A Guide to Angling in the Cotswolds

January 14, 2016 | admin


Among the delightful cafe culture and picturesque rural landscape, the Cotswolds contains many lakes and river systems, some of which provide magnificent trout fly fishing and other fishing opportunities in both stillwater and running water environments. Some Cotswold rivers have been compared to the rich chalk streams of Hampshire. These lush rivers provide a perfect, […]

Top 5 Farmers Markets in the Cotswolds

September 2, 2015 | admin

As a productive agricultural area, the Cotswolds is the ideal place to sample local produce and there are many farmers’ markets dotted across the region in the various market towns and villages. From locally produced cheese to speciality sausages, there is an extraordinary range of quality food created here. Take a morning out to explore […]

Our Guide to The Cheltenham Literary Festival 2015

August 10, 2015 | admin

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (aka The Cheltlitfest) was founded in 1949 and to date is the longest running literary festival in the world. From its humble beginnings in 1949, the festival has continued to gain momentum and attract some of the greatest writing talents from around the globe. Initially launched […]

Cheese Making is Alive & Well

June 16, 2015 | admin

The Cotswolds is a haven for luxury, home-made food that is celebrated by locals alongside tourists during events and holidays. The history and character of the Cotswolds is also appreciated by the traditional, local produce in pubs and restaurants, with cheese being one of the most popular products to come from the area. The process […]

A Practical Guide to Packing a Picnic

May 21, 2015 | admin

  ‘Tis the season for picnics! Whether you are with friends of family, spending the day on a soft bed of grass in the sunshine always makes for a relaxing and fun day out. Before you embark on a picnic trip however, it’s useful to plan ahead in terms of food and items so you […]

Cleeve Hill Diary

January 19, 2015 | stef

  Here is the first of an occasional blog about Cleeve Hill. Cleeve, at 1086 feet, is the highest point of the Cotswolds and one of the highest of the south of England. It is unusual in that it is very flat at the top – like a plateau – and covers a wide area, […]

Visiting the Cotswolds in the Autumn and Winter

October 20, 2014 | admin

Every season has its high points and low points. Whilst the spring and summer may seem like the best times to visit the Cotswolds, that is to overlook the appeal of the other two seasons. The weather? A factor, of course, but given how unpredictable it has become it need not curtail enjoyment, because there […]

Excellent Cotswold Businesses – Man of Straw

March 7, 2014 | admin


As we have explained in an earlier post, the Cotswolds region, contrary to what many people expect, is not thatched-roof country – it is mostly limestone slate country. But there are thatched roofs here and there and they need repairing and replacing from time to time. This is skilled and challenging work; and so that […]

Excellent Cotswold Businesses – Ride a Cots(wold) Horse

January 7, 2014 | admin


The Cotswold region is ideal for horse riding. Criss-crossed with a network of bridle paths and quiet roads, much of it is accessible on horseback; and since in the region there is a long tradition of horse breeding and horsemanship in general, excellent riding schools and stables and possibilities for tuition of all kinds abound […]

Excellent Cotswold Businesses – ‘The Champignon Sauvage’

November 13, 2013 | admin

Excellent Cotswold Food

If there is one area of life in Britain that has changed radically in the last thirty years, it is food. When I consider that in my childhood it was thought of as acceptable for the average mid-range restaurant to serve ‘fruit cocktails’ from a tin; that a starter was almost invariably an uninspiring soup […]

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