Posted on December 10, 2021
The Cotswolds is often a popular spot for getting away from reality to experience a much slower pace, in a land where time seemingly stands still. The countryside often feels like a world away from typical life, however more and more people are trading in the city and urban living for a cottage in the quiet Cotswolds. We’ve shortlisted just a few of our favourite Instagram accounts that share what choosing life in The Cotswolds countryside actually looks like.
Explore The Cotswolds one beautiful room at a time, from large, traditional country manors to cosy cottages. The Cotswolds is home to everything quintessentially English, and Cotswold Interior takes you on a journey through all the homes and indoor spaces to explore elegant interiors that are full of charm.
We love Georgie’s account, documenting The Cotswolds from gorgeous scenery and wanders through local towns and villages to her day to day life in the countryside. We particularly love little gems such as Georgie’s combine harvester appreciation video and sneak peeks of beautifully decorated corners of her barn home.
The Little Stone Cottage follows the journey of Emma Diaz and the renovation of her cottage in The Cotswolds, bringing the little piece of English history back to life. Emma’s renovation journey is truly a joy and exciting story to follow, for example, her discovery of gorgeous elm beams dating back to the 1700s!
On top of this, Emma also shares useful tips on how to integrate various colour palettes into your home and reassuring before and midway through renovation photos, showing a very realistic view of what renovating your home can look like.
We have more wonderful Cotswolds renovation stories here to read.
Jane Lanyon and Helen Holmes are lovely local interior designers, based in the wonderful village of Chedworth and are magicians when it comes to transforming houses into homes.
Across their grid, you can follow their amazing styling tips and stunning portfolio of work within The Cotswolds across a variety of traditional English homes, such as cottages, manors, barns and an old forge conversion. On their stories, we love the little behind the scenes look into what interior design life is like in The Cotswolds!
With a camera in hand and seemingly always wandering around this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cotswolds on Camera is an account focussed on capturing everything in The Cotswolds that make this place wonderful. We love exploring the place we call home through her feed and seeing the mutual love for the beloved honey stoned cottages. There are also some fantastic story highlights for Cirencester, Bourton on the Water and Broadway with plenty of lovely recommendations of places to visit in this area.
Melanie’s account is definitely one to follow for interiors lovers, sharing tips on repurposing old furniture, simple yet effective ideas on ways to update your home as well as some behind the scenes insight into what life as an interior designer looks like. Melanie also has the most amazing views from her Cotswolds home. On top of seeing her amazing interior design work across The Cotswolds to New York and The Hamptons, we love her day in the life stories which givie you a real sense of what life in the countryside is really like.
Sims-Hilditch studio is recognised as a leader in the world of all things home and design, having been recognised and shortlisted by The Sunday Times, House & Garden and Country Life to name a few. For that reason, you know that Emma, founder of Sims-Hilditch Studio, has the most amazing countryside stories and aesthetic across her whole feed.
When she’s not sharing the innovative work from her studio, Emma has beautiful posts sharing her love of the countryside.
Cotswolds Guide is the go-to place to organise a tour of The Cotswolds. All local experts, their account give you a little bit of insight into the spots you can visit on their tours across this beautiful area. Whether you’re admiring The Cotswolds from afar or planning a trip here, we love that their feed feels like an up to date timeline of what the area’s looking like. Not too curated, it’s such an authentic feed sharing recent snaps that they love.
Chris’ account is one of our favourites and probably the most personal on this list. Chris lives on the famous cheese rolling hill in The Cotswolds and shares many moments from his life here across his stories, from gorgeous sunsets to his journey of restoring a 300 year old cottage and garden. If you want insight into the day to day life of someone living in The Cotswolds, Chris is definitely worth a follow!