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Cotswold Life

If you’re looking to relocate to the picturesque Cotswolds, you may well be considering one of the many historic cottages to let in the Cotswolds. You will find yourself in good company. Many people looking to call the Cotswolds home are attracted by the thought of living in a traditional Cotswold Cottage. Often nestled amidst the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes, these traditional Cotswold rental cottages offer more than just accommodation – they provide a unique living experience that combines history, comfort, and, of course, a beautiful property you can call home.

Why a Cotswold Rental Cottage is both charming and practical

Thatched Cottage in the Cotswolds


A Glimpse into History

Dating back to the sixteenth century,  many of these quaint Cotswolds cottages are closely linked with the Tudor style. They are mostly constructed using the abundant local limestone, known for its distinctive honey-colored façade that has become synonymous with Cotswold architecture.

As you wander through the cobbled streets and winding lanes of villages like Chipping Campden or Bourton-on-the-Water, it’s hard not to be captivated by the timeless elegance of these cottages. With their thatched roofs, arched doorways, and wooden beams, each cottage seems to tell a story of a bygone era. 

Features That Stand the Test of Time

When you find a cottage to let in the Cotswolds, quite often you are finding more than simply a place to lay your head – you are finding a home that blends old-world charm with modern comforts. The thick stone walls and low ceilings were originally introduced to ensure that a Cotswold cottage could be heated quickly and retain the heat efficiently. For both environmental and economic reasons, this is as important today as it was in mediaeval times! 

Outside the thatched roof is not only an affordable and eco-friendly roofing material, but it is also renowned for its excellent insulation properties. Not to mention just how attractive a thatched cottage is for anyone looking for a quintessential chocolate box cottage to let in the Cotswolds.

Most cottages still boast their original open fireplace, many of which now contain the more efficient wood burning stove. And with exposed beams quite the norm, certainly on the ground floor, a Cotswold cottage is an inviting place to snuggle up with a good book on a chilly Cotswolds evening.

Open fire and traditional Cottage exterior from a Cotswold rental


Ideal locations, then and now.

The advantages of staying in one of our cosy cottages to let in the Cotswolds extends beyond their aesthetic appeal. Many of these homes are situated in the heart of a charming village or on the edge of a delightful market town, providing a sense of community that can be hard to replicate elsewhere. The local pubs, village greens, and marketplaces become an extension of your home, offering a unique opportunity to become part of the fabric of Cotswold life.

Furthermore, the Cotswolds region is very well served by both road and rail, making it an ideal place for commuting into the larger cities that sit on its outskirts. Choosing a centrally located Cotswold cottage generally ensures that you are well placed to access the network of roads and local train stations.

Cottages to Let in the Cotswolds

If we’ve convinced you of the historic charm of Cotswolds rental cottage, then take a look at our available cottages to rent in the Cotswolds. If you are looking to relocate and are not sure of where in the Cotswolds to rent a cottage, you may want to consider a short Cotswold term let.

But if you know exactly where you want your Cotswold rental cottage to be located, then you may prefer to opt for a long term let in the Cotswolds and put down more longer term roots.

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