The Cotswolds are often underappreciated by those visiting England. A day or two should be set aside to amble and enjoy the hidden gems of this charming English countryside. Tasty pub-lunches and elegant Afternoon Teas on genteel lawns await the tenacious traveller. For the active, it is an ideal terrain for hiking, biking and offers a plethora of water-sports. Our past clients have loved having afternoon tea at the Manor House in Lower Slaughter. No matter when you visit the Cotswolds, it never seems to be overrun by tourists.
As well as Ellenborough Park, with its superb close proximity to the ever-popular races in Cheltenham, there are lots of historical properties and manor houses to choose from for accommodation. Additionally, many properties can be used on an exclusive-use basis with wonderful, whimsical names such as Thyme, Dormy House and Foxhill Manor.
Ideally, a visit to the Cotswolds should commence with an overnight stay in Oxford,home to the prestigious 12th century university whose medieval architecture has been dubbed the 'City of Dreaming Spires', and finish with a visit to the city of Bath to the South, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture of a particular yellow hue. In Bath, you can stay at the Royal Crescent or The Gainsborough hotels. Or, vice versa – start with Bath and finish in Oxford. A three or four night itinerary will give you an insight into the highlights of this quintessential south-central English countryside.
Bristol, which serves Bath, is a small local airport with international access and often allows the keen traveller to avoid the pain of transferring through Heathrow. 15 minutes after disembarking, you can be meandering the country lanes. Bath, the gateway to the Cotswolds, is only a 30 minute drive from the Bristol airport.
The only downside (for some, a great selling point!) to The Cotswolds is cell coverage, which is intermittent as the road dips and dives.
There are ample villages to experience in the Cotswolds. Our favourites include:
- Chipping Campden – A chocolate box village. Visit Court Barn Museum, The Guild Gallery and the High Street with independent shops
- Broadway – visit Broadway Tower https://broadwaytower.co.uk/ , a lovely high street and the Gordon Russell Museum http://www.gordonrussellmuseum.org/default.aspx
- Bourton on the Water – has many attractions and is often called the Venice of the Cotswolds because of the charming River Windrush running through it. Places to visit – Model Village http://www.themodelvillage.com/ or the Cotswold Perfumery http://www.cotswold-perfumery.co.uk/about-us/about-us
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