If you’re ready for a short break in one of England’s most desirable locations, there can be nowhere better than the Cotswolds.

Covering 800 square miles and spanning five counties, there’s something for everyone - whether you’re a lover of the outdoors, into Roman History, or ready for a relaxing pamper session.

That’s why we’ve brought together our top 5 activities for why we love the region.

  1. Visit the biggest town in the Cotswolds, Cirencester

Cirencester is the biggest town in the Cotswolds, and its unofficial capital. An old Roman settlement, it retains its historic charm with a range of roman architecture, including one of the largest amphitheaters in Britain.

History buffs will love the Corinium Museum of Roman artefacts, and the medieval Abbey Grounds, whereas lovers of the outdoors can make the most of the Cotswold Country Park and Beach - a reservoir with a manmade beach offering kayaking, paddle boarding and even an inflatable obstacle course.


  1. Gloucester Cathedral

If you love the beautiful architecture of a Gothic Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral should tick all the boxes, but there’s more to see than just the turrets and spires. Not far from our Alder Green development in Alderton, the cathedral has 1,300 years of history, an archive library and even the tomb of King Edward II!

  1. Get active on the Cotswolds’ walking and cycling routes

The Cotswolds are a perfect place for walkers and cyclists with many routes available throughout the region, allowing users to experience the natural beauty as they get active.

Paths such as Monarch’s Way and Heart of England weave through rolling hills and beautiful farmland, connecting many towns and villages along the way, including Long Marston, home to our Fernleigh Park development.

  1. Marvel at Blenheim Palace

If you fancy visiting a stunning World Heritage Site, look no further than Blenheim Palace. With over 300 years of history, Blenheim is the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of ‘palace’; home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family.

Sometimes known as England’s answer to Versailles, Blenheim offers a wide range of things to do, including guided tours, art exhibitions, and garden events for children, just take a look at their website to see what’s coming up.


  1. The Lygon Arms Spa

If your idea of a perfect day out is less activity, more relaxation, the huge range of five-star spas in the area will suit you perfectly. Why not try the Lygon Arms Spa, complete with pool, hot tub and a range of treatments, it’s the perfect place to switch off and relax.

With various packages available, including overnight stays, you’re sure to find something to suit you, and it’s even dog friendly.

If – like us - you can’t get enough of the Cotswolds, why not consider Fernleigh Park in Long Marston or Alder Green, Alderton on your move list?

On the edge of the Cotswolds, our developments offer the best of both worlds and you can be sure to find the perfect home suited to your needs, whether you’re looking for your first home, a bungalow or a family home.

Fernleigh Park offers a relaxed way of life with 52 acres of dedicated green open spaces and outdoor amenities, including nature trails, allotments, a community orchard, woods and play parks.

It’s just 5 miles from Stratford-Upon-Avon, voted the best place to live in the Midlands by The Times and is within easy reach of both Birmingham and the Cotswolds.

Or if you’re looking for a more intimate setting, Alder Green offers a collection of just 17 private homes set within easy reach of Cheltenham. 2-bedroom bungalows and 3 & 4 bedroom homes recently released off-plan with early bird incentives to secure your dream move. Reserving early means you'll get to personalise your home* from flooring to kitchen and even the bathroom tiles. 

To find out more, speak to our friendly sales teams.

*subject to build status

For further information, please visit our Cotswolds page. 

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