Posted on January 19, 2019
The Cotswolds is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous parts of England. We are of course totally biased! Here are some of our favourite towns and villages, stunning all year round, however, particularly gorgeous with a dusting of snow.
Possibly one of the most renowned villages of The Cotswolds, Bibury is a true gem which was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as "the most beautiful village in England". The quintessential Arlington Row, a row of weavers cottages built of local stone next to the River Coln, is one of England's most iconic and photographed places. Nearby Bibury Trout Farm and the Saxon Church, the Church of St Mary, are well worth a visit. The perfect stop for a spot of lunch is The Swan Hotel, a beautiful place to eat and stay with an impressive facade adorned with climbing foliage.
Situated just a few miles from Chipping Campden, this Cotswold village is stunning. Home to an array of quintessential Cotswold stone houses, the village has fabulous walks on its doorstep. The sensational Ebrington Arms is the place to go to dust off those snow boots and enjoy a well deserved tipple. The menu is superb and it has possibly the cosiest fireplace around!
Bisley is a compact and cosy village, steeped in history with gorgeous views overlooking the valley of the Stroudwater and the River Frome. The village has a striking collection of Cotswold architecture from large houses to typical quintessential cottages and is home to both The Bear and The Stirrup Cup, Bisley Blue Coat primary school and All Saints Saxon church.
This stunning Cotswold town has so much to offer and just so happens to be extremely pretty too! The delightful High Street is lined with horse chestnut trees and includes a mixture of period houses and picturesque honey coloured Cotswold stone cottages. If you're coming to The Cotswolds you must stop off in Broadway for a sneak peak. The Broadway Deli, an independent delicatessen and cafe, displays the best shop window we’ve seen in a very long time - it is well worth a visit! Nearby Broadway Tower offers stunning views over the surrounding countryside.
Often referred to as the "Queen of The Cotswolds", Painswick is a historic wool town nestled in the famous Cotswold Hills surrounded by breathtaking Gloucestershire countryside. The town is steeped in history and its charm and character is apparent in the sensational honey coloured Cotswold stone buildings which line the streets. A Fair Trade town, Painswick is home to a variety of small shop and galleries, pubs, restaurants and tea shops. The Painswick is the ideal boutique hotel weekend getaway and wouldn't be a bad place to be snowed in!
Edward Dowling so accurately describes it as " And Castle Combe presents this charming scene, of hill, woods and meadows cloth'd in green. Here grand terrestrial scenes, almost celestial nice, makes Castle Combe, sweet vale, an earthy Paradise." What more is there to say!