Cotswolds at Christmas

(Last Updated On: January 10, 2019)

What you can expect from staying in a Cotswold cottage over the festive season and great Christmas events. 

As the days grow shorter and the air becomes distinctly crisper, it can only mean one thing – Christmas is just around the corner! The season of all things roasted, mulled, spiced and sparkling will soon be upon us, and what better way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year than in a chocolate box cottage nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds!

The Cotswolds provides beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views whatever season you visit, but there is something very magical about this area during the winter months. Whether you want to explore the dewy  hills on foot, soak up the atmosphere at a glowing Cotswold Christmas market, or simply cosy up next to a roaring open fire, there is no better place to enjoy the festive holiday season. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, then snow in the Cotswolds makes for a truly unforgettable experience.

Why stay in a Cotswold cottage at Christmas?

Fancy cosying up in the Cotswolds this Christmas?
Fancy cosying up in the Cotswolds this Christmas? 

There are countless reasons as to why you should spend the festive period in the Cotswolds. If you find the build up to Christmas a little bit stressful, then a relaxing stay in the idyllic countryside could be exactly what you need. Perhaps you’re picturing a tranquil country break away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, or maybe you’re simply looking for a different way to spend the holidays, we promise that a stay in one of our countryside retreats will inject the magic back into Christmas.

A lot of our cottages are dog friendly, so your four-legged companions don’t have to miss out on the fun, they can enjoy the freedom of the rolling Cotswold hills and their turkey dinner with you!

What is Christmas without the food? Whether its the sumptuous puddings, crumbly mince pies, or the all important golden turkey – nothing beats a home cooked Christmas dinner. All of our cottages have fully equipped kitchens, complete with utensils and cutlery, so if you’re planning on cooking your Christmas dinner at your home away from home, you don’t need to worry about  bringing anything except the ingredients! 

Upon arrival at your cottage, you will find it festively decorated with a beautiful tree in the main communal area. Guests are welcome to bring their own additional decorations, or you can simply arrive, relax, and enjoy the fact that the hard work has been done for you!

As well as being one of the most beautiful areas in England, the Cotswolds is also very well connected, (only 90 minutes from London by train) making it the perfect central location to hold a festive gathering. Christmas is a time for family, so if you’re looking to hold a big family get-together but lack the space or facilities, then one of our larger properties could be exactly what you’re looking for.

What’s on in the Cotswolds Christmas 2018

There’s never a shortage of things to do in the Cotswolds, and Christmas time is no exception… 

Christmas Shopping at the Royal Highgrove Estate

Christmas Shopping, Champagne & Lunch – enjoy a glass of champagne in the restaurant before going shopping.
Christmas Shopping, Champagne & Lunch – enjoy a glass of champagne in the restaurant before going shopping.

What better way to get in the mood for Christmas than a visit to the beautiful royal estate of Highgrove in Tetbury? Peruse the exquisite selection of artisan goods, from hand-made Christmas decorations and luxury clothing to seasonal food and drink. An event not to be missed! Click here for further information about shopping events at Highgrove this winter.

Wreath making classes at Highgrove.
Wreath making classes at Highgrove.

Highgrove are also hosting an event with YOU Magazine on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November – Wreath Making, Shopping & Champagne Tea. Kate Holloway and Sarah Hardaker, a creative duo from the Cotswold Water Lane Workshops will be sharing tips on how to dress your home up for Christmas this year! Click here for tickets. 

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. Photo by Paul Groom.
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. Photo by Paul Groom. 

Experience this glorious arboretum in a whole different light over Christmas this year. The illuminated trail will guide you through Westonbirt’s 15,000 tree specimens where you can watch the mesmerising light spectacles take place amongst one of the most expansive tree collections in the UK. Afterwards, why not head over to the Christmas village where you can enjoy arts and crafts, fair ground rides and choir singing.

Advance booking essential. Click here for admission prices and further information. 

Christmas At Blenheim Palace 

©Blenheim Palace
©Blenheim Palace

Perhaps the most beautiful palace in the Cotswolds, Blenheim is truly glorious at Christmas. Explore the stunning grounds with over a million pea-lights, lasers and projections, new for Christmas 2018. Catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves, listen to the beautiful voices of the singing trees and smell the scented fire garden – a real treat for the senses.

Click here for tickets and further information. 

Festive Crafts and Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle 

Spectacle of light at Sudeley Castle.
Spectacle of light at Sudeley Castle. 

Its time to go down the rabbit hole this winter at Sudeley Castle and enter the world of Alice and her friends in Wonderland. Explore the majestic grounds of this Cotswold gem through the illuminated trail. Sudeley Castle is also offering a range of festive-inspired workshops in the build up to Christmas for the first time ever. With classes on bauble decorating, wreath making and festive marbling, there’s something for everyone!

Click here for prices and further information.

With activities and entertainment for all ages, there’s something for everyone in the Cotswolds this Christmas! Experience the magic of our unique cottages and book your winter retreat today.


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