While travelling throughout England I fell in love with many towns and villages, but my favorite of all are these 9 adorable Cotswold villages.
The Cotswolds is an area in south central England containing the Cotswold Hills. This range of rolling hills rise up from the meadows of the upper Thames river. Most of the villages are built using a yellow Jurassic limestone locally sourced, giving the homes their famous honey-coloured look.
The name Cotswold means, sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides due to the infamous Cotswold sheep raised in this region.
Each Cotswolds village is different and unique with a touch of it’s own something special. You will need to enjoy some time in each to find out which one you love the most.
Known for it’s famous row of houses, named Arlington Row, this village is situated along the River Coln. After visiting Arlington Row you will want to stop to feed the ducks and swans along the river, wander through the gardens of the Bibury Trout Farm and stop in at the little sandwich & ice cream stand for some Cotswolds honeycomb ice cream.
This beautiful village is located on the River Windrush and is filled with lovely shops, restaurants and tea rooms. Bourton-on-the-Water is known as one of the best market villages. I loved walking thru the many shops where I found a beautiful leather jacket for my hubby as well as the cutest little tea pot and saucer.
Upper Slaughter & Lower Slaughter-
Upper Slaughter resides on a gentle grassy slope above a stream that connects to Lower Slaughter. Upper Slaughter is known as a Double Thankful Village due to all their then members of the armed forces surviving both World War I and World War II.
Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful market town has a center square surrounded by an elegant array of Cotswold town houses and shops. Be sure to stop into the famed Huffkins Tea Rooms for afternoon tea and scones.
Snowshill sits on the top of the escarpment where ancient pretty cottages and a 19th century church cluster around a small green. You will find beautiful views of the surrounding valley while walking through this adorable village.
One of my favorites, this charming village, located on the By Brook, is a picturesque place to wander about. Pick up a homemade treat at the corner of the village square then wander down to laze by the river.
Chipping Campden is a small market town is notable for its elegant terraced High Street. I fell in love with the beautiful thatched roof homes here. Can you picture yourself living in one of these lovely homes?
Stanton is a typical Cotswold sleepy village has no signs of commercialization or shops. Here you will find ancient homes, a medieval cross and a Norman church, but this beautiful village is a joy to take in.
With so many adorable Cotswolds villages to choose from you will want to spend a few days to wandering around each village. Take a walk along one of the many country walking paths and take in the sights of the English countryside.
Which Cotswold village will you choose to stay in?
Until Next Time….Travel On!
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