Growing up just outside of Oxford, the Cotswolds has always been a part of my life. I remember long Sunday walks through the cornfields getting lost in the woods and daring my dad to drive through the ford in Shilton; there’s something about bounding through the water as a kid that seems wonderfully dangerous! And as an adult, it continues still to hold my excitement.
Quintessentially English with its rolling hills and tumbling stone houses, the Cotswolds is the perfect spot for a countryside escape. Here, you’ll find some of the UK’s most charming villages and towns, all with pubs, boutiques and tea rooms at their fingertips, luring you in with their picture-postcard settings.
So whether you want an indulgent spa weekend, a quiet escape from the city or a foodie break, here are a few of my favourite boutique hotels to experience it for yourself.