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Holiday Lodges in Cotswolds
- Hot tubs
- Romantic retreat
- Explore the Cotswolds
- Close to Blenheim Palace
Spanning almost eight hundred square miles of picturesque countryside and covering five counties from Gloucestershire to Worcestershire, the Cotswolds leaves guests aching to go back long after their lodge breaks in this beautiful county.
Visitors can expect unspoilt views across the unique English countryside, historical Cotswold honey stone buildings and castles, and rolling hills that offer green vistas for further than the eye can see.
With dozens of quaint villages each offering their own character and appeal, there are many bustling market towns to explore, plenty of countryside for long enjoyable walks near royal estates, stately homes, and lake areas that make for a relaxing break in the country.
Town and Country
If you’re wondering what there is to do in the Cotswolds, you’ll be amazed by the choice and variety on offer. First up, we’d recommend visiting at least a few of the many beautiful towns spread out across the county – each has its own perfect blend of beauty, culture, and attractions and all offer some excellent shopping opportunities. Admire the architecture of Cheltenham, thought to be the most complete Regency town in the world, visit what’s argued to be the oldest pub on the globe in the Tudor town of Tewkesbury, or perhaps join high society and indulge in a polo class in Stroud.
For those seeking a more rural break in the Cotswolds, you’re certainly in the right place with over three thousand miles of footpaths and bridleways on your doorstep to explore for some of the best rambling, cycling, and horseriding you’ll encounter in the UK. There are plenty of historic houses and gardens including the previous home of Henry VIII at Sudeley Castle, and the wonderful blend of colourful trees at Westonbirt Arboretum. Kids will love the wonders of Cotswold Farm Park where they can feed animals, and Cotswold Wildlife Park where they can get up close and personal with animals and birds from around the globe.
Thrill-seekers will be stunned to discover there’s surfing on offer in the rural region thanks to the Severn Bore inland wave that’s quite the phenomenon in the region. Cotswold Water Park enables guests to indulge in a variety of watersports with its very own lakeside beach, and Stroud’s Rush Skate Park is a boarder’s paradise.
Another exciting adventure is to grab a classic car and take the iconic ‘Romantic Road’ of the Cotswolds, which takes visitors round many of the beautiful, quaint towns and villages. Particular highlights include the Cotswold honey-stone model village in Bourton-on-the-Water, and visiting the heritage steam railway in Toddington. For something a little different, why not hop aboard a hot air balloon one summer evening for an aerial view of the beautiful Cotswold countryside?
The Cotswolds is a creative region well-known for its many festivals, from food to horse racing to jazz – and of course, the bizarre yet world-renowned Cheese Rolling festival. In spring, join the Irish at Cheltenham Gold Cup for some world-class horse racing and place bets amongst celebrities, or perhaps join in the fun of Badminton Horse Trials or the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
In summer, head for the circus or attend the Times Science Festival or a number of music and food festivals including Cornbury Festival and the Big Feastival. The international Cheltenham Literature Festival takes place in autumn, and has attracted guests including Hilary Clinton, Nigella Lawson, and Russell Brand amongst many others.
Thanks to the agricultural landscape, you can expect an excellent harvest of fresh, local produce from cheese to meat and ales, which the Cotswolds’ many fine restaurants and cafes certainly use to their advantage. Visitors to the area won’t have any trouble finding great pubs and restaurants in the area, and fine dining is in abundance thanks to the sprinkling of Michelin stars across the region.
Don’t miss authentic Double Gloucester cheese and Gloucester Old Spot pork and find out more about their production, as well as Tewkesbury mustard, Bibury trout, and Stinking Bishop cheese. As for beverages, be sure to try county distilled Cotswolds Dry Gin and a pint of local ale in one of the many Cotswolds pubs – why not jump on the Gloucestershire Ale Trail to sample some of the area’s best craft brews?
Luxury Cotswolds lodge holidays
Choose from town or country during your stay in the Cotswolds, with a range of wonderful lodges on offer for a perfectly relaxing break. For families looking for an active break in the country, Whitemead Forest Park is perfect, located next to the Forest of Dean for tree climbing, trail walking, and many other activities including fencing, swimming, and table tennis. For couples seeking an indulgent retreat whilst remaining close to many of the area’s stunning attractions, Bluewood Lodges is perfect, nestled close to the excellent dining options of Kingham and Blenheim Palace.
If you are looking visit the Cotswolds Lodges on your next holiday you will be spoilt for choice. With so many high quality parks in this region it will be hard to decide where to stay.