English country cottages in The Cotswolds, England UK

Self-catering holiday homes for memorable holidays in the Cotswolds

Holiday cottages in the Cotswolds

Cotswolds self-catering holiday cottages

The Cotswolds make up a beautiful part of England, popular amongst British holiday makers and those coming from further afield. The landscape is rich with rolling green hills, warm golden stone, beech woods, wetlands and clear open skies. There are a wealth of self-catering accommodation options here: thatched cottages, country lodges, village inns, converted barns, farm cottages, and self-catering apartments. The area is also very accessible, with rail links in the larger cities (to Cam and Dursley, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester), Moreton-in-Marsh, Stonehouse, Stroud and Ashchurch (for Tewkesbury), good motorway access, and Heathrow airport less than two hours away.

Although 'The Cotswolds' is used as a general name for this well-loved area, the term actually refers to a range of hills stretching across several counties. It comes from the word 'Cot' meaning a stone sheep shelter (sharing linguistic roots with 'Dovecote') and the word 'Wold', which refers to a rolling hill. The spine of The Cotswolds runs from southeast to northwest, through Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Although this isn't a tightly defined area, the northern and western edge of the Cotwolds are marked by escarpments down to the Severn Valley and the river Avon, and to the East by the city of Oxford. To the south, the Cotswolds reach down to areas of Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and the city of Bath.

The buildings here are characterised by Cotswold Stone, which has been quarried locally and used to construct the numerous towns and villages (including all those pretty holiday cottages!). The yellowy-coloured limestone has a pleasant, warm appearance. In the middle ages, the Cotwolds prospered through the wool industry and much of the money was put into the construction of handsome churches. Known as 'wool churches', many of these buildings remain as fine examples of 'Cotswold stone' architecture. The stone has also been used to build many of the Oxford colleges, and to build St Paul's in London.

Large holiday houses and small romantic cottages for weekends, longer weekly rentals or short breaks

The Cotswolds are also great for family holidays. There's plenty of open space for energetic children to run off their energy, as well as attractions that are perfect for fun days out. If you're coming with family or friends, there are large holiday cottages in the Cotswolds available with plenty of beds and spacious dining areas that are family friendly, allow one or two dogs (pets welcome), some with swimming pools tree houses and games rooms. Hot tubs are more common in the smaller cottages - perfect for a romantic weekend away! Large holiday houses and small romantic cottages for weekends, longer weekly rentals or short breaks, simply use the date search to find whatyou are looking for. Some holiday houses have strict saturday - saturday policies, but many will allow different days of the week as the changeover day. Increasingly and especially out of season short breaks are very popular, so property owners will try and accommodate you.