Stow on the Wold Travel Guide
Locals Lucy & Richard Lambert, love showing guests around on their award-winning Cotswold tours. They often have guests ask for hotel recommendations in their three pick up points. Below you will find out where you can stay so if you are starting your Cotswold tour from Moreton in Marsh, taking a small group Cotswold tour from Stow on the Wold or joining one of our amazing Cotswolds tours from Chipping Campden.
Photo above of the stylish bedrooms at The Old Stocks.
The Cotswolds, is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covering almost 800 square miles. It is the second largest protected landscape in England. The Cotswolds extends 90 miles long by 25 miles wide, filled with stunning market towns & gorgeous villages. Famed for its honey coloured stone which characterises the region, the stone is darker in the North & lighter in the South. Used extensively as a filming location for television & films such as 'The Holiday' & 'Bridget Jones' Diary' & television shows, such as Father Brown, Morse & Downtown Abbey. The rolling hills offer excellent walking territory with the most famous footpath the 'Cotswolds Way' extending 102 miles from Bath to Chipping Campden. Lucy & Richard Lambert live in the North of the region & focus their tours & day trips around this stunning area. The Cotswolds is easily accessible from England's capital, London & the University city of Oxford, making it ideal as a day trip. For those who wish to stay longer, the Cotswolds offers the ideal escape to the country.
Stow on the Wold
Stow is the highest market town in the Cotswolds, at nearly 800ft above sea level. Stow on the Wold was an ideal base with 8 roads converging on the outskirts of the town, it is located on the Roman Fosse Way and became an important trading centre. Stow on the Wold played an important part in the English Civil War, the last battle of the Civil War (on Cotswolds soil) was fought close by in Donnington back in 1646. At that time, St Edward’s Church, was used as a prison for the defeated Royalist troops, some of the damage sustained at this time can still be seen today & you can admire the outstanding stained glass within the Church, which post-dates the English Civil War, as the soldiers smashed the glass in a bid to escape their imprisonment.
The Market Square is surrounded by town houses, cosy cafes, an extraordinary number of inns, cute independent shops art galleries & antique centres. The market square in Stow on the Wold is by far the hub of the community, with the imposing St Edwards Hall dominating the centre along with the medieval market stocks at one end & the ancient market cross at the other. In its heyday, some of the largest sheep fairs in the Cotswolds region took place in the town with up to 20,000 sheep for sale in one day. There is still a monthly Farmers' Market, on the first Thursday of the month, which is very popular with locals & visitors. Guests on our Famous Cotswolds Tour love their time in Stow on the Wold over the lunch break. If you plan to stay in Stow on the Wold, we would recommend taking our Cotswold Highlights Tour.
Places to Stay in Stow on the Wold
The rooms at the Kings Arms are all stylishly decorated in contemporary Cotswold country style with modern ensuite bathrooms. Each has a TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The main building accommodates seven ensuite bedrooms, some with a steep climb up the original staircase which is rewarded with a view out across Market Square. The three split-level ‘stable’ rooms are in the courtyard on the site of the original coaching inn stables. These have a sitting room, TV, hot drink making facilities and ensuite bathroom downstairs, and a bedroom upstairs. Across the market square you will find the small but mighty Lucy's Tearooms, with two charming & comfortable B&B rooms, a delicious breakfast & onsite tearooms. Opposite you have the village green & the medieval stocks, here you will find the aptly named Old Stocks Inn, this recently refurbished the 17th-century coaching inn offers boutique luxury in a stunning location. With a selection of rooms, onsite restaurant & coffee shop it is easy to relax & soak up the charm of the Cotswolds. The Stag is also located in the heart of Stow on the Wold, with 22 rooms, a bar & restaurant they have a walled garden & courtyard, ideal to relax with a glass of wine after a day exploring the region. Stow Lodge, a 17th century manor house has been owned by the Hartley family for over sixty years. It retains plenty of old world charm and character, with traditional décor and furnishings throughout. Tastefully furnished ensuite bedrooms are situated in the main hotel or coach house, the property is set back from the market square in beautiful gardens.
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