Cotswolds cottages

Amanda's verdict
For a family weekend break, or longer, you can’t beat the Cotswolds. As well as the huge range of activities within the Cotswold Water Park, there are honey-hued cottages, chocolate-box villages, surprisingly excellent restaurants and endless countryside walks and bike rides right on your doorstep. It’s a picturesque part of the world that my family and I are always excited about revisiting.

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Considered to be the UK’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cotswolds is a perennial family favourite and it’s not hard to understand why.

  • characterful cottages
  • lakefront houses
  • family activities

Not only is it within an easy drive of most regions of the UK, but The Cotswolds also boasts some top family attractions such as the Cotswold Farm Park, Birdland, Westonbirt Arboretum and the Cotswold Water Park.

From traditional Cotswold stone and thatched cottages to contemporary lodges and grand country houses sleeping up to 20, we have more than 100 family-friendly properties set in and around the Cotswold Water Park, traditional villages and thriving towns. All are fully equipped with everything you need for a self-catering holiday – we even make sure there are plenty of board games.

Here are a few examples to whet your appetite.

Grebe Cottage has all the charm of a characterful cottage, including a log burner, with 3 bedrooms and an amazing location in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park.  You couldn’t be better placed for an active holiday with boating, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, water skiing, fishing, cycling, walking, golf and horse riding on the doorstep.

Also with lake views in the Cotswold Water Park, Lake Haven has more of a contemporary New England lodge feel whilst The House by the Lake takes waterfront living to the next level – it’s perched over the water and oozes luxurious style

If you prefer to be based close to a village, The Orangery is a stunning Grade 1 Listed property with village amenities, including a family-friendly pub, on your doorstep. With four bedrooms, it’s ideal for two families or a multi-generational holiday.

Close to Stratford upon Avon, Riverbank Farm is a characterful cottage set on a working farm; sleeping up to five, it even has private fishing rights on the River Avon.

Many of our cottages are dog-friendly and, for something really special, we have curated a selection of luxury houses – check out the 17th century manor house, Farmhouse Manor, for example, with its private swimming pool, 19 acres of garden and parkland, sleeping up to 10.

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