The Bottom Line

April 10, 2013 | admin

Traffic Now – After 1400 Houses? The Cotswold region is the largest AONB – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – in the country. An official designation, it is a recognition of the region’s singular characteristics, in terms of scenery, history, geology and nature. Ultimately, it is a conservation measure. Like all such measures, it has […]

Ring Out Those Bluebells

March 13, 2013 | Christopher

It will not be long before a familiar, breathless scent will assail anyone walking in British ancient woodland – that of the common bluebell, or Hyacinthoides non-scripta, which is native to the western parts of Atlantic Europe, from north-western Spain to the Netherlands and to Britain and Ireland. Notwithstanding its fairly wide distribution, it reaches […]

Sal Fresco

January 3, 2013 | Christopher

One of the endearing things about stereotypical images and reputations is the array of wonders that lie concealed beneath them. In the Cotswolds, for example, it is perfectly possible, by reputation, to imagine a land inhabited by hobbits – a fantastical place of cute villages and self-satisfied folk. There are, admittedly, plenty of pretty corners […]

Tour Des Cotswolds

December 17, 2012 | Christopher

From the point of view of a cyclist, the Cotswolds has a lot to offer. After all, it is a pretty large area and for those who want to see as much as possible but prefer to do without a car, the bicycle is the way to go. Still, we had better get one thing […]

The South Cotswold Ring: Top Ten Moments

November 27, 2012 | Christopher

South Cotswold Ring

The couple below did a tailor-made walk that was a combination of the Cotswold Ring and the South Cotswold Ring. We wanted to share their top ten moments with you. ‘It was everything we’d dreamed of and hoped for. In honor of your hospitality and in the spirit of David Letterman’s “Top 10” list, we […]

Swinbrook Families

November 16, 2012 | Christopher

Swinbrook Families

Swinbrook is a small village in Oxfordshire, close to Burford. One might be tempted to call it the quintessential Cotswold village, if it were not for the fact that almost every village in the region can be described thus: there is a small green crossed by a crystalline brook; a pub stands by the bridge […]

At The End Of The Day

October 22, 2012 | Christopher

Cotswold Journeys

When it comes to finding somewhere to sleep at the end of a day’s wandering, we usually think either Bed & Breakfast or Hotel. In the Cotswolds there is an abundance of both and, generally speaking, the standard of both is high. I would say, however, that the pricing and value for money is variable […]

We Are a Camera

October 1, 2012 | Christopher

The Cotswolds is known for its picturesqueness – a word that is a bit twee for its own good, narrowing and diminishing the beauty of the region into something static and lifeless, a great disservice to somewhere that is filled with colour, light and movement. It is astonishing how we can be conditioned into shutting […]

The Maker of Gloucester

September 20, 2012 | Christopher

Somehow, when it comes to English cheeses, we all know of ‘Double Gloucester’ – it goes with the territory, along with Cheddar, Stilton and, of course, with recent assistance from Wallace and Gromit, Wensleydale. But doesn’t the name somehow imply a junior partner – if double, then surely there is also a ‘single’? Indeed there […]

The Only Way is Cotswold

September 10, 2012 | Christopher

Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way is a national trail, which is one of several long distance routes for walking, cycling and horse riding through the finest landscapes in the country. They have all been created by linking existing local footpaths, bridleways and minor roads and by developing new ones where there were missing links. Their genesis goes […]

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