We will be spending five nights in the Cotswolds as part of our honeymoon in October and think that we may have narrowed it down to these two villages as a base for our trip. We are looking to stay in a self catered cottage in a nice, atmospheric Cotswold town....any suggestions on which of the two you would prefer or recommendations on where to stay as a base for exploring the Cotswolds?
How about the village of Broadway between Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Campden (about 20 mins drive for each)? Broadway is a picturesque village with great restaurants and pubs and good shopping (lots of art galleries). Broadway is on The Cotswold Way and there a number of other footpaths in the area opening up the wonderful countryside. Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Bath are all within easy driving distance.
Thanks! I will definitely look into Broadway also. I have been reading up a bit on the Cotswolds and it seemed like Chipping Campden or Stow would be ideal choices, but I'm still fairly unfamiliar with the area. We are looking for a self catering (preferably OLD) cottage in one of the Cotswold towns. Also, we are staying in Bath for the first five nights of our trip, so we will be visiting Glastonbury and the surroundings of Bath during the first leg. We wanted to pick a northern Cotswold town for the second half of our trip. Keep the suggestions coming!
we did the Cotswold Way a few years ago and I can recommend staying at Winchcombe. It's a larger cotswold town and there is easy access to Sudeley Castle (Katherine Parr's home). Lots to do around Winchcombe as well as visiting Hailes Abbey.
What do you hope to find? I have a holiday home near Chipping Campden and have known the area well for 25 years. Stow on the Wold is a busy village with a lot of tour buses. I shop there but find that the crowds have spoiled the pleasure of visiting this picturesque spot. If I were selecting a spot for myself, I'd choose Broadway or Chipping Campden. Both have a plethora of tourists, but they don't seem to be spoil the village, which are both beautiful. If you enjoy walking and have hiking shoes, you'll love Broadway and Campden. There are beautiful walks from either village. Enjoy the trip!
We are finally ready to make our trip arrangements and are still trying to decide between these two locations....Any more votes for either?