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Making the most of your stay in the Cotswolds

 

Stowe-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold

The Area

About the Cotswolds - This site has been created by people who live and work in the Cotswolds, to offer practical information, maps, history and cultural insights about this beautiful corner of England.

Gloucestershire - England at Its Best - The Cotswolds, Royal Forest of Dean and Severn Vale. Everything you need to know to enjoy a stay in our beautiful county.

Gloucestershire County Council - News and Information.

Shakespeare Country Shakespeare Country embraces historic Warwick and Kenilworth, Royal Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding towns and villages.  To the south of Shakespeare Country lies the beautiful Cotswolds.

Cotswold Country Cycles Bike vacations and tours in England with Cotswold Country Cycles. Short breaks or week long biking holidays in the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon. Self-led cycling tours with quality accommodation available.

 

Cotswold Villages

Stow-on-the-Wold - within walking distance. Stow plays host to an elegant array of  Cotswold town houses, the historical market square is the heart of Stow, there are narrow roads and alleys with small individual shops, Art galleries, Antique shops, gifts and craft shops, tea rooms, restaurants and much more for you to enjoy. Stow-on-the-Wold dates back from the 16th century, there has been a settlement here since the Iron age.  Stow is set on a hill top the town stands besides the Roman Fosse way

Upper and Lower Slaughter - 10 minutes drive. The village of Upper Slaughter in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds is one mile away from Lower Slaughter and resides on a gentle grassy slope above the stream that connects the two villages. Once the village was dominated by a Norman castle but all that can be seen of it today are the remains of the motte and bailey.

Bourton-on-the-Water  - 5 minutes drive. Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton-on-the-Water has more than its share of Cotswold houses and cottages, many of them three hundred years old, some dating back to Elizabethan times four hundred years ago.

Broadway - 15 minutes drive. A guide to Accommodation, Shopping, Art Galleries, Antiques, Gifts Crafts, walking and much more.

Chipping Campden - 15 minutes drive. Find out more about the hidden Cotswolds gem that is Chipping Campden; learn about its history and location; and discover an exquisite range of high-quality goods and services.

Moreton-in-the-Marsh - 5 minutes drive. Located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode valley, Moreton is a thriving market town dating back 1000 years to the Saxon era. The small, friendly and pretty town provides a wide range of facilities and is the perfect base from which to explore the world-famous Cotswolds. Moreton is a small and friendly Cotswold town, with a good range of shopping facilities, which makes it an excellent centre for any visitor. Excellent hotels and restaurants abound in the town, whilst the beauty of the Cotswolds is on the doorstep. Moreton is a delightful place to visit and an even better place in which to live and work.

Burford  - 20 minutes drive. One of England's prettiest medieval small Towns, Burford is a busy community of about 1000 souls.  The Town merchants were granted a charter to hold their own markets over 900 years ago, and the current business people continue the long tradition of good service and the supply of excellent luxury and essential goods to both residents and the many visitors to the Town.

Stratford-upon-Avon - 25 minutes drive. Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK.

Warwick - 25 minutes drive. This site aims to provide accurate information for visitors to Warwick and Warwick Castle.

Blenheim Palace - 30 minutes drive. Come and experience untold stories of the last 300 years at Blenheim Palace brought thrillingly to life by talking portraits, touch screens and innovative film and projection technology..

Oxford  - 35 minutes drive. Oxford is the city of dreaming spires. The golden stone of university buildings with their spires, towers and domes have shaped a graceful and timeless city, which no visitor forgets. Over 900 years as a seat of learning have made Oxford a very special place to visit any time of the year.

Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water

 

Cotswold Attractions

Batsford Arboretum Situated one and a quarter miles west of Moreton-in-Marsh (Gloucestershire – UK), Batsford Arboretum is tucked away on a south facing escarpment of the famous Cotswold Hills. Find out on this web site about the history of the arboretum and the treasure of rare and unusual plants and trees it contains. See what we are doing for conservation and what we are planning for the future.

Birdland Park & Gardens A great day out in the Cotswolds must include a visit to Birdland, a most enjoyable and educational experience for all the family. Amongst seven acres of woodland, gardens ponds and rivers see some of the worlds most exotic and rare birds. The River Windrush itself runs through the Park forming a natural habitat for Flamingos, Pelicans and Storks as well as an abundance of waterfowl. The colony of Penguins is an experience, especially at feeding time, for visitors of all ages.

Cotswold Falconry Centre The Cotswold Falconry Centre aims to be one of the friendliest and informative Raptor centres in the country.

Cotswold Farm Park Established in 1971, the Farm Park can be aptly described as a pageant of history on four legs. Alongside our serious aims of conservation and education, visitors of all ages will find themselves easily entertained. On display is an unrivalled collection of rare breeds of British farm animals including sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses, poultry and waterfowl.

Cotswold Motoring Museum Located in the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswold Motoring Museum is a fascinating journey through the 20th Century. Though the main focus is on motoring, the Museum is full of the everyday paraphernalia that made motoring so popular including picnic sets from the 1920s, alongside caravans, radio sets, gramophones and knitted swimsuits.

Cotswold Water Park Everything you need to know for your visit to the Cotswold Water Park. With more than 140 lakes, this unique area provides activities and accommodation to suit everyone.

Donnington Trout Farm Set in beautiful Cotswold countryside and housed in a fine 18th century stone barn, Donnington Trout Farm is an interesting place for all the family to visit. The trout farm, which has been running for over 25 years, has a large hatchery for the rearing of young rainbow and brown trout, a selection of which are on display. Visitors can feed the larger fish and see them rise in a writhing mass to catch the food.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway The GWR is an all-volunteer steam and diesel heritage railway in the English Cotswolds. Since 1981, the volunteers have restored over 10 miles of line, together with platforms, buildings, steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock. In addition to a scheduled service, the GWR hosts a number of galas, enthusiasts’ events and events for all the family throughout the year, including our popular Santa Specials, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, Fish and Chips specials and dining trains.

Hidcote Manor Farm and Maize Maze Our unique design is cut into a field of fodder maize and interspersed with over 50,000 sunflowers. Bridges and observation towers offer a magic sight and scenic views across the vale of Evesham and to the Malvern Hills beyond.

Hidcote Manor A celebrated 20th-century garden in the beautiful north Cotswolds

Kelmscott Manor Kelmscott Manor, a grade 1 Listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, was built in 1570, with an additional wing added to the northeast corner in about 1665. The Manor is built of local limestone on the edge of the village of Kelmscott.

Snowshill Manor Cotswold manor house with eclectic collection and Arts & Crafts-style garden

Stanway House Stanway Manor House is surrounded by 20 acres of grounds which are now complemented by its newly partly restored baroque water garden. This is one of the finest in Britain with pyramid cascade ( not restored), upper pond, waterfall, grand canal and 300 foot high fountain from June ( superb ). There are some exceptional trees including old cedars of Lebanon. Breathtaking views.

Sudeley Castle The castle will be open again daily from March 15th and we have a spectacular year of events lined up. Details of the new season will be available shortly and will include a Chocoholics Weekend, Winchcombe Horse Show and Battle! Don’t miss out.

 

Sporting Attractions

Cheltenham Racecourse Cheltenham, the jewel in Jump racing’s crown, plays host to the best jumping action in the world from 350 spectacular acres in the lee of the beautiful Cotswold hills.

Cheltenham Town Football Club

Gloucester Rugby Club

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

 

Golf Courses

Broadway Golf Club Broadway Golf Club, situated 850 feet above sea level on the edge of the Cotswolds escarpment, commands outstanding views over the neighbouring villages and beyond them to Bredon Hill to the west, the Malvern Hills and Meon Hill to the east. The club was established in 1895 and the present golf course started in 1910. Although not championship length at only 6200 yards and par 72, it does provide a good test of golf for all abilities, and has an inland links feel due to the rolling fairways and undulating greens.

Naunton Downs Golf Club Naunton Downs is an 18 hole, par 71 course, situated in an area of outstanding Cotswold countryside, known for it's charm and tranquility. The course was designed keeping the natural features and landscape in mind, and offers a challenge to suit golfers of all ages and abilities.

Stratford -on-Avon Golf Club Set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland, Close to the centre of Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon, the 6400 yard par 72 course offers a wide variety of challenging holes to test golfers of all handicaps.

 

Horse Riding and Equestrian

Cotswold Riding In the picturesque Cotswold village of Stanton, a few miles from Broadway, Jill Carenza (formerly Gabb) has been offering riding, and Bed & Breakfast in her 17th century Cotswold stone house, The Vine, since 1975. The riding includes lessons as well as splendid hacks, for all levels of rider: with over 50 well-schooled horses, Jill has the right horse for you. There are ponies for children

Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre Riding School, livery yard, breaking/schooling. Small groups taken on accompanied hacks, taking in the picturesque villages of Upper & Lower Slaughter. Tuition available for all.

Woodlands Riding Stables Woodlands Riding Stables is set in the heart of the Cotswold Countryside. The rides take you over miles of private Farmland and Woodland trails, with fantastic views of the Malvern Hills and The Black Mountains. Beginners through to Advance, 4 years to OAP can enjoy the thrill of open fields and breathtaking scenery with a friendly member of the Woodlands team.

 

Woodlands Guest House, Upper Swell, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1EW

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