The Cotswolds is a beautiful region that is a must when you’re touring England. I’m guessing if you’ve done some research already you’ve found Burton-on-the-Water to be a top attraction. That is precisely what the village is: an attraction. We found it charming but a bit too touristy for our liking.
Parking is scarce in the village due to the influx of visitors. But it is a perfect jumping off point if you find an inn that has their own parking. We stayed at The Old Manse Hotel which is charmingly located in the center of town, plus they have a private lot for parking. Just a few blocks away is Mary’s Laundry, and if you’re in need of a bit of washing, you can drop it off and enjoy the day exploring.
1. Procure a map of the Cotswolds and decide which path is most appealing based on your interests. We picked up a publication called "The Cotswolds, Towns & Villages Guide" at a tourist center. The book has a great map in the center and brief descriptions of the villages.
2. Find an Inn or Guesthouse somewhere in the middle of your route and make it your home base.
3. Side note: do not leave valuables in your car. Rental vehicles are easy targets for thieves.