Colesbourne: Village With Quaint Thatch Cottages (2023)

Colesbourne is an idyllic village in the Cotswolds (designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966) and halfway between Cirencester and Cheltenham. Its stunning surroundings make for great walks, cycling or horse-riding adventures.

The village’s history dates back to at least 822 and a Roman villa was found in the 18th century and there’s an iron fort nearby.

If you want to experience a proper Sunday roast (they hang the sirloin for 21 days), check out The Old Rectory. Pork, leg of lamb, chicken and plaice are all on the menu for Sunday lunch. They are open from 12.15pm onwards on Wednesday to Sunday and dinner from 6.30pm onwards from Wednesday to Saturday. Best book.

Colesbourne Gardens (closed for the season until January 2024) covers 10 acres and is the place to see snowdrops in bloom. Apart from marvelling at the snowdrops, there are woodland walks, an arboretum of rare trees collected over 120 years, and a mix of other flowers, there is also a ‘mysterious’ blue lake.

From Heathrow Airport to Colesbourne takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by car.

If you are driving, the Cotswolds is a region that’s perfect for a family driving holiday, with its variety of landscapes and attractions offering something for everyone. You can take the kids on a scenic drive through the countryside, stop off at local attractions, go for family picnics, and explore many of the villages, towns and cities that make up this charming area.

There are plenty of outdoor activities including cycling, tree walks, and walking trails.

Other villages that you may want to add to your itinerary include Ampney Crucis, Avening, Bagendon, and Daglingworth

Go to for information on towns and villages in the Cotswolds.

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