The Prettiest Cotswold Villages for Cottage Holidays
Many of the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds are historical places with lovely buildings and cottages built largely in medieval times when this area of England grew rich from the wool trade which was a real money spinner! Plenty of spinning and weaving of wool went on here too and many of the prettiest cottages were originally weaver’s cottages. Watermills in which the wool was spun and processed are also a feature of many of these villages.
Country Cottages Online’s Pick of the Prettiest Cotswold Villages
- Bibury - this is a celebrated Cotswolds village that is definitely on the tourist map! Described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’ this really is a very beautiful hamlet which with its location by the River Coln in Gloucestershire is a joy to wander around. The cottages in Arlington Row are much photographed and extremely pretty with their quintessentially Cotswold honey-coloured stone. There are a couple of country inns in Bibury where you can stop off for a drink or a pub meal, as well as tea rooms.
- Broadway - the small village of Broadway in Worcestershire in the Cotswolds with its fine honey-coloured buildings and long straight tree-lined High Street is no well kept secret. Although small, you will find a scattering of interesting antique shops, boutique shops, galleries and eateries in picture-perfect Broadway. Nearby attractions include Broadway Tower where you can soak up what are said to be some of the best views of the Cotswolds countryside from this fascinating tower house.
- Lower Slaughter & Upper Slaughter - Sshh! The tranquil villages of Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter are still well kept secrets. Visit these quiet little villages in Gloucestershire and chances are you will be able to enjoy them without the presence of too many tourists. In Upper Slaughter, enjoy a walk past the impressive honey coloured Manor House (now a hotel) that dates back to the 15th century and wander down to the pretty village of Lower Slaughter.
Lower Slaughter has been voted the Cotswolds’ most beautiful village and there is an old watermill there which is now a museum, plus a riverside tea room, and some very picturesque cottages. Upper and Lower Slaughter are two of the most tranquil villages to be found in the English Cotswolds where you can enjoy a taste of a time gone by.