Romantic Getaway: Escape to the Cotswolds (2023)

Romantic getaway, Cotswolds countryside
Romantic Getaway, Cotswolds

Are you looking for the perfect way to surprise your partner with a romantic getaway?

Whether it’s your anniversary, birthday, Valentine’s Day or just an excuse to whisk them away, a romantic getaway in the Cotswolds is the perfect choice.

The Cotswolds is a picturesque region in south-central England that is known for its rolling hills, quaint villages, and historic architecture and is about two hours west of London and covers an area of approximately 800 square miles.

With its stunning scenery and quaint countryside locations, this idyllic area of England has all you need for a dreamy weekend away, full of romance and fun!

From luxury accommodation in picturesque villages to delicious eateries tucked away in hidden valleys, and from luxury in-bedroom wear to handcrafted chocolate, this ultimate guide will show you how to make the most of your romantic escape in the Cotswolds in 2023.

So start your planning your romantic getaway today!

Getting To The Cotswolds (The Romantic Way)

For an effortless and indulgent start to your romantic escape, a chauffeured ride is the perfect choice.

Picture yourselves being collected in luxurious style – immersing yourself in sumptuous surroundings as you relax side by side while taking in the breathtaking views of England’s Cotswolds countryside.

Not only this, but it also offers practicality; allowing for easy transport when arriving at airports or train stations with no worries about traffic navigation needed.

Start your romantic getaway in the Cotswolds right with a private chauffeur to take care of every detail. You and your beloved can lean back, enjoy each other’s company, and create everlasting memories together – beginning as soon as you step foot into the car!

In-Car Picnic

As you make yourself comfortable inside your limo, you’ll find a luxury in-car hamper filled with delicious treats and drinks for you to enjoy during your journey. 

These hampers can include a range of gourmet snacks, such as artisan cheeses, crackers, olives, and chocolates, a selection of wines, champagnes, and soft drinks.

As someone else is driving, you can relax and indulge in the delicious treats and enjoy the romantic picnic on the go and adding elegance, sophistication and signalling to your loved one that the pampering has begun. 

Maybe go easy on the champagne. There are plenty of opportunities for sampling the finest food and drink the region has to offer in this ultimate guide to a romantic getaway in the Cotswolds!

Romantic Places To Stay In The Cotswolds

Your chauffeur stops outside the main entrance of your luxury accommodation and you are both immediately struck by the warm welcome you receive. Stepping into the lobby, you are enveloped in luxury and sophistication.

The air is scented with a delicate fragrance; the lighting is soft and inviting and the décor is tasteful and refined, with a mix of classic and contemporary elements.

The Cotswolds is perfectly suited those seeking a romantic getaway because there is a wide choice of luxury accommodation and here are five places to consider:

1. Calcot Manor: If you want to spend a weekend in the Cotswolds, Calcot Manor is a luxurious hotel set in a stunning 220-acre estate and offers a range of spa treatments, fine dining, and cozy rooms with fireplaces and is one of the most romantic places to stay in the Cotswolds.

2. Barnsley House: This elegant country house hotel features beautifully manicured gardens, a spa, and an award-winning restaurant. The rooms are spacious and luxurious, with traditional furnishings and stunning views. Other than a romantic getaway, Barnsley House is great for a Cotswolds staycation.

3. The Slaughters Manor House: This charming 17th-century manor house is set in the picturesque village of Lower Slaughter and offers luxurious accommodations, a spa, and fine dining. The nearby River Eye and riverbank walk makes this one of the most romantic places in the Cotswolds.

4. Ellenborough Park: This historic hotel is set in a 90-acre estate and features elegant rooms with antique furnishings, a spa, and a fine dining restaurant and also offers activities such as horse riding and clay pigeon shooting. Suitable for a weekend in the Cotswolds.

5. The Wild Rabbit: This stylish inn features cozy rooms with fireplaces, a charming pub, and a restaurant that serves locally sourced, seasonal cuisine and is perfect for a romantic getaway. The rooms here are named The Rabbit, The Boar, The Badger, The Deer, The Fox, The Hedgehog, The Squirrel, The Mouse, The Owl, The Hare, and The Beehive.

Room selection is ultra important when planning a romantic getaway and getting the finer details right means the world.

The room has to be spacious and beautifully appointed, with high-end furnishings, plush bedding, elegant décor, modern conveniences, and soft lighting to create a warm and intimate ambiance.

Windows must have a view preferably of typical Cotswolds countryside and gardens to further elevate the sense of romance.

The luxurious surroundings, the attentive staff, and the enchanting atmosphere must all come together to create an unforgettable romantic getaway experience and create memories you will treasure for years to come.

Romantic Bedroom Flowers

Imagine being the first to enter your suite and seeing the gift of a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers? The flowery scent fills the air as you ready the heartfelt and heart warming message nestled in the bouquet.

Receiving a beautiful bouquet is a wonderful surprise that brings joy and happiness and makes a loved one feel grateful and appreciated.

The Cotswolds has many florists and studios offering high quality flowers from classic roses to exotic blooms for special occasions, weddings, and romantic getaways. Suggestions are:

1. Liberty Lane Flowers: This a flower design studio based in the Cotswolds. Contact: jen@libertylaneflowers.com.

2. The Rose Shed: Contact: rachel@theroseshed.co.uk

4. The Wilde Bunch: Contact: hello@thewildebunch.co.uk

Afternoon Tea

After you’ve both freshened up and made sure the flowers are in a vase, it’s time to go to afternoon tea in the Cotswolds.

Afternoon tea is a UK institution and comprises a selection of sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, cakes and pastries, pots of tea and quaint tea ware.

There are plenty of venues offering lovely afternoon tea experiences and the Cotswolds, in particular, is famous for their charming and picturesque tearooms

We’ve picked some of the best places for afternoon tea Cotswolds style.

1. The Orangery at Blenheim Palace: This stunning tearoom in Woodstock offers an elegant and sophisticated setting for afternoon tea, with views of the beautiful gardens and grounds of Blenheim Palace. They offer a range of traditional and contemporary afternoon tea options, made with high-quality ingredients and served on elegant china.

2. The Lygon Arms: This historic hotel in Broadway offers a range of luxurious and indulgent afternoon tea experiences, including champagne afternoon tea and afternoon tea, with a selection of gin cocktails. Served in the charming and cozy surroundings of the hotel’s lounges and restaurants, you can indulge in a range of delicious and high-quality treats.

3. The Pump Room: This iconic tearoom in Bath offers an elegant and sophisticated setting for afternoon tea, with views of the historic Roman Baths. They offer a range of traditional and contemporary afternoon tea options, made with local and seasonal ingredients, and served on elegant china.

4. Tisanes Tea Room: This charming tearoom in Broadway offers a range of traditional and contemporary afternoon tea options, made with high-quality ingredients and served in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. They also offer a range of homemade cakes, scones, and sandwiches, as well as a variety of loose leaf teas.

These are just a few of the many tearooms and hotels in the Cotswolds that offer delicious and high-quality afternoon tea experiences.

Romantic Cotswolds Walks

The Cotswolds is famous for its natural beauty, with miles of rolling hills and breathtaking landscapes.

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, the Cotswolds offer some of the most scenic walking routes in the country.

1. Bourton-on-the-Water: This is a prime romantic getaway because the village is known as the “Venice of the Cotswolds,” and is built around a series of small bridges and is the perfect place for a romantic walk along the river.

2. Broadway Tower: This historic tower provides stunning views of the surrounding countryside and is a popular spot for taking romantic walks and watching the sunset.

Lavender in the Cotswolds
Lavender in the Cotswolds

3. Cotswold Way: The Cotswold Way is a long-distance trail that stretches for over 100 miles through the heart of the Cotswolds. The trail offers breathtaking views of the countryside, as well as charming villages and historic sites.

4. The Cotswold Lavender Fields: near the village of Snowshill, the Cotswold Lavender Fields offer a beautiful and fragrant location for a romantic stroll.

5. Hidcote Manor Garden: This romantic garden is a must-visit for couples in the Cotswolds. The garden features winding paths, hidden nooks and crannies, and beautiful flowerbeds, making it the perfect place for a romantic walk.

6. Painswick Rococo Garden: This beautifully landscaped garden is filled with winding paths, hidden grottos, and ornate follies, providing a serene setting for a romantic afternoon.

7. Sudeley Castle: This romantic castle is set in a beautiful landscape of gardens and woodland, and is steeped in history, making it the perfect place for a romantic day out.

8. Winchcombe Way: This 42-mile circular walk takes you through the picturesque villages and rolling hills of the Cotswolds. The trail starts and ends in the charming town of Winchcombe and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Romantic Things To Do In The Cotswolds

A romantic getaway with a loved one offers a great opportunity to enjoy the time together enjoying activities you might not do at home.

Here are a few suggestions on activities you can do together:

1. Hot Air Balloon Ride
Soar through the skies with your beloved and gaze upon the breathtaking beauty of the Cotswolds and where it’s just the two of you, alone in a basket, surrounded by the majesty panoramic views and creating cherished memories. This is taking the notion of a romantic getaway to a whole new level!

2. Spa Day
Relax, unwind, and indulge in a day of pampering with your partner as you feel the stress of your daily lives fade away. After the massages, facials, and other treatments, the tranquil ambiance leaves you both feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

3. Picnic
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you and your beloved enjoy a romantic picnic overlooking the picturesque scenery as you savor delicious food and drink. 

4. Cooking Class
With the help of a skilled chef, learn how to make traditional Cotswold dishes and using locally sourced ingredients.

5. Horse Riding
Explore the Cotswolds countryside on horseback, taking in the sights and sounds of nature. There are several stables in the area that offer horse riding tours for all levels of experience

6. A Gin Distillery Tour
The Cotswolds are home to several gin distilleries that offer tours and tastings. Learn about the distilling process and try some of the local spirits.

7. Take A Pottery Class
The Cotswolds are famous for their pottery, and many studios offer classes where you can learn to make your own.

8. Go Cycling
Rent bicycles and explore the Cotswolds at your own pace. There are many scenic routes to choose from, including the Cotswold Way, a long-distance trail that takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of the region.

9. Helicopter Sightseeing Tours
Get a bird’s-eye view of the rolling hills, quaint villages and other sights that make Cotswolds such an iconic destination with a helicopter tour. You’ll get to take in the breathtaking scenery from above.

The prices for helicopter sightseeing tours in the Cotswolds can vary depending on the length of the tour, the number of passengers, and the specific company offering the tour. Prices are usually in flying time blocks of 20 or 30 minutes and if private or shared with other people.

A Romantic Dinner In The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a region that’s perfect for a romantic culinary holiday, with its cozy pubs and charming restaurants providing the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.

The area is famous for its delicious local produce, including Cotswold lamb, Gloucestershire Old Spot pork, and artisan cheeses, and these can be found at the many farmers’ markets, food festivals, and gastropubs that dot the region.

From hearty pub food to Michelin-starred fine dining, the Cotswolds offer something for every taste and budget. Here are a few recommendations:

1. The Wild Rabbit: This charming pub in the village of Kingham offers a romantic atmosphere and delicious, locally sourced seasonal cuisine. The menu features classic British dishes with a modern twist, and the restaurant has an extensive wine list.

2. The Potting Shed: Nestled in the village of Crudwell, this restaurant is housed in a converted potting shed and offers a romantic and intimate setting. The menu features modern British cuisine with a focus on fresh, local ingredients, and the restaurant has won multiple awards for its food and service.

3. The Swan at Southrop: in the picturesque village of Southrop, this restaurant offers a romantic atmosphere and delicious seasonal cuisine. The menu features classic British dishes with a modern twist, and the restaurant has an extensive wine list.

4. Lumière: This award-winning restaurant in Cheltenham (see our town guide here) offers a romantic atmosphere and modern French cuisine. The menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons and the freshest local ingredients, and the restaurant has an extensive wine list.

5. The Feathered Nest: This charming pub in the village of Nether Westcote offers a romantic atmosphere and delicious, locally sourced cuisine. 

The Wild Rabbit, The Potting Shed, and The Swan at Southrop are all housed in charming, historic buildings with a cozy, intimate atmosphere, making them ideal for a romantic dinner. The Feathered Nest also has a cozy, rustic ambiance, with a fireplace and stunning countryside views.

Lumière has a more modern and elegant atmosphere, with contemporary decor and soft lighting. The restaurant has a romantic ambiance, but its style may appeal more to those who prefer a more modern aesthetic.

Ultimately, the most romantic restaurant in the Cotswolds may depend on individual preferences, but all the restaurants suggested offer a romantic atmosphere, delicious food, and excellent service, making them great options for a special evening with your loved one.

Romantic Getaway Gifts

From thoughtful mementos to grand and luxurious surprises, gifting is a beautiful way for couples in love to strengthen their bond. Make sure your partner feels extra special by taking the time to choose something meaningful that reflects their interests or personality – then add an elegant touch with presentation.

Here are some suggested (local) boutiques to visit or order from online:

Cotswolds Grey Candles, plant pots, dried flowers, rugs, vases, and so much more.

The Cotswold Cheese Company GO cheesy! Cheeses from 120 different artisans and farmhouses are stocked from local producers and also French, Spanish and Italian cheeses.

Cotswold Ringmaker The owner used to work in Hatton Garden and makes all the jewellery for sale and can be commissioned for that special piece to remind your partner of the best romantic getaway ever!

Romantic Bedroom Wear

Once you return from your dinner, you find the brand new bedroom wear you ordered for your romantic getaway is neatly wrapped and placed on your bed.

The Cotswolds offer a range of luxury and high-end boutiques, including some that specialize in nightwear for special occasions, allowing you to order online for delivery to your wherever you’re staying. 

Here are some of the best places to find high-quality nightwear in the Cotswolds:

1. Audrey’s Of Broadway is an online luxury lingerie boutique and also sells swimwear, loungewear, and nightwear.

2. Dessous Chics is in Cirencester and offers a range of luxury and high-end nightwear.

3. Sandra Dee in Cheltenham has curated a collection of lingerie, nightwear and beachwear plus men’s underwear and swimwear.

You may also want to check if slippers and other accessories are available to create a comfortable and romantic atmosphere.

Bathroom Soaps, Oils and Accessories

Relax with the help of exquisite bathroom soaps, oils and accessories to make your stay pleasant. Whether you want to enjoy a long bubble bath in the tub or just simply escape to nature with a hot shower, oils and salts, body scrubs and more can all help you make the most of your stay.

The Cotswolds are home to many luxury and high-end boutiques, offering a range of beautiful and high-quality bathroom soaps, oils, and accessories. 

Here are some places we found:

1. Little Soap Company: A mega Cotswolds success story, this company sells British made, cruelty-free, vegan and sustainable soap. They won the Queen’s Award for their Eco Warrior range and are founding members of Buy Women Built.

2. The Cotswold Perfumery: This perfumery in Bourton-on-the-Water offers a range of luxury and high-end bath oils, soaps, and accessories, made with natural and high-quality ingredients. They also offer a range of perfumes and fragrances, inspired by the natural beauty of the Cotswolds.

3. The White Company: This luxury boutique in Cheltenham offers a range of elegant and sophisticated bathroom soaps, oils, and accessories, designed to create a relaxing and indulgent atmosphere. From luxurious bathrobes and towels to scented candles and diffusers, you’ll find a range of beautiful and high-quality products to pamper yourself and your loved one during your romantic getaway.

These are just a few of the many luxury boutiques in the Cotswolds that offer beautiful and high-quality bathroom soaps, oils, and accessories. 

Whether you’re looking for a natural and handmade soap or an elegant and sophisticated accessory, these boutiques offer a range of options to suit any taste and budget.

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Quality Beverages

The Cotswolds are known for their delicious and high-quality food and drinks, making it the perfect destination for couples looking to indulge in luxury and romance. 

Here are some of the best luxury and romantic food and drinks in the Cotswolds:

1. Wine Tasting: The Cotswolds are also home to a number of award-winning vineyards, offering a range of delicious and high-quality wines. Take a tour of the vineyards and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer, while enjoying stunning views of the countryside.

2. Craft Beer: For beer lovers, the Cotswolds offer a range of craft breweries and pubs, offering a selection of delicious and unique beers. Sample a range of local and regional beers, while enjoying the charming ambiance of a traditional English pub.

3. Gin Tasting: The Cotswolds are also known for their delicious and high-quality gins, with a number of distilleries offering tours and tastings. 

Sample a range of gins made with local and regional botanicals, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Cotswolds.

These are just a few of the many luxury and romantic food and drink experiences in the Cotswolds. Whether you’re looking for a cozy afternoon tea, a fine dining experience, or a tasting of local wines, beers, or gins, the Cotswolds have something for everyone.

Handmade Chocolate and Ice Cream

The Cotswolds are also home to a number of high-quality chocolatiers and ice cream makers, offering delicious and handmade treats for couples to indulge in. Here are some of the best places to find handmade chocolate and ice cream in the Cotswolds:

1. The Chocolate Larder: This artisan chocolate shop in Cheltenham offers a range of delicious and handmade chocolates, made with high-quality ingredients and no preservatives. From truffles and pralines to chocolate bars and gift boxes, you’ll find a range of beautiful and delicious treats to surprise and delight your loved one.

2. The Cotswold Chocolate Company: This family-run business in Moreton-in-Marsh offers a range of delicious and handmade chocolates, made with local and seasonal ingredients. From chocolate bars and truffles to luxury hampers and gift boxes, you’ll find a range of beautiful and delicious treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.

3. The Ice Cream Farm: This family-run ice cream shop in Tewkesbury offers a range of delicious and handmade ice cream, made with locally sourced ingredients. From classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate to unique flavors like lavender and honeycomb, you’ll find a range of delicious and refreshing treats to enjoy with your loved one.

4. Winstones Ice Cream: This family-run ice cream shop in Stroud has been making handmade ice cream for over 100 years. They offer a range of classic and unique flavors, made with high-quality ingredients and no preservatives. From honeycomb and ginger to pistachio and blackcurrant, you’ll find a range of delicious and refreshing treats to enjoy in the charming and picturesque setting.

Whether you’re looking for a classic flavor or a unique twist, these artisanal shops offer delicious and high-quality treats to indulge in with your loved one.

Photography

A romantic getaway is a special and memorable occasion, and having a professional photographer to capture those precious moments can help to preserve the memories for a lifetime. 

Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider hiring a photographer for your romantic getaway in the Cotswolds:

1. Capture the Moment: A professional photographer can help you to capture those special moments and create beautiful and lasting memories of your romantic getaway. 

Whether it’s a romantic stroll through the picturesque countryside or a cozy dinner by the fireplace, a photographer can capture those intimate and special moments that you’ll treasure forever.

2. High-Quality Photos: A professional photographer has the skills and equipment to create high-quality and beautiful photos that will last a lifetime. 

They can help you to create a set of stunning and romantic photos that you can display in your home or share with family and friends.

3. Local Expertise: A local photographer will have a deep understanding of the Cotswolds and can help you to find the best locations and settings for your photoshoot. 

They can also offer suggestions for poses and ideas that will help to create beautiful and romantic photos.

What To Pack

What to pack for a romantic break in the Cotswolds will depend on the time of year, the activities you have planned, and your personal preferences. Here are some general packing suggestions to help you prepare for your trip:

1. Clothing: The weather in the Cotswolds can be unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to pack clothing for all types of weather. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a warm jacket or coat, and layers that can be easily added or removed as needed. If you plan to go out to dinner, pack some nicer clothes as well.

2. Toiletries: Pack your usual toiletries, including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and any other personal items you need. Consider bringing some luxurious bath products, like bath salts or bubble bath, to create a romantic and relaxing atmosphere.

3. Accessories: Don’t forget to pack accessories like hats, scarves, and gloves for cooler weather, as well as sunglasses and sunscreen for sunny days. If you plan to go on a hike, pack a backpack and a water bottle.

4. Technology: Bring your phone, camera, and any other electronics you may need. Consider bringing a portable charger to ensure you can stay connected and take plenty of photos.

5. Other items: Pack any medications or other essentials you may need, as well as a book or magazine. 

These are just a few of the things you may want to pack for a romantic break in the Cotswolds. Remember to pack light and only bring what you need, so you can focus on enjoying your time with your partner and making lasting memories.

Countryside Clothing

Rather than pack for the Cotswolds, you can order fabulous cashmere sweaters, hats, scarves and gloves online for delivery to your accommodation of choice for the romantic walks and activities you have planned for your weekend retreat.

Here are some places to find proper countryside clothing in the Cotswolds:

1. Holland Cooper: This luxury country clothing brand has a store in Cheltenham and offers a range of stylish and high-quality clothing and accessories for women. They specialize in tweed and wool outerwear, as well as stylish boots and accessories.

2. Cordings: This traditional British clothing brand has a store in Cheltenham, offering a range of classic and high-quality clothing and accessories for men and women. They specialize in tweed jackets, coats, and trousers, as well as stylish country boots and accessories.

3. Fairfax & Favor: This luxury footwear and accessories brand has a store in Cheltenham, offering a range of stylish and high-quality country boots, loafers, and accessories for men and women. They specialize in suede and leather footwear, as well as stylish bags and accessories.

4. Mackenzie & George: This luxury leather goods brand has a store in Cirencester, offering a range of stylish and high-quality leather belts, bags, and accessories for men and women. They specialize in handcrafted leather goods, using premium materials and traditional techniques.

Whether you’re looking for stylish tweed outerwear, high-quality leather footwear, or elegant accessories, the Cotswolds has something to offer for every taste and style.

​Useful Contact Information

Chauffeured Cars​

1. Cotswold Chauffeur Services: This company offers luxury car hire with a professional chauffeur, providing a comfortable and stylish way to explore the Cotswolds.

2. Cotswolds Executive Cabs and Tours: Based in Broadway, the owners are from the Cotswolds and have local knowledge about the region.

3. Jonny-Rocks Chauffeur Services : Specialises in business and VIP travel in the Cotswolds. 

Event Planners

You’re busy and so is your partner, yet you want to make the trip to the Cotswolds, one that both of you will remember for years to come. Or maybe you want the romantic getaway to be a complete surprise from the moment your limo picks you up.

In event management, timing is everything, and knowing what to do and who to call when there are unavoidable delays, or when plans go awry, is the difference between success and disaster.

Hiring an event planner takes away all that stress and worry. Here are some suggested bespoke event planners that can help you plan a perfect day in the Cotswolds:

Henry Bonas
Offices in London and Cirencester, Henry Bonas
Website and Portfolio
Tel: 44 (0) 1451 844 440 Email: events@henrybonas.com

The Cotswolds Event Planner
Website and Services
Tel: 44 07841 375081  Email: hello@thecotswoldeventplanner.co.uk

Fosters Events
Website and Services
Tel: 44 0117 977 6611 Email: info@fostersevents.co.uk

Overall, the Cotswolds is home to a variety of talented event planners who can help you plan the perfect event. Whether you’re looking for a wedding planner, corporate event planner, or party planner, you will find a professional who can help you bring your vision to life. Meaning your romantic getaway is enjoyed by you and your partner without stress!

Helicopter

Helicopter transfer and sightseeing services are available in the Cotswolds and can provide a unique and luxurious way to travel and explore the area. 

We found two helicopter charter companies namely, HeliAir and Elite Helicopters offering a range of services, including airport transfers, sightseeing tours, and private charters.

And that’s our ultimate guide to a romantic getaway to the Cotswolds. Let us know if there are any links broken or information out of date. Everything in this guide is current as of April 2023. hello@travelcotswolds.com

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