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10 cosy Cotswold cottages for the perfect winter escape

Pack your woolly jumpers and head to the Cotswolds this winter for a cosy self catering escape – think frosty walks, pub Sunday roasts and curling up by the fire. These Cotswold cottages come with wood-burning stoves and plenty of character features. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape for two or a gathering for friends and family, we’ve handpicked 10 of the cosiest Cotswold cottages from around the region which are perfect for hibernating in this winter.

10 cosy Cotswold cottages for the perfect winter escape
The Old Chequer in Draycott (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

1. Harrowby End, Ebrington

Live out your The Holiday Christmas fantasies at Harrowby End this winter. This cosy cottage sleeps two and is picture perfect with its thatched roof, exposed beams and cottage garden. It’s set in the village of Ebrington near Chipping Campden in the north Cotswolds. And as well as a handy village shop you also have award-winning gastro pub The Ebrington Arms on your doorstep.

The heart of the cottage is an open plan sitting and dining room, with a wood-burning stove to keep you warm on a winter’s night. There’s also a well-equipped galley kitchen, and upstairs there’s a bedroom with king-sized bed and en-suite shower room. The property is beautifully presented, mixing up character features and a stylish, contemporary décor.

Harrowby End thatched cottage in Ebrington in the Cotswolds
Harrowby End (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

Things to do nearby: As well as the Ebrington Arms, the Churchill Arms in Paxford is another great local pub. The cottage is only two miles from the market town of Chipping Campden and the lovely gardens at Hidcote and Kiftsgate are within walking distance. There are plenty more great walks nearby too, including Dover’s Hill and the start of the Cotswold Way.

The details: A four-night stay at Harrowby End* starts from £565.

Character meets contemporary in the lounge/diner at Harrowby End in the Cotswolds
Character meets contemporary in the lounge/diner (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

2. Garsons Cottage, Idbury

Garsons Cottage lies in the small village of Idbury, 10 minutes’ drive south of Stow-on-the-Wold. This one-bedroom cottage is an ideal countryside escape for two, and has been expertly restored, with stone walls, oak flooring, wooden beams and a cosy wood-burning stove. It has views across the Windrush Valley and footpaths running out into the surrounding countryside.

Downstairs the lounge and kitchen are open plan, with the kitchen units tucked away under the stairs. There’s a garden room on the back of the cottage with a dining table where you can soak up the winter sun over breakfast. And upstairs there’s a pretty master bedroom decorated with mint green accents, with a king-size bed and a modern en-suite with rainfall shower.

The lounge at Garsons Cottage in Idbury in the Cotswolds
The lounge at Garsons Cottage (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

Things to do nearby: The Feathered Nest Country Inn is around half a mile away from the cottage in Nether Westcote and serves food and real ales. Idbury is in a great position in the centre of the Cotswolds with some of the area’s most popular spots within a six-mile radius, including Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Kingham and Daylesford.

The details: A three-night stay at Garsons Cottage* in January starts from £447.

The pretty master bedroom (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

3. Field Cottage, Elmley Castle

Get away from it all this winter with a stay in this quaint thatched cottage in the northwest Cotswolds. Field Cottage is located in a peaceful spot on the slopes of Bredon Hill, surrounded by walking and cycling routes through tranquil countryside. The cottage is a romantic escape for two – or if you want to bring friends along you can also rent the adjacent Garden Room.

The cottage is packed with period features. Downstairs you’ll find a cosy lounge where you can sink into the sofa with a glass of wine by the inglenook fireplace with its woodburning stove. There’s also a kitchen and dining room with a gas range cooker. And upstairs the bedroom, with stunning rural views, has a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath.

Field Cottage, thatched cottage in the Cotswolds at Elmley Castle
Field Cottage (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

Things to do nearby: The Queen Elizabeth Inn pub in Elmley Castle is within walking distance. It’s also a short drive to either Pershore or Evesham (where you’ll find the nearest train station). And it’s around 20 minutes’ drive to Broadway, which has a great selection of shops and restaurants as well as the Broadway Tower, or to Winchcombe and historic Sudeley Castle.

The details: A three-night stay at Field Cottage* in January starts from £510.

The cosy lounge with woodburning stove at Field Cottage in the Cotswolds
The cosy lounge (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

4. 39 Foxtail Cottage, Blockley

39 Foxtail Cottage is part of a charming row of terraced cottages built for workers at the nearby silk mills in the mid 19th-century. It lies on the edge of the pretty Cotswold village of Blockley – the main filming location for TV series Father Brown. The cottage has been refurbished and modernised to a high standard, and sleeps four people across its three storeys.

On the ground floor there’s a dual aspect living/dining room with Cotswold stone inglenook fireplace and open fire. Go down one floor and you’ll find a homely kitchen with Aga, which leads onto a light and airy garden room with views out onto a deer park. Then on the top floor there are two bedrooms with king-sized and double beds, and a family bathroom.

39 Foxtail Cottage in Blockley
39 Foxtail Cottage (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

Things to do nearby: Blockley is four miles west of Moreton-in-Marsh, where you’ll find the nearest train station. The village has a café, shop and two pubs within walking distance of the cottage. It’s also only 10–15 minutes from Chipping Campden and Broadway. And Batsford Arboretum, National Trust site Chastleton House and Sezincote House are all nearby.

The details: A three-night stay at 39 Foxtail Cottage* in January starts from £632.

The cosy kitchen with Aga at 39 Foxtail Cottage in the Cotswold village of Blockley
The kitchen with Aga (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

5. The Old Chequer, Draycott

The Cotswolds is full of cosy pubs, but how about staying in one of your own? The Old Chequer in Draycott is a Grade II listed former village pub dating back to the 16th century, which is one of the oldest properties in the area. It closed down in the 1800s but the original inn sign still hangs in the sitting room by the inglenook fireplace where locals would warm up with a drink.

The pub still has its traditional beams and brickwork, but it’s been brought up to date with Scandi-style décor – think cosy sheepskins, colourful sofas and minimalist bathrooms. It sleeps four with en-suite double and twin bedrooms upstairs and a lounge and separate kitchen/diner downstairs, with French doors which open out onto a private cottage garden.

The Old Chequer in Draycott, Cotswolds cottages
The Old Chequer in Draycott (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

Things to do nearby: Draycott is located just under four miles from both Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh – which is where you’ll find the nearest train station. There are lots of historic houses and gardens to visit within a 10-mile radius, including Batsford Arboretum, Sezincote, Cotswold Lavender, Snowshill Manor and Gardens and Hidcote.

The details: A three-night stay at The Old Chequer* in January starts from £564.

The kitchen-diner at The Old Chequer, Draycott in the Cotswolds
The cottage’s kitchen-diner (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

6. The Hyde, Armscote

Located just outside the official Cotswolds AONB boundary in Warwickshire is the picturesque village of Armscote, home to The Hyde. This cosy but contemporary wooden property sleeps four and comes with the bonus of its own hut tub in the garden – perfect for warming up on a cold day. It’s set in the grounds of the owner’s home but still feels like your own private space.

There’s a stylish open-plan living space downstairs which combines the living room, kitchen and dining area. It has a woodburning stove and exposed beams and flashes of colour which add character to the smart, neutral furnishings. Upstairs there are a two light, spacious bedrooms – a king-size with en-suite shower room and a double with en-suite bathroom.

The Hyde cottage with hot tub in the Cotswolds
The Hyde with its hot tub (photo © Sykes Cottages)

Things to do nearby: The property is only a few minutes’ walk from the Fuzzy Duck pub in Armscote and four miles north of Shipston-on-Stour where you’ll find shops and restaurants. Head to the east and you’ll find Tysoe, the National Trust’s Upton House and Gardens and the Cotswolds Distillery where you can take a tour and try their gins and whiskies.

The details: A three-night stay at The Hyde* in January starts from £704.

Open-plan living in The Hyde Cotswold cottage
Open-plan living (photo © Sykes Cottages)

7. Corner Cottage, Malmesbury

Go back in time with a winter Cotswold cottage escape to Corner Cottage in the market town of Malmesbury. This 17th-century, end-terrace property is full of original features, with thick stone walls and a woodburning stove to keep you warm however cold it gets outside. The cottage sleeps four people and has a quirky layout which is spread across four floors.

On the ground floor is a lounge with sofas and a dining area, then head down the rustic stone steps and you’ll reach the kitchen, which has all the mod cons you need including a dishwasher, and leads onto a courtyard garden. On the first floor is a king-sized bedroom and bathroom, and on the top floor there’s a second double bedroom in the eaves with sloping ceilings.

Corner Cottage in Malmesbury
Corner Cottage in Malmesbury (photo © Sykes Cottages)

Things to do nearby: Malmesbury is right on your doorstep with the Benedictine Abbey and Abbey House Gardens as well as shops and restaurants just a few minutes’ walk away. You can take a walk along the River Avon. Or Tetbury and Westonbirt Arboretum are just five miles to the north of Malmesbury, and the enchanting village of Castle Combe is 13 miles to the south.

The details: A three-night stay at Corner Cottage* in January starts from £339.

The character-filled living room at Corner Cottage in Malmesbury in the Cotswolds
The character-filled living room (photo © Sykes Cottages)

8. Old Stable Cottage, Kingham

Old meets new at Old Stable Cottage in the village of Kingham in the east of the Cotswolds. Kingham is known as a foodie hub, and as it’s on a mainline train route from London it makes an easy Cotswolds weekend break without needing a car. This charmingly renovated former farm building sleeps four and is a great winter escape for families or couples.

The lounge has an an open-plan dining area and comes with a sofa and comfy armchairs, exposed Cotswold stone walls, wooden beams and a stone fireplace. Next door is the well-equipped kitchen and there’s a handy utility room with a washer/dryer. The first floor has two king-sized bedrooms decorated in restful colours and there’s a shared family shower room.

The Old Stable Cottage in Kingham (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

Things to do nearby: Kingham has a shop, post office and two award-winning pubs a short walk from the cottage – The Kingham Plough and The Wild Rabbit. Food lovers will also want to check out the nearby Dalesford Organic farm shop. Chipping Campden is five miles away, or you can walk between the two, with a six-mile short route or a longer nine-mile version.

The details: A three-night stay at Old Stable Cottage* in January starts from £586.

Character features in the lounge at The Old Stable Cottage in Kingham in the Cotswolds
Character features in the lounge (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

9. Archers, Winchcombe

Made of traditional Cotswold stone, Archers is part of the Sudeley Castle estate on the edge of Winchcombe. It was created by combining two cottages from the 18th and 19th century, with the décor and artworks chosen by estate owner Lady Ashcombe. Archers sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms – and if there’s more of you there are several more properties on the estate.

The elegant, comfortable lounge has a woodburner and plenty of sofa space, the dining room comes with original flagstone floors and another fire, and the spacious kitchen includes a smart range cooker. Upstairs two of the four bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. And the cottage is also surrounded by gardens, with Beesmoor Brook running through them.

Archers holiday cottage at Sudeley Castle
Archers at Sudeley Castle (photo © Booking.com)

Things to do nearby: Sudeley Castle is right outside your door, with free entry to the castle and garden while you’re staying at Archers. Winchcombe is also 15 minutes’ walk away with shops, restaurants and cosy pubs. Also within a few miles drive are the English Heritage site Hailes Abbey, Jacobean Stanway House and the Gloucester-Warwickshire Steam Railway.

The details: A two-night stay at Archers* in January starts from £742.

The cosy lounge at Archers Cotswold cottage near Winchcombe
Archers’ comfortable lounge (photo © Booking.com)

10. Millstone Cottage, Bourton-on-the-Water

If you’re looking for Cotswold cottages for a gathering of family or friends this winter, Millstone Cottage is perfectly located in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water. The cottage sleeps 11 and has a generous lounge with woodburner and plenty of sofa space, an open plan kitchen and dining room, and a cosy snug where you can watch Netflix or curl up with a book.

Millstone Cottage has six bedrooms spread across the two upper floors – one king-size, three doubles, a twin and a single. As well as three en-suite bathrooms there’s a spacious family bathroom which has a bath and double shower. There’s also a games room in the garage with a table tennis tables, and parking outside the property for up to five cars.

Millstone Cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water
Millstone Cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

Things to do nearby: One of the Cotswolds’ prettiest villages, Bourton-on-the-Water lies on the River Windrush and is full of shops, cafés and restaurants. It’s also home to the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Birdland. Bourton lies on the Warden’s Way walking route, and it’s just 1.5 miles to walk to Lower Slaughter from where you can carry on to neighbouring Upper Slaughter.

The details: A three-night stay at Millstone Cottage* in January starts from £1116.

Plenty of space in the lounge (photo © Cotswolds Hideaways)

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Lucy Dodsworth is an award-winning travel blogger at On the Luce who's lived in the Cotswolds for 10 years. She runs a group for local bloggers, has an MSc in sustainable tourism and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

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