Pretty Places to Visit
Out and about
At the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Cotswolds is one of the most postcard-pretty places in the UK. Stone-built villages the colour of honey are set against a backdrop of impossibly green hills and picturesque patchworks of woodland.
There are dozens of places perfect for pottering within easy reach of Dormy House. Here’s a few to start with:
Drive time: 5 minutes
A quick nip in the car or a pleasant half-hour stroll across Farncombe Estate, Broadway is our beloved neighbourhood village, and well worth a visit. Its main street is lined with quirky shops, charming tearooms and proper country pubs and it’s also home to a pair of crafty treasures: the Gordon Russell Design Museum and our local branch of Oxford’s Ashmolean museum
Drive time: 7 minutes
Once the beating heart of the Arts and Crafts movement, Chipping Campden is still a hotbed of creativity and artisanal making – as well as toting the blend of independent boutiques, hotels and cafés that have earned it a reputation as having ‘England’s perfect high street’.
Drive time: 15 minutes
A busy market down for over 1,000 years, Moreton is the location of our rail link to London, as well as boasting a beautiful collection of 17th– and 18th-century buildings.
Drive time: 15 minutes
Stow is one of the best-known towns in the Cotswolds, with a reputation as an antique-hunter’s paradise. It’s great for getting lost in art galleries and rabbit-warren antique shops and digging out bargains.
Drive time: 20 minutes
The sibling villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter are two of the prettiest in the Cotswolds. Straddling the banks of the River Eye (a tiny tributary of the Windrush), both are home to historic bridges and thatched chocolate-box cottages.
Drive time: 22 minutes
Close to the ruins of Hailes Abbey and Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe is a back-in-time town of tearooms and old-school shops, which line eponymous curvy High Street (Winchcombe means ‘bending valley’).
Drive time: 28 minutes
From the triple-arched mediaeval bridge that crosses the River Windrush to the high Wolds and the beautiful views at the top, Burford’s High Street is a topsy-turvy tumble of ancient cottages. Little seems to have changed since Tudor times – except its ancient buildings that now play host to shops, pubs and galleries.
Drive time: 40 minutes
Blenheim Palace’s local village is a picturesque market town that makes an ideal starting point for exploring the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. It’s packed with historic buildings, and boasts some great pubs to boot.