6 FAQs ABOUT THE COTSWOLDS
HOW IS COVID-19 AFFECTING BOOKINGS?
As with all businesses in the UK, we are eagerly awaiting updates from the Government as to when we can be fully open for business. Until this point we have not been able to welcome guests for the foreseeable future, and any bookings that were previously made for this time have been bumped a little further down the line in the hope that by that point we're out of lockdown.
With this in mind, and to give guests some flexibility, we are now offering free cancellation for any bookings enquired via our website before 10pm 31st July 2020, for stays right up until 31st May 2021. Please refer to our cancellation policy document here for full details. Existing payment terms still apply, and can be found here. For any further questions please get in touch.
WHY SHOULD I GO TO THE COTSWOLDS?
There are so many reasons! The Cotswolds is the largest of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB - definition here) covering 800 square miles, 5 counties, and is beautifully placed in the centre of England with easy access from many large cities.
It's rich culture and history is unavoidable, with literary and royal connections, as well as some of the best pubs and restaurants in the UK serving excellent local produce. The towns and villages are seemingly untouched in comparison to the busy South East of England and there are activities within the Cotswolds for people with all manner of interests. You could be adrenaline fuelled mountain bikers, dog walking hikers, celebrity spotters, Harry Potter fanatics, brewery enthusiasts, gin connoisseurs, plus four wearing golfers, water sporters, or rambling pub crawlers. The Cotswolds is a perfect place for a holiday of any length.
WHERE CAN I HIRE A CAR NEAR THE COTSWOLDS?
If you are arriving internationally then Birmingham International and London Heathrow airports have many car hire options. Alternatively nearby towns Stratford-Upon-Avon, Banbury, Oxford, and Warwick all have a choice of car hire that will easily provide you with what you need for your trip.
WHICH AIRPORT IS CLOSEST TO THE COTSWOLDS?
Birmingham International airport is 40 miles from Milestones. It is the closest international airport with regular flights to all over Europe, The Middle East and North America.
Alternatively there is London Oxford airport (17 miles), which runs domestic flights in the UK. Finally, if you are coming from further afield, London Heathrow (65 miles) or London Gatwick (102 miles) might be your best options.
WHO LIVES IN THE COTSWOLDS?
It has been found that "the region is home to more stars per acre than anywhere outside the capital". Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Liz Hurley, Damien Hirst, Hugh Grant, Prince Charles and Jeremy Clarkson are to name just a few celebrities living not far from Milestones.
WHY IS IT CALLED THE COTSWOLDS?
Although there are a few claims to the origin of the word 'Cotswold', it is regularly defined as 'sheep enclosure in the rolling hillside'. 'Wold' is more specifically defined as 'hillside'.
WHEN TO GO TO THE COTSWOLDS?
The Cotswolds is beautiful and has much to offer all year round. Like much of the UK, the busiest time is in the summer when typically the weather is warmer and there might be less rain. On the flipside the beautiful areas you might want to visit are quieter during other seasons, meaning you can have a more relaxing holiday, and probably cheaper too!
Is there a question we haven't answered?
Please get in touch and we will provide as much information as you need!