The Cotswolds is one of the most popular holiday destinations here in the UK and it welcomes lots of holidaymakers every year. This part of the country is renowned for its quintessentially English market towns and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is the perfect place to visit no matter what type of holiday you’re planning. 


Covering over 800 square miles and running through six different counties, deciding where to stay in the Cotswolds isn’t always easy. Not to mention, there is a huge range of beautiful holiday cottages to choose from in this picture-perfect part of the country. To help anyone planning a trip to this unspoiled region, below we have listed a few questions to ask yourself when trying to find the best place to stay in the Cotswolds. 


What type of holiday are you planning? 


The type of holiday you would like to go on will have a big impact on where you should stay in the Cotswolds. Different counties, towns and villages are known for different things, and whether you’re planning a walking holiday, exploring holiday or relaxing holiday, some destinations will be better for you than others. 


For example, Bourton-on-the-Water or Burford is a great place to stay if you want to explore lots of tourist attractions. Chipping Campden or Winchcombe is ideal if you want to spend your days walking and hiking. Bibury or Stow-on-the-Wold is a popular place if you are interested in history and Painswick or Broadway is perfect if you appreciate a picturesque landscape. So, think about how you want to spend your time before booking your holiday cottage. 


Who are you going on holiday with?


Who you’re going on holiday with will also influence where is best to stay in the Cotswolds. You need to consider all of your interests when booking a holiday cottage and you need to ensure you’re situated somewhere that is suitable for everyone. 


If you’re going on a family-friendly or dog-friendly holiday, some charming towns in the Cotswolds will likely be more appropriate than others for you to stay in and they will provide you with more opportunities to make memories during your stay. Whereas if you’re going on a romantic couples holiday, then a few Cotswolds villages will stand out from the crowd. So, be sure to consider who you’re going away with and what all of your wants and needs are. 


What tourist attractions do you want to visit?


The tourist attractions you plan on visiting during your Cotswolds holiday will affect where you should stay. As mentioned above, the Cotswolds covers over 800 square miles and it’s a much bigger place than people tend to realise. To prevent you from spending your whole holiday driving to different attractions, you need to think carefully about where you base yourself. 


From historic buildings, castles and stately homes to beautiful gardens, wildlife parks and farmers’ markets, there really is something for everyone in the Cotswolds. It’s highly recommended that you do some research into the different tourist attractions in the area and plan a rough itinerary before you choose where to stay. You can then ensure you’re renting a holiday cottage somewhere within a few miles of the attractions you’re most interested in. 


Looking for places to stay in the Cotswolds?


Asking yourself these questions should help you to narrow down the many amazing places to stay in the Cotswolds. Once you’ve decided where you’d like to stay, be sure to explore the rest of The Holiday Cottage Collection website. We have several Cotswolds cottages available to rent and there is something for everyone on our website. Delve into our collection of holiday cottages in the Cotswolds today and see where you’d like to stay. 


If you can’t find the type of accommodation you’re looking for on our website, we are sure to be able to help. Our team loves nothing more than matching the right person with the right holiday let and we will help you find the perfect place to stay in the Cotswolds. With our help, you can have a spectacular staycation, relish the peace and quiet of the quintessentially English countryside and enjoy your holiday your way.