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The best Airbnbs in The Cotswolds

Good choice. The Cotswolds really is a glorious part of the UK – and it’s got some belting Airbnbs, too

Written by
Rhys Thomas
&
Time Out editors
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Looking for pretty, tranquill, peace and quiet? Well, this place delivers. Bucolic villages, honey-coloured cottages, rolling limestone hills, medieval churches, the chance to bump into David Cameron and his Chipping Norton chums... okay, that one’s not for everyone but look, the Cotswolds really is pretty glorious. Full of that kind of quintessential vision of England that sends visitors to our shores just a bit batty. And you know what? That means its Airbnbs are some of the best in the land, too. We’ve done the scrolling for you and picked out some of our favourite properties, from reimagined churches to cute little pods and glamping spots. Happy holidaying.

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Sure this is your classic Cotswold-stone cottage, but beyond that (and that's good in itself) the location is prime walking territory. You see, this is right in the heart of Owlpen Valley. Full of woodlands, lush green fields and a very fancy manor house that's well worth a visit. And after you’ve got your walking boots nice and muddy? Settle in your own littler manor house of sorts, in front of the wood-burning stove. Or out on the patio. Lovely stuff.

On your best behaviour please kiddies, let’s respect the big guy. And if it’s not too sacrilegious to say, we think he’d approve of the conversion of this stunning chapel in the pretty village of Poulton. It’s modern, open-plan and just, well, gorgeous, to be perfectly honest with you. If you're looking for a big family (or friends) getaway, this place sleeps eight. There’s a big garden too and for decent drinks nearby, head to The Falcon, just down the road. Ideal retreating. 

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This charming cottage is located in the village of Bourton-on-the-Water, which is locally known as ‘the Venice of The Cotswolds’. How swish. Don’t worry though, your gondola can stay at home – the name's just because there's a river going through it, that's all. While a lot of the properties on this list are remote, this one is on the village high street so is perfect for those that like a bit more bustle. You know, as far as bustle goes in the land of rolling hills.

Barn conversions. Done well, there's not much better. Spacious, stylish and super-cosy – just what you need after a day spent roaming the countryside (or sipping pints at a cute village pub, we're not judging). This luxurious medieval barn conversion ticks all the boxes – and look at that gorgeous spiral staircase! This one-bedroom conversion in Fairford is a perfect couple's getaway, and also just happens to be next door to a fifteenth-century inn. Plenty of good food around too. Nice. 

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If you're wowed by just how quaint and beautiful this thatched beauty of cottage looks, wait until you hear the rest. It's on a quiet little road in the impossibly lovely village of Broadway – a village often called The Cotswolds’ loveliest. The art galleries, museums and antique shops are wonderful, and we can absolutely recommend dinner at The Broadway Hotel. It’s superb. At the place, which sleeps four, you have a cute little garden and an interior full of old stone, wooden beams, and a great open fireplace. 

Even by Grade II-listed cottage standards (there’s a few of them around here), this thre-bed is exceptionally pretty. It's a farmhouse hailing from the seventeenth century, with a stunning rennovation. So you know, less beds-made-of-hay, more beds-covered-in-Egyptian cotton, and all that jazz. You have a massive fire, two gorgeous bathrooms and magazine-levels of luxury interior. It’s located in Little Rissington, which is a lovely and prime spot for many a walk, but it's also close to Bourton-on-the-Water. 

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Travelling far afield is looking pretty tricky right now, so you know what you need? The, er, far afield, being brought to you. That’s exactly what this picturesque lodge provides. It’s modelled on the kind of lodge you see all over New England, so you’ll basically be in the big old US of A. You know, painted wooden exteriors, a decking looking over the water out back. Blissful. But if you ask us? We’re most wowed by the fact that it’s in the middle of the Cotswold Water Park. Wildlife abounds. It's an irresistible place to stay. 

Here's your full-on nature immersion, and fire-side chilling, sans faffing around with tents. Pal, these glamping pods are exactly what you need. In fact, this set of eight individually named cabins (Bluebell! Poppy! Buttercup! etc.) are known as 'mega pods' and sleep up to four. They each have en-suite showers and toilets, TVs, kitchenettes, Wi-Fi and even heating and electrical points. That means you'll have more time to roam the 15,000 acres of private Notgrove Estate or just relax in front of your very own fire pit. There are loads of outdoor activities on offer to book, too. This is the camping break you deserve. There's also a bunch of extra activities available at an extra cost, including beauty treatments, falconry, tennis courts and more. 

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