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).

‘Unknown Villages’:

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:

Batsford Arboretum

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.

Broadway Tower

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.

Gardens:

Hidcote Manor

This large, flagship National Trust garden is presented as a series of ‘rooms’ around a manor house

Kiftsgate Manor

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.

Historic Houses:

Snowshill Manor

A fine house stuffed with an eccentric’s 22,000 piece collection of objects from around the world. A great wet weather option.

Sudeley Castle

A beautiful 12th/15th house, home of Katherine Parr (the one who survived Henry VIII).

Warwick Castle

Less than an hour away, one of the most-visited castles in Britain.

Stanway House

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.

Stanway Fountain

(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.

Chic Shopping:

Daylesford

‘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
Chequers, Churchill
Feathered Nest Inn, Nether Westcote
Wild Rabbit, Kingham
Horse and Groom, Bourton on the Hill

Sporting Cotswolds:

Ian Coley Shooting School
Nordic Walking
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.

Longborough Opera

“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