Famed for its honey-coloured Grade I and Grade II listed Heritage buildings steeped in history, the glorious Cotswolds has a wealth of architectural design to intrigue and inspire. Here we take a look at some of our absolute favourite local buildings of historical interest.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
Stunning Grade I Listed Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site and with over 300 years of history it is a beautiful example of historical buildings within the Cotswolds. From its 18th century iconic Grand Bridge to it’s stunning interiors such as The Green Writing Room with its 18th-century silk wall coverings we could never run out of things to see when we visit!
Set within a 200-acre estate of parkland, Grade II Listed Broadway Tower is an iconic ‘Saxon style’ landmark within the Cotswold landscape designed by ‘Capability Brown’ and architect James Wyatt for George William VI Earl of Coventry. With views reaching across up to 16 counties and its resident herd of red deer it truly is breathtaking.
A perfect example of Jacobean architecture, this beautiful Grade I Listed building, was built in 1607-1612 from Cotswold stone around a courtyard. A National Trust property, steeped in history and set within stunningly beautiful Grade II Listed gardens and the Cotswolds landscape near Moreton-in-Marsh, it was previously owned by the same family for nearly 400 years. We love the Long Gallery with its barrel-vaulted ceiling and the stunning renaissance style Great Chamber.
No list of Cotswolds buildings would be complete without this iconic row of Grade I Listed honey-coloured gabled cottages built in the late 14th century in the gorgeous waterside village of Bibury, along the banks of the River Coln. Owned by the National Trust, we particularly love the arrangement of windows with Cotswold vernacular. From humble beginnings as a wool store to weavers’ cottages and featuring in film sets, it is one of the most photographed streets in England.