The Cotswolds are widely known as one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, home to honey-hued limestone buildings, enchanting countryside, mesmerising history, superb food and beautiful hotels and spas to stay in. It's little wonder that the likes of Liz Hurley, Kate Winslet and Kate Moss have all opted to live in these elysian surroundings.
Covering parts of six counties including Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, and enchanting towns and cities including Cheltenham and Bath, it's got good transport links and a variety of different activities and experiences to enjoy. Here are a few of our top recommended things to do n a spa break in the Cotswolds.
ChippenhamTop recommendations for a Cotswolds spa break
Walk the Cotswold Way
The Cotswold Way is 102 miles long, so no one expects you to walk the whole thing - at least not on a single spa break. However, a walk in this magnificent countryside is definitely worth including in your trip, and the Cotswold Way is a good place to start. Running from the quintessentially English market town of Chipping Campden to the Roman city of Bath, you can pick a section of the national trail and walk as far as you fancy, enjoying the scenery and plenty of places to stop along the way.
Relax amongst the lavender
Between April and August vast swathes of the Cotswolds turn a delightful shade of purple as the local lavenders come into bloom. As fans of the therapeutic scent, we can't help but love this particular characteristic of the the region. You can enjoy it in all its glory by visiting the Cotswold Lavender farm at Hill Barn Farm, frolicking in the fields and purchasing plenty of relaxing gifts.
Visit Warwick Castle
Built by William the Conqueror in 1068, Warwick Castle is an inspiring medieval castle. A famous tourist attraction, it's full of interesting features including details of great battles, ancient myths and royal tales. There are spectacular spectacles and activities for the whole family to enjoy and regular shows, so keep an eye on the website for the latest updates.
Explore Blenheim Palace
Located in Woodstock, this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. It's the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, and boasts 300 years of history. Your visit can include exploration inside the extraordinary Baroque property, as well as its formal gardens and park. They also host various events throughout the year, from Christmas at Blenheim Palace to the Blenheim Palace Flower Show.
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
This volunteer operated heritage railway is an enchanting way to explore Gloucestershire on a 28-mile round trip. Taking in scenery, sleepy hamlets and villages, including the Malvern Hills and beyond, it's something that all ages can enjoy.
Not technically in the Cotswolds, but close by, Bath is a beautiful city with a wealth of history, pretty boutiques, cafes and restaurants to explore. It's well worth a spa break in its own right, but if you're staying in the Cotswolds for a few days, and trip to this elegant city should definitely be included.
Top spas to visit in the Cotswolds
Whether you are looking for a spa day or a spa break, there's a number of beautiful spas and spa hotels to visit in the Cotswolds, each with their own unique characteristics. Here are a few favourites.
Cotswold House Hotel & Spa
Cotswold House Hotel is a boutique hotel in the heart of beautiful Cotswold countryside. Contemporary meets country chic in style, it's warm and welcoming, offering delicious local food at mealtimes and an enchanting spa experience within the grounds. The spa has won awards and is surrounded by magical gardens. It has six treatment rooms and is perfect for a romantic getaway or quality time with one or two of your closest friends.
A 15th century country that houses a contemporary spa experience, Ellenborough Park is the best combination of heritage meets modern wellbeing. A romantic hotel close to Cheltenham, it's luxury all the way, from its 90-acre grounds to its grand rooms and suites, its award-winning fine dining and its intimate, adult-only spa.
The Lygon Arms
A romantic bolthole in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Lygon Arms is cosy, historic and indulgent with food that’s a celebration of local produce. The hotel is a traditional building with flagstone floors and wood panelling alongside beautiful contemporary furnishings. Within three acres of grounds and gardens, there's a spa and gym, a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, two saunas and a steam room as well as seven treatment rooms using Oskia, Elemis and Jessica products.