Explore the Cotswolds
Five Popular Villages:
These villages are popular for a reason; expect to find broad main streets and market squares, quirky shops and honey colour stone pubs and churches – all the things that make the Cotswolds so popular:
Bourton-on-the-Water (10 minutes by car)
The cutest of the cute, stone bridges across the river and rainy day attractions.
Stow-on-the-Wold (10 minutes)
Antiques central, village stocks and a market square
Chipping Campden (30 minutes)
Individual shops along one elegant high street, home of the annual Cotswold Olimpicks
Broadway (30 minutes)
Smart, shop-lined and as the name implies broad.
Burford (30 minutes)
Closest ‘famous’ Cotswold village to London and always bustling with shoppers.
Cheltenham and Stratford-Upon-Avon are within easy reach of Lords of the Manor, as is Oxford (our tip for Oxford is to leave the car behind and take the short, pretty train route into town from nearby Moreton-In-Marsh).
Well, perhaps only well-known by the locals… these are villages where you can escape the crowds at weekends, walk around and capture the atmosphere of the ‘old’ Cotswolds. They may be small, but there’s often a good village pub and every cottage garden is a free flower show.
Maugersbury (15 minutes)
Park in Stow-on-the-Wold and take a one hour circular walk to escape the crowds.
Wyck Rissington (10 minutes)
Next door to Bourton on the Water and a world away from the 21st century
The Barringtons (30 minutes)
Great and Little Barrington are quiet, pretty villages. The Fox at Barrington is by the River Windrush
Naunton (10 minutes)
Hillside village with church, pub and cricket field.
Snowshill (25 minutes)
There are glorious lavender fields just outside this beautiful village.
Walking and Outdoors:
A popular venue for walking, especially in Autumn.
Cotswold Farm Park BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson’s farm is on a high and glorious hilltop.
Walks from the hotel:
We’ve prepared a few suggested routes for either walking softies or for more ambitious walkers.
The 1 hour circuit to Lower Slaughter is world-famous.
A stomp around the Tower is always recommended – see the deer and count up to 16 counties from the top of this folly.
Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford
The Wildlife Park is a pleasant place to be on a sunny day, with the surreal sight of white rhino on the lawn.
Cirencester Water Park
A vast area of lakes and country walks with the Cotswolds only beach and options for cycling and watersports.
This large, flagship National Trust garden is presented as a series of ‘rooms’ around a manor house
Privately owned and designed by three generations of women. Starring the Kiftsgate climbing rose.
Mill Dene Garden
A lesser known but charming terraced garden around a mill house in nearby Blockley.
Bourton House Garden
Bourton House is a rising star, with unusual planting, parterre and knot garden.
Sezincote House Garden
A Cotswold water garden with the most unusual background of a Mogul style house.
A fine house stuffed with an eccentric’s 22,000 piece collection of objects from around the world. A great wet weather option.
A beautiful 12th/15th house, home of Katherine Parr (the one who survived Henry VIII).
Less than an hour away, one of the most-visited castles in Britain.
A must-see atmospheric Jacobean house, with original furniture and beautiful grounds. And a very high fountain.
Shakespeare Properties, Stratford
Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage are 45 minutes away from Lords.
Kelmscott House & Gardens
The Cotswold home of William Morris is an beautiful Cotswold House (and garden) in it’s own right.
Quirky & Not So Well Known Attractions:
Bourton Model Village
Recently given listed status, this charming model village tends to bring out everyone’s inner child.
(See above) The 300 foot high gravity fountain is spectacular – and cooling on a summer’s day.
Ashmolean Museum Broadway
New outpost of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and home to a fine and decorative art collection.
Cotswold Motoring Museum, Bourton
Motor enthusiast or not, this museum is a glorious journey through retro and vintage England.
‘Place to be seen’ farm shop, celeb spotting venue and restaurant. Sometimes known as ‘Harrods on the Hill’
Robert Welch Studio Shop, Chipping Campden
A beautiful gallery of Robert Welch’s kitchen and homeware from the last 50 years.
The Cotswold Cheese Shop, Moreton in Marsh
Our own celebrated cheeseboard has inspired many a guest to stock up here before leaving the area.
Manfred Schotten Antiques, Burford
There are many fine Antique shops in the area – this one has a fascinating sporting antiques theme.
Some exceptional pubs for lunch:
The Plough at Kingham
Feathered Nest Inn, Nether Westcote
Wild Rabbit, Kingham
Horse and Groom, Bourton on the Hill
Ian Coley Shooting School
Guns and Roses
Racing Stables Breakfast, Gallops and Tour with Kim Bailey
Cheltenham Races and Point-to-Point
Festivals and Events:
Cheltenham Gold Cup
The highlight of the National Hunt season every March, with other racing dates through the winter.
“Like Glyndebourne before the war…” Let us provide the hamper.
Big Feastival, Kingham
A civilised Jamie Oliver and Alex James ‘curated’ food and music event
Cheltenham Festivals of Literature, Science, Jazz and Music
K Rowling to Stephen Hawking – these are Festivals that punch far beyond the weight of this Cotswold town.
Gifford’s Circus – summer, locations in the Cotswolds
Horses and humans only at this vintage rural circus, probably the only Circus to be featured in Vogue