Still trying to plan an 8 day trip through southern Cotswolds. Thinking of Brampton, Swinbrook, Buford and Bibury. Should I use one town as a base or stay one night in each over the first 3-4 days? Next, Wells, Bath, Devizes...is like to stay outside of Bath as I’ve heard parking a car is a problem. I want to stay in accommodations where parking is available and free. What hotels/inns/pubs do you recommend for the best villages for Saxon and Roman history? I also need suggestions for 8/9 November near Windsor/Hampton Court/LHR Airport. We fly out on 10 November. I know it’ll be cold and wet in the Cotswolds and I’d like to save time by getting the best advice from my favorite travel writer’s “team of experts”!!! Please let me know what you think. I’m trying to get it all together before we start driving out of Reading on 1 November!! Thank you!!!
We stayed at the Arylington Hotel: http://ayrlington.com two years ago in Bath. It is located just outside the main part of town, about a 10 minute walk into town, and has free parking. It was a good location and was very pleasant.
The Cotswolds are not that big. If you are planning a week in that area, I would personally choose one base e.g. Stow on the Wold, and then do day trips out from there. If the southern Cotswolds then Cirencester would be a good base.
Hi from Wisconsin,
We chose Cirencester as our week long base. It is large enough to have restaurants to chose among. It has several nice coffee houses. There a very nice Roman roads out of Cirencester so you can get to any of the touristy towns in no time. The countryside is beautiful. And the touristed towns are touristed because they too are beautiful. We didn't feel we chose wrong for our base.
There isa good museum in Cirencester, so add that to its advantages.