The largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, the Cotswolds are a range of hills approximately 25 miles across and just over 90 miles long. They run mainly through the counties of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, although they do touch on other counties.
Often referred to as the ‘Heart of England’ these wonderful hills perfectly compliment the many quaint and charming villages they overlook. Cotswolds Edge, a geological feature characterised by a steep scarp forged from the erosion of the local limestone, is to be found on the northern and western edges of the hills and can be seen from miles around.
Cleeve Hill is the highest point of the range, reaching a height of 1083 feet. The view from here is remarkable, especially if the weather is fine and the air clear, then it is possible to see all the way to Somerset, some 90 miles away. Cotswolds Way, the 100 mile long-distance footpath favoured by ardent walkers, can be met on Cleeve Hill.
Running along the escarpment, it is renowned for its many spectacular views, including the River Severn and the Black Mountains of Wales in the south. Further north there are many scenic views of villages and their features as well as the Devil's Chimney, a limestone rock formation near Cheltenham.
The Cotswolds are one of the nation’s favourite destinations for weekend getaways and the counties through which these picturesque hills run are home to some charming Bed and Breakfasts.
Whether you’re looking for a four-star, luxurious lakeside retreat on a lush, large area of land close to Oxford in the east, or whether you're after the more intimate setting of a rustic farmhouse close to Cirencester, or any of the idyllic villages close to the hills, then there are a number of reputable Cotswolds Bed and Breakfasts to provide that special element you’re looking for. All of the Cotswolds B&Bs on our site have been carefully selected for the hospitality and high standard of service.