- Countryside Rolling hills and honey-stone cottages
- Country life Romance and tradition in the heart of the Cotswolds
Gloucestershire, with its picture-postcard English towns and countryside, is perfect for a romantic weekend.
Nestled among the rolling hills are towns and villages including Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham and Chipping Campden, each with its own combination of Cotswolds architecture, beautiful views, fresh local food and antiques and crafts markets. Sit by the banks of the Wye, or go for a stroll through the Forest of Dean and you’ll be bursting with rediscovered love for England (and for your partner, obviously).
Do go/Don’t go
If you want guaranteed sunshine, you’re in the wrong country, even if it’s mid-July. The Cotswolds are always beautiful, though: just wrap up in the winter, avoid tourist traps in the summer, and always take an umbrella.
Planes Birmingham Airport is the nearest, but it’s still an hour’s drive from anywhere relaxing. Heathrow is probably a better bet: it’s only a couple of hours from most of Gloucestershire.
Trains The Heathrow Express train runs every 20 minutes to Paddington Station, and from there you can pick up a connection to Gloucester, Moreton-in-Marsh or Cheltenham Spa. From London Gatwick Airport, it’s easiest to get a train to Reading and, from there, a connection to Moreton-in-Marsh, in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Automobiles Gloucester itself is a couple of hours from London or Heathrow by car. Once you're in the shire, the country-lane driving can be magnificent.
- Taxis Some of the smaller towns have a very limited taxi service, so book well in advance; ask staff at your hotel to book for you – they’ll know the best local companies.