Colerne: A Cotswold Village With One Hand Church (2023)


The Cotswolds, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, is a picturesque region of rolling hills and charming villages in England and is known for its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.

Whether you’re interested in history, architecture, or simply want to enjoy the beauty of the English countryside, the Cotswolds is the perfect destination.

Colerne is conveniently located just a 90-minute drive from Heathrow Airport, making it an accessible destination for international travelers.

If driving through Colerne, you’ll notice that the village is nestled in a valley, with the road lined with beautiful gardens, lush greenery, stone walls and hedges, which add to the idyllic atmosphere.

Once a major center for cloth production, the village’s wool trade helped to fuel the growth of the local economy.

One of the major attractions in Colerne is the beautiful St. John the Baptist Church (, which dates back to the 12th century.

Constructed in 1190-95, the church has undergone a series of additions and improvements over the centuries. The eight bells, regarded as the ‘sweetest in Wiltshire’, were re-hung on an oak frame in 1877 and restored in 1996. The clock is unique because it’s one-handed.

Colerne Airfield, originally built in 1940 and used by the RAF, is now for recreational activities, primarily gliding. The Fox and Hounds pub offers traditional ales and food. There’s also a skate park and Frank’s Wood, managed by the Woodland Trust, with mixed native ash field maple oak birch and other trees and shrubs.

When it comes to places to stay, there is one hotel that stands out. Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa is a luxurious and elegant country house hotel set within 500 acres of parkland and offering a host of activities and facilities. This beautiful estate offers a wealth of options for visitors looking to explore the unique landscapes of the region.

Here, you’ll find spa treatments, horse riding, shooting, golf, clay pigeon shooting, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and fine dining restaurants with the Michelin-starred Restaurant Hywel Jones a particular highlight with gorgeous dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

Colerne and its surrounding areas offer visitors a wealth of activities and attractions to enjoy. For those interested in walking, the surrounding countryside is perfect for walking and hiking, with several trails and footpaths that offer stunning views of the area.

Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful part of the Cotswolds. Colerne and its surrounding areas are a treasure trove of attractions and activities, and a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best that the Cotswolds has to offer.

Nearby, within a short driving distance, are Biddestone, Nettleton, Grittleton, Castle Combe and Box (known for its famous Box Tunnel, which was built in 1841 and was once the world’s longest tunnel at 1.83 miles).

Colerne is a gem of a village that typifies the beauty and charm of the Cotswolds, with its picturesque buildings, winding streets, and beautiful gardens.

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

The Cotswolds region is home to many charming villages and towns, churches, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, in a beautiful part of England. After visiting the region many times, we created the Travel Cotswolds website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

If you’re looking for other places to visit, click on Cotswolds Villages A-FVillages G-O, and Villages P-Z.


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