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Whether you have time for a short break or a more extended holiday in the Cotswolds, you’re sure to fall in love with this beautiful green gem. Labelled an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 2011, the Cotswolds is a pretty English pocket filled with rolling hills, picturesque villages, and impressive stately homes.

With so much to see and do on a Cotswolds holiday, you’re bound to feel spoilt for choice. Here we’ll look at some of the best ways to spend your time in the area, including how to make the most of the beautiful landscape before you head back to your everyday life.

Walking in the Cotswolds

Exploring parts of the Cotswolds by foot is a great way to get back to nature, enjoy a little exercise, and take in some beautiful scenery with friends and family. There are lots of walking routes in the area. With most of the landscape covered by rolling hills and meadows, you’ll find your journeys pleasant and usually unchallenging.
Countless footpaths lace the Cotswolds, so find one and hop on for a walk of however far you’d like. If you’re looking for a more serious hike, try the Cotswold Way or Thames Path for a bit of a challenge.

Cotswolds cycling adventures

As well as walking, the Cotswolds is a perfect place to enjoy a bike ride. Whether you’re looking for an easygoing cycle around some leafy lanes or a more challenging ride on steep terrain, there’s a route for everyone here.
There are plenty of rental companies in the Cotswolds, so you can hire bikes and equipment and ask for the best routes close to your base. Perhaps you’d prefer to carve your own path? No problem! With lots of lanes, bridleways, and cross-country trails in the area, pick up a map and see what you can find.

Historic houses and museums

In an area known for its magnificent manor houses, it would be a shame to skip a visit during your Cotswolds holiday. There are lots of historic homes and museums to explore, so you can learn a little about local history and enjoy some exquisite architecture too. Favourites include Blenheim Palace, Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Broadway Tower, and Chastleton House.

Choosing a hotel near the Cotswolds

If you’re planning a holiday to the Cotswolds, you’re sure to want a perfect hotel to accommodate your stay. It can be an excellent idea to choose a nearby town or city hotel, for comfort and cleanliness you can trust from the very moment you arrive.
We have Accor hotels to suit every style in Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, and Cheltenham, all neighbouring the beautiful Cotswolds. 
From luxurious MGallery options in Bath and Cheltenham to family-friendly Mercure and Novotel hotels nearby, you can tailor your trip to suit your wishes. Choose a reliable hotel and be sure we’re doing all we can to ensure your holiday runs smoothly.

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