Photo credit: Culls Cottage in Lechlade. Click above title to view. The River Thames at Lechlade in Gloucestershire


Beautiful architecture, unique independent businesses and walking in or driving through some of the Cotswolds’ most picturesque countryside await discovery on self-catering holidays in Lechlade. If you want to unwind in a traditional market town, full of cosy pubs, welcoming cafes and renowned antique shops, a Cotswold holiday cottage in Lechlade could be exactly what you’re looking for. This ancient Cotswolds community in Oxfordshire lies on the banks of the River Thames, making it a popular base for boating and other water-sports. In the town centre, a graceful 15th century church overlooks bustling streets, where independent eateries pride themselves on serving delicious food, prepared with fresh, local produce.

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Visible from almost anywhere in Lechlade is the soaring spire of St Lawrence’s Church, which looks down on a thriving market place, where meat and vegetables from the Gloucestershire Cotswolds are sold. As you explore Lechlade’s the historic town centre, look out for Halfpenny Bridge, which dates back to 1792, and St. John’s Bridge, next to the statue of Father Thames and the river’s highest loch. The town takes its name from the River Lechlade, which joins the Thames nearby.

Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lechlade is just a short drive from some of the region’s most interesting towns and cities, including Oxford, Swindon, Cheltenham and Gloucester. Lechlade holiday cottages are ideal if you want to enjoy long walks in wonderfully unspoiled countryside. The gently rolling hills and tranquil woods surrounding the town are traversed by idyllic paths, where you can walk for miles with only the sound of birds singing in the hedgerows for company. The Thames Path, which runs for 184 miles from the river’s source to the Thames Barrier, passes through the town and is popular among cyclists and walkers. Nearby, the Cotswold Water Park is a series of old gravel pits, which have been flooded to create a haven for birds, plants, sailing and fishing.