1 Undoubtedly one of the most beautifully picturesque areas in England, the Cotswolds is an area covering a twenty-five by ninety mile stretch of hills across six English counties. The breath-taking views over the rolling hills and through the exquisite honey coloured architecture leave visitors astounded at this flawless stretch of countryside.
2 The region’s well-maintained villages and award-winning high streets owe their wealth and superlative character to the medieval wool trade. When ‘Cotswolds Lion’ sheep were reared throughout the Cotswolds hills and prized across Europe, wealthy textile merchants spent their money on striking wool churches and extravagant manor houses. These sights have grown to become a signature feature of the unrivalled landscape of this area.
3 Royal enthusiasts will be drawn to the area following Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s purchase of their Cotswolds home in Chipping Norton. The region is no stranger to celebrity presence which includes Kate Winslet, Jeremy Clarkson, Kate Moss and writer Jilly Cooper among the extensive list of celebrities who call the Cotswolds ‘home’ (or second home!).
4 On the south west border, you’ll find the city of Bath, one of the most popular cities in England to visit. Made famous by Jane Austen, the city’s impressive Georgian architecture, well preserved Roman Baths and world-famous Christmas market attracts tourists in their thousand -and with good reason, we love the place.
5 On the northern border is Stratford-upon-Avon, famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. This medieval market town is bursting with character, the streets lined with timber-framed houses and filled with historical tales of ‘The Bard of Avon’ and his family. Sitting on the banks of the river Avon, the town is also home to the Royal Shakespeare Company – one of the country’s most well-known theatres.
For those with a keen interest in food and drink, there are several gastronomy themed visits to explore in the Cotswolds. Budding chefs can attend a cookery school or wild foraging excursions. While those more tempted by their favourite tipple can visit a local gin distillery or craft ale brewery. There is no shortage of activities for all age groups to enjoy whilst visiting this gorgeous pocket of England. For ideas on further excursions to include in one of our tailor-made itineraries, check out: https://www.visitengland.com/things-to-do/cotswolds. Alternatively, come and stay with us on an Elite Gourmet Escape and let us show you all of our favourite bits.