Pretty Places to Visit

The North Cotswolds is one of the prettiest natural regions in the UK.  We are an important part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and immensely proud of our honey-coloured stone High Streets and rolling hills.

If you are staying at Dormy House, here are some of the best places to potter:

Broadway – Drive time: 5 minutes
It’s our local and we love it.  Broadway is a picture-postcard village with a wide main street and dozens of individual shops and cafés.  It is home to the Gordon Russell design museum and the Ashmolean at Broadway. You can walk to Broadway on footpaths via the Farncombe Estate.

Chipping Campden – Drive time: 7 minutes
Campden was the beating heart of the Arts & Crafts movement – visit the Court Barn Museum and craft studios where you can still see silversmiths at work.  Campden hosts its own Music and Literature Festivals every year.  Its tea rooms, boutique shops and smart hotels make it England’s “perfect” High Street.

Stow-on-the-Wold – Drive time: 14 minutes
One of the best-known Cotswold towns, Stow has become synonymous with antiques. So get lost in the art galleries and antique stores and grab yourself the deal of the century.

The Slaughters – Drive time: 20 minutes
Upper and Lower Slaughter are two of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds.  Follow the Windrush as it flows past thatched cottages and under ancient bridges.  Be sure to have your camera ready.

Winchcombe – Drive time: 22 minutes
Winchcombe means ‘valley with a bend’, and this lovely old town is defined by its gracefully curving High Street filled with tea rooms, and old-fashioned shops.   Sudeley Castle makes a wonderful family visit. Queen Catherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII, is entombed here.

Burford – Drive time: 28 minutes
From the three-arched medieval bridge that crosses the River Windrush, to the high Wolds and beautiful views at the top, Burford’s High Street is a topsy-turvy world of ancient cottages.  It appears that little has changed since Tudor times – except that now the old buildings are filled with shops, pubs and galleries.

Woodstock – Drive time: 40 minutes
Woodstock is a picturesque historic market town, an ideal starting spot for exploring the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.  Home to Blenheim Palace and its surrounding 2,000 acre gardens, there are some great pubs and stylish shops to draw you in.