One of my favourite areas to visit is the Cotswolds. There are loads of really beautiful villages that are so picturesque and instaworthy! The Cotswolds is a huge area spreading over West Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire so some of the further villages like Castle Coombe are too far away for me for a flying visit. I like to go to the villages that are closest but if you have a few hours to spare you can get around all of these places really easily. Here’s a quick instagram guide to the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds.
With it’s beautiful cottages known as Arlington Row this is a really pretty place to stop. You can go and feed the fish at Bibury Trout Farm if you have the kids in tow (there’s a great park there too), have an ice cream in the cafe or have a meal at the gorgeous Swan Hotel. It gets really busy so if you want to take pictures without people in the way, you need to get there early or leave it until later in the evening. Top Tip – the light is better in an evening because the sun rises behind Arlington Row so if you go too early it’s in the shade. Arlington Row is owned by the National Trust but it’s free to walk around and you don’t need to be a member.
Known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, you can see why with it’s pretty bridges over the River Windrush. There’s a motor museum, a model railway and a maze and loads of cafe’s and ice-cream shops. It’s also really lovely to visit in Autumn! Top Tip – get here early or parking can be a nightmare.
Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire
This is a tiny village set on the River Windrush and it’s often really quiet which is a bonus if you want to take photographs. There’s an old mill with a beautiful leather and sheepskin shop and the cottages and gardens are so pretty. It’s also a great place to take a walk from with lots of options in different directions.
This is probably one of the longest high streets in a village. There are a tonne of gorgeous shops including clothing, gifts and art. There’s also some beautiful hotels (namely the Lygon Arms) and cafe’s. Walk up to the top end of the main street away from the shops and you’ll see some beautiful stone cottages.
If you’d like to see some more UK Adventures, have a look at my post about Stowe Landscape Gardens.