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Best Places to Stay in The Cotswolds: The Ultimate Guide

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The image shows Castle Combe in The Cotswolds.
Castle Combe

Some of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds are utterly magical.

But, you’ll want to choose a base that suits your travel style whilst still having reasonable access to many must-see attractions.

We’ve been travelling to and from the Cotswolds for over 5 years since living in the nearby town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

We’ve been to almost every town and village and know the area like the back of our hands.

In this guide, you’ll find a brief overview of the north, central and south Cotswolds.

This should give you an idea of which area will suit you the most. We’ll then break this down further into towns and villages and give you budget, mid-range and luxury accommodation recommendations for each.

At the end of the guide, you’ll also find an FAQ which answers questions such as the best area for couples, those with dogs, etc.

To make the most of your trip, we’d recommend picking 2-4 locations and spending 1-3 nights in each.

Alternatively, you can check out our Cotswolds itinerary and follow that instead.

Quick picks: 3 best places to stay in the Cotswolds

If you’re in a hurry, then this section of the guide is for you.

The below selection of mid-range hotels are situated in towns and villages that we highly recommend visiting.

We’ve chosen a range of locations which will allow you to cover almost all of the Cotswolds if you were to be doing a road trip.

If mid-range isn’t your travel style, then head to the location heading below to find budget and luxury alternatives.

Broadway – The Broadway Hotel

The image shows The Broadway Hotel in the Cotswolds.
photo by The Broadway Hotel

Here’s what we love:

  • Central location
  • Excellent food
  • On-site parking
  • Pet friendly

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Burford – The Highway Inn

The image shows The Highway Inn in the Cotswolds.
photo by The Highway Inn
The image shows The Highway Inn in the Cotswolds.
photo by The Highway Inn

Here’s what we love:

  • Characterful building with a modern twist
  • Central location
  • Great outdoor dining space
  • Pet friendly

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Tetbury – Priory Inn

The image shows The Priory Inn.
photo by The Priory Inn

Here’s what we love:

  • Historic building
  • Fantastic restaurant that’s popular among locals
  • Away from the hustle and bustle but still within walking distance to Tetbury

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Which is the best area of the Cotswolds for you to stay in?


The image shows where to stay in the Cotswolds: Broadway.

The North Cotswolds is packed full of picturesque villages and towns, epic hiking trails and more than a few farm shops.

You’ll find villages and towns that are bustling all year round and others that are peaceful and serene with little more than a few tweeting birds to fill the silence.

Most of the popular things to do are within close proximity to each other in the North, making it great for those who are only in the area for a short amount of time.

Many people who are visiting the north area by train will most likely arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh.

This has a well-connected station that brings in many visitors from larger cities such as London in 1 hour 30 minutes.

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Stratford-upon-Avon is just 30 minutes north of the Cotswolds.

This is another desirable location that people enjoy visiting due to its connection with Shakespeare.

Those looking to combine a trip to the Cotswolds with a trip here will find it more convenient if they are in the north.


The image shows Bibury in the Cotswolds.

The Central Cotswolds provide a more remote experience whilst having quick access to larger towns on the edge of the Cotswolds like Cirencester and Cheltenham.

Both of these have plenty going on all year round and are worth visiting if you’re in the area.

From Cheltenham, you can catch the old Warwickshire Gloucestershire Heritage Steam train to the north area.

This is one of the most romantic things to do in the Cotswolds and it will also take you to Winchcombe and Broadway which we recommend visiting.

Ultimately, the central area is great for those who are looking for a slower-paced trip with quieter villages on their doorstep and the opportunity to travel to larger towns just outside the Cotswolds.

Nature will be abundant and you’ll be able to travel to and from the north and south of your central base quite easily.


The image shows countryside in the Cotswolds.

The south area has fewer villages and towns than the north and central area.

Yet, there is one very popular village – if not the most popular village – in the Cotswolds that people flock to visit: Castle Combe.

This iconic village is certainly one of the prettiest villages on offer and it’s a must-see if you’re staying anywhere near the southern Cotswolds.

Whilst the south lacks in towns and villages, it makes up for it with a number of walking trails, with the start of the infamous Cotswolds Way at your fingertips.

The south is also a great opinion for those looking to combine their trip with one of the most stunning cities in the UK – Bath.

Overall, we’d recommend the south if you’re primary reason for visiting the area is for walking and you’re not too fussed about visiting many towns and villages.

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds: area guide and hotel recommendations

North Cotswolds


The image shows Broadway Tower.
Broadway Tower

Broadway is located at the very top of the Cotswolds. It’s a picturesque and lively village with rolling hills as a backdrop.

There are plenty of independent cafes and restaurants dotted around the high street and the well-known Broadway Tower is within walking distance from the centre.

Other popular attractions here include the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Heritage Steam Train, Snowshill Manor and Cotswolds Lavender Farm.

With so many benefits, Broadway doesn’t come cheap.

Even our budget recommendation here is more than what we’d consider budget-friendly.

If you’re set on staying in Broadway, then we’d recommend staying here during the week to soften the blow on the cost.

Budget: The Lodge at Broadway
The image shows The Lodge Hotel which is where to stay in the Cotswolds.
photo by The Lodge at Broadway

The Lodge at Broadway offers a great central location along the high street.

It’s a self-check-in hotel that offers a variety of rooms suitable for solo travellers all the way up to large groups.

Each room comes equipped with everything you’d need for a short stay and free parking is available on site.

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Mid-range: The Broadway Hotel
The image shows a hotel in the Cotswolds covered in wysteria.
photo by The Broadway Hotel

The Broadway Hotel is a mid-range honey-stone hotel that’s draped in wisteria during the spring.

It offers characterful rooms and is praised for its excellent food. You’ll also find a communal area equipped with a roaring fire on a winter’s day – it’s the ultimate cosy place to relax.

Its location is central and it comes with free on-site parking. In addition, this hotel also invites pets to join you on your trip.

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Luxury: Abbots Grange Manor House Hotel
The image shows the courtyard of Abbots Grange Manor House Hotel.

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The image shows the bedroom at Abbots Grange Manor House Hotel.
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Abbots Grange Manor House Hotel

Abbots Grange Manor House Hotel is a five-star, adults-only, luxurious hotel and it’s hands down one of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds.

It’s tucked away on a quiet road, yet is still within walking distance to the high street.

It’s set on over 8 acres of land with tennis courts and immaculate gardens.

Inside, you’ll find numerous lounges with burning fires, inviting guests to relax and unwind. The rooms here are grand, with rich colours throughout and four-poster beds draped in Egyptian cotton.

We’d go as far as saying that Abbots Grange Manor House Hotel is the best hotel you’ll find in Broadway.

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Unique accommodation

The Fish Hotel

The image shows two bathtubs at the Fish Hotel which is one of the most unique places to stay in the Cotswolds.
photo by The FIsh Hotel

The Fish Hotel offers regular hotel rooms, but also offers glamping in the Cotswolds.

You’ll find shepherd’s huts, as well as tree houses.

On top of that, The Fish Hotel is set on 400 acres of land and the layout of the grounds and facilities almost represent a tiny village.

It has become increasingly popular over the years and has attracted many celebrities, so don’t expect to find a bargain here.

However, if the cost of staying here is outside of your budget, then you can always pop in for ‘tipsy tea’ instead.

It’s essentially an alcoholic afternoon tea with a jazzy name!

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Chipping Campden

The image shows Chipping Campden high street.
Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden is one of the larger towns in the Cotswolds that has a high street filled with honey-stone buildings that are very pleasing to the eye.

It’s approximately 10-15 minutes away from places like Broadway, Snowshill and Moreton-in-Marsh, which are must-see locations in the area.

There are plenty of boutique shops to explore and cosy coffee shops to relax in, as well as access to incredible views from Dovers Hill.

Chipping Campden is also home to the Pudding Club at the Three Ways House Hotel – an entirely unique experience that should be part of every Cotswolds itinerary.

If you like the sound of Broadway but can’t justify the cost, then Chipping Campden is your next best option.

Budget: Volunteer Inn
The image shows the outside of the Volunteer Inn.
photo by Volunteer Inn

The image shows a room inside the Volunteer Inn.
photo by Volunteer Inn

The Volunteer Inn is a locally owned home away from home.

As well as some traditional casks of ale, you have access to insider tips on the best places to visit in the Cotswolds.

Whilst this isn’t a 5* hotel, it’s clean, comfortable and has everything that you might need for a trip to the area.

It’s centrally located, very cosy and looks the part from the outside. Most of all, it’s budget-friendly.

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Mid-range: Bantam Tea Rooms
The image shows a room inside one of the best locations to stay in the Cotswolds.
Bantam Tea Rooms

Bantam Tea Rooms is a sweet little bed and breakfast. As the name suggests, it’s primarily a tea room, where you’ll find plenty of delicious things to eat.

However, in recent years, it’s expanded into a characterful bed and breakfast that is a quiet and charming place to stay.

There are just a few rooms here, each with rustic décor that screams cosiness.

Bantam Tea Rooms is conveniently located on the high street and also offers private parking.

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Luxury: Woolmarket House
The image shows a bedroom inside Woolmarket House.
photo by Woolmarket House

The image shows the terrace at Woolmarket House, one of the most luxurious places to stay in the Cotswolds.
photo by Woolmarket House

Woolmarket House is a 5-star hotel filled with low-hanging beams, four-poster beds, free-standing baths and more.

It’s centrally located with quick access to many of the desirable amenities in the town, however, it also has its own top-quality Mediterranean restaurant and tennis courts.

With just 6 rooms, staying here is an intimate experience with very attentive staff who are all over the detail and very focused on ensuring their guests have a great stay.

For a 5-star hotel that’s in a great location, you get a lot of bang for your buck at Woolmarket House.

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Lower/Upper Slaughter

The image shows Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds.
Lower Slaughter

Lower and Upper Slaughter are two tiny villages. Neither offers a high street filled with coffee shops, but they do provide an idyllic setting with pretty cobbled houses that line the crystal clear rivers.

In Lower Slaughter, you’ll find a few places to eat and dozens of hiking trails. Upper Slaughter is slightly smaller, however, it’s just as pretty as Lower Slaughter and far less crowded with visitors.

If you’re visiting or staying in this area, then we’d recommend heading to Lower Slaughter over Upper Slaughter, which can be pretty hectic during peak season.

There are only a few hotels in this location, neither of which are considered budget.

Mid-range: The Slaughters Country Inn
The image shows The Slaughters Country Inn from the front.
photo by The Slaughters Country Inn

The image shows some food from The Slaughters Country Inn.
photo by The Slaughters Country Inn

The Slaughters Country Inn is situated in Lower Slaughter on 4 acres of land.

It’s an absolutely stunning country mansion that’s on the doorstep of the well-known riverside that people flock to in this area.

The rooms are grand with free-standing baths and the food is excellent.

Staff here go above and beyond to ensure guests have a perfect stay, and nothing is too much trouble.

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Luxury: Lords Of The Manor
The image shows Lords of the Manor Hotel from the outside.
Lords of the Manor Hotel

The image shows inside the Lords of the Manor.
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As the name suggests, Lords Of The Manor is a large honey-stone Manor House in Upper Slaughter.

It’s set on 8 acres of land with pristine gardens and is well-known for its award-winning food.

In addition, this hotel holds a well-deserved spot on the list of top 200 hotels in the UK.

The rooms are large and comfortable and some have yet more free-standing baths.

In certain rooms, you’ll also be able to bring your pet along.

For those with children, there is a childminding service, too.

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The image shows Moreton-in-Marsh which is where to stay in the Cotswolds.

Moreton-in-Marsh is very similar to Chipping Campden.

The main difference is that Moreton-in-Marsh has a train station that allows those travelling from large cities to reach the Cotswolds easily.

If you’re coming from central London via train to the north area, then this will be the town that you’ll want to arrive at.

That being said, once you arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll want to rent a car in order to travel around the area during your stay easily.

Aside from being a lovely town, you’ll also find numerous popular landmarks around here such as The Rollright Stones and Sezincote House.

Budget: The White Hart Royal
The image shows the White Hart Royal hotel from the outside.
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The image shows a bedroom inside the White Hart Royal.
photo by The White Hart Royal

The White Hart Royal is an absolute steal in our opinion. It’s under the budget section of this guide due to the price, but it’s anything but budget.

It’s a 4-star hotel with luxurious rooms containing four-poster beds and roll-top baths.

For those visiting the area by train, the station is just a 5-minute walk away, along with the main high street.

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Mid-range: The Bell Inn
The image shows a room inside The Bell Inn in the Cotswolds.
photo by The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn is a former pub, and still to this day, offers traditional pub grub food.

However, it’s since expanded and now offers a characterful place to stay for you and your furry friends, with low-hanging beams and modern décor.

It’s conveniently located in the town centre and offers free parking, as well as complimentary breakfast.

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Luxury: The Manor House Hotel Cottage
The image shows the cottage owned by the Manor House Hotel.
photo by The Manor House Hotel

The Manor House Hotel is a 4-star hotel which is very nice, however, we don’t recommend staying here for a luxurious experience.

Instead, we recommend choosing the cottage which is set within the gardens of the hotel and offers stunning views, a private terrace and a hot tub.

You’ll have the convenience of being able to use the hotel’s facilities which include an award-winning restaurant that uses local produce.

You’ll also benefit by having someone available within arms reach in case of any issues.

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The image shows houses in Stow-on-the-Wold.
The image shows St Edwards Church door in Stow-on-the-Wold.

Stow-on-the-Wold is a sweet little market town that has a square rather than a long high street.

It’s got many lovely places to eat and numerous hidden beer gardens that are accessed via secret alleyways.

The Porch House is a restaurant to call out as it’s the oldest Inn in England. Another popular attraction here is the door to St Edward’s Church.

Two trees have grown on either side of the entrance and it looks like something out of a fairy-tale.

Besides that, the location is in the middle of the northern Cotswolds, making it one of the best towns to stay in for quick access to pretty much everything you’d want to see in the north.

Budget: The Stag at Stow
The image shows a bedroom inside the Stag at Stow.
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The Stag at Stow has a price that’s hard to beat, yet still offers well-decorated and homely rooms.

The property is in keeping with the Cotswolds vibe and is situated within walking distance of all of the local amenities.

The Stag at Stow includes a free breakfast within the cost of the room, as well as free parking.

On-site, you’ll find a restaurant, as well as a lovely beer garden for those sunny days. Pets are welcome here, but you’ll need to consider the small fee for this.

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Mid-range: The Sheep on Sheep Street Hotel
The image shows the restaurant inside The Sheep on Sheep Street Hotel.
photos by The Sheep on Sheep Street Hotel

The image shows the terrace in The Sheep on Sheep Street Hotel.
photos by The Sheep on Sheep Street Hotel

The Sheep on Sheep Street Hotel is decorated to perfection with rich colours and quirky prints.

Many of the rooms are spacious and well-equipped with roll-top baths. The food from the restaurant is fantastic, and the atmosphere in the bar is great.

The team here ensure things are spotless at all times, and go above and beyond to ensure their guests have a fantastic stay.

The location is central and you’ll find free parking on-site.

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Luxury: The Porch House
The image shows The Porch House which is where to stay in the Cotswolds.
photos by The Porch House

Not only is the Porch House the oldest Inn in England, but it’s also a 5-star place to stay.

As you’d expect with a 5-star location, the attention to detail throughout The Porch House is excellent.

Each area of the inn oozes cosiness and feels like a luxurious home away from home.

You’ll find an onsite restaurant and a great terrace, however, the location is central so that you can easily explore other options on foot should you wish.

For top-of-the-range accommodation in one of the most desirable locations in the Cotswolds, the price point is very good.

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The image shows Winchcombe - one of the best locations in the Cotswolds.

Winchcombe offers a different side to the Cotswolds. It’s a mixture of honey-stone and Tudor-style buildings.

It’s much quieter than some of the other towns and villages with just a few pubs and cute coffee shops dotted around.

The Old Bakery is the place to head to for a light lunch or a cake, and on a sunny day, we’d recommend heading out to the terrace.

It’s a great sun trap and you’ll be able to enjoy some nice views if you snag a spot just outside the door.

The most well-known attraction here is Sudeley Castle which is definitely worth a visit.

The grounds are spectacular, and you could easily spend half a day exploring the castle.

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Heritage Steam train also stops in Winchcombe, however, it’s worth noting that the station is a 20-minute walk from the town.

Winchcombe is a great base for those on a tight budget, yet still provides easy access to many of the other popular places to visit.

Budget: The White Heart Inn
The image shows The White Hart Inn in Cotswolds.
photo by The White Hart Inn

The White Hart Inn offers modern and quiet rooms at a very decent price.

To get the best price, you’ll need to be prepared to share a bathroom with a couple of others, but the previous guests don’t consider this to have been a problem.

We’ve not seen anywhere else in the Cotswolds that offers accommodation at this price without compromising on quality and cleanliness.

You’ll need to consider that there is no parking at the inn, however, nearby car parks are charging £1 a day, which still makes this option much cheaper than others out there.

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Mid-range: Wesley House
The image shows the lounge inside Wesley House in the Cotswolds.
photo by Wesley House

The image shows a bedroom in Wesley House in the Cotswolds.
photo by Wesley House

Wesley House is charming and lovely. It’s like staying at your grandmother’s house, and I mean that in the BEST possible way.

The staff are kind and caring, the rooms are adorable and the food portions are generous.

On a winter’s day, they’ll often have a large roaring fire which only adds to the cosiness of this wonderful independent hotel.

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Luxury: The Lion Inn
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If you’re choosing to stay in Winchcombe, then it doesn’t get better than the Lion Inn. Although the Inn is over 500 years old, the rooms look almost too perfect to touch, with gorgeous cream colour pallets mixed with dark reds and greens.

The communal areas of this accommodation are rustic yet chic, and you’ll find a superb restaurant.

It’s a popular spot among the locals too, which is always a positive sign.

Pets are welcome at The Lion Inn for an additional fee.

They also provide a childminding service for nights when you’d like to relax on the terrace or in the large courtyard garden.

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Chipping Norton

The image shows Chipping Norton which is where to stay in the Cotswolds.
Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton is a larger, and ever so slightly less pretty, version of Chipping Campden.

It’s a mixture of the typical honey-stone buildings that you find in the area and regular buildings, which is perhaps why it’s deemed slightly less attractive.

That being said, it’s more budget-friendly and isn’t too far from popular towns, villages and attractions that will almost certainly be on your Cotswolds itinerary.

You won’t be short of places to eat and drink here, so it might be a good alternative for those who want a vibrant atmosphere and quick access to other locations, without paying a hefty price tag.

Budget: The Kings Arms Hotel

The Kings Arms Hotel is a sweet country pub that offers 12 rooms. It’s cheap and cheerful, yet tastefully decorated and situated in an ideal location for exploring the Chipping Norton and beyond.

For sports enthusiasts, this hotel is great.

It offers 6 HD screens that play all of the major sporting events, as well as a pool table and darts board.

Needless to say, the atmosphere here is lively.

If you happen to be staying on a Thursday, you’ll also be able to get involved in a quiz night, too.

One thing to bear in mind here is that parking is limited, and it is allocated on a first come first served basis, so be sure to get in quick!

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Mid-range: The Fox
photo by The Fox

photo by The Fox

Whilst The Fox offers accommodation, they are primarily known as a pub.

As such, they serve fantastic fresh food and excellent local ale.

In the rooms, you’ll find complimentary alcoholic drinks, as well as a bottle opener to take home with you.

Despite being a pub that is set on Chipping Norton’s lively high street, the rooms as surprisingly quiet as well as comfortable.

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Luxury: The Crown Inn
photo by The Crown Inn

photo by The Crown Inn

The Crown Inn isn’t technically in Chipping Norton. It’s 5 miles outside of it and it’s one of the closest luxurious hotels you’ll find.

This 5-star hotel which is situated in Enstone Church is quiet, tranquil and beautifully decorated.

The food here is cracking, and personal gestures like homemade cookies in the bedroom are a lovely touch.

Whilst you’ll almost certainly need to drive to find an area with an upbeat atmosphere, the price for such a luxurious hotel is excellent.

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Burford is a stunning hillside town that’s often referred to as the gateway to the Cotswolds.

It’s just 30 minutes away from Oxford and it’s somewhere that seems to be busy no matter what time of year you’re visiting.

Whether you’re looking to go antique shopping, indulge in afternoon tea, or peruse the bookstores, you’ll almost certainly fall in love with Burford.

For afternoon tea, we’d recommend dodging the popular Huffkins Tea Rooms and heading across the road to Burford House.

It’s less busy than Huffkins and way cosier in our opinion. Plus, the cakes are pretty awesome too.

Budget: The Royal Oak
photo by The Royal Oak
photo by The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is a great adults-only bed and breakfast that is tucked away from the busy Burford high street.

They provide their guests with an excellent English/Irish breakfast made from locally sourced produce, as well as lunch and dinner should you fancy it.

They’re well-known for their pies, so we’d highly recommend having at least one meal here and enjoying a drink in the beer garden.

The Royal Oak isn’t pet friendly, however, you will find free parking, and for accommodation in Burford, this place is an absolute steal.

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Mid-range: The Highway Inn
photo by The Highway Inn
photo by The Highway Inn

The Highway Inn is a character property with modern comforts in the very centre of Burford.

Parts of the building date back to 1480, meaning you’ll find sloping ceilings, wooden beams and the occasional creaky floorboard.

Yet, these all add to its charm.

On the outside, you’ll find a lovely terrace area with a fire pit to relax by on a summer evening.

During the winter, this can be swapped for a roaring log fire with comfortable surroundings.

Particular rooms here are pet friendly, should you wish to bring your furry friend, however, you’ll need to consider a small fee.

If you’re looking for comfort, character and convenience, then The Highway Inn is perfect.

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Similar to Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water is always bustling.

Whilst it’s technically a village rather than a town, you wouldn’t be mistaken for calling it a town due to its size.

The river Windrush runs through the center and is lined with heaps of places to eat and drink.

On a nice day, you’ll find many people relaxing by the river with ice cream or a box of Fish and Chips. Bourton-on-the-Water is the perfect place for a couples’ break as it looks very quaint and romantic, however, it attracts a lot of families as there are various things to do for children nearby.

You’ll find Birdland, The Cotswolds Motoring Museum, as well as The Model Village which are all within a few minutes walk of the centre.

Budget: The Mousetrap Inn
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Not only does The Mousetrap Inn have the cutest name ever, but it offers quirky rooms at a storming price considering the popularity of Bourton-on-the-Water.

On top of that, you’ll get a free delicious breakfast included in the cost of the room.

The location couldn’t be any more central, yet the rooms are quiet and cosy – even with a lively pub downstairs.

Although the rooms are small, they contain enough storage space and include all of the complimentary extras such as tea and coffee to keep you going for a short stay.

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Mid-range: Broadlands Hotel
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The Broadlands Hotel is a wonderful family-run place that’s tucked away from the main highs-street.

It’s just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Bourton-on-the-Water, making it a convenient place to stay for those who enjoy a peaceful stay.

The staff here go above and beyond to make their guests feel at home during their stay and put on a superb breakfast.

If you’re leaving early, then they’ll make you something for the road, since breakfast is included in the price. It’s worth noting that this is an adults-only hotel and pets are not allowed.

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Luxury: Old Bank Tea Rooms – Deluxe/Superior Suite
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photo by Old Bank Rooms

Surprisingly, Bourton-on-the-water doesn’t have much to offer when it comes to luxurious hotels.

However, the next best thing is a deluxe or superior suite at Old Bank Tea Rooms.

The location is on the main high street, and you’ll find the rooms to be spacious, tastefully decorated and incredibly comfortable.

The bathrooms are extra-large, with a mosaic floor and an impressive freestanding bath with a helpful Champaign bucket to the side.

Breakfast is served to each room for guests to enjoy whilst looking out towards the river Windrush and village green.

Tip: if you’re looking for something even more luxurious, then Lords of the Manor in Upper Slaughter is just over a mile away.

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Woodstock is a small village that has little more than a few places to eat and drink.

The only significant attraction to visit here is Blenheim Palace, which holds many events throughout the year which are worth checking out.

You can expect to travel around 30 minutes from Woodstock to many of the other popular villages.

However, if you’re looking to balance your visit with a trip to Oxford, then this might be a good location for you.

It’s also a much cheaper place to stay than the likes of Broadway and Stow-on-the-Wold.

Budget: The Blenheim Buttery
photo by The Blenheim Buttery

photo by The Blenheim Buttery

The Blenheim Buttery is one of Woodstock’s little gems.

It’s a 17th-century building and as the name suggests, it’s also a popular eatery that serves a variety of food – most notably homemade pizza and cake.

Upstairs, there are 6 rooms which are minimalistic yet quaint and overlook the historic marketplace.

For those looking to visit Blenheim Palace, then it’s just a stone’s throw away from here.

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Mid-range: The Feathers
photo by The Feathers
photo by The Feathers

The Feathers is a warm and cosy hotel decorated in rich colours.

On a winter’s day, you’ll find a log fire burning inside.

On a hot day, you’ll find many people relaxing in the courtyard which sometimes has live music playing.

This hotel excels when it comes to food, with many guests quoting the meals here to be some of the best they’ve had.

It’s worth noting that there is no parking on-site, however, you’ll find a free car park just a few minutes walk away.

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Luxury: The Crown
photo by The Crown

photo by The Crown

The Crown is a shabby chic, boho-style luxurious hotel located in the heart of Woodstock.

It’s got a boutique feel to it and is immensely homely. With just a handful of rooms, staying here is an incredibly intermit experience.

Each room is unique and comes equipped with a king-sized bed that feels as though you’re sleeping on a cloud.

Inside, you’ll find a bar and restaurant with faultless food. Outside, you’ll find a courtyard which is perfect for summer dining.

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Central Cotswolds


Bibury is best known for its string of toy-like houses which cascade up the side of the hill named Arlington Row.

It’s one of the most photographed locations in the Cotswolds and wandering the country lanes feels like you’re in a storybook.

There are plenty of hiking trails in this area, as well as a few great pubs. Our recommendation goes to The New Inn which is on the edge of Bibury and serves some of the best burgers out there.

Although remote, you’ve got quick access to Cirencester which is always atmospheric.

If you’re looking for a remote stay in the picturesque countryside with the opportunity to liven things up in a nearby town, then Bibury is a good choice.

Luxury: The Swan Hotel
photo by The Swan Hotel

photo by The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel is the only hotel you’ll find in Bibury.

The ivy-covered accommodation has 22 large rooms as well as 4 private cottages to choose from.

If you opt for Whooper Cottage, then you’ll also benefit from a sheltered hot tub in the garden.

The restaurant here serves local produce and is popular among guests as well as locals, which is always a vote of confidence in our opinion.

This characterful hotel has been modernised to perfection and even has a private garden by the river where guests can enjoy afternoon tea or a few drinks.

Pets are able to join their owners here, however, they will almost certainly be more spoilt by the staff!

Tip: This hotel is often fully booked – we’d recommend booking early if you can.

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Tetbury is one of the largest towns in the Cotswolds.

It has multiple high streets which all have at least half a dozen independent and quirky coffee shops.

The Chipping Steps are the place to head to for an iconic picture, and Highgrove Gardens and Westonbirt Arboretum are some of the nearby attractions.

If you choose to stay in Tetbury, you’re looking at around a 45-minute drive to many of the north Cotswolds towns and villages.

For the south, it’s approximately 30-minutes. If you’re looking to tick off a number of attractions, then we’d recommend staying here for a night or two rather than the whole time.

Alternatively, if you’re heading to the area for a walking trip, then this should do just fine.

Budget: The Snooty Fox
photo by The Snooty Fox

The Snooty Fox is situated in the heart of Tetbury, close to all of the popular restaurants and shops.

It offers a wealth of character and large traditional rooms with en-suites.

You’ll find a welcoming atmosphere and great food, as well as a nice bar and terrace.

This budget-friendly hotel is an excellent choice for those looking to base themselves in one of the most popular towns in the central Cotswold’s.

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Mid-range: Priory Inn
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The Priory Inn is a historic building with stone walls and exposed beams and acts as both a restaurant and hotel.

It’s set away from the main hustle and bustle of Tetbury, yet everything that the town has to offer is within walking distance.

Upon arrival, you’ll find friendly owners who are happy to go the extra mile to ensure their guests have a pleasant stay.

In addition, you’ll find an excellent garden area, hand-made toiletries and local produce used in the restaurant.

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Luxury: The Close Hotel
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The Close Hotel is a grand stone manor house-style hotel that’s just a few minute’s walk from the center of Tetbury.

Each room is filled with a combination of antique and modern furniture and are all decorated in dark and luxurious colours.

Regardless of which room you stay in, you’ll be able to enjoy views over the garden which is filled with fountains.

If you’re lucky, you may even get your own private courtyard, too.

If you’d like this to be guaranteed, then we’d recommend requesting the ‘Cloisters’ room upon booking.

The luxurious feel of the hotel doesn’t stop at the appearance; in the restaurant, top-quality locally sourced produce is cooked and served to the highest standard.

Staying here is certainly a first-class experience and one that’s hard to beat for those who choose to stay in Tetbury.

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South Cotswolds

Castle Combe

If you’re still wondering where to stay in the Cotswolds, then Castle Combe is arguably the prettiest village in the UK.

It’s a pocket of paradise that looks completely magical due to the fact that no new buildings have been built here since the 17th century.

If you’ve only got time to explore the south of the Cotswolds, then Castle Combe should be at the top of your list.

Bath and Chippenham are also nearby and can be reached within 15 and 30 minutes retrospectively.

Castle Combe itself is little more than a place to wander around with a few small tea shops, so it’s handy to have a larger town and city nearby for additional entertainment.

Luxury: The Manor House Hotel
photo by The Manor House Hotel

photo by The Manor House Hotel

The Luxury Manor House Hotel is the only hotel in Castle Combe and it’s classed as one of the best hotels in the Cotswolds.

And, much like the rest of the village, it’s utterly stunning.

The grand building is set on a whopping 365 acres of land and has so much to do on-site, that you won’t even need to leave the hotel.

You’ll find a golf course, a gym, putting, tennis, croquet and fly-fishing – the list goes on.

In addition, the hotel has its own pub, as well as an award-winning Michelin-star restaurant.

Inside the manor house, everything is immaculate. You’ll find rooms filled with large four-poster beds and free-standing or whirlpool baths.

Staying here is the ultimate place for a fantastic break in the southern Cotswolds.

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The best place to stay in the Cotswolds

The best place to stay in the Cotswolds is Bourton-on-the-Water.

This is because it’s one of the most central locations in the north, which we think is the best area to visit. Here you’ll not only find heaps of stunning countryside views but lots of towns and villages with popular attractions.

The best area to stay in the Cotswolds for couples

The best area of the Cotswolds to stay in for couples is Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water or Broadway.

These are lively yet quaint and ooze romance.

The cheapest place to stay in the Cotswolds

The cheapest place to stay is Winchcombe. Sure, it’s not as lively, but it’s got enough to keep you going and acts as a great base for those exploring the north on a budget.

Where to stay if you’ve got dogs

If you’re looking for a hotel to cater for you and your dog(s), then you won’t be short of choice.

One of the most popular things to do in the Cotswolds is to explore the outdoors.

And naturally, people love to do this with their dogs by their side.

Our favourite hotel recommendation for those with dogs is The Swan Hotel in Bibury.

This is because they seem to give dogs extra special attention, but any of our other dog-friendly hotels are great options – or else we wouldn’t be recommending them!

Best location to stay if you don’t have a car

If you don’t have a car to explore the area then you’ll want to stay in Moreton-in-Marsh in the North Cotswolds for at least the first night, as this is where you’ll need to catch a train to.

To explore beyond Moreton-in-Marsh, we’d recommend using a platform such as Rome2Rio to help you navigate the best route to your chosen destination.

Explore beyond the best places to stay in the Cotswolds

If you found our list of best places to stay in the Cotswolds helpful and you’re looking to explore further, then below are a handful of other guides which may come in handy.

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