The Cotswolds, United Kingdom

The Cotswolds earns its title as Britain’s largest designated area of natural beauty: luxury villas, boutique hotels and townhouse stays are set amid forests, verdant hills and petite, honey-hued villages. It’s more typically British than a bowler-hatted Bertie Wooster whistling Elgar, but the area’s Roman legacy lives on in ancient Cirencester; Southrop and Crudwell’s thatched cottages and ivy-coloured churches.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Airports closest to the region are Bristol, where easyJet (www.easyjet.com) flies from Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Newcastle; and Birmingham, which has connections from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey with BMI Baby (www.bmibaby.com).
  • Trains

    Direct trains from London Paddington run regularly to Cotswold stations, including Chippenham, Kemble, Kingham, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham. Most journeys will only take an hour or two.
  • Automobiles

    From London, the Cotswolds is a couple of hours away along the M4; the nearby M5 offers access from Bristol and Birmingham. It’s worth taking a car to the region: the country-lane driving is unparalleled.
  • Taxis

    The smaller towns have limited taxi services – book in advance. Hotel staff will know the best local firms.

Room 1 at Barnsley House, Cotswolds

Room 1 at Barnsley House, Cotswolds

Judging by the amount of A-list nuptials that take place at this Cotswolds boutique hotel, chocolate-box-pretty countryside combined with cool cutting-edge furnishings seem to be essentials when it comes to it’s-time-to-tie-the-knot allure – just ask Liz Hurley. This spa-spangled manor house understands the value of a decent bathroom, and doesn’t let its 17th-century heritage get in the way of marvellous modern trappings. Perfectly pitched at weekending lovers, light and airy Room 1 is equipped for an especially dirty pair, thanks to a twinset of freestanding tubs (facing a TV so, if conversation stalls, you can watch while you wash).
 

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