Traditional life rolls on as gently as the hills in picture-perfect Cotswolds. Medieval villages, rural landscapes and all things English create a getaway that lives up to all your old-world visions—and is served with a steaming cup of afternoon tea. Lush gardens, historical houses, honey-colored towns and an idyllic countryside make for an archetypal English experience. There are no big-name attractions in Cotswolds, just a whole lot of ambiance. But don’t think you’ll be at a loss for things to do. Well-preserved old mansions like the famous Chastleton House delve you back in time with Jacobean architecture and Elizabethan gardens. One hundred thirty-three lakes compose England’s largest water park at Cotswold Water Park, gleaming with boating and water sport opportunities. But the region is perhaps best enjoyed by a long walk through the countryside, topped off with a frothy pint from a friendly pub. Just a stone’s throw from London, it’s not surprising that Cotswolds is one of the biggest tourist destinations in England. You may not get it all to yourself, but you’re sure to get charmed silly in Cotswolds.