Bourton-on-the-Hill holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring the green hills and honey-coloured towns of the Cotswolds. This pretty village is surrounded by some of Gloucestershire’s most beautiful countryside, 25 miles east of Cheltenham and 35 miles northwest of Oxford. It lies near the northern edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on what was once the main road from Worcester to London. Its boundaries are marked by the River Evenlode, and its hilltop location provides wonderful views of Moreton-in-Marsh and the Fosse Way.
Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Hill and you will discover a traditional Gloucestershire community with narrow streets lined with historic stone buildings. Listed St Lawrence’s Church, 17th century Slatters Cottage and Horseshoe Cottage are all fine examples of Cotswold architecture. Self-catering holidays in Bourton-on-the-Hill would be incomplete without a pint of local ale at the Horse and Groom, a cosy country pub with roaring fires and award-winning food, prepared with the best local ingredients.
There are some lovely walks a stone’s throw from Bourton-on-the-Hill. The village is on the Heart of England Way, which heads south to Bourton-on-the-Water and north to Cannock Chase, and a footpath from the village meets the Cotswold Way, via Chipping Campden and Blockley. On the edge of the village, Batsford Park and Gardens cover 115 hectares with 19th century ornamental Japanese gardens and an abortorium with the country’s largest collection of trees and shrubs. There is also a falconry centre with spectacular displays. The gardens are glorious to visit throughout the year, from the first snowdrops of spring to the glorious colours of late autumn.
Bourton-on-the-Hill is an excellent base for exploring the Cotswolds. Nearby, the towns of Longborough and Stow-on-the-Wold are well worth a visit with family-run businesses and restaurants, while Moreton-in-Marsh is a walk away with antique shops, art galleries, tearooms, gift shops and a small supermarket. Further afield, the cities of Gloucester and Oxford are home to some of England’s most striking historical architecture.