England may perhaps be known best for its iconic London skyline and taste for tea, but it’s also undoubtedly world-renowned for its beautiful countryside. The central Cotswolds and northern Lake District compete for the title of most beautiful country escape in England. We take a look at some of the most enchanting features of both regions…Travels, we offer luxury cottages in the Cotswolds as well as top-notch holiday homes in the Lake District for rent, so there’s a picture-perfect place for you to holiday in England, whichever region you choose.
Lush, rolling hills and quaint villages make this popular region a honey pot for visitors of all ages. Whilst the strength of the medieval wool trade may have originally brought wealth to the Cotswolds, what keeps people coming back for more is its old-world charm and established claim as one of the best places to see wonderfully preserved cottages, churches and mansions.
When visiting the Cotswolds, you can explore the many small, yet picturesque villages filled with authentic thatched and beamed cottages; Castle Combe and Bilbury are two fine examples of these chocolate box villages.
For scenic views across the glorious English countryside, climb up to Broadway Tower, the Cotswolds highest tower, in Worcestershire. On a clear day you can see up to 16 English and Welsh counties from the top of the Saxon tower.
Keen gardeners shouldn’t miss Hidcote Garden, with its exquisite garden rooms of rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from around the world. The garden changes according to the seasons, from the colourful bulbs of spring to the breath-taking red borders of autumn.
History buffs will want to include a visit to Blenheim Palace during their stay in the Cotswolds. This stunning British stately home, which was the birthplace and home of Sir Winston Churchill, sits among 2000 acres of gorgeous landscape. Children will enjoy getting lost in the Marlborough Maze and admiring butterflies in the Butterfly House.
The scenic splendour of the Lake District makes it a must-visit for fans of the great outdoors. Ullswater Valley is stunning, sheltering a beautiful lake hidden amongst towering fells – the surrounding area is relatively undeveloped compared with other parts of the Lake District, giving it a remote and peaceful feel. Take the Ullswater Steamer Ferry for a unique perspective of the valley.
The World of Beatrix Potter is a great day out for the whole family. Your children will love discovering where classic characters such as Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and Mrs Tiggy Winkle were born, and mums, dads and grandparents will enjoy a trip down memory lane.
From vast natural lakes to sweeping vistas of hillsides and mountain tops, the Lake District offers more than enough natural beauty to hold its own against the Cotswolds. For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s Great Langdale, a panorama of rugged slopes and rocky summits. Meander through this beautiful valley for an invigorating day out, perfect for experienced hikers and those simply seeking an afternoon walk.
Whilst the Castlerigg Stone Circle may not be as striking or as famous as Stonehenge it is just as (if not more) impressive. Weave your way in and around the stones and wonder who put these stones here and what purpose did they serve. The panoramic backdrop provides gorgeous views across Keswick.