There are few places in the world more inviting than the Cotswolds in southern England. Featuring a majestic series of rolling hills, the region is located between the historically celebrated cities of Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon and includes multiple counties. Praised by Shakespeare in verse and declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, the Cotswolds area is widely known for its picturesque villages and quaint, countryside aesthetic. Its convenient location, impressive array of restaurants and pubs, and many outdoor activities make it one of the most popular places to take up residence. Here are five reasons to consider the Cotswolds a prime spot for your new home.
1. Easy accessibility.
“The Cotswolds are relatively close to London and therefore fairly convenient to get to for people who have second homes there,” says Luke Morgan of Strutt & Parker’s head office, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Located about two hours from London by car via the M40, M4, and M5 motorways, the region represents an easily accessible getaway. Trains also run frequently to local towns such as Kemble, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Charlbury.
2. Great pubs and restaurants.
The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, an inviting bed and breakfast, has an on-site pub that was named “Pub of the Year” in Michelin’s Eating Out in Pubs 2015 guide for unique items like their heritage tomato salad with goat’s curd, basil, and tomato essence and their crisp pig’s head adorned with peppered mango puree. Marvelous food halls serving award-winning farm-to-table dishes include William’s Food Hall & Oyster Bar in Nailsworth and Daylesford Organic Farmshop, a seasonal hotspot with its own cooking school.
3. Sporting life.
Equestrians from around the world appreciate the region’s lush landscape and facilities devoted to equine activities. Riding schools and centers as well as polo grounds and race courses are plentiful, and overnight accommodations with stables are available. Additional outdoor activities range from golf to sailing and other water sports, and it would be difficult to find a lovelier place to embark on a leisurely hike or walk.
4. Fascinating architecture.
“The majority of houses in the Cotswolds tend to be charming period properties,” Morgan says. Homes both old and new reflect the history of the bucolic region and provide an enticing glimpse into England’s past. Quaint cottages, Victorian rectories, limestone houses, and cozy farmhouses—some of which were built centuries ago—create a unique, nostalgic spot in which to set a vacation home.
5. Excellent education.
Less than an hour southeast of the Cotswolds is Oxford University, one of the most revered educational institutions in the world. The area is also home to Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Wycliffe College, and Malvern College. Younger students attend a broad range of acclaimed day and boarding schools.
The natural beauty of the Cotswolds is complemented by all this truly magical place has to offer. For more compelling reasons to make a home in the Cotswolds, visit the Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Defined blog.