Discover the Cotswolds

Our neighbourhood

Perfectly positioned in the heart of the Cotswolds, we are surrounded by rolling hills, ancient woodlands, and quaint towns and villages steeped in history and culture.

Walking

They don’t call the Cotswolds an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for nothing. And with more the 3,000 miles of public footpaths and quaint rural hamlets to explore, the best way to explore this breathtaking landscape is undoubtedly on foot. Very close by, you can ramble through breathtaking tapestries of farmland or discover ancient woodlands… we can help you on your way with our own wellies, walking maps and even a delicious picnic.

Cycling

Take a bike on the wild side... we've teamed up with local bike enthusiasts Wild Carrot who can provide the latest bikes or take you on a guided eBike tour of the surrounding Cotswolds (with plenty of pubs and refreshments stops!). Give us a bit of notice and we'll have your two wheels ready for your arrival (£20 bike hire per day or £40 Ebike tour with 48 hours notice). Just call us direct on 01452 813688 or email reception@thepainswick.co.uk

Wine Tours

Woodchester Valley, a family owned boutique vineyard and winery, is located just down the road from us in the Stroud valley. Join them for a tasting tour and discover the world of English wine and get an insight in wine-making with the chance to try a range of their multi-award winning wines.

Walk An Alpaca

Enjoy a stroll with an alpaca in one of the most picturesque spots in the Cotswold hills. Tibbiwell Alpacas in Painswick offer walking experiences with these friendly and fascinating animals. Walks cost £25 per person and can be booked by contacting Sandie or Dawn @tibbiwellalpacas on Facebook or Instagram.

Festivals

There’s no shortage of festivals nearby and our personal favourite is the Art Couture Festival Painswick (ACP). The ACP aims to inspire designers to create extraordinary wearable art. During April and May, pay a visit to the Site Festival in Stroud, a unique event encompassing over 150 artist projects in sites across the Stroud Valleys, showcasing new work, collaborations and exciting new projects. A short drive from Painswick is Cheltenham, home to an eclectic calendar of festivals, including the annual literature, jazz and science festivals that draw some of the world’s finest musicians, writers, scientists and performers.

Towns

During your Cotswold getaway, there are many nearby towns worth visiting. World-renowned for its annual Gold Cup festival, Cheltenham boasts stunning Regency architecture and boutique shopping. A bustling market town dating back to Roman times, Cirencester offers a mixture of shopping, eating and drinking destinations, and its own small amphitheatre. Also worth a visit is Chipping Campden. Sitting snugly in the lovely northern Cotswolds, the high street of the town is bursting with beautiful historic buildings that are most definitely photo worthy.

Foodie markets

Proudly rural, it’s unsurprising that the Cotswolds serves a delicious array of culinary delights. Foodie markets have popped up in nearby villages and towns that are definitely worth a visit if you’re seeking a flavoursome experience. Our nearby favourites include the Stroud market, held every Saturday from 9am to 2pm and the Tetbury market, held every Wednesday from 9am to 2pm. Gloucestershire is famed for its Gloucester Old Spot sausages, Tewksbury mustard and Bibury Trout. Oh, and once a year, some of us like to chase a round of Double Gloucester cheese down a hill, but you may have already heard about that!

Painswick Rococo Gardens

Nestled just outside our pretty petite village is the historic Painswick Rococo Gardens, the only surviving complete Rococo garden in the entire country. Designed in the 1740’s as a pleasure garden, this beautiful valley of flowers, plants and trees is perfect for snapping stunning photos and losing yourself amongst the natural splendour. From 26th May - 8th September Rococo will be host to Art Unbound, a curated exhibition of contemporary sculpture designed to complement garden’s unique history. This is a brand-new partnership between the Rococo Garden Trust and renowned curator Anna Greenacre which sees 18 fantastic sculptors working in a variety of media and showcasing their work.

St Mary’s Church

Sitting cosy in the heart of Painswick, St Mary’s Church dates back to 1377, making it a must-see for novice historians. The church is famous for its yew trees which were planted as an important symbol of Christianity. For many years, 99 yew trees stood in the church grounds, as legend told that if the hundredth tree were ever planted, it would be destroyed by the Devil. Courageously, the church defied the odds and the hundredth Yew Tree was planted in 2000—and still stands to this day.

Treat yourself or someone special

Our offers are perfect for spoiling yourself, or your nearest and dearest, with a cheeky getaway to the Cotswolds.