10 Fun Facts About The Cotswolds – in and around the region.

Summer in the Cotswolds is an artists palate of colour as rolling green fields meet meticulously planted cottage gardens in full bloom. From the early morning light, sparkling in the rivers and streams, to the sun setting over honey-coloured stone villages, this breath-takingly beautiful slice of rural Britain offers visitors the chance to step back in time and experience an altogether more wholesome way of life.

But the Cotswolds are more than just picture-postcard towns and villages, here are 10 fun facts about the Cotswolds and the surrounding regions.

One – The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK. It covers 6 English counties and is 80% farmland.

Two – You can see the tallest hedge in the country in Cirencester. The 300-year-old yew hedge surrounding the Bathurst Estate is over 40 ft tall. It takes around 80-man hours for a team of two to give the hedge its annual cut. The clippings are used to make a cancer fighting drug.

Three – The Church of the Holy Trinity at Stratford-Upon-Avon is the most visited church in England. William Shakespeare is buried here.

Four – Sticking with the Shakespeare connection, one of his most famous plays A Midsummer Night’s Dream was allegedly inspired by a wedding at nearby Berkeley Castle.

Five – The total length of Cotswold stone walls running through the Cotswolds is longer than the Great Wall of China.

Six – T.S. Elliot loved to visit the Cotswolds and attributed several his poems to inspiration whilst here. He apparently loved to visit Chipping Campden and take long walks in the hills.

Seven – The Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester is the oldest farming university in the world and dates back to 1842.

Eight – Jane Austen spent 2 years living in Bath which inspired her to write Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

Nine – Bourton-on-the-Water is the most visited village in the Cotswolds.

Ten – Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace. It is rumoured that Adolf Hitler intended to make this beautiful estate his own after conquering England – which explains why it was spared during the constant air raids and aerial bombing of Britain.

Few pictures can actually capture the true beauty of the Cotswolds, the only way to really experience it is to see it with your own eyes. So to accompany our 10 Fun Facts, here are some of the best hotel offers currently available in the Cotswolds.

BOWDEN HALL COTSWOLD COUNTRY HOTEL SET IN STUNNING PARKLAND


KINGS HEAD HOTEL (CIRENCESTER) ELEGANT BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND SPA


ELLENBOROUGH PARK HOTEL 5 STAR COUNTRY HOTEL & SPA NEAR CHELTENHAM


TEWKESBURY PARK LUXURY HOTEL ON THE EDGE OF THE COTSWOLDS


THE SWAN AT BIBURY LUXURY HOTEL IN THE COTSWOLD VILLAGE OF BIBURY


THE WOOD NORTON COUNTRY HOTEL ON THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE COTSWOLDS


BILLESLEY MANOR HOTEL ELEGANT ELIZABETHAN MANOR HOUSE, WARWICKSHIRE


COWLEY MANOR MANOR HOUSE WITH LUXURIOUS SPA JUST NEAR CHELTENHAM


HATTON COURT CLASSIC COTSWOLD COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL NR PAINSWICK VILLAGE


MANOR HOUSE HOTEL MORETON IN MARSH STYLISH HOTEL IN MORETON IN MARSH


NOEL ARMS SNUG COTSWOLD COUNTRY INN SET IN CHIPPING CAMPDEN


THE BROADWAY HOTEL CHARMING COTSWOLD HOTEL IN BROADWAY VILLAGE


DUMBLETON HALL IMPRESSIVE MANOR HOUSE IN THE NORTH OF THE COTSWOLDS


WIDBROOK GRANGE LUXURY COUNTRY HOTEL WITH INDOOR POOL, CLOSE TO BATH


GUYERS HOUSE HOTEL CLASSIC COUNTRY HOTEL JUST 8 MILES FROM BATH


THE HARE AND HOUNDS LUXURY COUNTRY HOTEL NR TETBURY


SUDBURY HOUSE HOTEL WITH AWARD WINNING DINING IN OXFORDSHIRE


STONEHOUSE COURT CLASSIC MANOR HOUSE SET IN THE STROUD VALLEY


THE CHARLECOTE PHEASANT HOTEL BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN CHARLECOTE


THE ORMOND AT TETBURY STYLISH BOUTIQUE HOTEL SET IN THE HEART OF TETBURY


MALLORY COURT HOTEL & SPA LUXURY COUNTRY HOTEL NEAR LEAMINGTON SPA


THE GREENWAY HOTEL & SPA LUXURY SPA HOTEL NEAR CHELTENHAM


COTSWOLD HOUSE BOUTIQUE LUXURY SPA HOTEL IN CHIPPING CAMPDEN


ECKINGTON MANOR LUXURY ACCOMMODATION & COOKERY SCHOOL


NO.38 THE PARK BOUTIQUE LUXURY HOTEL IN CHELTENHAM


CORSE LAWN HOUSE HOTEL CHARMING COUNTRY HOTEL IN THE SEVERN VALLEY


ARDEN HOUSE BOUTIQUE LUXURY TOWNHOUSE IN STRATFORD UPON AVON


THE BEAR AND RAGGED STAFF HISTORIC OXFORDSHIRE PUB WITH ROOMS


THE FLEECE HOTEL BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN HISTORIC WITNEY, OXFORDSHIRE


THE ARDEN HOTEL CONTEMPORARY HOTEL IN THE HEART OF STRATFORD UPON AVON



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If you would like more information on any of our luxury hotels or require assistance with your reservation, please call our helpful reservations team on 0333 2125 593 or email reservations@cotswoldhotelbreaks.com

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