The main holiday season may be over and done with for some but no matter what the weather you can still enjoy a wonderful stay in a Cotswold Holiday Cottage. You just need to know what to pack.
The winter months are all about embracing all that the weather has to offer and the Cotswolds has everything from wet rainy days to glorious winter sun to the most magical of snowscapes. Winter temperatures in the Cotswolds rarely drop below freezing but mornings can be crisp and frosty. There is a very old saying that goes ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes’ and this saying must surely have been invented for the Great British Weather. So whether you’re heading to the Cotswolds for a walking holiday or you’re planning a weekend holed up in a cosy Cotswold Holiday Cottage, here are some ideas on what to bring with you.
Walking and Hiking
The Cotswolds are officially designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, which is not at all diminished by the winter weather, and this is why so many people come to walk the hills, valleys and countryside paths of this wonderful place. Whether you are a serious hiker or an occasional walker the rules on what to pack are broadly the same. The most important item is a decent quality pair of walking boots or shoes which are comfortable, waterproof and sturdy. Team these with wool socks to keep your feet warm and dry and prevent blisters; two or three pairs should be sufficient. Clothing should consist of layers, so a couple of tee-shirts, over-fleeces, warm hat and waterproof trousers plus a double-layered outer jacket should go into your suitcase. A rucksack to carry your food and water supplies, maps, spare socks and mobile phone is essential; don’t forget to pack your phone charger. It’s a good idea to pack a blister treatment kit and basic first aid kit too in case of any minor injuries.
Shopping and Sightseeing
There is a wealth of shopping opportunities all around the Cotswolds area. Chipping Camden is a lovely old market town where many come to peruse arts and crafts supplies before adjourning to a local pub or restaurant. Stanton is home to grade 2-listed ancient properties dating back to the 17th century whilst Bourton-on-the-Water boasts a 1930s model village, the Cotswolds Motoring Museum and the Birdland Park and Garden. The highest town in the Cotswolds, at 800 feet, is Stow-on-the-Wold where it is said ‘the winds blow cold’. With such a variety of quaint villages, tourist attractions, ancient pubs, shops and restaurants plus the Christmas Market in Cheltenham you won’t be short of things to do during your stay but you’ll need to pack a variety of clothing to suit whatever you plan to do. For walking around the villages and attractions a warm outer coat, scarf, gloves, hat and umbrella are perfect for when you have to wrap up warm. Comfortable shoes that can see you through a busy day’s shopping are a must. Layers of clothing are always best whatever you do because then you can discard layers as needed when you get indoors. Comfy jeans and lightweight jumper are perfect for days out.
A Holiday Cottage Break
If you’re planning a lakeside cottage break don’t forget to bring your fishing gear! Some cottages are equipped with a private hot-tub so you’ll need your swimsuit. Pack some towels if you plan to take advantage of watersports or spa facilities. And with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable winter stay in your holiday cottage all you need to bring is a bottle of wine and something cosy and comfortable to slip into to enjoy a cosy night in front of the log-burner.