The Cotswolds are home to many great places to stay in the summer, from Bourton-on-Water to Burford. However, while these well-known spots are certainly popular for a reason, if you want to avoid the crowds, a small, under-the-radar village might be the perfect ticket.
Situated on the edge of the stunning Cotswolds escarpment, Stinchcombe is a small but beautiful Gloucestershire village considered to be one of the region’s ‘hidden gems’ worth visiting. And although there is no longer a post office or village shop – which closed in 1956 – there is plenty of beautiful English countryside and some lovely places to eat, drink and stay on its doorstep.
Additionally, the quaint village is also said to be the haunt of Love Actually and Bridget Jones star Hugh Grant. The star has long been said to have bought Melksham Court, an incredible medieval mansion and country estate in the heart of Stinchcombe, near the Barnsley home of his former flame Liz Hurley, in 2003 for £2million.
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In fact the Grade II* listed property was only almost belonging to the actor. According to Stinchcombe Parish Council website, the actor actually backed out of the potential purchase before it materialized. However, you can still spot The Gentleman actor here; the golf-loving celeb was spotted frequently at Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course.
It’s also not the only celebrity tie the miniature village can boast of. The famous English writer and journalist Evelyn Waugh lived at Piers Court, an equally magnificent and listed property in Stinchcombe for twenty years in the mid-20th century, even acting as chairwoman of the parish council and writing her masterpiece here literary Brideshead Revisited.
Although literature lovers cannot enter the property, which is privately owned, there are a number of public footpaths near Piers Court. Outdoor enthusiasts will also want to climb Stinchcombe Hill, which offers incredible views of the surrounding Severn Valley and Cotswold Way, or head to Tyndale Monument in nearby North Nibley. St Cyr’s Church is another exceptionally pretty landmark worth visiting in Stinchcombe.
As for places to eat and drink, little Stinchcombe has plenty of options in the surrounding area that only require a short walk or drive to get there. The nearby market town of Dursley, for example, offers everything from traditional pubs to takeaways and cafes.
the picturesque Old Spot Inn is a particularly well-rated pub to go to. Rated number one in the area by Tripadvisor users, this spot is loved for its real ales, classic dishes, and relaxed, dog-friendly atmosphere. Or, if you’re looking for a delicious Sunday roast dinner and a sunny beer garden to while away the afternoon, there’s also The King’s Head. Each is just five minutes from Stinchcombe by car, or around 42 minutes on foot.
No vacation is complete without a place to lay your head and little Stinchcombe has some fabulous options despite its tiny size. You’ll find a handful of excellent B&Bs, including Bed and breakfasts in Tryfan and Bed and Breakfast Stinchcombe Hill House. Or if you prefer a cozy cottage for your stay, there are also plenty of adorable rental options available in the Dursley, North Nibley and Berkeley areas. Charming self contained one bedroom apartment burrow yard is a well-rated option if you are looking for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Find out more or book on Booking.com.
How to get there
It takes around two and a half hours if you want to drive from London to lovely Stinchcombe. Alternatively, you can also get there by train.
Direct trains run regularly from London Paddington to Bristol Parkway and lasts about 1h15. It then takes about 30 minutes to drive to Stinchcombe itself. More information or to book train tickets on Railway line.
Whether you’re looking for a seaside trip or a chance to get away from it all in Scotland’s wilderness, tour operators are keen to ensure UK travelers aren’t tempted abroad this summer.
Companies such as Sykes Cottages, Snaptrip, Airbnb, Rural Retreats and Coolstays are offering deals and discounts on all types of cottages and vacation homes throughout 2022.
From last-minute romantic getaways to planning a big family vacation later in the year, there are already plenty of options to explore to find your dream getaway.
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