We will be staying in the Cotswolds for 5 nights at the end of October as part of our Honeymoon...We will be staying in either Chipping Campden or Stow on the Wold (will decide this week) with a car rental and we're looking for suggestions from those of you familiar with the area. It will be our first visit to the Cotswolds and we would like to see and do as much as we can in this period. Which towns/villages/sites would you guys recommend that we definitely travel to? Also, what are your favorite and least favorite Cotswold towns? We would also love some recommendations on specific pubs and restaurants in the region to frequent for drinks and dinner as well as some advice on known haunted locations to visit.... Essentially, any and all Cotswold advice is welcomed and appreciated!
- **We are staying in Bath for the first 5 nights and plan on doing some daytrips out of there. We will probably see Glastonbury, Avebury, Lacock and Castle Combe out of Bath, so any other tips that you have will be helpful...
I have been to the Cotswolds twice and can possibly advise you a bit. We were there in 2008 & stayed in Warwick. Warwick Castle is a fabulous spot to visit. I found "Buy 1 Get 1" tickets on the internet, printed them, and presented them at the gate with no problem. The castle has both medieval sections, including a haunted tower, and beautifully decorated state rooms. (You must pay an additional fee for tower tour.) The men really enjoyed the daily performance by large birds and their keepers. We stayed at Park Cottage Inn at the foot of the castle and easily walked up to the site. The inn was great, but I think next time I may stay in another village.
I loved the small towns of Broadway & Bourton-on-the-Water. They both are charming with lots of shops and restaurants on the main street. Twenty years ago I stayed in a haunted manor house in Broadway. It was quite large, with its own restaurant and pub. If I can figure out the name, I'll reply again.
You can find a lot of info here: http://www.the-cotswolds.org/top/english/intro.shtml and http://www.cotswolds.info/
Have a nice trip!