The range of hills known as the Cotswolds has long been one of the country's most popular natural attractions. Certainly a part of the appeal is their convenient location, right in the heart of the country, and lying mostly in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire they extend into Worcestershire too, where a village regarded as the 'jewel of the Cotswolds' is situated.
This village is Broadway and with its wide main street framed by red chestnut trees and 16th century buildings of honey-coloured Cotswold stone it is easy to see where it gets its nickname. Broadway hotels incorporate all the charm and visual appeal of the area and offer exceptional accommodation in the Cotswolds.
On the main route between Worcester and London, the village developed as a busy stagecoach stop over and has become associated with a succession of famous names in music and the arts, including Edward Elgar, J.M. Barrie, John Singer Sargent, William Morris and Vaughn Williams. The association with the arts continues today and although it can't promise to compete with its theatrical namesake in New York, there are some fine performance venues, art galleries and charming antique shops which evoke all the cultural history of the village and wider area.
Many visitors come for the obvious charms and facilities of the village itself and others for the ideal base from which to explore the Cotswolds, and to visit other popular towns in the area. Given its long history in welcoming visitors, whether on route elsewhere or for an extended stay, it is perhaps unsurprising that the village has a great many accommodation options. These range from holiday homes and campsites to the finest Broadway hotels and when it comes to hotels, there are many different types to choose from.
Some of the most popular Broadway hotels are the traditional inns which have played such a major part in hospitality provision since the age of the stagecoach. With character, history and charm emanating from every corner, these types of hotel retain all the period features of the age in the bars, restaurants and guest rooms, yet will provide guests with all the modern facilities demanded of contemporary accommodation such as digital entertainment systems and WiFi connections. There may also be some business features too such as access to office equipment and rooms with direct dial telephones and work desks.
Traditional and historic properties certainly make a great backdrop for a short break or holiday in the Cotswolds but they also provide the right ambience and character for celebrating special occasions and many traditional Broadway hotels will have function suites and other facilities for the purpose. Weddings are a particular speciality for some and in addition to wonderful period interiors they will have great outdoor spaces and gardens which will look great in the photographs.
The same facilities and features may be used for corporate retreats and the village, being close to the big cities of the Midlands, offers the perfect getaway for business or for pleasure. Other Broadway hotels will rely on specific features to delight guests, such as great restaurants displaying some local flavour or lively lounge bars in which to enjoy the company, some refreshments and some live entertainment.
Visitor information will be available from hotel front desks or tourist information stands and there are plenty of leisure options available in addition to those in the village and the outdoor activities associated with the hills. Popular day trips for visitors include the home of William Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon and to the horseracing at Cheltenham. Broadway is located halfway between the two, providing easy access to both.