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Best Places to Stay in the Cotswolds | 26 Adorable Cottages

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From charming cottages with exposed beams to historic clock towers, here are the most unique Cotswolds B&Bs you NEED to experience.

Surrounded by gracefully undulating countryside, calm streams and grazing sheep, the Cotswolds is home to a delightful collection of chocolate-box villages teeming with thatched cottages and honey-coloured mansions. Make your visit to this breathtaking region special by staying in some of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds.

1. St. Antony’s Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - St Antony's CottageSt. Antony’s Cottage offers a quintessential Cotswold cottage experience right in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold. This cottage maintains its period charm mixed with contemporary decor and a comfortable boutique style of living. During winter you can cosy up by the wood-burning stove or dine Al Fresco in the patio amongst the flowers and trees in summer. There are two double bedrooms and a wonderful assortment of toiletries and soft fluffy bathrobes and slippers to snuggle up in. 

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2. The Clock Tower

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - The Clock Tower StowFor a truly unique stay, you can’t miss the historic ‘Clock Tower’ dating back to the 1800s. Located in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, this for Methodist church is a unique penthouse apartment that is both cosy yet light and spacious.

Playing on the ‘clock’ theme, each room has its own special name such as ‘The Tick-Tock’ room and ‘The Chimes’ room. To ensure you enjoy your stay, there’s an informative ‘hymn-book’ full of handy hints.

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3. Medieval Barn

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Medieval BarnThis unique barn conversion tucked away in a medieval alley, was once associated with the Monk’s Chanting House (now the next door coaching inn and hotel). Featuring oak floorboards with underfloor heating on the ground floor, this open-plan barn provides a snug living room and luxury bathroom. Atop the spiral staircase is a boutique bedroom and outside is a lovely, enclosed stone walled garden.

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4. The Old Museum

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - The Old MuseumCastle Combe is one of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds and The Old Museum is the perfect place to enjoy your stay. This compact self-contained home is designed in an open plan layout containing a well-equipped kitchenette with a table and chairs, bedroom area with queenside bed, living room area with a TV, sofa, and log burning stove. The bathroom consists of a toilet, sink, heated towel rail and walk-in shower. 

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5. Chapel Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Chapel CottageChapel Cottage is a gorgeous 17th century Grade II listed cottage located in the heart of the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water. This 3-bedroom cottage has a characterful living/dining room with exposed oak beams, stone mullion windows, and a large Cotswold stone inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove. The pretty country-style kitchen overlooks the garden and a stable door leads to the courtyard garden at the back of the cottage where you can enjoy the afternoon sun.

Climb the steep, winding staircase to the first-floor landing which has two stylish bedrooms. A further climb will take you to a third and more snug bedroom on the second floor.

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6. Pye Corner Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Pye Corner CottageLive like Shakespeare in this adorable timber-framed thatched roof cottage located just 30 minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Pye Corner Cottage is a beautiful, Grade II listed building featuring old oak beams, and exposed Cotswold stone and wooden floors. From the large living room, the stairs lead to the first-floor landing with three bedrooms and a family bathroom. At the rear of the cottage is a large enclosed garden with a pond, Bramley apple tree and a Victoria plum tree, which guests are welcome to use.

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7. The Brew House

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - The Brew HouseLocated in the heart of Chipping Campden, one of the most picturesque market towns in England is The Brew House cottage. The living room features exposed oak beams, a large inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, a historic salt cupboard and a stone mullion window. The kitchen is spacious and contemporary with polished solid oak flooring and exposed Cotswold stone and oak beams. 

Located on the first floor is a family bathroom and two bedrooms with exposed oak beams and the second-floor has of a third bedroom in the lovely eaves of the cottage and provides an excellent view of the church opposite. 

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8. The Sycamore

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - SycamoreThe Sycamore has been beautifully designed with luxurious amenities making it the ideal located for a romantic escape in the pretty village of Bibury. The Sycamore consists of a king-size bed on a fabulously carved mahogany bed frame, luxurious shower room, and a brightly lit living room and kitchen which opens out to a private patio where you can sit and enjoy a BBQ.

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9. Peglars Barn

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Peglars BarnLeave the world behind you and wake up to the beautiful rolling hills of Slad Valley right from your bed. This open-plan living barn conversion has it all. A super king-size bed, en-suite walk-in shower, laundry and loo, fully equipped kitchen, huge Smart TV, DVD, WiFi, Bose speaker, Nespresso machine, and the odd animal passing in the field. Peglars Barn is a truly idyllic place to get away from it all.

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10. Orchard Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Orchard CottageImpeccably furnished, Orchard Cottage is an eye-catching thatched and timbered cottage located in the beautiful village of Broadway, one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds. This cottage is striking both inside and out. It features a stunning living room with exposed Cotswold stone walls and a stone fireplace and the well-equipped kitchen overlooks an enclosed garden with a gas barbecue. Located on the first floor is a romantic master bedroom and a second room overlooks the garden.

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11. My Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - My CottageThis adorable and beautifully decorated cottage is the perfect home away from home. Featuring original flagstone floors, a comfortable dining space, fully-equipped galley kitchen and a beautiful garden, which gets the sun all day. On the first floor is a bathroom with a bath and separate shower and two double bedrooms with original wood flooring.

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12. The Chapel Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - The ChapelSituated in the picturesque Cotswold village of Upper Slaughter this former Methodist chapel was built in 1885 but now offers a stylish and cosy retreat. Overlooking the River Eye, The Chapel Cottage is ideal for couples enjoying a short or long stay. The open plan kitchen and sitting room are complemented by a wood burner while the bed and shower sit on the mezzanine floor above.

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13. Yew Tree Barn Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Yew Tree Barn CottageYew have to see Yew Tree Barn Cottage, a beautiful Grade II listed cottage located in Upper Slaughter. Surrounded by glorious rolling countryside, the cottage oozes soothing country vibes with its warm colour palette and soft wool and linen fabrics throughout. Take advantage of the underfloor-heating or snuggle up to the wood-burning stove before retreating to the pretty vaulted bedroom with a huge King-size bed.

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14. Hidden Dovecote (Grade II Listed)

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Hidden Dovecote (Grade II Listed)It doesn’t get more unique than this Grade II listed dovecote. Situated in a quiet but central location in Bibury, one of the Cotswold cutest villages, this converted dovecote is the perfect spot for a romantic retreat. From the stunning bathroom, copper bath, wet room shower on the ground floor to the beautiful double bedroom with terrace. Special touches by the hosts make your stay even more special including breakfast delivered each day in a lovely picnic basket.

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15. The Granary Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - The Granary CottageThe Granary is an exquisite barn conversion which retains the feel of the original grain store it once was, with exposed beams, stone and stable dividers upstairs. Located in Eastleach, just 15 minutes from Burford, The Granary has a large, stone-floored open plan living room and kitchen with electric wood burner. Upstairs that leads up to the main bathroom and two bedrooms both with comfortable Loaf beds. The master bedroom features a super king-size bed and its own WC and basin. 

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16. Oxbow Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Oxbow Cottage, MaugersburyThis stunning 19th century stone barn conversion with uninterrupted views across the valley and countryside is the perfect retreat for a couple or small family. Oxbow Cottage features a wonderful mix of character charm including stone walls and exposed beams and is complemented by modern facilities and a well-equipped kitchen. There is also a delightful patio that offers spectacular rural views. 

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17. Weavers Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Weavers CottageWeavers Cottage is an elegant Grade II listed property located on Broadway’s High Street. From the beautiful living room with exposed beams, Cotswold stone walls and a pretty window seat to the stylish, to the open plan kitchen which leads out to a patio area, and three characterful bedrooms, Weavers Cottage is an absolute delight.

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18. July Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - July CottageJuly Cottage is stunning, traditional Cotswold stone detached cottage featuring a lovely, enclosed garden, with an outdoor table and seating, and a charcoal barbecue. Located in the heart of the picture-postcard village of Ilmington, in the north-east corner of the Cotswolds July Cottage consist of three bedrooms (two with a view of the village church), a character-filled living room with beautiful oak beams, exposed Cotswold stone walls, fireplace, and a wood-burning stove. The galley style kitchen is fully-equipped and opens directly into the dining room.

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19. The Steps Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - The Steps CottageStep into this wonderful Grade II listed cottage that combines the character and charm of the Cotswolds with luxurious and stylish amenities. Located in Bibury, The Steps Cottage is the ideal country hideaway. Exposed beams run throughout this 3-bedroom cottage where you can stay warm by the large fireplace in winter or sit out in the garden quiet during summer.

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20. The Dairy at The Little House

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - The Dairy at The Little HouseLocated in Biddestone, The Dairy at The Little House is a wonderfully bright and airy guest house, ideal for the perfect country getaway for one or two adults. Featuring a vaulted bedroom, large ensuite bathroom and mezzanine seating area. There is a garden and patio, tea and coffee making facilities and the owners are on hand to provide helpful recommendations for places to eat and visit.

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21. Graziers Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Graziers CottageLocated in the peaceful hamlet of Ford amid gently rolling hills close to the River Windrush, Graziers Cottage is a charming property full of original features. Featuring three bedrooms with underfloor heating, this is the wonderful retreat for a couple, small family or group of friends. Snuggle up on the Chesterfield sofa in the cosy living room which is beautifully decorated with equestrian pieces and antiques and is kept warm by a large inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove.  The pretty garden at the front of the cottage is bordered by lovely flowers and shrubs and features a wooden pergola and a built-in stone barbecue for use year-round. 

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22. Luxurious rural vineyard getaway

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Luxurious rural vineyard getawayLocated on a working vineyard in the South Cotswolds is this luxurious barn conversion with stunning views across the valley and the Woodchester vineyard. Enjoy a glass of the owner’s award-winning wine while taking in incredible views from the terraces or in front of the log burner. You can even join one of the tours or tastings at the vineyard.

This luxurious suite features a large living area with a gas log burner, underfloor heating, a super-king bed, large TV, and ensuite bathroom with separate shower and bath. So you can make the most of the beautiful scenery, there are three separate terraces to relax in and enjoy the country air. A breakfast basket is available on request.

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23. Minnow Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Minnow CottageMinnow Cottage is an adorable, quaint 200-year-old Cotswold cottage located near a small stream in the village of Chalford. This cute cottage oozes character thanks to its low ceilings and exposed beams and includes everything you need a unique rural retreat or romantic break. 

This idyllic three-story cottage has a pretty garden in the font and at the rear, so you can enjoy this unique waterside location and spot all the wildlife that inhabit the valley.

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24. Quintessentially Cotswolds Cottage

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Quintessentially Cotswolds CottageThe Quintessentially Cotswolds Cottage is a Grade II listed building perfect for a couple looking for a romantic weekend and enjoys country walks or bike riding. This cosy and character full cottage features a comfy King size bed and large shower room and a fully-equipped kitchen. If you’re part of a larger group, you can also book the sister property located opposite called Bakery Cottage which can cater for four guests.

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25. Street Farm Studio

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Street Farm StudioThe Street Farm Studio is a lovely self-contained space built into a 17th-century farmhouse. Featuring original oak beams and a log burner, it consists of a large living/bedroom with seating, dining and work areas. There is a small but well-equipped kitchen and a brand new shower room. 

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26. Grade II Listed Farmhouse

Best places to stay in the Cotswolds - Quiet Double Room in Grade II HouseLocated just outside the Cotswolds is this lovely retired Grade II Listed Farmhouse with many of its original features including beams, flagstone floors, original doors and open fireplaces. Guests have use of their own double bedroom and separate lounge for guests; the bathroom with bath and shower is shared with other guests. Whilst breakfast isn’t provided, guests are welcome to use the fully-equipped kitchen.

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So, there you have it, the best places in the Cotswolds. To help you plan your trip, check out my guides on how to get to the Cotswolds from London, around the UK & Beyond.

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