Moreton-in-Marsh

(Last Updated On: 26th February 2019)

A visitor’s guide to Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Hill

Bourton-on-the-HIll, CotswoldsBourton-on-the-Hill is between the famous Cotswold market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway, and is ideally located for traveling to Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Sudeley Castle. There are footpaths directly from the cottage out across the Cotswolds, including the Moreton Eight Trail which takes in Batsford and the Cotswold Falconry, Bourton House Garden and Sezincote Gardens (see ‘Walking’ below for more details).

We recommend heading to nearby Moreton-in-Marsh (5-minute drive) as a first port of call after exploring our village. Moreton-in-Marsh is a classic Cotswold market town with a host of independent boutiques and cafés to enjoy, as well as a weekly market with over 200 stalls.

Moreton-in-Marsh

Chipping Campden (10-minute drive) is also a must-visit when in this neck of the woods, a honey-coloured, historic market town hailing from the 7th Century with a bustling high street, beautiful church and ancient market hall, whilst Chastleton House (15-minute drive) will keep heritage-fans happy; a National Trust property with a stunning Jacobean home and wonderful gardens to roam.

Moreton-in-Marsh

Located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley, Moreton in Marsh is a thriving market town with excellent public transport links including a direct link to London Paddington by rail, the town dates back 1,000 years to the Saxon era.

The broad High Street is lined with elegant 17th and 18th Century buildings, among them the White Hart Royal, a former manor house in which King Charles I sheltered during the Civil War and the rare Curfew Tower with its original clock and bell. In the centre is the Redesdale Hall dating from 1887 this is the town’s main public hall which regularly holds antiques and craft fairs. Moreton’s High Street is lined with elegant Cotswolds stone buildings which house many specialist shops, antique emporiums, tea rooms and delis.

Every Tuesday, Moreton-in-Marsh hosts the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds and is popular at any time of the year. The High Street offers many art & antique galleries as well as a wonderful selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants.  The annual Moreton Show is a major one-day agricultural show held on the first Saturday in September which celebrates past and present farming life.

Just on the outskirts of Moreton-in-Marsh is the Four Shire Stone, marking the old meeting point of the four counties of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire. It is believed that this stone was an inspiration for Tolkien’s Three-Farthing Stone in Lord of the Rings. Tolkien regularly visited the town, stopping for refreshments at The Bell Inn, which inspired The Prancing Pony, the pub at Bree in Lord of the Rings.

As well as the railway station, Moreton-in-Marsh is well connected to Cheltenham and other towns and villages in the Cotswolds via bus services.

Sightseeing & Activities

High Street, Broadway, CotswoldsAfter a busy day exploring the streets of Moreton-in-Marsh, a visit to nearby Broadway (a 10-minute drive) is a must. Here, you’ll find The Broadway Museum and Art Gallery, a community museum which tells the town’s history through art, as well as Broadway Tower; a spectacular monument atop an ancient beacon site overlooking the town from its 65ft vantage point. Beautiful Snowshill Manor, National Trust property, is also nearby.

Slightly further afield, Stratford-Upon-Avon is just 30 minutes by car, with a host of attractions including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre putting on a host of productions throughout the year. Carrying on the heritage theme is Blenheim Palace, just a 40-minute drive from the cottage, where visitors can spend the day exploring the magnificent palace and surrounding Estate.

Walking

You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to walks in and around Moreton-in-Marsh thanks to its location on the northern Cotswold Way, a glorious 100-mile walk stretching from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath, giving you the chance to discover beautiful Cotswold villages, rolling landscapes and incredible views along the way.

The link below takes you to some wonderful maps for self-guided walks; just select your area (Moreton-in-Marsh) then click on “Find Walks”. You’ll find a list of walks with or without styles and even walk with wheels (i.e. pushchairs): https://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/visiting-and-exploring/walking/self-guided-walks/#walks-map

Wildlife

Cotswold Falconry CentreCotswold Falconry Centre

cotswold-falconry.co.uk

(7-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

The perfect place for inquisitive minds and nature lovers alike, Cotswold Falconry Centre gives you a fantastic insight into the world of birds of prey. Located near Moreton in Marsh, you’ll have the chance to see daily flying displays and over 130 different birds of 60 different species, including those on the Critically Endangered list.

All Things Wild

allthingswild.co.uk

(20-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

An all-weather nature centre for all the family to enjoy, All Things Wild gives all ages the chance to learn about a host of brilliant animals at first hand, getting up close with reptiles, lemurs, meerkats, armadillos and more. Enjoy pond dipping, bug hunting, discovering fossils and heading into Dino Land on the train, where you’ll step back in time to uncover the secrets of these incredible animals.

Adam HensonAdam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

https://www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk/

(20-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun-filled day out. Visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs and Highland cattle. There is plenty to do all year round, whatever the weather, with an adventure playground, Farm Safari, Maze, Tractor School, Sand pits and Jumping pillows, providing entertainment for children of all ages. Adam’s Kitchen cafe/restaurant and the Farm Park shop are both open to the public, so you don’t even need to buy a ticket to the Farm Park.

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

https://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/

(35-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Stroll around the Park and get eye-to-eye with giraffes, watch rhinos graze on the Manor House lawns, walk with lemurs, ride on the train, explore the adventure playground and meet the farm animals up close. The park also has a thriving education programme, numerous endangered species breeding programmes and several vital conservation projects in the wild.

Time To Relax

Spa at Dormy House, CotswoldsThe Spa at Dormy House

dormyhouse.co.uk/spa

(15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Renowned UK-wide amongst spa aficionados, this ultra-luxury spa at the wonderful Dormy House Hotel offers award-winning relaxation in a spectacular setting. Indulge in some serious R&R courtesy of the spa’s serene pool, terrace hot tub, Scandi-style thermal suite and programme of luxurious therapies for the face, body and mind. Non-guests of the hotel need to book a day spa pass to access, but we promise you it’s well worth it.

Cotswold House Spa

bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse

(20-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Handily located in the heart of the High Street and open to residents and non-residents alike, Cotswold House Spa is the ideal spot to unwind with some serious R&R. With seven treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, aromatic steam room, relaxation room and programme of therapeutic and holistic therapies, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to pampering. 

Parks & Gardens

Batsford Arboretum House, CotswoldsBatsford Arboretum

http://www.batsarb.co.uk/

(5-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

The 56-acre arboretum at Batsford is situated just one mile west of the historic market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, in the heart of the Cotswolds. A former home to the famous Mitford family, interest in the arboretum begins in late winter when the snowdrops, aconites and early flowering daffodils spring into life, followed by magnolias, hellebores, fritillaries and the beautiful Japanese ornamental cherries – stars of the show from late March until mid-April. The handkerchief tree is another show-stopper in May, as are the beautiful wildflower meadows which bloom in high summer.

Cotswold Lavender

cotswoldlavender.co.uk

(15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Located on Hill Barn Farm on the outskirts of the pretty village of Snowshill, Cotswold Lavender bursts to life every summer to offer nature lovers and flower fans alike a beautiful day out. Head to the farm to stroll through fields and fields of vibrant lavender before it’s harvested to make a range of bath, skincare, wellbeing and home products, finding out about how it’s used before heading to the on-site shop to stock up on heaven-scented goodies.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

kiftsgate.co.uk

(10-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Found on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, this family-run garden has been carefully cultivated by three generations. Featuring beautiful, revolving blooms which burst to life throughout the year, visitors can discover the garden’s wild garden, orchard, mound and avenue, plus a fantastic water garden and elegant fountain.

Activities

Broadway Activity Park

www.broadway-cotswolds.co.uk/childrens-activity-park

(15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

A 3-acre recreation ground has been turned into a state-of-the-art Activity Park to be used and enjoyed by the whole community. The park is divided into 4 specific areas for different age groups and the distance between these areas is open grassland. There is lots of great play equipment including a see-saw, climbing poles, twin fly spinners, climbing towers a skate ride simulation and lots more.

Broadway Golf Club

broadwaygolfclub.co.uk

(10-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Located atop an escarpment with wonderful views across the Vale of Evesham is Broadway Golf Club; an 18-hole, par 72 course, offering excellent golf for all abilities. Open to members and visitors alike, the course is characterized by its undulating fairways, dry-stone walls and small, contoured greens. With all 18 holes open year-round, please be advised that there is a strict no 3-wheel single seat buggy rule in force.  

Naunton Downs Golf Club

nauntondowns.co.uk

(25-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Naunton Downs Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 71 golf course, just a few miles from Bourton-on-the-Water.  All 18 holes are open with main greens in use.  Trolleys and buggies are allowed. Naunton Downs is dry and playable during most of the winter period and is rarely closed.

Cotswold DistilleryThe Cotswolds Distillery

cotswoldsdistillery.com

(15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

The Cotswolds Distillery is the first-ever full-scale craft distillery within the Cotswolds’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). They produce a range of “Outstanding Natural Spirits”, including the first-ever Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, featuring Cotswolds-grown barley. They also produce the award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin, featuring local lavender from Snowshill, along with a range of small-batch brandies and liqueurs. Located in the un spoilt North Cotswold village of Shipston-on-Stour, with tours and tastings every day of the week (advance booking required).

Ian Coley Shooting School

iancoley.co.uk

(35-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Ian Coley Shooting School boasts 24 different shooting stands with a minimum of two traps each, three high towers (up to 120ft), Down-the-Line and much more. Perfect for shooting enthusiasts or beginners wanting to test their talents, the range of covered stands set within mature woodland mean that you’ll have fun whatever the weather. The ground is available for individual practice with self-timer release clay traps, or tuition (in groups or individually) with one of the team’s fully-qualified coaches. Pre-booking essential.

Eating Out

In Bourton-on-the-Hill, you have the award-wining Horse & Groom just up the road from the cottage; the staff are welcoming, the food is fabulous, and the beer garden boasts beautiful views over the North Cotswolds.

Two miles away is the beautiful village of Blockley. The Great Western Arms can be found in the heart of this village and offers a fantastic selection of pub classics at reasonable prices; perfect for lazy lunches or evening meals. The Crown Hotel also offers a good selection of British classics and bar snacks, whilst Blockley Village Shop & Café is a great little spot to head to for a tasty breakfast, light lunch or afternoon tea and cakes.

Moreton-in-Marsh is just a 5-minute drive away and offers a variety of excellent eateries for different budgets. For a memorable evening out, head to The Mulberry Restaurant at The Manor House Hotel; a Michelin-guide restaurant offering an excellent selection of locally sourced seasonal dishes in a beautiful setting. Yellow Brick Café on the town’s high street is a real favourite with locals and visitors alike in search of a coffee and light bite, whilst those in search of something a little more exotic need look no further than The Spice Room Indian restaurant.  The pretty village of Paxford is also just a short drive from the cottage’s front door, homing the renowned Churchill Arms, with an impressive menu of pub classics that have a distinctly refined twist

Bakeries & Snacks

The Cotswold Tearoom

cotswoldteamroom.co.uk

4 High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh 

Yellow Brick Café

yellowbrickcafe.co.uk

3-5 Old Market Square, Moreton-in-Marsh 

Cacao Bean

badgershall.com

Carfax House, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh

Lunch & Dinner

The Swan Inn

swanmoreton.co.uk

High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh

The Great Western Arms

thegreatwesternarms.co.uk

Station Rd, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9DT

The Beagle Brasserie

beaglebrasserie.co.uk

Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh

The Greedy Goose

thegreedygoosemoreton.co.uk

Salford Hill, Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SP

Takeaways & Late Dining

The Spice Room

spicerooms.co.uk

3 Oxford Street, Moreton-in-Marsh

Russell’s Fish and Chips

russellsfishandchips.co.uk

20a High Street, Broadway

Excellent upmarket fish and chips. Eat in and take away available.

The Mermaid Fish Bar

23 High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh – 01608 651391 

Locojo’s Pizza

locojo.co.uk

2 Oxford Street, Moreton-in-Marsh

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