Have traveled in Cotswolds by car, but many years ago, and am seeking suggestions for reasonably priced small hotels or B&B accommodation for 2nd week in July - Bus line transit a plus this time - 2 middle aged ladies seeking Cotwolds' cuteness but struggling with weak U.S.Dollar: Northleach? Snowshill? Could there possibly be anything affordable in Chipping Camden? Any suggestions regarding local bus travel between villages, greatly appreciated -
Bus times in the Cotswolds can be found at www4.gloucestershire.gov.uk/Bustimes/Cotswold.htm. You may also need to look at other areas of the Gloucestershire County Council website.
Bourton on the Water is a very cute, althoguh touristy town within walking distance of many other small adorable towns - Stow on the Wold, Upper/Lower Slaughter, Upper/Lower Swell, and others. Beautiful area - lots of restaurants and shops in town. Try Trevone B&B which also runs a tea house in Bourton. They have a double and king room for about £50-60/night.
Also, go to the Cotswolds Tourist website, and order the FREE Cotswold Visitors Guide(#5), which has hundreds of B&B listings - several £45-60/night per room. Also includes lots of great info on sights and restaurants. Here is the link to order.
I was last in the Cotswolds 3 years ago, and there were several buses that ran a schedule between Cheltenham-Stow-Moreton-Bourton and a few smaller towns in between. You shouldn't have a problem as long as you are flexible.
There are a lot of small beautiful quaint villages in the Cotswolds that buses do not go to.
I am an author who recently used to live in the Cotswolds and who wrote a book about it (A Place in My Country, Wiedenfeld and Nicolson, 2007 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Place-My-Country-Search-Rural/dp/029785173X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/026-0589804-1215606?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1185280780&sr=8-1 ) I like to keep in touch with the Cotswolds and do so via blogs mostly, so thank you.
Whatever you do before traveling to the Cotswolds, read my book, as it will open your eyes to a world no travel agent ever will.
For getting started there, travelers could ride in a train from London to Moreton on Marsh. The Treetops B & B there is very good, at walking distance from the Train station and bus stop. Ride in a bus from Morten on Marsh to Chipping Camden. It is in north Glouchestershire : pretty green farm land there.
What's affordable to you? Realize that the bus line may not get you to every village. you might try walking the footpaths in between. Nov 2006 I found a car a mustto really see alot and how diff they all are.Reserve now as b&b's fill up fast.
One thing to is to be careful about the dates you go. That is also the week of the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. Rooms are VERY hard to come by, so you need to make your reservations now.
Some very good places to stay at are Holly House in Bourton-on-the-Water, cost is about 60 pounds per night. Paula is a wonderful hostess. Holly House is about a 2 block walk from the touristy area of Bourton-on-the-Water and a bus stop is not too far from the front door. We stayed here July 2007
In Northleach, try the Wheatsheaf Inn, great room, you're right above the pub, and the food was excellent. We stayed here July 2002.
Also in Northleach is Cotteswold House. The house is over 400 years old. The owners are great people and we loved the room we had. We stayed here in July 2004.