Southrop: A Cotswolds Village With Quaint Cafes (2023)


This is a picturesque village in the Cotswolds (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and in a rural area surrounded by rolling hills, fields, and streams. Nearby is Great Rissington, Fairford, and Lechlade-on-Thames.

Known for its charming thatched-roof cottages, historic buildings, and beautiful countryside, this village has a pub, a village shop, and a post office.

Home to several historic landmarks, it’s worth paying a visit to the 12th-century Church of St. Peter, which features a beautiful Norman doorway and a 14th-century tower.

If you visit Southrop, just up the road in Great Rissington is a poignant war memorial for all those who died on WWI battlefields, including five brothers.

Southrop is also known for its luxury holiday rentals, including Thyme, a collection of restored historic buildings that form a peaceful hamlet environment.

Heathrow to Southrop is 90 minutes by car.

Driving in the Cotswolds is a unique and enjoyable experience that offers scenic views, winding country lanes, and historic villages and allows visitors to take in the stunning landscapes and picturesque sights at your own pace.

The roads in the Cotswolds are well-maintained, and while some of the smaller back roads can be narrow, they are often much prettier than the main roads. Often, you’ll drive on roads with hedgerows on either side and then come across charming villages and historic landmarks, quaint cottages, ancient churches, and historic market towns.

The joy of driving in the Cotswolds is not just about getting from one place to another, but about enjoying the journey and taking in the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to the area, driving through the Cotswolds offers a unique and memorable experience that is sure to delight and inspire.

If you are driving in the Cotswolds, see our guide to a five day road trip or visit for information about towns and villages found in the Cotswolds. We do not receive any compensation for any links you click on in this article.

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