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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,…

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 Cotswolds – where are they, and what do they 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 given that the Cotswolds cover over 800 square miles. The Cotswolds encompass 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 to many international visitors the epitome of quintessential English life. With beautiful honey-coloured stone buildings and rustic thatched cottages, time it seems 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 represents the very best of British. For visitors with just a day or two to spend exploring, why not escape from it all and discover a slower pace of life?…

The Smarter Way to Book Hotel Accommodation.

When it comes to booking hotels there are a bewildering number of channels to chose from, all claiming to be the best option for you, when in fact they are all virtually the same. What makes Cotswold Hotel Breaks any different, and why do our customers tell us we are the smarter way to book accommodation? Well, your stay with us begins long before you check-in. Not only do we negotiate the best rates on your behalf, but we also include a whole host of benefits to make every stay extra special. From welcome drinks on arrival to champagne on ice in your room. We offer complimentary room upgrades, a host of fine dining options, spa access, and much more.* We negotiate offers that are available all year round, so it doesn’t matter if you want to book during peak times, you can still enjoy those off-peak benefits regardless of…

Fall In Love With Autumn.

There are many beautiful days in autumn. As the leaves begin to turn our forests and woodlands become vibrant palates of colour. For the creatures that inhabit these spaces autumn represents the preservation of life and its necessities. Animals start preparing for winter by 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 with those looking to spend a day or two away. Not to mention the fact that prices often drop considerably following the summer months. Leisurely walks, fresh air,…

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