Known for gently rolling hills, stone buildings and thatched-roof cottages, the Cotswolds are the epitome of English country charm. Stretching across a southwestern swath of the country not far from London, the area is known for its sheep-farming legacy and pastoral beauty.
The sleepy villages and hamlets look more like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Shire than modern-day towns, and the quiet lanes and walks bespeak relaxation. It's no surprise that many celebrities seek refuge in the peaceful countryside, and a number of well-known stars own homes in the area. Here's a look at a few stars who call the Cotswolds home.
Lily Allen - Cranham
Singer Lily Allen and husband Sam Cooper bought Old Overton House, a six-bedroom country estate, in 2011. Situated outside the village of Cranham, the home is convenient to the town of Cheltenham, famous for its racecourse and historic Regency-era spa. Now parents of two young daughters, Lily and Sam couldn't ask for a better place to raise their family.
In 2011, supermodel Kate Moss wed rocker Jamie Hince near the pair's Cotswold home in Little Fargindon. They tied the knot in the nearby village of Southrop, saying "I do" in St. Peter's Church. Visitors can stop by the 12th century church, on the National Heritage list of historic buildings.
Elizabeth Hurley - Amphey Knowle
Actress Elizabeth Hurley also calls the Cotswolds home: she's the longtime owner of a 400-acre farm outside of Barnsley. Since her house isn't far from the village of Cirencester, Hurley is occasionally spotted at town festivals and events with her son Damian. In addition to cats and dogs, she owns chickens, geese, cows and pigs.
Hugh Grant - Stinchcombe
On the other side of Cirencester, actor Hugh Grant owns a manor called Melksham Court in the village of Stinchcombe. Just down the road is the market town of Dursley, which is home to a challenging golf course, the Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club. Author J.K. Rowling was born in the nearby town of Yates, and she's said that the Dursley family from her Harry Potter series was named for this town.
Patrick Stewart - Little Tew
When he's not on the bridge of the starship Enterprise, "Star Trek" actor Patrick Stewart is at his home near Chipping Norton. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, the home can be glimpsed during Stewart's interviews for the documentary "The Captains." Visitors can get a taste of country sports at the Oxfordshire Shooting School, which (to Stewart’s occasional annoyance) is just a mile away.
Kate Winslet - Church Westcote
In 2002, Kate Winslet and then-husband Sam Mendes bought historic Church Westcote Manor, tucked away in a sleepy hamlet just south of Stow-on-the-Wold. Though the couple divorced in 2010, they spent years restoring the 18th-century home to its former glory.
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Quaint stone cottages line a street in the Cotswold village of Bibury, England (Photo by Tony Pleavin/Visit Britain)
Jamie Hince and Kate Moss were married in St. Peter's Church in England’s Cotswolds. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)