With all those gracious honey-hued houses and majestic mansions, the Cotswolds hold more than their fair share of exquisite hotels. If you’re looking to splash out, this is the perfect destination. Apart from a hostel in Cirencester, there’s little budget accommodation, but you’ll find a few lower-end places geared towards walkers in towns like Winchcombe and Chipping Campden. Booking ahead is strongly recommended, especially during festivals, events and the May-to-August high season.
The Cotswolds’ manifold charms exert a magnetic pull on moneyed city folk, celebrities and wealthy downsizers in equal measure, but mere mortals can enjoy a slice of the good life at any of several local luxury hotels.