Bourton on the Water, Cotswolds

Hotels in Cotswolds, England

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in the Cotswolds

The name ‘Cod’s-wold’ is Old English for "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides." After a thousand years, Cotswolds retains much of its bucolic character.

Geographically, the Cotswolds are a range of hills in England's south that cuts across the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire for 90 miles southwest to northeast. Out of the rolling farm fields that characterize the area rise up villages and quaint bed and breakfast in Cotswolds, England that are as postcard-worthy as the Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Scout a lookout point from the hilltop market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, and you will understand why the Cotswolds were bestowed the distinction.

War of the Roses

From Stow-on-the-Wold, drive down west to Tewkesbury via Bourton-on-the-Water and Winchcombe – great stops for vintage shopping and antiques hunting – and see where the Rivers Avon and Severn meet. This strategic location earned Tewkesbury a notable place in English history: Its south fields were the battleground for the 1471 Wars of the Roses. If you come sometime in July, you get to witness the re-enactment of the battles and the rise of the House of York in the town's Jorvik Medieval Festival. Any other day, Tewkesbury sits placidly by the riverside with its half-timbered houses, as close to authentic townscape as you can get of medieval rural England.

Places to stay in the Cotswolds

South of Tewkesbury is the stylish spa town of Cheltenham which, given the abundance of well-appointed hotels in Cotswolds, England, makes for an alternative touring base on the outskirts of the region. Apart from the natural springs that have attracted wellness-seeking visitors over three centuries, Cheltenham hums with music and thumps with horseracing events, interrupted every now and then by highly attended literature and flower festivals.

The oft-photographed of Cotswolds’ icons is the narrow winding roads of Bibury, flanked on both sides by honey-coloured limestone houses that date back to the wool boom of 17th century. It is the quaintest place in the Cotswolds to enjoy a cup of coffee, or a dreamy afternoon under the shade.

Lively up your nightlife and opt for an accommodation in Cotswolds, England in the wining and dining hub of Burford, otherwise renowned for its blooms frequented by Hollywood-famous British celebrities who come down to shop for plants and gardening tools.

Cirencester is the topper on Cotswolds cake. The flower-adorned limestone buildings, abbeys, ‘wool churches’ and cobblestone streets were built from the revenues of the medieval Woolmarket which was already standing at the time of the Domesday census. During the Roman era, 'Coryn Ceasre' was only second in importance to London, and today stands as the capital for the Cotswolds.