The Feathered Nest Country Inn is located in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, right in the heart of the Cotswolds. Ideal for touring the local villages and attractions. Visit the Cotswolds Leisure Time, Cotswolds Events page and the Recommended Links for more information.
Burford: The High Street of Burford is lined with old houses, cottages and shop fronts which appear to have changed little since the 17th century. Explore the side streets, alleyways and courtyards. Meander through the gardens of the cathedral-like parish church built from the wealth of the wool trade. Investigate the delights the independent shops and galleries have to offer, and indulge in refreshments from the wide choice of hotels, pubs and teashops.
Bibury: Quoted as “the most beautiful village in England” with its honey-coloured 17th-century stone cottages with steep pitched roofs. The River Coln flows through the village, alongside the main street and Arlington Row, the original homes of the Arlington Mill weavers. The Mill is now a folk and agricultural museum. Bibury Trout Farm is one of Britain’s oldest, and certainly most attractive, Trout Farms.
Bourton-on-the-Water: Known as “The Venice of the Cotswolds”, an extremely popular village where elegant 18th century bridges cross the River Windrush as it flows through the centre of the village. Attractions include the model village, Birdland, Bourton Model Railway, Cotswold Perfumery, Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Dragonfly Maze and Salmonsbury Meadows Nature Reserve. Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park (Guiting Power), is well worth a visit for its unrivaled collection of rare breeds of British farm animals including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, poultry and waterfowl. The farm succeeds in combining its serious aims of conservation and education with entertaining the many visitors.
Broadway: A small village belonging to the county of Worcestershire, it is also part of the Cotswolds. Historically Broadway acted as a busy stagecoach stop on the route from Worcester to London and became home to many artists and writers. Today, Broadway attracts many tourists due to its picturesque surroundings and many local attractions. As a result the village offers a huge range of bed and breakfasts, cottages, hotels, traditional village pubs, shops, restaurants and much more.
Chipping Campden: A rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages. Many of the impressive buildings in the village were erected with the proceeds of the wool trade. Today, Chipping Campden is a popular tourist destination for visitors to the Cotswolds who come to see its fine High Street, lined with typical Cotswold stone buildings and the Market Hall, dating back to 1627, with its splendid arches. Since 1610 the town has been home to a championship of rural games, which is now known as Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpick Games. The event is held every summer on Dover's Hill, near Chipping Campden.
Minster Lovell: Minster Lovell can be found a few miles from Nether Westcote in Oxfordshire and is home to the historic ruins of Minster Lovell Hall. On a typical weekday you would be forgiven for thinking that Minster Lovell is a deserted Oxfordshire village, that's how quiet it can be. Rows of cotswold stone buildings, some with thatched roofs, line the main street that leads to a small car park where you can leave your car whilst you visit Minster Lovell Hall.
Stow-on-the-Wold: At nearly 800ft, Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns, approached uphill from all directions from Burford, Broadway, Chipping Norton, Stratford Upon Avon and Cheltenham. Famous for its antiques, the town is steeped in history, with the large Market Square surrounded by houses, shops, hotels and inns.
Upper and Lower Slaughter: Straddling the banks of the River Eye, also known as Slaughter Brook, the two villages have remained utterly unchanged for more than a century. A restored nineteenth century flour mill in Lower Slaughter, where the River Eye meets the north-west corner of the village, is one of the attractions.
Visit Batsford Arboretum (near Moreton-in-Marsh), one of the jewels of the Cotswolds and one of the largest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country with over 3050 labeled specimens including about 1600 different trees, shrubs and bamboo. The collections at Batsford cover a wide range of plants from around the world but have an emphasis on the Far East.
Home to the Broadway Tower, known as "The Highest Little Castle in the Cotswolds" with spectacular views, a restaurant, a Red deer enclosure, country walks, picnic sites and wildlife and wildflowers in season.
Chastleton House (near Moreton-in-Marsh), is one of England's finest and most complete Jacobean houses. It is filled with a mixture of rare and everyday objects, furniture and textiles collected since its completion in 1612 by members of one family, in continuous occupation.
The remains of one of the largest Roman-British villas in the country featuring several fine mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts, a water-shrine and latrine. The site museum houses objects from the villa. Chedworth Roman Villa is very much an interactive attraction, with many events being staged so that your experience of the site is enhanced and your understanding of the Roman way of life improved.
Blenheim Palace is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown, the magnificent Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, award-winning formal gardens and the great Lake, offering an unforgettable day out for all.
The Park is home to a fascinating and varied collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates from all over the world and aspires to show animals to people – so that they can come to understand and respect all forms of wildlife; to understand what is special about each species, and how these have evolved over very long periods of time, adjusting to survive in ever changing habitats.
Eagles, hawks, kites, owls, vultures and falcons are on display and visitors can appreciate their speed, grace and agility as well as their close relationship with man, their falconer.
One of England's great gardens, made up of exquisite garden rooms, each possessing its own special character. Visitors will discover rare shrubs and trees, outstanding herbaceous borders and unusual plant species. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons, from vibrant spring bulbs to autumn's glorious Red Borders. Nestled in the Cotswolds with sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham, Hidcote is appealing all year round.
Charles Wade embodied his family motto 'Let nothing perish', spending his life and inherited wealth amassing a spectacular collection of everyday and extraordinary objects from across the globe, and restoring the ancient, golden-yellow Cotswold manor house to display them. The Manor is surrounded by an intriguing terraced hillside garden, containing various architectural features and a profusion of colourful scented flowers and plants.
Sudeley's glorious gardens are amongst the very best in England, from the centrepiece Queens' Garden, billowing with hundreds of varieties of old fashioned roses, to the Herbal Healing Garden. The Castle was once home to Queen Katherine Parr, the last surviving wife of King Henry VIII.
A number of walks surround Church and Nether Westcote (view PDF of the Westcote footpaths), with the Diamond Way passing along its western boundary. Contact the North Cotswold Group or The Cotswold Walking Company, alternatively walking maps may be downloaded from the Oxfordshire Cotswolds website.
Suggested tours from The Feathered Nest Country Inn
Visit some of the local attractions en-route to and from the villages and towns below.
* Stow-on-the-Wold - Broadway - Chipping Campden
* Stow-on-the-Wold - Burford - Northleach - Bibury - Bourton - The Slaughters
* Stow-on-the-Wold - Tewkesbury - Winchcombe - Cheltenham - Option of Gloucester Docks
* Oxford - Blenheim Palace
* Blenheim Palace - Bicester Shopping Village
* Stratford-on-Avon – Worcester
Chauffeur driven tours around the Cotswolds on half day or full day packages can be arranged. Please email or call us on +44 (0)1993 833030 with your requirements.
Acknowledgments: Exterior of Greys Court in spring, Oxfordshire, Reference 18900, Copyright ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel; Chedworth Roman Villa, with the Victorian Shooting Lodge and Museum in the background, Gloucestershire, Reference 194823, Copyright ©NTPL/Paul Harris; Close up of the figure of 'Spring' with a basket of flowers in one hand a small bird in the other at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire, Reference: 16931, Copyright ©NTPL/Ian Shaw. www.nationaltrust.org.uk