Ah yes, the Cotswolds, the largest area of outstanding natural beauty in the UK, and it’s packed full of some truly fantastic sights and scenes. The beauty of this area is that there’s something for people of all ages to enjoy. As a result, it’s become a fashionable holiday destination for retired people in the last decade or so.
The Cotswolds is a beautiful place to travel to for a little staycation, or even as a week-long holiday for over 60’s. There’s a peacefulness to the place that’s made even better when you travel during term-time and all the kids are back in school!
Now, I know what you’re thinking; what’s there to do in the Cotswolds for retired people? Well, you’ll be pleased to know there is an abundance of holiday ideas out there, and we’ll provide you with a few ideas to create the best experience possible. Check out everything you need to know about Cotswolds breaks for over 60’s right here:
Rent out luxury holiday lodges
First of all, your holiday in the Cotswolds has to begin with the perfect accommodation. Sure, there are plenty of hotels and B&B’s around, but the best option is to rent out a luxury holiday lodge. Our company provides a host of gorgeous lodges situated in the Cotswolds water park. They’re excellent if you want somewhere lovely to stay that feels like home. Plus, lodges tend to be in the best locations as well. So, you get really close to the heart of the Cotswolds during your staycation.
There are so many luxury holiday lodges to choose from in various shapes and sizes. The great thing about this accommodation is that you can often rent out more than one in a little complex near one another. As such, it’s the perfect way to go on a holiday with some of your retired friends! Everyone can stay in nearby lodges, and it’s like you create a mini-community during your break.
Try your hand at some Arts & Crafts
The best thing about being retired is that you have plenty of spare time on your hands to take up new hobbies and try things that you previously just didn’t have the time for. I’m sure many of you have been spending your time getting your hands dirty in the garden or taking on little DIY projects to test out your skills. Well, you’ll love the idea of a holiday to the Cotswolds as there are so many amazing arts & crafts places for you to go to.
There’s something called the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen which puts on special workshops for people to try out new crafts. This includes playing around with textiles and creating clothes, dealing with woodwork, and they can even teach you how to lay down some tiles. As a retiree, this is the perfect way to spend some of your time on holiday. It’s a little bit of practical fun; you’ll have a great time, but you’ll also learn some new skills and can maybe find a new hobby to take up when you get home too.
This isn’t the only offering out there, you will find loads of little places throughout the Cotswolds like the Little Soap Company who offer cute workshops teaching you to make new things.
Enjoy afternoon tea…every day!
Afternoon tea in the Cotswolds is simply one of the best experiences out there. This area of outstanding beauty is pretty much made for afternoon tea. You will find so many quaint cafes in the area that provide tea and all the trimmings. From tiny little handmade sandwiches to some of the tastiest cakes you’re ever likely to try; it’s quite the experience!
sample as many afternoon tea offerings as possible! So, why don’t you plan out your stay by going to a different cafe or restaurant every day? It’s a really peaceful way to spend the lunchtime hours, and you often find other retirees doing the same thing, which makes it a great way to socialise!
Take a stroll through the gardens
Did you know that the Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty? Crazy, right? It’s not like we’ve kept mentioning it once every two paragraphs! Maybe we’ve been overdoing it with the whole natural beauty thing, but there’s a reason behind it.
The Cotswolds is renowned for its sheer range of glorious gardens. You may think glorious is a strong word, but just wait until you see them first-hand. As we said earlier, we know that a lot of over 60’s love spending time in their gardens getting everything neat and tidy. So, seeing some of what the Cotswolds has to offer is an excellent way to gain inspiration or just enjoy the fantastic flowers and scenes.
There are almost too many gardens to list, but we’ll give you a few of the must-see places – according to gardening experts online. Pretty much everyone says you need to go to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, which combines bright and vibrant gardens with some beautiful natural wildlife. There are exotic flowers, large open lawns, and even some rhinos and sloths to see as well!
Then, you have Sudeley Castle, which is something of a crown jewel in the Cotswolds garden world. The gardens here are just unreal – in fact, there are multiple gardens within the castle grounds. The Queen’s garden is vast and packed full of flowers, trees, and some delightful herbs that tickle your nostrils. There’s even a not so secret Secret Garden, which is much smaller and more peaceful. It’s a wonderful place to explore, and you can pass almost a whole day walking around.
Are you sold?
As far as holidays for retired people go, the Cotswolds has it all. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s on offer, and there’s more than enough in this article to keep you entertained during a short break.
If you’re retired and want somewhere lovely to relax for a few days while all the kids are at school, then this is the perfect location. Or, if you have retired parents and feel like giving them the gift of a holiday, then why don’t you consider the Cotswolds as the ideal present?
Give our team a call on 01285 861 839 or have a look around our website to see what’s available.