SELF CATERING IN THE COTSWOLDS AT BIBURY HOLIDAY COTTAGES

Come and enjoy the beautiful Cotswolds, and experience the freedom of self-catering at Bibury Holiday Cottages.

We are 4 Star rated and have 4 Holiday Cottages set in our lovely gardens in the heart of Bibury Village, “the most beautiful village in England” said William Morris. You would be able to relax in our tranquil guest only garden, where there are tables and chairs etc., The perfect spot after a long day exploring The Cotswolds, to have a cup of tea or something stronger.

The beauty of The Cotswolds is that there is something for everybody, be it Palaces like Blenheim or Castles like Sudeley and many more. The historic cities of Oxford and Bath are within easy reach for a day out and both offer park and ride to make touring these wonderful Cities more accessible. Another historic place is Stratford-upon-avon for those of you who wish to have a Shakespearean experience or a trip down the river Avon. Again within about 50 mins travelling.

Market Towns like Stow-on-the-wold, Burford and Northleach all have their own bits of history and places of interest along attractive streets and alley ways. All have amazing Churches mainly built with the proceeds from the wool trade.

From Bibury if you take the Fosseway towards Stow-on-the-wold you will see signs to The Slaughters and The Swells typical Cotswold villages bathed in the beauty of the Cotswolds stone. Along that route you can also experience Bourton-on-the-water with its model village and motor museum. Bourton has many shops, restaurants and a river meandering through the centre. These are all very accessible from Bibury Holiday Cottages. These small towns, villages etc., can be accessed from The Fosseway or you can wind your way through the lanes and enjoy the Cotswold countryside, at every turn there is another wonderful view. You will also happen upon other small hamlets and country pubs.

Cirencester the Capital of The Cotswolds with its roman history has lots to offer. A weekly antiques market in the Corn Hall which also hosts other events daily, situated in the centre of the Market Square where the Farmers Market is held. Cirencester has great independent Butchers, Green grocers and many other one off shops that makes the town interesting. The Children can go to “Paint a Pot” and another special place for children is Octavia’s Bookshop in Black Jack Street this is a haven for children of all ages. No technology here. Book readings some Saturdays. Obviously there are also the usual supermarkets but all good for the freedom self-catering holiday offers you.

Children - Cotswold Wildlife Park always a winner and a full day out. It has something for everyone from the train round the Park, children’s play ground, feeding the penguins and a stunning walled garden. Plus much much more. It is a full day out. You can either eat in the cafe or take a picnic plenty of places to settle down with your packed lunch. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park (of TV Fame on Country File) again is a big winner with all the family they have different topics at different times of year ie., making lanterns from pick your own pumpkin - great fun. The rest of the Farm has so much to offer tractor rides, trampolines, milk the cow, handle the rabbits and baby chicks (time of year dependent). Again a full day out with or without picnic. Far Peak Climbing Wall and Bicycle Hire near Northleach is also a winner with all ages. There are many more places of interest for the young like Cotswold Water Park, Butts Farm special breeds and Birdland. They will never be bored !!!!

Eating Out - we are well served in Bibury Village as we have The Catherine Wheel Public House and The Swan Hotel within 2 mins walk of Bibury Holiday Cottage. The Catherine Wheel is a typical Cotswold Pub catering for all ages, good friendly local trade. Great garden for lunch outside or just liquid refreshment after a good walk along the Coln Valley, breathtakingly beautiful. Food served all day evening meals from 6PM. The Swan Hotel has a lovely Courtyard Bar serving meals etc., but also a Bistro which is slightly more formal. Again weather permitting you can eat/drink outside in the sheltered and sunny Courtyard. You will be well looked after in both of these Bibury Cotswold establishments.

From Easter to October Bibury Trout Farm also has a cabin from which they serve snacks, ice-cream and trout in many guises. A good place to refuel after a trip round Bibury Trout Farm, either feeding the fish or have fun catching your own, which you can either BBQ on the premises or save for your self-catering supper at Bibury Holiday Cottages. For younger children there is a playground with sandpit etc., On your tour of Bibury Trout Farm you will also glean knowledge of the workings of a Victorian Trout Farm. Bibury Trout Farm is within 2 mins walk of Bibury Holiday Cottages. It also doubles as the Village shop selling a variety of foods, alcohol, fancy goods, daily papers, magazines and much mentioned Trout.

Eating out further into The Cotswolds there are many excellent pubs/restaurants serving local produce ie., Gloucester Old Spot pork. In the next village of Barnsley there is Barnsley House Hotel and The Village Pub. Barnsley House is a well known wedding venue but if you can’t quite manage their prices Bibury Holiday Cottages are 2 miles away a short drive or quick taxi ride. This also applies to The Swan Hotel and other wedding venues in the area.

Northleach a pretty market town with a mechanical motor museum - wine bar and a couple of Pubs and a magnificent Church.

Cheltenham - famous for Horse Racing mainly the Cheltenham Gold Cup and other smaller meetings during the year. There is also the Jazz Festival, Literary Festival, The Everyman Theatre, Cinemas and multiple restaurants to cater fro every taste and pocket. The shopping isn’t bad either. It also has a main line railway station.

Fairford - where the world renown Air Tattoo is held annually in July. It is attended by thousands of people from all over the world. Some of our guests at Bibury Holiday Cottages book year on year such is their interest in aviation. Fairford is a small market town again with a magnificent Church. Just down the road from Fairford is Lechlade on Thames where boat trips are available along with an excellent Garden Centre and antique shop.

Tetbury - The Cotswold home of the Prince of Wales. His Highrove shop is on the high street selling some wonderfully different objects, fantastic Christmas decorations, cards etc., really something to suit every pocket.There are guided tours of Highrove (www.highgrovegardens.com) Tetbury itself has great antique shops and lots of other independent shops all worth a visit, you might just find that something you have always wanted. It is known as the Antique Capital of The Cotswolds.

During the Summer months from May to September we are blessed with Gifford Circus touring The Cotswolds in the most picturesque settings with their Big Top and liveried caravans. If you happen to be in The Cotswolds during this time it is well worth a visit. I have heard many times that its the best Circus ever. They visit places like The Barrington, Michinhampton Common, Cirencester and many other venues (www.giffordscircus.com) and see the amazing Tweedie.

The Cotswolds has great Roman history with Chedworth Roman Villa in nearby Chedworth where the recently revealed mosaics are worth a visit along with the rest of the buildings that made up the Villa which is set in stunning grounds. For further historic information is The Corinium Museum in Cirencester which holds workshops and exhibitions throughout the year. Information for the Museum will be found in whichever Cottage you choose at Bibury Holiday Cottages. Cirencester also boasts an outdoor swimming pool (open Summer months). Cirencester Polo Club in Cirencester Park.

I am sure there are things I have missed that would make The Cotswolds even more appealing to our guests. We do have lots of information on where to go and what to do whilst in The Cotswolds, in your Cottage. We also have walking maps of the area which are more than happy to loan to our guests.

To all our returning guests, we look forward to seeing you again and catching up on the years events, and thank you for thinking of us in 2019.

So contact us at Bibury Holiday Cottages, where we will make you very welcome and do all we can to ensure you have a great time be it for a long weekend, mid-week break or longer.