Our guide to luxury Cotswolds holidays

At the heart of England, a rural utopia awaits. Freckled with wonky cottages, kept sweet with slabs of cake, and fragranced with roses, this is the home of the English idyll. Here's the Unique guide to luxury Cotswolds holidays.

Tiny country lanes twist through hamlets of caramel cottages and centuries-old churches. At every turn, traditional country inns with storybook charm, fine fare, and roaring fires invite the whole pack inside. From humble beginnings as a collection of simple market towns enriched by the wool trade, the Cotswolds has been the darling destination of England since Mediaeval times. Think grand manor houses, glorious gardens, and small as a sixpence sleep-twos. Here, golden stone bridges overhang babbling brooks, and charming tea rooms wedge between antique shops and vanilla bean bakeries.

Our guide to luxury Cotswolds holidays will have you wandering past Burford’s quaint 12th-century church, heading for a taste of crème de la country in Upper Slaughter, or tucking into blue cheese panna cottas at a modern British inn. You’ll discover the best places to eat, the must-sees, and the must-dos, fit for lovers, friends, families, and those with dogs in tow. Stay in former monasteries, 17th-century barns and, naturally, quintessentially English cottages. An AONB second in size only to the Lake District, this tranquil region is steeped in history and, as William Morris once said, it’s a lot like “heaven on earth.”