A guide to...the Cotswolds

If you had to choose an area that epitomises the English countryside, The Cotswolds would top the list. Declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the region itself is vast, covering around 800 square miles across Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire, and offers surprises around every corner.

If you are looking for an active life and adventure, the area offers so much. The location is ideal for anyone with an interest in horses whether riding or watching as Cheltenham is home to the National Hunt Festival at Prestbury Park racecourse. The Cotswold Way, a national walking trail takes in an array of beautiful views. Alternatively, if fabulous shops and restaurants are more your style, then Cheltenham and Cirencester and the village of Broadway offer great shopping, Michelin Starred restaurants and cosy country pubs.

Whilst Cheltenham and Oxford stand out as the top contenders for school choices, there is an abundance of schools across The Cotswolds region for parents with their children’s education on their minds.

When it comes to transport links, The Cotswolds cover an area that is well located for access to the M4, M5 and the A40/M40 plus there is a regular direct train service to London Paddington, Birmingham, Bristol and International Airports at Bristol and Birmingham.


Famous for its Regency architecture, parks, great shopping and festivals, this spa town is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire. The cultural hub is home to some of the most desirable property in England, Cheltenham is bursting with period properties dating to the early 1800s and has been recognised as one of the best places to raise a family, with excellent options for both primary and secondary schools, both private and state.


With its traditional honey-coloured cottages and pretty greens, the charming Roman town of Cirencester is often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds. The elegant town has a thriving town centre that is home to bustling markets and plenty of dining out and shopping opportunities, whilst still offering an appealing rural way of life.


A bustling north Cotswold village that offers a more sophisticated take on rural life, Broadway is simply beautiful. The wide main street that dominates this popular village – one of the most visited in the world – is lined with an array of independent shops, restaurants and hotels giving it a vibrant atmosphere. In terms of property, Broadway offers quintessential Cotswold architecture with stone mullioned windows and wisteria draped over doorways.

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