Towns and Villages of the Cotswolds

The Towns and Villages of the Cotswolds section has been published on the website! I have been working on this section for the last several months (but kept getting interupted by other projects) and I am pleased to have it finished. For me, this means Cotswolder is finally a full website. I will write about more topics, and I want to reorganize how the material is presented, but the base of the website is now there (over 50 pages not including the blog or photo gallery).

So, this is the official “launch” of Cotswolder!! This is very exciting for me because I have been without a website to run since I sold last year.

The Towns and Villages section has a page for each market town describing the town, the historic sites in the town, food and drink options (not all places are listed, just the places that we have liked or that I know are good), shopping (mostly food shopping options – i.e. the nearest Waitrose 🙂 ), what there is to see nearby (villages, historic houses, gardens, prehistoric sites) and walks in the area (walks we have done from the Jarrold Pathfinder or Goldeneye guides). Throughout each page I link to other websites with more information.

My goal is to update the site on a regular basis, with information from our trips or that people send to me, so that it remains an up-to-date guide to the Cotswolds. I have dated each article so that you can see when it was written or updated.

Vacation Rentals in the Cotswolds

Since I travel by staying in vacation rentals (holiday cottages) and the Cotswolds is a great place to travel this way, much of the site assumes that is how people reading it travel. That is why I list the information for food shopping or assume that if you go to a market town you have a whole day to spend there and in the surrounding area.

The Accommodations – Vacation Rentals section gives you a list of my recommended agencies and resources for finding vacation rentals.

Still to Come on Cotswolder

Photos: A local photographer, who has been photographing the market towns for Cotswolder, has been held up because of the bad weather. Hopefully there will be some good sunny days now and she can finish the project. I have a lot of photos from recent trips that I will be uploading to the Cotswolder Photo Gallery over the next few weeks.

Printing Pages: I have set it up so that the pages print nicely – sidebars and images do not display, so you get a short text printout – but I am also going to look at making a PDF (Adobe Acrobat) of the main pages of the site, so someone can download it and bring it with them on a trip.

More Cotswolds Information: I have much more to say about the Cotswolds!! 🙂 And I will be adding new pages with more of my favorite things to do in this area.

Tell Me What You Think!

If you find errors, please let me know. If you have a favorite village or pub or anything that I have left out, I want to know. If I recommended something and they are no longer “good” or have gone out of business, tell me. If you found this site because your business is listed here, please drop me a line!

Thank you for dropping by!!


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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.

12 thoughts on “Towns and Villages of the Cotswolds”

  1. Pauline,

    Wow…lots of info in that section and the expanding files under the towns works well. You didn’t mention the place with good caffe’ in Stow (yeah I know, its all about the tea). No I don’t recall the name of the place either.

  2. Good memory Bryan! I remember it is on Digbeth St, beside that good food store. I was going to go through all my notebooks from the past two trips to see if I can find some places I forgot – I will see if I have that place noted.

  3. Hello Pauline,

    I’ve just looked at this site for the first time in months. The Towns & Villages section looks great. I think the page on the Stroud district, which is the part of the Cotswolds I know best, is an excellent guide.

    An update on the weather. The beginning of September was miserable … many gloomy days and quite a lot more rain. But since mid-September things have looked up, with plenty of blue skies and sunshine doing their bit to try to cheer us up!

    Best wishes,


  4. Thanks Hugh! I hope to add more information for the Stroud area, because that is the area I know the best. Finally some good weather! I knew we should have planned a fall trip 🙁

  5. Hi Pauline,
    I’m wondering if you can recommend someone to be a driver for us, instead of us renting a car.
    I will contact your airport to Bath driver for the transfer from Southampton to Bath, but am wondering if he or someone else you know of might do daytrips from Bath & also from a place we choose to stay in the Cotswolds?

    chiaro di luna

  6. I did some research on car services in the Cotswolds when I was putting the site together and have a list on this page:

    It looks like every main Cotswold town has a car service company. Clive, who we use to take us from the airport to Bath, also does some tours of the Cotswolds – and if he doesn’t, he can recommend someone to you. He is on email so is easy to communicate with. You could also ask the person who runs the place you end up staying – they will probably have recommendations for someone local.

    I think a lot of people use car services for day trips in the Cotswolds. You get to avoid dealing with driving on the left and on the narrow roads. Steve always does the driving, but on our last trip I decided that I had to get comfortable driving in England. I do most of the driving at home and love driving, but was nervous in England. It took me three days of practice until I was comfortable with it. You really need to know how to drive in narrow lanes. Even on the major, fast-moving roads the lanes are more narrow than we are used to. But on the whole the UK drivers are polite and patient, so that is good for the new left-side driver.

    It is getting closer to your trip now and everything is at a good discount with the lower pound.

  7. What is your opinion about staying the entire week in Bath and doing daytrips with a driver from there? It will be a Sat. to Sat.
    I will contact Clive in January.

    I’m having trouble deciding whether to split the week (after the 12 day cruise) into one or two locations.

    And for a first timer (like us), in your opinion, what would be an interesting and large enough town for us if we choose a second location?


  8. Bath is a wonderful place with lots to see and do. There are some lovely vacation rental apartments there. I did a post about some of the most historic ones:

    The traffic in and out of Bath can be difficult, but in the center of Bath you can get around by foot or bus. Bath is also on the train line. You could take a short train ride to Bradford-on-Avon, a smaller town but very pretty. They have a Norman church, and one of those big old barns the name of which I can’t remember. And the Bridge Tea Rooms right in the center of town are good. You can walk along the Kennett and Avon Canal either from Bath or from Bradford.

    But, I am avoiding the question. I think the best Cotswold town would be Chipping Campden, on the northern edge of the Cotswolds or Stow-on-the-Wold in the center of the northern Cotswolds. Chipping Campden is a bit less “tourist bussy”. But Stow is closer to many lovely villages. Both can get crowded in the summer on the weekends. These towns are small – maybe population 5000. There are lovely gardens north of Chipping Campden.

    I would probably split the week between Bath and a base in the Cotswolds. Bath is fantastic, but you don’t want to miss being out in the small villages and countryside. I have to admit that while typing this I went back and forth between a week in Bath, with a long day trip out to the Cotswolds and splitting the time. But, I think you will enjoy staying in one of these Cotswolds market towns and getting to see that area – you would not see that much on a day trip from Bath.

  9. Thanks Pauline.
    I’m leaning towards the split. I just emailed Harington’s Hotel in Bath to see about a room for the first 2 nights after the cruise. When I hear back from them, I’ll contact Clive for transportation. I’m pretty well convinced that we don’t want to drive from the busy seaport in to Bath.


  10. We stayed at Haringtons ( on our last trip and the price was good, location was great, but the rooms were small.

    My favorite hotel is The Queensberry (, but they were full when we were going last year. The rooms are more charming and it is located behind the Assembly Rooms. The breakfast room is expensive though – and the one at Harington’s was nicer.

    When reading the Haringtons website it looked like they had two restaurants in the hotel, but they don’t. They have a very casual snack kind of restaurant that we did not use. However, they are just steps away from restaurants in the center of Bath.

    Starting out driving in a busy town can be difficult. The first time Steve every drove in England we drove to Brighton thinking it would be a quiet town – wrong!! We were both shaking after that drive!

  11. Thanks Pauline,
    Didn’t choose Harrington’s in Bath, after all. Will post after I return about the hotels we chose.
    Also staying in Chipping Campden for 4 nights.
    Clive is booked.
    Car rental from Bath to Heathrow still to arrange. Staying out of busy towns (well except for Stratford Upon Avon).

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