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The Delights of the Cotswolds

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Cotswolds are a range of limestone hills which stretch about 100 miles from Bath in the South to Chipping Campden in the north. These rolling hills are classified as ‘An area of outstanding natural beauty’ and were traditionally the home of wealthy sheep farmers who built magnificent churches and villages from the golden limestone. Indeed, the word Cotswold is a combination of ‘Cots’-the cottages lived in by shepherds, and ‘wolds’ – the local word for hills.

The Cotswolds Tour

This area is full of delightful villages and market towns to explore, including Bibury, Burford, Broadway, Lower Slaughter and Stow on the Wold to name but a few. There are many manors and sites to see including Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough and final resting place of Sir Winston Churchill. Snowshill Manor is full of the eclectic artefacts of Charles Wade and Hidcote Manor Garden is considered to be one of the finest gardens in England. You can visit the home of William Morris, a key figure in the Arts and Crafts movement and to the north you can visit Stratford upon Avon, home of William Shakespeare.

Easily reached from London

The Cotswolds can be easily reached from London in one and a half to two hours and can be reached as a day trip. Should you wish to stay longer, there are many fine country house hotels and quaint B&Bs to choose from. One of our local guides can take you off the beaten track to see some of the hidden gems and less visited locations.

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