If you’ve heard anything about the Cotswolds in England, it may have been how serene, quaint and naturally beautiful it is. Located in the deep rural south-central region of the country, the Cotswolds region is typically known as part of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire — if all the “shires” don’t elude to the quaintness of the villages, the following should help.
Picture rolling green hills, thatched roofs, lush grasslands and medieval villages brimming with old-world charm and history. Amid the vibrant rural landscape, you’ll find churches and homes built in the early 1960s, with stately manors lining the quiet village streets.
Active visitors bike and walk for miles, more than 100 if you’re up for it, along the Cotswold Way, leading to the Cotswold Edge enroute to Bath in one direction and Chipping Camden in the other.
No matter the time of year, budget-savvy and family travelers know, you can easily stay and play in the area for a fair price, while making daytrips to Bath and exploring the luxury life of Roman baths and palaces. Traveling this holiday season with young children? Consider yourself lucky and take advantage of the Kids Stay Free option at The Lygon Arms.
This luxury stay is easily affordable for the whole family during the holiday season, even on a budget. Prices typically begin at £245 per room, per night, or $279, but, for a limited time, kids and pets stay free. Whether visiting family abroad or just catching up on some family time away, you’ll enjoy the fun range of activities and attractions on your holiday.
Kids 12 and younger enjoy lawn games, coloring books, daily activities and fun amenities in the bed and breakfast. The only catch, the kids may have to stay in your room. The modern family sleepover is a great bonding experience and feels like a home away from home. The kids also enjoy the luxurious hotel pool during allotted times and a variety of attractions on the property.
Rent a car and make the most of your trip, taking day excursions to the tourist attractions, scenic drives and spending quality time together in the country. Need your own rooms? The Cotswold Grange Hotel has prices beginning at $100 a night and resembles something from the set of Pride and Prejudice. Enjoy stylish, luxury rooms in the heart of the country with a slew of perks, from complimentary activities and holiday traditions.
Check out the area beforehand and scope out the exact locale best for your family. Narrow down the region best fitting your tourist needs and book before the holidays — step back in time and enjoy the slower paced, incredibly charming holiday season in the Cotswolds. Check here for tours and more to do.
The wonderful thing about Italy, which evolved from a land of many kingdoms to a unified country in the 19th century, is its buildings have transformed into boutique hotels with fascinating past lives that guests can still explore and appreciate. Whether former farm houses, monasteries, castles or full-on estates, the stays not only provide atmospheric lodging and wonderfully executed regional food, but a means to immerse oneself into a different way of life — be it one of royalty or a simple existence living off the land.
By Hainan Airlines
As a fan of train travel, I often choose a ride on rails over a drive or flight, especially in Europe, where I always relish the high-speed trains. In Tokyo, I once appreciated a speedy, efficient and easy-to-understand experience; but, speed isn’t the only appealing aspect of train travel. From Venice to London, on the Venice Simplon Orient Express, we traveled through the coastal cliffs of the Cinque Terra and dined in formal opulence; from Whistler to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer, we sipped tea while viewing the spectacular scenery.
While considering dreamy destinations for a romantic rendezvous, Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo immediately came to mind. I convinced my late husband, Bob, to take me there after a solo trip to Monaco (via helicopter from Nice-Cote d’Azur) on my first trip to the South of France. Our stays together left such an indelibly delicious memory that I’ve returned multiple times, including in 2018 and 2019. It’s a venue I recommend at any time, especially Valentine’s Day.
When considering a new destination for your family’s vacation list, solo trip, romantic getaway or just something to watch between trips, this list of wanderlust-inducing films should help. Watch a few of the family-friendly options with the kids and make it a movie night: