The Cotswold Way is one of the UK’s most beautiful long-distance walks, stretching for 102 miles (164km) through tranquil countryside, scenic towns and villages, and past historic churches, country houses, forts and battlegrounds as it travels between Chipping Campden and Bath.
The Cotswold Way can be walked straight through (most commonly over 7–8 days but you can also spread it out over 10 days if you want to take it easy) or split into sections. And once you’ve planned your itinerary, one of the biggest questions is where you’ll stay along the route.
There’s a wide selection of places to stay on the Cotswold Way at different price levels. Most common are mid-range B&Bs, guesthouses and pubs, but you’ll also find some luxury hotels if you want to splash out, or campsites and glamping pods and cabins if you’re on a budget.
This Cotswold Way accommodation guide gives you tips on choosing where to stay and then lists a range of different accommodation options in each of the places along the route – including some smaller stops as well as the main towns, so you can tailor it to suit your itinerary.
Tips for booking Cotswold Way accommodation
Check proximity to the route: Larger towns along the Cotswold Way have plenty of accommodation options. But choices are limited in some areas and you might have to go off the trail and walk a bit extra to reach your bed for the night. Sometimes B&Bs and guesthouses can organise lifts to and from the trail, or alternatively you could take a taxi there and back.
Beware of minimum stays: An increasing number of accommodation providers are setting minimum stay periods, especially in high season. So make sure you don’t have to commit to staying two or three nights, unless you have transport to get back onto the route each day.
Book in advance if possible: The Cotswolds is a really popular destination and accommodation can get booked up well in advance, especially if you’re walking in the summer. So book as far in advance as you can (3 months at least), particularly at peak times (during the July/August school holidays, Easter and at weekends) or in areas with limited accommodation options.
If you want to be spontaneous it’s easier if you’re walking in low season, but we’d still recommend booking places to stay at least the night before, as you might have to adjust your route and stop somewhere else if it turns out that your planned destination is fully booked.
On a budget: The Cotswold Way doesn’t have the budget bunkhouses or hostels you find on some long-distance walks. There also aren’t many campsites along the route and wild camping is illegal in England, so it’s not the easiest route to do on a very low budget. If you’re planning on camping you may well need to combine it with a couple of nights in B&Bs or guesthouses.
Dog-friendly: Many people want to bring their dog along with them when they’re walking the Cotswold Way, and there are lots of dog-friendly accommodation options. We’ve marked up places which allow dogs (either in all or just in selected rooms) in the listings below as 🐶.
About our Cotswold Way accommodation list
Our Cotswold Way accommodation list runs from north to south, starting in Chipping Campden and finishing in Bath – as does our 10-day Cotswold Way itinerary which is where you can find details of places to see along the route, as well as food and drink options and any public toilets.
In towns where there are lots of accommodation options, we’ve featured a few at different price points which are recommended, but you can find more suggestions in our Cotswold town and village guides, which also include things to do and our favourites places to eat and drink.
Any minimum stay requirements are listed, but we’ve tried to avoid these as much as possible.
To help choose the right place to stay on the Cotswold Way to suit your budget, we’ve broken down the accommodation options into four broad price categories:
- £: Budget (under £50 a night)
- ££: Inexpensive (£50–£80 a night)
- £££: Mid-range (£85–£120 a night)
- ££££: High-end (£125 a night or over)
These are prices for the room not per person, so it’s cheaper if you’re not walking alone. And be aware that costs will vary throughout the year and you often get lower prices off season.
Cotswold Way accommodation map
Cotswold Way accommodation list
If you want to spoil yourself, Cotswold House Hotel and Spa* (££££ 🐶) is a country house hotel with 28 rooms spread across three buildings, some with their own hot tub. There’s also a luxury spa and hydrotherapy pool to relax any aching muscles, and a bar and brasserie.
The Bantam Tea Rooms* (£££) next to the Market Hall has eight en-suite bedrooms above their café. The rooms are stylishly decorated with period features and a good breakfast spread’s included. Guests can also use the tea room’s courtyard gardens – and don’t miss their cakes.
There’s also plenty of Chipping Campden pub accommodation. The Eight Bells Inn* (££££) dates from the 14th century. Its six en-suite bedrooms have been recently refurbished, and some have original beamed ceilings or views of St James’ Church. The pub does tasty traditional meals, with a roaring fire in winter. But note there’s a minimum two-night stay at weekends.
Or The Volunteer Inn* (££/£££) is an 18th-century Cotswold stone pub offering simple, good value, comfortable rooms. Breakfast is served in their Maharaja restaurant, where you can also get Indian food in the evenings. There are some reports of noise on weekends through.
Beautiful Broadway has one of the Cotswolds’ best selections of places to stay, eat and shop, though it tends to be more pricey than other areas. The Lygon Arms* (££££ 🐶) is an atmospheric coaching inn from the 1300s that once hosted Oliver Cromwell, featuring beamed ceilings and antiques. Today its luxurious facilities include a spa and pool, bar and grill restaurant.
The Lodge at Broadway* (£££) is a more affordable option next door to the Lygon Arms. Their eight bedrooms are stylish and modern with en-suite bathrooms and tea- and coffee-making facilities. There’s no food available but there are plenty of options around Broadway.
The Olive Branch Guest House (£££) is a traditional bed and breakfast in a 400-year-old listed building on the quiet end of the High Street. Rooms are furnished in a pretty, country style and there’s a guest lounge to relax in. Note there’s a two-night minimum stay at weekends.
The Horse and Hound Inn* (£££) offers simple pub accommodation, with clean, convenient rooms. It’s an amiable place to hang out in the bar over a drink. Traditional pub food is available in the evenings, and their filling breakfasts will set you up for a day of walking.
The small village of Stanton has a couple of Cotswold Way accommodation options. Shenberrow Hill B&B (££££) is a country house bed and breakfast a short walk from The Mount Inn pub. There are three comfortable bedrooms – two doubles and a twin – and a warm welcome. A full English breakfast is included, but it is quite expensive compared to other B&Bs in the area.
The Old Post House (£££) dates from 1606. It was was one of the first houses built in Stanton and once the village shop and post office. Now it’s a B&B furnished with antiques and surrounded by gardens, with an en-suite twin bedroom in an annex and a shepherd’s hut with kitchenette.
Wood Stanway Farmhouse (£££) is right on the Cotswold Way in the hamlet of Wood Stanway. The farmhouse is over 400 years old with plenty of character and has three guest rooms. There’s also a guest lounge with games, and packed lunches and evening meals available on request.
Hayles Fruit Farm Campsite (£ 🐶) is just a few metres off the Cotswold Way route and has pitches for motorhomes, caravans and tents. There’s a shower and toilet block, a farm shop and café (open until 5pm) and there are fire pits you can use (wood is for sale in the farm shop).
The Lion Inn* (££££ 🐶) is a beautifully restored 15th-century coaching inn. It has nine characterful en-suite bedrooms, each of which is different, ranging from compact Cosy Classic rooms to spacious Indulgence rooms with luxury extras like roll-top baths and separate lounges.
The White Hart Inn* (££/£££ 🐶) is another historic coaching inn, which has a selection of Cotswold Way accommodation – some in the main building, some in Welsey House next door and some affordable ‘rambler’ rooms for walkers which have shared bathrooms.
Blair House (££/£££) is a family-run bed and breakfast in a Georgian house with three cosy, country-style bedrooms – an en-suite double and a single and twin with private bathrooms. There’s also a guest lounge and a locally sourced, freshly prepared breakfast is included.
Postlip Hall Farm B&B (££) is located on a working family farm in the peaceful hamlet of Postlip, on the edge of Cleeve Common. Bedrooms are en-suite or have private facilities and there’s a guest lounge, garden and dining room where a cooked breakfast is served every morning.
Cleeve Hill is the highest point in the Cotswolds, and there are several places to stay along the B4632, just off the Cotswold Way path. The four-star Cleeve Hill Hotel* (££££ 🐶) has 12 spacious rooms and suites, some with panoramic views. Breakfast is included and they can provide packed lunches, and there are extras like a guest lounge with games, honesty bar and boot room.
The Rising Sun Hotel* (£££ 🐶) is a Greene King pub just along the road, which has a popular beer garden making the most of the views. There are 24 en-suite bedrooms which are simple and functional, but could do with some updating. And the bar serves classic pub grub.
Cheltenham has some great places to stay, but the Cotswold Way runs along the edge of town so you’d need to take a bus or taxi in and out of the town centre – the Pulhams 801 bus runs from Dowdeswell (by the Koloshi Indian restaurant) or the Stagecoach W from Cleeve Hill.
In the centre of town, the Queens Hotel* (££££ 🐶) overlooks Imperial Gardens. It dates back to 1838, in a Grade II listed building bursting with period charm. The Queens is home to the Gold Cup bar and Victoria’s restaurant, or there are lots of places to eat and drink nearby.
Or the Premier Inn (££) is a good budget option in Cheltenham town centre, located in the Brewery where you’ll find a cinema, bowling, restaurants and bars. Rooms are simple and clean, with double, twin and family rooms, all with en-suites and some with fridges and coffee machines.
If you’d rather stay close to the Cotswold Way, The Charlton Boutique Hotel* (£££) is a kilometre off the trail, along the A40 in Charlton Kings. It uses contactless check in and has 13 en-suite bedrooms, with a mix of doubles, twins and triples, plus a restaurant and bar.
There’s also a campsite at Colgate Farm (£) where you can pitch your tent, 200 metres off the trail just before Dowdeswell Woods. Pre-booking isn’t accepted but there’s lots of space, and the site has a shower, kitchen with microwave, fire pits and food and a washing machine available.
Just south of Leckhampton Hill, Big Skies Glamping has five tent pitches (£ 🐶) in a wildflower meadow and furnished bell tents sleeping up to four people (£££ 🐶 – minimum two-night stay during the summer holidays). There’s an amenities block, fridge and honesty shop.
Star Glamping (££ 🐶) has four glamping pods in the grounds of National Star College, a disability charity between Leckhampton and Crickley Hills. Pods sleep 1–2 or 3–4 people and have a fridge and kettle, and there’s a toilet and shower block. You can also add on extras like bedding, wood for the fire pit and BBQ or breakfast hampers, and they have a café open until 4pm.
Birdlip village, a short distance off the Cotswold Way route, is where you’ll find The Royal George* pub (££). This traditional pub dates from the 18th century and is now run by Greene King Inns. There are 34 guest bedrooms – some are a bit tired in places but it’s good value.
The ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’, Painswick has a good selection of hotels and B&Bs. The Painswick (££££) is a luxurious option, with 17 individually designed bedrooms with valley views in a Grade-II listed Palladian house. You can even splash out on a four-poster suite with private balcony. Their restaurant is one of the best in the area, and there’s a guest lounge and gardens.
The Falcon Inn* (£££ 🐶)’s 11 bedrooms are split between the main house and coach house and have exposed stone walls, antique furniture and Georgian features, with Bramley toiletries and fluffy white towels. There’s a cosy restaurant and bar, which serves their own wine.
St Anne’s B&B* (£££ 🐶 by arrangement) is a homely, country-style bed and breakfast with three bedrooms in a former wool merchant’s house. Walkers are welcome, with space to dry wet clothes and boots, picnic lunches available and pick up and drop offs if you stay two nights.
Painswick Glamping (£) is a working farm in a quiet spot around half a mile off the Cotswold Way which has four tent pitches (there’s also a shepherd’s hut and camping pod which have a two-night minimum stay). The site has a toilet and shower block, plus a shared kitchen.
Orchardene (£££ 🐶) is a tucked-away bed and breakfast with two rooms – an en-suite twin and a double with private bathroom. There’s a warm welcome, and breakfast is cooked on the Aga using local and organic ingredients, and including honey from their own bees.
Just outside King’s Stanley in Middleyard, Valley Views B&B (££/£££) is right on the Cotswold Way. The chalet-style bungalow has three bedrooms. A hearty breakfast is included and they can supply packed lunches. And there’s a terrace and conservatory to soak up the views.
The Hart Guesthouse (£££) is a recently opened guesthouse on the site of an old pub. It’s in Leonard Stanley just under a mile off the route, but has seven smart, clean en-suite bedrooms with a mix of doubles, twins and family rooms. Breakfast is included and there’s also a café.
Dursley is a market town with the Cotswold Way running right through it, but accommodation options are limited. Woodland House Bed & Breakfast (£££) is located in a quiet cul-de-sac to the north of town, run by a friendly couple. They have six rooms, with a Continental or cooked breakfast, laundry facilities (for an extra fee), a games room, guest lounge and kitchen.
Ashen Plains (£ 🐶) campsite is just south of Dursley, around a mile off the Cotswold Way route. It’s a quiet spot, surrounded by beech woodland, with grass pitches along with a shower block, communal room with woodburner and fire pits. There’s also a shepherd’s hut available.
Forthay Bed and Breakfast* (£££ 🐶) lies between Dursley and North Nibley on the Cotswold Way. This 17th-century Cotswold stone farmhouse has three bedrooms, as well as a lounge with woodburner, and a licenced bar. Evening meals can also be arranged with 24 hours’ notice.
The Black Horse Inn* (£££) is a 16th-century pub next to the Tyndale Monument. It’s recently been taken over by new owners who’ve expanded their vegan and gluten-free options. Guest rooms are simple but clean and comfortable, and a cooked breakfast is included.
The Cotswold Way runs close to 17th-century coaching inn The Swan Hotel* (£££ 🐶). It has lots of period features, and some of their 15 en-suite bedrooms have four-poster beds or beamed ceilings. A continental breakfast is included, or you can pay to upgrade to a cooked version.
The only Cotswold Way accommodation in Hawkesbury Upton was at The Fox Inn – the pub is currently closed as of July 2023, but we will update this guide if it reopens in future.
The Dog Inn* (£££ 🐶) is a 500-year-old village pub with the Cotswold Way running right past it. As well as a bar serving food and a sunny beer garden, they have four refurbished en-suite bedrooms at the back of the pub overlooking the garden, and a full English breakfast is included.
1700s farmhouse Sodbury House (££/£££) is surrounded by pretty gardens, around 500 metres off the trail. Its seven bedrooms have private bathrooms and are split between the main house, coach house and garden rooms. It’s good value for solo walkers with discounts for single occupancy.
The Cross Hands* (££/£££ 🐶) is a bit further away, a mile off the Cotswold Way route. This Greene King pub in 14th-century posting house has fairly simple double, twin, single and family rooms. Breakfast is available at extra cost, and expect some noise from nearby roads.
The Best Western Compass Inn* (£££) is a historic coaching inn surrounded by six acres of grounds. There are 26 en-suite guest rooms, which all have fridges/mini bars and kettles. It’s a little dated in places but good value and convenient, with a decent restaurant on site.
The Cotswold Way runs along the end of the garden at Noades Studio (££/£££), who provide bed and breakfast accommodation for walkers in double or twin bedrooms in a Cotswold stone house. There’s a warm welcome and breakfast is included, which features locally sourced produce.
The Crown* (£££ 🐶) pub is 500 metres off the Cotswold Way route in the village of Tolldown, close to Dyrham Park. They have nine en-suite double and twin rooms, which are cosy and comfortable, and breakfast is included. Pub food and seasonal ales are also available.
Hill Farm (£££) is right on the Cotswold Way route, with a bedroom in a converted barn plus a shepherd’s hut with woodburner. Both have kitchen facilities and the ingredients are left for you to cook your own breakfast. You can also pre-order dinner and packed lunches.
Toghill House Farm* (£££ 🐶) was a resting house for monks travelling between Glastonbury and Malmesbury, and is now a working farm with five B&B guest bedrooms in the main farmhouse and a converted barn. It’s located in Wick, just over a mile off the Cotswold Way route.
There’s a huge selection of places to stay in Bath – we’ve picked a few at different price levels which are easy to get to from Bath Abbey at the start/end of the Cotswold Way.
The Royal Crescent Hotel* (££££) sits on the city’s grandest street, where two 18th-century Georgian townhouses have been merged together. This luxurious five-star hotel has 45 rooms and suites, a spa with indoor pool, a restaurant and bar, and an acre of landscaped gardens.
The Hotel Indigo Bath* (£££) stretches along the length of South Parade. Inside it mixes original Georgian features with a mix of quirky, colourful prints and fabrics. The 166 rooms range from standards to big two-room suites, and there’s a restaurant and terrace bar.
The Z Hotel Bath* (££/£££) is one of a small chain of stylish, affordable hotels. There are 149 bedrooms, including some cheaper ones without a window. It’s close to the Roman Baths and has a café where you can buy breakfast, or there are lots of other options nearby.
You can also find budget rooms in Bath University’s student residences (££). There’s a mix of doubles, twins and singles located in various buildings. They’re mainly available during the Easter and summer holidays, and you can normally book them two–three months in advance.
Don’t want to organise it yourself?
If you don’t want to choose and book Cotswold Way accommodation yourself, you can also book a package through Compass Holidays. You can choose which direction you want to walk the route in and over how many days, and they organise accommodation and luggage transfers.