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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…

August in the Cotswolds.

We love the Cotswolds as a year round destination, but it’s never better than in the Summer. With meteorologists predicting another hot month ahead, we are looking at some of the great things to do there this August. Get ready to become a countryside explorer at the Cotswold Farm Sunflower Festival. The vibrant floral display returns this August, providing the perfect backdrop for those essential Instagram pics and beautiful family photographs. (Throughout August) The Elmore Chamber Music Festival is held in the historic Church of St. John the Baptist, near the banks of the river Severn in the heart of Gloucestershire. The festival showcases 3 days of wonderful classical chamber music. (04-06 August) Outdoor cinema – but not like you’ve seen before – is coming to Cheltenham this August. The Frontier Sapiens Film Festival is the only adventure film festival of its kind in the UK. (05 August) The Hartpury…

The Big Feastival 2022 – A culinary delight in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Feast on the Farm returns to the Big Feastival for 2022. This culinary delight, in the heart of the Cotswolds, serves a multi-course menu cooked up by the country’s leading chefs, with complimentary wine from Canned Wine Co. The experience offers lavish and decadent dining for friends and families alike. Headline sponsor M&S Food will be returning to run their ever-popular cookery school. The M&S tent is the perfect place to pick up cooking tips and learn a few new kitchen tricks with superstar chefs & the M&S development team. The NEFF Big Kitchen stage plays host to an array of demonstrations across the weekend from an incredible line-up of chefs including Clare Smyth MBE, Ravneet Gill, and Thomasina Miers. Table Sessions – This is your chance to get up close and personal with your favourite chefs and industry experts through Q&A talks and tastings. Swing by to learn insider tips and innovative ideas from…

Enjoy More in the Cotswolds This Summer.

The Cotswolds are renowned for their historical importance, natural beauty, and outdoor pursuits. With experts predicting a long glorious summer ahead, there’s never been a better time to visit. A short break to the Cotswolds can include so many things, from panoramic walks in the countryside to decadent afternoon teas and fine dining experiences. With so much to see and do it’s hardly surprising that the Cotswolds are a firm favourite with solo travellers, couples, families, and groups. We love the Cotswolds as a year-round destination, but for anyone planning a holiday or short break there this summer, here are just a few of our favourite things to do on a sunny day. Cotswold Lavender Farm is a beautiful place to visit in July when the lavender tends to be at its peak – walk through fields of lavender and experience a fragrant delight – enjoy a relaxing end to…

Make like the Royals and escape to the Cotswolds.

The Cotswolds have long been favoured by the Royal Family. Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall have their private residence Highgrove House in the county of Gloucester, close to the pretty market town of Tetbury. Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, lives at Gatcombe Park near Minchinhampton (just 5 miles south of Stroud) and daughter Zara Phillips lives in the area with her husband Mike Tindall. The town of Lypiatt is close to Stroud and is the place Princess Michael of Kent calls home. Cirencester is often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds and is home to the Cirencester Park Polo Club, which has welcomed Prince Charles and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry many times over the years, both as players and spectators of the sport.Cheltenham is another much loved destination of the royals. The Gold Cup Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse each March was a favourite…

Luxury Cotswold Hotels – Now With Added Booking Bonus.

At Cotswold Hotel Breaks we are always looking for new ways to reward our customers and thank them for booking with us. That’s why we hand pick the hotels we feature and only include hotels we would love to stay at. Then we include lots of value-added extras, including evening meals, breakfast, drinks and other luxury touches to enhance your stay. With so much included in the price you don’t have to worry about settling a big hotel bill at the end of your stay, and you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having full flexibility, so if you need to change your plans, our team is on hand to reschedule your stay – and with our price match guarantee we know you wont find more for less anywhere else! As if that wasn’t enough, to say thank you to all of our customers we have added…

Stay at one of the country’s most famous buildings.

Cowley Manor is one of the most famous buildings in the country. Based on the Villa Borghese in Rome and echoing the architecture of Chatsworth and Cliveden, it features a grand Italianate exterior and bold iconic interiors. The perfect choice for a romantic break or relaxing getaway, Cowley includes 31 bedrooms, a multi award-winning spa, heated indoor & outdoor pools, and 55 acres of Grade II listed gardens – ideal for a luxury Cotswold getaway. Located within the quintessential chocolate-box village of Cowley, the manor is just 15 minutes from Cirencester and 20 minutes from Stow-on-the-Wold – with its honey-hued buildings and inspiring views, it is the perfect starting point for a countryside walk (with some great pubs on the way!). The land on which Cowley Manor sits used to belong to the kings of England. It was exchanged by Edward the Confessor in return for the land on which…

The Ultimate Shakespearean Experience.

Next week marks what would have been William Shakespeare’s 458th Birthday. He is still considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest playwrights, and fans will be thrilled to learn that the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon will once again be bringing to life the written word of the bard, in 3 brand new productions this Spring – a much-loved romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing and two state-of the nation plays, Rebellion and War of The Roses (Henry VI Parts 2 & 3). Get up close and personal with the life and times of William Shakespeare in Stratford this Spring and explore the house in which he was born – a beautiful Tudor building containing more than 500 years of history. Then visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the family home of Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare’s wife-to-be. It is here that Anne was born and raised and where the…

Last-minute Easter Offers in the Cotswolds.

It’s not too late to get away this Easter! The best short breaks are often those spontaneous, last-minute decisions, when we just pack a bag and go. With the bank holiday weather forecast predicting higher than average temperatures, why not inject a bit of excitement into your Easter? To save you spending hours looking for that elusive last-minute offer we have compiled a list of beautiful hotels throughout the Cotswolds that are available with some fantastic package deals included to make your stay extra-special – but hurry, these hotels are likely to sell out quickly and availability is subject to change. Whichever fabulous hotel you choose we are sure you will have a wonderful time, and we wish you a very Happy Easter! Widbrook Grange is an original Georgian model farm on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon. Recently refurbished, this boutique farmhouse has been lovingly restored to embody its…

30 Incredible Easter Offers in The Cotswolds.

To celebrate the arrival of Spring we have put together 30 hotel offers, packed full extras, to make getting away this Easter more affordable than ever. These offers are valid until summer – so don’t worry if you already have plans for Easter, you can still take advantage of these fabulous deals. BOWDEN HALL COTSWOLD COUNTRY HOTEL SET IN STUNNING PARKLAND – Just £62 pp See More & Book KINGS HEAD HOTEL (CIRENCESTER) ELEGANT BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND SPA – just 97.50 pp See More & Book ELLENBOROUGH PARK HOTEL 5 STAR COUNTRY HOTEL & SPA NEAR CHELTENHAM – just £134.50 pp See More & Book TEWKESBURY PARK LUXURY HOTEL ON THE EDGE OF THE COTSWOLDS – just £99.50 pp See More & Book THE SWAN AT BIBURY LUXURY HOTEL IN THE COTSWOLD VILLAGE OF BIBURY – just £117.50 pp See More & Book THE WOOD NORTON COUNTRY HOTEL ON THE NORTHERN EDGE…

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