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Family accommodations - recommendations in Chipping Campden or Stow-on-the-Wold

Hello! My family of 4 (sons age 14 and 16) will spend 3 nights in the Cotswolds in late June (2 full days). We will have a car so we can drive around a bit but will also take advantage of all of the beauty on foot. I've done research on where to stay but I'm sure there are places I haven't stumbled across or may have overlooked! That's where I hope you come in! Finding a location to stay that will work for 4 adult-sized humans can be tricky! B&Bs seem to be better on the budget than hotels, so that's where I've focused my energy. Where do you recommend staying in either Chipping Campden or Stow? Or are there other accommodations in other areas that you prefer? We are open to those, too! Thank you!

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I enjoyed both of those towns. While in Stow on Wold, ensure you walk around to the back of St. Edwards parish church. There are two trees that flank the church’s door, and look like they have grown into the church itself, and makes for a nice photo. The B&B we stayed at in Chipping Campden is no longer there. The last time I visited Stow on Wold in 2015, we were staying in Cheltenham at the George Hotel.

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I remember that church door. I think our tour guide said it figured in some very well-known film. One of the Harry Potter movies, perhaps?

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The story I heard from my RS guide on the trees at the North door of St. Edward's is that Tolkien used to visit Stow-on-the-Wold when he was at Oxford and this was thought to have given him the idea for the Hobbit house!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stow-on-the-Wold

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That's probably what out guide said; I haven't read any of those books, so the details didn't stick in my memory.

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Glad you enjoyed your visit! I think I wasn't clear enough in my description. I need help in finding lodging for a family of 4 ( 1 or 2 star level if possible) in either Chipping Campden, Stow or nearby. Thanks!

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You don’t make it clear.....are you wanting all 4 adult sized people in one room? Or 2 rooms?
If one room, then yes, you have your work cut out for you. We just did Norway and Scotland, family of 4 and it took many hours of research to find places that we all could sleep in one room.
Please clarify.

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Let me try again! I'm looking for lodging options for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 14 & 16 in one room in the Cotswolds. 😊

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27756 posts

4 in one room will take some doing. Those roms will be very rare so it is worth coming up with a short list promptly.

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Have you considered renting a cottage or flat for 3 nights. Even if you don't want to cook you can usually get 2 bedrooms and more relaxing space.
https://www.homeaway.co.uk
has a number of possibilities in the area of Chipping Campden

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Thank you for your experience! I was obviously making an incorrect assumption that renting an entire cottage would be significantly more expensive than a room at a hotel or B & B! We have secured a quaint little cottage and I couldn't be more excited. My husband has always been the travel planner but I'm taking a crack at it this time so I appreciate all the expertise and perspective this forum shares.

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Glad you found something! It’s not easy. :) We stayed in Stow on the Wold and it took some tracking.