the Cotswolds! Such a beautiful part of the country and the streets & houses are just gorgeous!

  • Reply Khansa 09/11/2016 at 8:58 pm

    Cotswolds looks lovely. I would definitely be sure to check that place out when I make it to the UK. Those pics arent just enought. I want to see more of them 😃

  • Reply Courtney Jones 09/11/2016 at 8:07 pm

    There are so many amazing looking places outside of London! Cotswolds looks gorgeous – would love to spend a long weekend there!

  • Reply Lydia@LifeUntraveled 09/11/2016 at 6:57 pm

    I haven’t been to the Cotswolds but I will definitely keep them in mind if ever I’m in England. These villages are quintessentially Old English and look like they belong in a fairy tale – I just love all the stone cottages they’re just so charming!

  • Reply Kreete 09/11/2016 at 11:12 am

    How awesome are these villages! You have captured some great photos! And I totally agree that this is what I imagined the whole of England must look like too, until I actually went and lived there for over a year ha! Never made it to any of these places to, might have to go back sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Deni 09/11/2016 at 12:42 am

    One of my favourite Instagrammers was actually posting quite a few photos of the Cotswolds earlier this summer and I’ve been wanting to go eversince! Your photos of Lower Slaughter in particular were quite stunning! I would definitely be keen to rent a bike and make my way between each of the little towns. How many towns are there? Approximately how far are they each from each other? Also what else is there to do in the Cotswolds?

    • Reply Seven Continents Sasha 22/11/2016 at 3:41 pm

      Awesome. Well there are loads and loads of towns in the Cotswold’s regions but I visited these ones as they are supposed to be the best. Long walks, cycling, picnics and pub lunches are definitely the top things to do there!

  • Reply Natasha Welch 09/11/2016 at 12:37 am

    Ooh this is such a cute place! I’m from the UK but never been to the Cotswolds. Next year I”m back to Leeds for university and plan to have many a weekend trip, this is definitely on the cards now, thanks! Also, I love the place names in British villages they’re so funny haha.

    • Reply Seven Continents Sasha 22/11/2016 at 3:43 pm

      Ha yes, I thought they were funny too. You will definitely have to take a weekend trip here. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Katie 08/11/2016 at 11:33 pm

    The Cotswolds has always been one of those places I have always wanted to go but not got around to it. I only live a few hours away and this blog has made me decide to get my butt there next summer! Thanks for your town and pub recommendations, will use these!

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