Lifestyles

Cotswold Time, Mistletoe and Wine.

With frosty mornings on the horizon and Christmas adverts already playing on TV, December will be upon us before we know it. Winter is a magical time in the Cotswolds as villages transform into twinkling Christmas wonderlands, complete with decorated trees, the smell of log fires and perhaps the occasional snow flurry or two. Traditional festive markets and outdoor ice-rinks pop-up across the region, offering visitors the chance to enjoy a more traditional Christmas experience.But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.November plays host to the Cheltenham Wine Festival on the 25th of the month, held at the Pittville Pump Room. Book a night at No 38 The Park, a boutique hotel conveniently located within walking distance of the event and forget about driving for the evening. With over 150 wines to sample, the festival is perfect for wine connoisseurs or anyone looking to try something new. It’s also a great opportunity…

No 38 The Park – Much more than just a number!

No 38 The Park is a stunning Georgian townhouse located in one of the UK’s prettiest Regency spa towns. Cheltenham is famed for its mineral springs and is considered by many to be the most complete Regency town in Britain. Over the years it has grown into one of the UK’s most culturally rich destinations, hosting events such as the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Cheltenham Cricket Festival and the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival. No 38 The Park is a luxury boutique hotel in the leafy garden suburb of Pittville, just a stone’s throw from Cheltenham Racecourse. One-off artworks, antiques and unique artefacts add splashes of colour to this historic townhouse, situated on the edge of the Cotswolds. The affluent neighbourhood is known for its large park (the southern part of which is lined with large Regency terraces and…

The Cotswolds – where are they, and what do they have to offer?

The Cotswolds is a region most people have heard of but when it comes to identifying the area on a map, few people can precisely pinpoint its borders. Hardly surprising as the Cotswolds cover over 800 square miles – encompassing the five counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire. Famed for its pretty little villages, traditional market towns and olde world charm, the Cotswolds represent the epitome of quintessential English life. With honey-coloured stone buildings and rustic thatched cottages, it seems like time has stood still here for centuries. Flanked in the north by the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon and by the historic spa town of Bath in the south, the Cotswolds symbolise the very best of British. Discover a slower pace of life, and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with lashings of fresh cream and homemade strawberry jam, or choose a blissfully relaxing Cotswold spa break, and…

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…

Restaurants Worth Travelling To.

Compiling a list of our favourite Cotswold restaurants was like being asked to choose our favourite child – we love them all. No two are alike. Each has a personality of its own, and that’s what makes them so wonderfully unique. It doesn’t help that dining, in many ways, is like art – it’s subjective. Some like eating out to be a formal affair, while others prefer a more laid-back casual dining experience. With that in mind we have created a list of our Top 10 Favourite Cotswold Restaurants, including the grandest, the most intimate, and even a couple of traditional no-fuss options. Having visited each of these restaurants, we can confirm that they are indeed restaurants worth travelling to. Our offers include a fabulous dining experience and a luxurious overnight stay. So, you can forget about driving home and enjoy a bottle of fine wine, a choice of craft…

The legend of the Halloween Jack-O’-lantern, and your chance to win a £200 Hotel Voucher.

There have been many stories and myths passed down over the centuries surrounding the relevance of the Halloween pumpkin, none more entertaining than the old Irish legend of ‘Stingy Jack’.The story goes that one night while out drinking, the Devil appeared to Stingy Jack and offered to buy his soul. Stingy Jack, who loved money (but didn’t like to part with it) tricked the devil into turning himself into a coin. He then kept the coin in his pocket next to a little silver crucifix. Jack had succeeded in locking-up the Devil and added another coin to his collection. A year later Stingy Jack became ill, and worried the Devil might seek retribution on him in the afterlife, he released him on the condition that he would not come for his soul when his time came to pass.Eventually, that fateful day arrived and when Stingy Jack died, he was told…

Explore the Cotswolds & Beyond With Pam Ayres.

Fans of the Cotswolds have been treated to a second series of the Channel 5 show The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres – only this time viewers will be taken a little further afield, hence its new title The Cotswolds and Beyond with Pam Ayres.In this six-part series poet Pam Ayres embarks on yet another fascinating journey in and around the Cotswolds. “I’m so pleased the first series was so well-received,” says Pam. “This time we’ve gone over the borders, visiting beautiful places like Wells Cathedral and the caves in Cheddar. It’s such a novelty as I lead a fairly solitary existence normally. But it’s nice to be nosey!” Viewers will be taken from Highclere House, one of Britain’s most recognisable stately homes thanks to the hit show Downton Abbey, to mystical Stonehenge, where Pam is given privileged access to the ancient stone circle. With spectacular aerial footage and close-up shots,…

Explore the Cotswolds and Beyond with Pam Ayres.

Fans of the Cotswolds have been treated to a second series of the Channel 5 show The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres – only this time viewers will be taken a little further afield, hence its new title The Cotswolds and Beyond with Pam Ayres.In this six-part series poet Pam Ayres embarks on yet another fascinating journey in and around the Cotswolds. “I’m so pleased the first series was so well-received,” says Pam. “This time we’ve gone over the borders, visiting beautiful places like Wells Cathedral and the caves in Cheddar. It’s such a novelty as I lead a fairly solitary existence normally. But it’s nice to be nosey!” Viewers will be taken from Highclere House, one of Britain’s most recognisable stately homes thanks to the hit show Downton Abbey, to mystical Stonehenge, where Pam is given privileged access to the ancient stone circle. With spectacular aerial footage and close-up shots,…

Fall In Love With Autumn.

There are many beautiful days in Autumn. As the leaves begin to turn, our forests and woodlands become vibrant canopies of colour. For the creatures that inhabit these spaces autumn represents the preservation of life and its necessities. Animals start storing food and creating cosy hibernation spaces, while farmers work on their final harvests. But it’s not just the weather and the colours that change, so to do our moods and many people love autumn for its romantic aspect. Gentle strolls through the glorious countryside, crackling log fires, fresh air and rosy cheeks. Autumn was described by Keats as the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, so it’s hardly surprising that this time of year is so popular. The Cotswolds become an artist’s palate of colour during October as vibrant orange, bright red, deep maroon, and yellow hues wash over the region. As nature offers a final burst of colour,…

Tributes Continue in The Cotswolds.

Floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth II have been left outside Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. The royal residence in the town of Tetbury has been the family home of King Charles III since the 1980s. The King first lived in the house as the Prince of Wales with Diana, Princess of Wales, and their children, Prince William and Prince Harry, and later with Camilla, the new Queen Consort. Flowers were laid at Highgrove House as the town of Tetbury mourned the Queen and sent its support to The King. Bouquets started building up outside the private entrance used by King Charles soon after Buckingham Palace announced the death of his mother. The country estate has been his rural retreat for four decades.Mourners made the journey on foot along the main road to lay flowers at the large gates in front of the house. A few miles down the road, people gathered…

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