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imaGiNe YOuR peRfecT deSTiNaTiON The Cotswolds is the perfect year-round destination with its blend of stunning scenery and picturesque, honey-coloured villages alongside cosmopolitan towns and world-class food, accommodation and attractions.

c lOS e R T h aN YOu Thi N K Just 90 minutes from London by rail Easy access via the M4, M40 and M5 motorways 2 hour drive time from London Heathrow and Cardiff airports

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Seasonal Delights

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Pamper Yourself

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The Real Cotswolds

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Taste of the Cotswolds

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Festivals and Events

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World-class Gardens

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Map

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Attractions

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It’s a Dog’s Life

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Uncover the Past

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Accommodation

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Family-friendly Cotswolds 18

Love is in the Air

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Shop the Cotswolds

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A Breath of Fresh Air

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the real cotswolds Away from the more visited Cotswold towns and villages are a whole host of equally beautiful gems, rich in history and heritage and surrounded by stunning countryside.

CIRENCESTER Known as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’, Cirencester is a beautiful market town dating back to Roman times. As well as wonderful Georgian and Victorian architecture, modern Cirencester is a great place to base yourself to explore the wider area, or to enjoy the gorgeous independent local shops, markets, eateries, cafés, theatre and galleries. With public parks on your doorstep, a beautiful town church and gorgeous places to rest your head like the King’s Head and Fleece hotels, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with Cirencester. 4 visit cotswolds.com


MALMESBURY England’s oldest borough is quite simply a delight. The high street is full to bursting with independent shops and eateries, all nestling in the shadow of the stunning 12th century Abbey. Meander along the beautiful River Avon and Conygre Mead Nature Reserve, explore the Athelstan Museum and admire the 15th century market cross before enjoying a night in the oldest hotel in England – The Old Bell.

NORTHLEACH Nestled in the countryside, Northleach is an ancient market town rich in history and architectural interest. It owes much of its prosperity to the wool trade, evident in the half-timbered buildings dating back to the 15th century, as well as the impressive church of St Peter and St Paul – known as the ‘Cathedral of the Cotswolds’. The market place has changed little since the 16th century and provides a centrepiece for lovely independent shops, selling everything from fresh bread and cakes to specialist wines, meat and cheeses. Don’t miss The Old Prison, an 18th century correction house which includes the Cotswold Discovery Centre and a café. visit cotswolds.com 5


PAINSWICK Surrounded by beautiful countryside and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Painswick lies at the mid-point of the Cotswold Way National Trail. Just a short walk from the village, Painswick Beacon provides excellent views across the Severn Vale towards the Malvern Hills and even Wales.

Many of the buildings in the village are made from locally quarried stone and the lovely church of St. Mary’s is surrounded by 99 legendary yew trees. In the village there is a variety of small shops, cafés, restaurants and places to stay, and the Rococo Garden, now the country’s only complete surviving rococo garden, is nearby.

TETBURY Tetbury is an architectural gem, with many of the buildings unchanged since they were built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The town is well-known for its independent shops, including antiques, vintage and interiors, exclusive boutiques, and the Highgrove shop. The Tetbury Goods Shed, a thriving, creative Arts Centre set in a renovated Victorian railway building lies just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre. Further afield the lush, rolling countryside that surrounds Tetbury is home to a stunning array of attractions from the National Arboretum at Westonbirt to the glorious Elizabethan Chavenage House, the Arts & Crafts Manor at Rodmarton, and HRH Prince of Wales’ unique garden at Highgrove.

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WINCHCOMBE Famous as a centre for walkers thanks to its Walkers are Welcome status, timeless Winchcombe is home to Cotswold stone cottages standing side by side with distinctive black and white half-timbered buildings. With wonderful food shops, traditional retailers, boutique clothing and interiors, you can lose yourself in narrow alleyways, staying or dining in the historic pubs, indulging in afternoon tea in a local café or while away the time browsing the local galleries and antique shops. And don’t miss historic Sudeley Castle – just a gentle stroll from the town centre.

WITNEY The largest market town in the Cotswolds, Witney’s architecture reflects its past prosperity from the wool trade including the 17th century Buttercross, the church of St Mary the Virgin and the fine tree-bordered green. The town has a bustling atmosphere with a unique blend of shops, including the recently restored Blanket Hall and Pie Shop, a twice weekly market and plenty of annual festivals. There are lots of green spaces to enjoy and just a short walk from the town centre lies Cogges, an historic farmstead with a fascinating story. Witney is also perfectly placed for a visit to Oxford city by public transport.

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THE BEAR HOTEL boasts delicious food at its best. Savour

classic British dishes and delicious afternoon tea with a modern twist and fine wines at the award-winning restaurant headed by Chef James Mearing right in the heart of Oxfordshire. Only the finest British cuisine made with local, organic vegetables and dairy products, where possible, is served in the restaurant which is traditionally furnished. Relax in front of 18th century fireplace in the bar and choose from an extensive whiskey selection, whilst you enjoy views across the market square.

The Bear Hotel, Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ • 01993 811124 general.bear@macdonald-hotels.co.uk • macdonald-hotels.co.uk/bear

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If planning a visit to the world famous Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, our versatile 4# accommodation will suit all of your needs, being conveniently situated just 800 yards away. A selection of well-kept real ales and ciders, and homecooked food are available all day. Positioned alongside the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal, suitable for a leisurely evening stroll, bike rides, bird watching or just simply watching the boats meander lazily along. The accommodation is located in two separate buildings and all rooms benefit from an en-suite bath or shower room, TV, WiFi and tea & coffee making facilities.


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The Cotswolds are home to world-class gardens as well as smaller, quirky places to explore and discover.

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Marvel at the historic splendour of beautiful Blenheim Palace, the royal eccentricities of Highgrove, the unspoilt and uncommercial Rousham, or our gorgeous National Trust gardens and two stunning arboreta, or lose yourself in one of our smaller, but equally inspirational gardens like Kiftsgate Court, Painswick Rococo Garden, Bourton House Garden or the Garden at Miserden. Whatever your plant passions, there’s a Cotswold garden with something to see all year round – from the snowdrops optimistically heralding spring in January and February, through the blousey gorgeousness of high summer beds and borders to the sumptuous colours of autumn and crisp, sparkling frosts of winter. If you love gardens and gardening, you’ll love the Cotswolds. Discover more at cotswolds.com/gardens


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Bourton House Garden

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Award-winning three acre garden, surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House, including imaginative topiary, wide herbaceous borders with rare, unusual and exotic plants, creatively planted pots, unique Shade House and lovely views over Cotswold countryside. Open April to October, Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. For more information visit

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Perched on the edge of the Cotswolds with wonderful views to the west, the gardens at Kiftsgate reflect gardening through the 20th century.

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The original gardens around the house are planted in colour themes separated by yew hedges. The sheltered lower gardens and pool were added later to create a Mediterranean atmosphere. Open from April–September 12noon or 2-6pm (see website) Mickleton, Chipping Campden, Glos GL55 6LN Tel 01386 438777 Email info@kiftsgate.co.uk www.kiftsgate.co.uk

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It’s a dog’s life If you just can’t bear to be parted from your pet pooch, you’ll be relieved to hear the Cotswolds offers a whole host of places to stay and things to do for both two and four-legged visitors!

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The numerous walking routes are sure to get your dog excited; whether your dog loves sniffing around ancient woodland, swimming in lakes, marching up and down more rugged terrain, or enjoys a gentler stroll through historic towns and villages – he or she will definitely enjoy the Cotswolds. And what’s more, four-legged friends are also welcomed at a number of Cotswolds’ attractions. There is a wide range of accommodation options including some rather special doggy packages so your pet feels just as pampered as you. In fact you’ll find a wonderful selection of properties – from hotels to camping sites, bed and breakfasts to cottages ready to give you and your pooch a warm welcome. And if you’re hungry or thirsty, many of our country pubs and cafés allow dogs so you can both relax and unwind after a long walk. Discover more at cotswolds.com/dogfriendly

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COTSWOLD WATER PARK RETREATS

www.cotswoldwaterparkretreats.co.uk | 07500 167411

We offer a range of luxury 3 and 4 bedroom holiday homes, situated on the Cotswold Water Park in the Cotswolds. The lodges overlook gorgeous lakes and each has a fully enclosed decking area, each with a hot tub and plenty of comfortable outdoor seating for both dining and relaxing.

Find your perfect Hideaway Cotswolds Hideaways is a holiday cottage agency showcasing a charming collection of self-catering properties across the whole region; from cosy cottages, romantic boltholes and family escapes to luxury retreats and dogfriendly hideaways.

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Family-friendly Cotswolds Whatever your age, the Cotswolds is a great place to visit, with a whole host of attractions and activities to keep the family entertained all year round. Little ones will love the farm and wildlife parks, steam railway and model village, whilst the range of activity centres, water sports and shopping destinations will make sure teenagers don’t get bored. Why not get their adrenaline pumping and take to the water at the Cotswold Water Park where you can try your hand at everything from sailing to wakeboarding or for a more relaxed day out enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Thames or the Cotswold canals.

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Remember, you don’t have to splash the cash to enjoy the Cotswolds! Visit one of our free museums and explore everything from dinosaurs to historic aircraft, or spend the day walking or cycling in the breathtaking Cotswold hills. We guarantee you’ll be spoilt for choice for picnic spots and great places to fly a kite. It doesn’t even matter if it’s a rainy day; just bring your waterproofs and wellies and splash through those muddy puddles! Discover more at cotswolds.com/family


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A great day out for all the family! Tropical Butterfly House • Free Castle Guided Tours • Quizzes & Trails Dressing up Area • Woodland Play • 8 Acres of Gardens & Grounds Activities during School & Bank Holidays Yurt Tearoom & Gift Shop • Wire Sculpture Trail WWW.BERKELEYCASTLE.COM 01453 810303 • INFOBERKELEYCASTLE.COM


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Over 50 classic & vintage vehicles through seven unique galleries

Take a fascinating journey through the history of 20th century motoring. Cars, motorcycles, pedal cars and caravans Over 800 enamel advertising signs Hundreds of items of motoring memorabilia Opening times: 10am – 6pm, seven days a week From mid-February to mid-December 2020.

Call 01451 821255 or visit cotswoldmotoringmuseum.co.uk

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There’s so many ways to explore the stunning Cotswold countryside; walking, cycling, boating, horse riding, the choice is yours. WALKING With over 5000km of footpaths and rights of way, the Cotswolds is great walking country, whether you’ve got two legs or four! Serious hikers will enjoy the challenge of the Cotswold Way or Thames Path National Trails, whilst most towns and villages have shorter, less strenuous circular routes taking in the pretty stone houses and rolling hills the Cotswolds are famous for. Some of the small Cotswold market towns, such as Dursley and Winchcombe, hold annual walking festivals, while our friendly Cotswold Voluntary Wardens organise hundreds of free, guided walks. Find out more at cotswolds.com/walking CYCLING The Cotswolds is perfect for cyclists; routes range from flat towpaths to gentle slopes and sharper escarpments, giving every level of cyclist a chance to explore the extensive network of routes, whether off-road or along quiet country lanes and bridleways. Many hire companies also offer electric bikes – taking all the strain out of a country cycle ride! Arriving by train? The Cotswold Line National Cycle Route offers a selection of rides starting and finishing at railway stations. If you enjoy competing in or watching cycle races, off-road cycling events include Heaven of the South, Hell of the North and sportives. Find out more at cotswolds.com/cycling visit cotswolds.com 23


Wotton-under-Edge Heritage Centre Wotton-under-Edge is along the Cotswold Way: independent shops and excellent walking. The Heritage Centre is the visitor focal point; the Museum has three exhibitions annually and a small shop selling local maps, walking guides and gifts. The Chipping, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 7AD 01453 521541 | wuehistsoc@gmail.com

wottonheritage.com Open all year. 10.30am-3.30pm daily; closed Wednesday. Closed Sundays in winter

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Welcome to Gloucester Cathedral From Benedictine monks and Royalty to film crews and medieval pilgrims, Gloucester Cathedral has welcomed many different visitors over its 900 years. Enjoy the beautifully landscaped outdoor space, breathtakingly restored Lady Chapel and visit the family friendly, interactive Tribune Gallery, which tells the story of the building of the Cathedral. Admission is by volunatary donation. Open every day from 8.00am until Evensong, please check our website for any restrictions on visiting times.

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With 1,000 years of history, awardwinning gardens and the best playground in Gloucestershire, there is something for the whole family to enjoy at Sudeley Castle & Gardens.

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Rousham Rousham is one of Britain’s most unspoilt and undiscovered landscape gardens and was named by garden writer and broadcaster Monty Don as one of his favourite gardens in the country. Designed by William Kent in the 18th century, Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape design and remains largely unaltered since its conception. The gardens are dotted with classical features and delightfully situated statues and temples. Highlights include the ponds and cascades in Venus’ Vale, the Cold Bath, the seven arched Praeneste, and on the skyline, a sham ruin known as the ‘Eyecatcher’.

Don’t miss the pretty walled garden with its herbaceous borders, small parterre, pigeon house and espalier apple trees. Rousham is uncommercial and unspoilt with no tearoom and no shop. Bring a picnic, wear comfortable shoes and it is yours for the day. Please note: children under 15 and dogs are not permitted. Rousham OX25 4QU 01869 347110 www.rousham.org Opening times Garden: Open daily, all year, 10am-4.30pm (last entry) House: Groups by arrangement any day from May to September (inclusive)


The Lodges at Feldon Valley is a new hotel consisting of 25 ensuite bedrooms spread across 5 buildings, set in woodland running parallel to our golf course.

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our onsite restaurant provides both fine dining and fresh seasonal dishes from our house Menu and is open for food and drinks seven days a week. Feldon Valley is open to everyone and the perfect Cotswolds base from which to explore this wonderful part of the country.

Sutton Lane Lower Brailes OX15 5BB 01608 685633 reception@feldonlodges.co.uk feldonvalley.co.uk

COTSWOLD CHARM HOLIDAY COTTAGES AA #### Self Catering Cotswold Charm Holiday Cottages offers a unique selection of 4-star self catering cottages/apartments sleeping 2 and up to 8. All are located within a few yards of Top Farm’s 18th century farmhouse and a 5-minute walk from Chipping Campden’s beautiful High Street with its many restaurants, inns and shops. Each of our cottages has its own unique character and off-street parking. Larger parties/families can be catered for by booking adjacent cottages. Secure cycle storage is available for up to 15 bicycles. The George Barn is wheelchair accessible with ground floor double bedroom with en-suite wet room. George Barn has an electric rise and fall kitchen for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility.

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The Old Granary, Blind Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6ED Tel: 01386 840164 Email: info@cotswoldcharm.com

Cogges Manor Farm A unique historic farm, and the location of Downton Abbey’s Yew Tree Farm. With a history dating back to the 13th century, you can explore the beautiful manor house, stunning walled garden and meet friendly animal residents. Also available for unique Cotswold weddings.

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Seasonal delights The Cotswolds is a 365-day destination, so why not visit in the quieter months? Spring bursts into life with woodlands turning blue with swathes of bluebells and the scent of wild garlic filling the air. Explore exhibitions and artists’ studios during the diverse arts and crafts festivals, and visit historic houses with beautiful flower-filled gardens. As autumn nights draw in and the days get shorter, savour the ancient woodlands and arboreta which offer nature’s own spectacular firework displays. Enjoy literature and walking festivals, before snuggling up in your cosy accommodation in a picturesque Cotswold

town or village. There’s nowhere more magical than the Cotswolds at Christmas, with a whole host of festive markets and late night openings, as well as spectacular light displays at Blenheim Palace, Sudeley Castle and Westonbirt Arboretum. Wake up to sparkling, frosty winter mornings and wander through wooded valleys carpeted with snowdrops. Then relax in a traditional pub with a roaring log fire or warm yourself up in a pretty tearoom. Discover more at cotswolds.com/seasons visit cotswolds.com 29


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Explore 56 acres of wild gardens, paths and streams; browse the gift shop and plant centre and treat yourself to a home-baked lunch or afternoon tea in the café. Batsford is a perfect day out for all the family – including the dog!

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Fresh, fabulous and found locally; the Cotswolds offers an amazing selection of quality food and drink.

FROM FIELD... Meet farmers and producers first-hand; farmers’ markets take place in most towns, so why not pick up some local produce and make up a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful Cotswold countryside? Foodies will love exploring local farm shops, distilleries and specialist food stores for local favourites such as Tewkesbury mustard, Stinking Bishop cheese, Hobbs House bread and Cotswolds Dry Gin. Tickle your taste buds at the food and drink festivals that take place throughout the year in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Witney, as well as in the grounds of stunning Blenheim Palace.

TO FORK... The Cotswolds has earned itself a well-deserved reputation with foodies for the quality and variety of its pubs, cafés and restaurants – and it has a happy sprinkling of Michelin stars too! Cheltenham is well-known for its café culture and after dark you will be spoilt for choice with the wide array of restaurants and bars. Market towns such as Moreton-in-Marsh, Stroud, Tewkesbury and Witney are bursting with independent coffee shops and restaurants. While in most villages, you will find a traditional country pub or quintessentially English tearoom – perfect for a Cotswolds afternoon tea. Find out more at cotswolds.com/taste visit cotswolds.com 33


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The name Cotswolds is reported to come from cot, meaning sheep enclosure, and wold, meaning hill. This area has been famous for its wool production since the middle ages, but you’ll find long barrows and hilltop forts dating back to ancient times.

ANCIENT HISTORY Painswick Beacon, a former Celtic hilltop fort, the Rollright Stones, an ancient stone circle, and Belas Knap, a Stone Age long barrow, all have a fascinating history. They also make beautiful locations for walks and picnics.

Find out more at cotswolds.com/ uncoverthepast

REGENCY SPLENDOUR Stroll around Cheltenham, soaking up the most complete Regency town in the UK. Visit The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum if you want to find out more about this 18th century spa town’s history, or take a guided tour.

WHAT HAVE THE ROMANS EVER DONE FOR US? Discover the answer at Chedworth Roman Villa, one of the finest in Britain. For a great introduction to local history, and significant Roman finds, pop into the Corinium Museum in Cirencester. Visit Bath for a taste of Roman times – the Roman Baths are the perfect way to discover how sophisticated their lives really were.

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ARTS & CRAFTS The Cotswolds landscape has long inspired artists and craftspeople, with William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement settling in the Cotswolds. Discover more in Chipping Campden and Broadway, as well as visiting the thriving arts industry that exists today.

DON’T BE SHEEPISH The building of Cotswold churches and manor houses was often financed from the great wealth generated by the wool trade. Discover where wool was processed in the Stroud Valleys by visiting Gigg Mill or Dunkirk Mill near Nailsworth. Cotswold Woollen Weavers, in Filkins, houses a small textile museum, design studio and shop dedicated to traditionally woven cloth. A ROYAL REALM Kings and queens throughout the centuries have made their mark on the Cotswolds: discover the tomb of Henry VIII’s queen, Katherine Parr, at Sudeley Castle; visit Berkeley Castle where King Edward II met his grizzly end; and stay at Thornbury Castle in the room used by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn on their honeymoon.

MEDIEVAL TEWKESBURY Ruled by just three medieval families for hundreds of years, Tewkesbury was the site of the penultimate and decisive battle of the War of the Roses. Step back in time as you follow the Battle Trail through areas such as Bloody Meadow or visit in July to watch the battle re-enacted in a world-renowned festival.

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Love is in the air Pack your bags and head to the Cotswolds for a romantic stay you’ll both love! The Cotswolds is one of the most romantic places in England and it is not surprising to see why; think honeyed-stone villages, stunning vistas, mouth-wateringly delicious food, cosy pubs, sumptuous accommodation and a sprinkling of je ne sais quoi. Do as much or as little as you like; learn a new skill together by booking onto a gin masterclass, cookery or pottery course; experience a stunning Cotswold sunset gazing out over beautiful, rolling landscapes; explore an historic house or a romantic Cotswold castle; meander hand in hand along the river banks or through stunning arboreta; or simply relax in a luxurious spa. Don’t forget, no romantic break is complete without fabulous food and drink, whether you opt for a delicious Cotswold cream tea, an al fresco picnic, a decadent dinner‌ or all of them! Discover more at cotswolds.com/romance

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Shop the Cotswolds Meander through the streets of charming towns and villages to find an eclectic mix of clothing, homeware, antiques and book shops, as well as an array of food and farmers’ markets. ANTIQUES The Cotswolds has one of the highest concentrations of antique shops outside London; discover treasures hidden throughout, from Broadway to Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold to Tetbury. INDEPENDENT SHOPPING Wander the streets and alleyways in any Cotswold town, especially Cirencester, Winchcombe or Wotton-under-Edge, to find an assortment of independent shops, boutiques and artisan craft makers. VINTAGE Love the vintage look and feel? For everything from interiors to clothes head to Chipping Norton, Nailsworth or Tewkesbury. HIGH STREET AND DESIGNER Cosmopolitan Cheltenham has a thriving shopping area, including the famous Promenade, whilst Witney, with a mix of high street names and unique shops, also has plenty to delight. FARMERS’ AND COUNTRY MARKETS Stroud steals the show on Saturdays with its famous farmers’ market, although with countless markets across the Cotswolds, you won’t have to wait for the weekend. Discover more at cotswolds.com/shopping

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Pamper yourself Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and recharge your batteries in the Cotswolds. Treat yourself to a relaxing spa break in the Cotswolds and you’re guaranteed to leave feeling refreshed and revitalised. For true indulgence, spoil yourself with a short break at one of the many luxurious spa hotels which truly are

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havens of relaxation, offering delightful pampering treatments. If you’re exploring the Cotswolds there’s always time to squeeze in a visit to a day spa in between your sightseeing. Prefer a self catering break with a touch of luxury? Enjoy peace and tranquillity, rejuvenate your wellbeing and watch the stars twinkle overhead from your very own bubbling hot tub. Discover more at cotswolds.com/pamper


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No matter when you visit you’ll find a great range of events in the Cotswolds; from internationally famous events and family fun days to musical extravaganzas and local events, allowing visitors to truly immerse themselves with the locals. FESTIVALS GALORE The Cotswolds are famous for a whole host of festivals and events, from the Jazz, Science, Music and Literature festivals in Cheltenham to the annual Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. There’s no shortage of familyfriendly festivals either – with wonderful music at Wychwood, Cornbury and The Big Feastival, as well as Wilderness and yoga festival Soul Circus. QUIRKY EVENTS Some of the Cotswold traditions passed down the centuries can be seen today at annual events; from the Olimpicks, with its shinkicking contest, to competitors running up a steep hill carrying a 60lb sack on their backs at Tetbury Woolsack Races. Throughout the year you can see Giffords Circus, morris dancing, wassailing and mop fairs in many of the towns, so come join the fun! To find out what’s happening during your visit go to cotswolds.com/whats-on

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For your chance to win go to cotswolds.com/survey and complete a short online questionnaire. ONE LUCKY WINNER, CHOSEN AT RANDOM, WILL WIN: # A two night bed & breakfast stay for two* at the luxurious Lygon Arms Hotel in the centre of Broadway # Tickets for two adults to visit Batsford Arboretum # A free pass for two** as guests of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway TERMS AND CONDITIONS Entries close on 31 December 2020. The draw will take place on 10 January 2021. * The prize must be taken in 2021 and will be for 2 nights, bed and breakfast. Reservations are subject to availability. The stay cannot be redeemed on Bank Holidays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, or New Year’s Day. ** The pass cannot be redeemed on special event days or Bank Holidays.

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At the heart of Bath stands the remains of one of the finest spas of the ancient world. See the ruins of the temple of Sulis Minerva, visit the bath house where Romans bathed and walk on 2,000-year-old Roman pavements. Book online and save 10% at romanbaths.co.uk

One of the world’s leading collections of historic and fashionable dress. Book online and save 10% at fashionmuseum.co.uk

See spectacular exhibitions and browse the outstanding collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. Near Pulteney Bridge, Bath Book online and save 10% at victoriagal.org.uk


cotswold visitor information centres Our friendly staff are here to help you get the most from your visit to the Cotswolds. With a wealth of local knowledge, these are some of the services they provide: • Accommodation booking – in advance of your visit or when you arrive

Bourton-on-the-Water Tel: +44 (0)1451 820211 info@visitbourton.com

Cirencester Tel: +44 (0)1285 654180 cirencestervic@slm-ltd.co.uk

Stow-on-the-Wold Tel: +44 (0) 1451 870998 stowvic@gloucestershire.gov.uk

• Local attraction and event information – where to go and what to see, including opening times and prices

Broadway Tel: +44 (0)1386 852937 info@visitbroadway.co.uk

Gloucester Tel: +44 (0)1452 396572 tourism@gloucester.gov.uk

Tetbury Tel: +44 (0)1666 503552 tourism@tetbury.gov.uk

• Ticket sales – for local events, theatres, coach and bus tours

Burford Tel: +44 (0)1993 823558 burford.vic@westoxon.gov.uk

Lechlade* Tel: +44 (0)1367 252631 info@lechladelibrary.co.uk

Tewkesbury Tel: +44 (0)1684 855040 tewkesburytic@tewkesbury. gov.uk

Cheltenham Tel: +44 (0)1242 387492 info@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk

Malmesbury* Tel: +44 (0)1666 822143 tic@malmesbury.gov.uk

Chipping Campden Tel: +44 (0)1386 841206 info@campdenonline.org

Moreton-in-Marsh Tel: +44 (0)1608 650881 moreton@cotswold.gov.uk

Chipping Norton* Tel: +44 (0)1608 643384

Nailsworth* Tel: +44 (0)1453 839222 TIC@nailsworthtowncouncil. gov.uk

• Maps and guide books • Walking and cycling information • Local transport information • Souvenirs and gifts Official Partner Logo Green Tourism Business Award *Visitor information point, limited services Please use the international dialling code when calling from outside the UK.

Chipping Sodbury* Tel: +44 (0)1454 326336 chippingsodburytic@gmail.com

Painswick* Tel: +44 (0) 1452 812278 painswicktourist@gmail.com

Winchcombe Tel: +44 (0)1242 602925 winchcombetic@tewkesbury. gov.uk Witney Tel: +44 (0)1993 775802 witney.vic@westoxon.gov.uk Wotton-under-Edge* Tel: +44 (0)1453 521541 wuehistsoc@gmail.com For more information cotswolds.com/vics

getting to the cotswolds By Rail Easily accessible by rail with mainline stations at Cheltenham, Charlbury, Gloucester, Hanborough, Kemble (for Cirencester), Kingham (for Stow-on-the-Wold), Moreton-in-Marsh, Ashchurch (for Tewkesbury), Cam & Dursley and Stroud. National Rail enquiry line 03457 48 49 50. By Road/Coach The motorway network provides easy access via the M4 or M40 from London and the South East, the M4 from Wales and the M5 from the North, Midlands and the South West. National Express coaches operate daily services from many parts of the UK to Cirencester, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Oxford, Stroud and Tewkesbury. From these destinations, local coach companies operate services to reach other towns and villages, such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Woodstock, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton, Witney, Chipping Campden, Painswick, Tetbury, Winchcombe and Tewkesbury. For full details visit nationalexpress.com and traveline.info

The Regional Map The map on pages 34-35 is for illustrative purposes only and is not to scale. The grid references on all accommodation and attraction entries relate to the map. 2019/2020 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, electrostatic, magnetic tape, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without permission in writing from the publishers. Email: cotswoldstourism@cotswold.gov.uk © Cotswolds Tourism Partnership Destination Management Organisation (DMO). Compiled and produced by Cotswolds Tourism Partnership. Designed by Art Works, artworks-design.co.uk and printed by PCP Ltd, pcpltd.net Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy in this guide but the DMO or Art Works do not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions nor does inclusion of any establishment necessarily imply approval or recommendation. Principle photography: The Picture Taker, copyright www.thepicturetaker.co.uk, Nick Turner Photography, copyright www.nickturnerphoto.com and key partners of Cotswolds Tourism Partnership. Other images kindly supplied by: Andrew Roland; Ben Arthur; Cowley Manor; DC; Duncan Powell; Forestry Commission; Highgrove; Katya Jackson; King’s Head Hotel, Cirencester; Marleen Kuypers; Stephanie Walton and Still Moving Media.

By Air London Heathrow and Cardiff – 2 hour drivetime Birmingham and Bristol – 1 hour drivetime The Cotswolds Discoverer If you plan to use public transport then why not consider the Cotswolds Discoverer, the cost-effective way to explore the Cotswolds by bus and train. cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/discoverer

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This guide has been produced by Cotswold District Council, Stroud District Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and Cotswold Conservation Board on behalf of Cotswolds Tourism Partnership.


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berkeley castle

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museums, historic houses & heritage

, Canonbury Street, Berkeley GL13 9PJ s 01453 810303 m info@berkeley-castle.com I berkeley-castle.com Explore the castle and travel through time and history, stroll through eight acres of gardens and grounds, enjoy woodland play, and walk amongst butterflies.

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blenheim palace

broadway tower

, Woodstock OX20 1PP s 01993 810530 m customerservice@blenheimpalace.com I blenheimpalace.com A UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history, 2000 acres of Parkland and Formal Gardens, events, tours and exhibitions throughout the year.

, Middle Hill, Broadway WR12 7LB s 01386 852390 m towerbarn@broadwaytower.co.uk I broadwaytower.co.uk Explore the 50-acre estate of parkland and experience great English heritage in an inspiring location; explore Tower Museum, the Deer Park and walk the grounds.

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chedworth roman villa

cogges manor farm

, Yanworth GL54 3LJ s 01242 890256 m chedworth @nationaltrust.org.uk I nationaltrust.org.uk/ chedworth-roman-villa

, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA s 01993 772602 m ops@cogges.org.uk I cogges.org.uk

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british motor museum

chastleton house

, Banbury Road, Gaydon CV35 0BJ s 01926 641188 m enquiries@british motormuseum.co.uk I britishmotormuseum. co.uk

, Chastleton, Nr. Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU s 01608 675981 m chastleton @nationaltrust.org.uk I nationaltrust.org.uk/ chastleton-house

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corinium museum

cotswold motoring museum

, Park Street, Cirencester GL7 2BX s 01285 655611 m coriniummuseum@slm-ltd.co.uk I coriniummuseum.org Bring history to life, our award-winning museum reveals the archaeology of the Cotswolds from Prehistory to the 19th century – an inspiring and interactive experience.

, The Old Mill, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BY s 01451 821255 I cotswoldmotoringmuseum.co.uk Take a fascinating journey through the history of 20th century motoring with over 50 classic and vintage vehicles through seven unique galleries.

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dyrham park

fashion museum bath

gloucester cathedral

, Dyrham, Nr Bath SN14 8HY s 01179 372501 m dyrhampark @nationaltrust.org.uk I nationaltrust.org.uk/ dyrhampark

, Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QH s 01225 477789 m fashion_bookings @bathnes.gov.uk I fashionmuseum.co.uk

, 12 College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX s 01452 528095 m reception@gloucestercathedral.org.uk I gloucestercathedral.org.uk Welcome to Gloucester Cathedral, one of the finest medieval buildings in the country and where 1000 years of history and architecture are just waiting to be explored.

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gloucestershire warwickshire railway

the museum in the park

, The Railway Station, Toddington GL54 5DT s 01242 621405 m info@gwsr.com I gwsr.com ‘The Friendly Line in the Cotswolds’ offers a unique opportunity to sample train travel from 50 years ago on a 28 mile round trip from Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse.

, Stratford Park, Stroud GL5 4AF s 01453 763394 m museum@stroud.gov.uk I museuminthepark.org.uk A local history museum telling the story of the Stroud Valleys and wider area. Over 4,000 objects on display. Walled garden, art gallery, shop.

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lodge park & sherborne park estate

nature in art

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, Wallsworth Hall, Main A38, Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PA s 01452 731422 m enquiries@natureinart .org.uk I natureinart.org.uk

, Aldsworth, Cheltenham GL54 3PP s 01451 844130 m lodgepark @nationaltrust.org.uk I nationaltrust.org.uk/ lodgepark

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newark park

the oxfordshire museum

, Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 7PZ s 01453 842644 m newarkpark @nationaltrust.org.uk I nationaltrust.org.uk/ newark-park

, Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SN s 01993 814106 m oxonmuseum @oxfordshire.gov.uk I oxfordshire.gov.uk/ oxfordshiremuseum

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the roman baths

snowshill manor and garden

sudeley castle & gardens

tewkesbury abbey

, Snowshill, Broadway WR12 7JU s 01386 852410 m snowshillmanor @nationaltrust.org.uk I nationaltrust.org.uk/ snowshill-manor-andgarden

, Winchcombe GL54 5JD s 01242 604244 m enquiries@ sudeley.org.uk I sudeleycastle.co.uk

, Abbey Church Yard, Bath BA1 1LZ s 01225 477785 m romanbaths_bookings @bathnes.gov.uk I romanbaths.co.uk

, Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ s 01684 850959 m info@tewkesbury abbey.org.uk I tewkesburyabbey .org.uk

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victoria art gallery

woodchester mansion

, Bridge Street, Bath BA2 4AT s 01225 477233 m victoria_enquiries @bathnes.gov.uk I victoriagal.org.uk

, Nympsfield, Stonehouse GL10 3TS s 01453 861541 m info@woodchestermansion.org.uk I woodchestermansion.org.uk A Victorian Gothic mansion, started in the 1850s but never completed, a rare insight into Victorian building techniques – and home to Horseshoe Bats you can watch on CCTV.

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wotton-underedge heritage centre , The Chipping, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 7AD s 01453 521541 m wuehistsoc@gmail.com I wottonheritage.com

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batsford arboretum & garden centre

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, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AD s 01386 701441 m arboretum@batsfordfoundation.co.uk I batsarb.co.uk One of the country’s largest private tree collections with 56 acres of wild gardens, paths, streams and stunning views. A great day out for all the family – dogs too!

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buscot park

croome

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, Buscot SN7 8BU s 01367 240786 m estbuscot@aol.com I buscotpark.co.uk

, Nr High Green, Worcester WR8 9DW s 01905 371006 m croome @nationaltrust.org.uk I nationaltrust.org.uk/ croome

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gardens

, Miserden, Nr Stroud GL6 7JA s 01285 821303 m gardens@miserden.org I miserden.org

, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Nr Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AE s 01386 700754 m info@bourton house.com I bourtonhouse.com

hidcote , Hidcote Bartrim, near Chipping Campden GL55 6LR s 01386 438333 m hidcote @nationaltrust.org.uk I nationaltrust.org.uk/ hidcote

kiftsgate court gardens , Kiftsgate Court, Mickleton GL55 6LN s 01386 438777 m info@kiftsgate.co.uk I kiftsgate.co.uk

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find more inspiration for your cotswolds break at cotswolds.com/ inspire-me

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painswick rococo garden , Gloucester Road, Painswick GL6 6TH s 01452 813204 m info@rococogarden.org.uk I rococogarden.org.uk Designed in the 1740s, this hidden valley is now the country’s only surviving complete rococo garden. Enjoy beautifully-framed views and battle through the unusual maze.


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rousham

the royal gardens at highgrove

, Rousham OX25 4QU s 01869 347110 m ccd@rousham.org I rousham.org Designed in the 18th century, Rousham remains largely unaltered – one of England’s most unspoilt and important landscape gardens. (Please note: no children or dogs)

, Doughton GL8 8TQ s 0303 123 7310 I highgrovegardens.com The organic Royal Gardens at Highgrove, created by HRH The Prince of Wales, are some of the most creatively inspiring and innovative gardens to visit in the UK.

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westonbirt, the national arboretum

adam henson’s cotswold farm park

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, Tetbury GL8 8QS s 0300 067 4890 m westonbirt @forestryengland.uk I forestryengland.uk/ westonbirt

activities, crafts & family fun

, Guiting Power GL54 5FL s 01451 850307 m info@cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk I cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, interact with the animals and learn about farming, past and present.

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birdland

cotswold canals trust

, Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN s 01451 820480 m info@birdland.co.uk I birdland.co.uk See over 500 birds from magical owls, large cassowary and rare species such as the Waldrapp Ibis. Plus meet life-sized dinosaurs as you venture through the Jurassic Journey.

, Bell House, Wallbridge, Stroud GL5 3JS s 01453 752568 m mail@cotswold canals.com I cotswoldcanals.com

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cotswold falconry centre

cotswold water park

, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AT s 01386 701043 m info@cotswold-falconry.co.uk I cotswold-falconry.co.uk Eagles, hawks, owls, vultures and falcons are flown throughout the day – a chance to appreciate their speed, grace, agility and close relationship with the falconer.

I waterpark.org For watersports and walking, biking and birdwatching, angling and accommodation, there is something for everyone.

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cotswold wildlife park & gardens

fairytale farm

, Burford OX18 4JP s 01993 823006 m enquiries@cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk I cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk Stroll around the Park and get eye-to-eye with giraffes, watch rhinos graze on the Gothic manor house lawns, walk with lemurs or take a ride on Bella the Train (Apr-Oct).

, Southcombe, Chipping Norton OX7 5QH s 01608 238014 m info@fairytalefarm.co.uk I fairytalefarm.co.uk Mixing classic fairy tales, animals and adventure play, children will love Fairytale Farm. It is a sensory and learning wonderland for all the family.

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flyup 417 bike park , Crickley Hill Farm, Crickley Hill, Witcombe, Gloucester GL3 4UF s 01452 864036 m admin@flyupdownhill.co.uk I 417bikepark.co.uk A mountain bike park suitable for all abilities. Facilities include downhill tracks, uplift service, 4X, dual slalom, indoor pump track and dirt jumps.

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the model village

new brewery arts

, Old New Inn, Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AF s 01451 820467 m enquiries@theoldnewinn.co.uk I themodelvillage.com The only Grade II listed model village in the country, The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the village of Bourton-on-the-Water, all built in Cotswold stone.

, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH s 01285 657181 m hello@newbreweryarts.org.uk I newbreweryarts.org.uk Championing crafts in the Cotswolds, visit our craft shop and exhibitions, take a class, see craft makers at work then have coffee and cake, lunch or brunch in our Café.

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woodchester park

wwt slimbridge wetland centre

, Nympsfield, near Stroud GL10 3TS s 01452 814213 m woodchesterpark @nationaltrust.org.uk I nationaltrust.org.uk/ woodchester-park

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best cotswold tours , Bourton-on-the-Water s 01451 820526/ 07557 550893 m bookmark@best cotswoldtours.co.uk I bestcotswoldtours. co.uk

, Bowditch, Slimbridge GL2 7BT s 01453 891900 m info.slimbridge@wwt.org.uk I wwt.org.uk/slimbridge There’s something for everyone at WWT Slimbridge. With amazing close-up wildlife encounters and fun activities it’s no wonder we’re an award-winning day out!

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blenheim tours

go cotswolds

, Woodstock, Oxfordshire and local Cotswolds pickups door-to-door s 07766 743081 m blenheimtours @gmail.com I blenheimtours.co.uk

, Pick-up point for tours: Moreton-in-Marsh railway station, Station Road GL56 0AA s 07786 920166 m info@gocotswolds.co.uk I gocotswolds.co.uk Award-winning guided day tours of the Cotswolds from Stratford-upon-Avon and Moreton-in-Marsh.

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food & drink

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poulton hill vineyard

temple guiting pantry

, Poulton, Cirencester GL7 5JA s 01285 850257 m info@poultonhill estate.co.uk I poultonhillestate.co.uk

, Temple Guiting, Cheltenham GL54 5RP s 01451 850577 m hello@templeguitingpantry.co.uk I templeguitingpantry.co.uk Enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea made using some of the best Cotswold produce in the café, before visiting our lifestyle shop full of gorgeous homewares.

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thermae bath spa

spa & wellbeing

, Hot Bath Street, Bath BA1 1SJ s 01225 331234 m info@thermaebathspa.com I ThermaeBathSpa.com Thermae Bath Spa is an award-winning Natural Spa where you can bathe in Britain’s only naturally warm, mineralrich waters as the Romans did over 2,000 years ago.

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longborough festival opera , Longborough, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF s 01451 830292 m boxoffice@lfo.org.uk I lfo.org.uk

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, Fennells Farm, Lypiatt, Stroud GL6 7NE s 01242 691181 m info@giffordscircus.com I giffordscircus.com Giffords Circus is renowned for its unique blend of bohemian artisan entertainment combining dance, comedy, acrobatics, juggling, live music and domestic animals.

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quality assurance, ratings & awards Accommodation in this guide has either been assessed against one of the National Quality Assessment Schemes, which will give them a star rating, or signed up to the Cotswolds Local Assessment Scheme which shows that the businesses are clean, safe and legal. Due to space restrictions grading and award information isn’t shown in the guide; please check directly with the establishment for up-to-date information.

hotels & inns

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the lygon arms hotel

ellenborough park

, High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU s 01386 852255 m reservations@lygon armshotel.co.uk I lygonarmshotel.co.uk

, Southam Road, Cheltenham GL52 3NJ s 01242 545454 m info@ellenboroughpark.com I ellenboroughpark.com Overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse, Ellenborough Park is an indulgent 15th century luxury retreat and dining destination set in 90 acres of stunning countryside.

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the green dragon inn

the greenway hotel & spa

, Cockleford, Near Cowley, Cheltenham GL53 9NW s 01242 870271 m green-dragon @buccaneer.co.uk I green-dragon-inn.co.uk

, Shurdington, Cheltenham GL51 4UG s 01242 862352 m info@thegreenway.co.uk I thegreenwayhotelandspa.com Located on the outskirts of Cheltenham, The Greenway is a luxury Elizabethan manor house hotel and spa with eight acres of stunning grounds and views over rolling hills.

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the kings hotel

the crown inn

, The Square, Chipping Campden GL55 6AW s 01386 840256 m info@kingscampden.co.uk I kingscampden.co.uk Nestled in the heart of picturesque Chipping Campden, The Kings Hotel is a beautiful, boutique town house hotel boasting distinctive and stylish accommodation.

, Frampton Mansell, Stroud GL6 8JG s 01285 760601 m enquiries@thecrowninn-cotswolds.co.uk I thecrowninn-cotswolds.co.uk A 17th century ‘cider house’ with roaring log fires and exquisite views that is steeped in history and is quite simply, a perfect village pub.

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hatton court hotel

mercure gloucester, bowden hall hotel , Bondend Lane, Upton St Leonards GL4 8ED s 01452 255012 m info@mercure gloucester.co.uk I mercuregloucester .co.uk

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, Upton Hill, Gloucester GL4 8DE s 01452 617412 m res@hatton-court.co.uk I hatton-court.co.uk

the lodges at feldon valley , Sutton Lane, Lower Brailes OX15 5BB s 01608 685633 m reception@feldon lodges.co.uk I feldonvalley.co.uk

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redesdale arms hotel

the tudor arms

, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AW s 01608 650308 m info@redesdalearms.com I redesdalearms.com The award-winning Redesdale Arms Hotel sits at the gateway to the Cotswolds in the historic town of Moreton-in-Marsh.

, Shepherds Patch, Slimbridge GL2 7BP s 01453 890306 m enquiries@thetudor arms.co.uk I thetudorarms.co.uk

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number four at stow

tewkesbury park

, Fosseway, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1JX s 01451 830297 m info@hotelnumberfour.com I hotelnumberfour.com Award-winning hotel and restaurant with 18 beautifully appointed air-conditioned bedrooms, suites and a family room. Menu featuring locally grown and reared produce.

, Lincoln Green Lane, Tewkesbury GL20 7DN s 01684 272300 m enquiries@tewkesburypark.co.uk I tewkesburypark.co.uk Tewkesbury Park is a family-owned hotel, golf and leisure resort set amongst 164 acres of beautiful parkland with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

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the bear hotel , Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ s 01993 811124 m general.bear @macdonaldhotels.co.uk I macdonaldhotels.co.uk/bear

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sheepfold bed and breakfast , Upper High Street, Shipton-underWychwood OX7 6GG s 07983 355568 m sheepfoldshipton @btinternet.com I sheepfoldbandb.co.uk

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the old station

apple tree bed & breakfast

, Westfield, Notgrove Station, Notgrove, Cheltenham GL54 3BU s 01451 850305 m theoldstationnotgrove @gmail.com

, Apple Tree House, Station Road, Broadway WR12 7DE s 01386 853681 m stay@appletree broadway.co.uk I appletreebroadway.co.uk

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badgers hall

brymbo

, High Street, Chipping Campden GL55 6HB s 01386 840839 m badgershall @gmail.com I badgershall.com

, Honeybourne Lane, Mickleton, Chipping Campden GL55 6PU s 01386 438890 m enquiries @brymbo.com I brymbo.com

home farm bed and breakfast

guest houses, farmhouses, bed & breakfasts

, Ebrington, near Chipping Campden GL55 6NL s 01386 593309 m ebrington@homefarm inthecotswolds.co.uk I homefarminthe cotswolds.co.uk

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bould farm b&b

, Watermoor, Cirencester GL7 1LF s 01285 647642 m riversidehouse@mitsubishi-cars.co.uk I riversidehouse.org.uk Bed and Breakfast accommodation close to Cirencester town centre. Secure parking and free WiFi. Built in the grounds of The Colt Car Company. Please note: no lift.

, Bould, Chipping Norton OX7 6RT s 01608 658850 m meyrick@bould farm.co.uk I bouldfarm.co.uk

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riverside house

guiting guest house , Post Office Lane, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5TZ s 01451 850470 m info@guitingguest house.com I guitingguesthouse.com

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the old school bed & breakfast

forthay bed and breakfast

, Little Compton, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SL s 01608 674588 m wendy@theoldschoolbedandbreakfast.com I theoldschoolbedandbreakfast.com No.1 B&B in UK & Europe TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2018. Once a Victorian village school, our quirky home oozes local history, warmth and offers a very comfortable stay.

, North Nibley GL11 6EA s 01453 549016 / 07801 910772 m forthaybandb@gmail.com I forthaybedandbreakfast.co.uk A 17th century Cotswold stone farmhouse, bursting with character and charm, set in an idyllic location on the Cotswold Way. Well-behaved four-legged friends welcome.

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corsham field farmhouse , Bledington Road, Icomb, Stow-on–the-Wold GL54 1JH s 01451 831750 m farmhouse @corshamfield.co.uk I corshamfield.co.uk

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kilmorie smallholding

north farmcote b&b

, Gloucester Road, Corse, Staunton nr Gloucester GL19 3RQ s 01452 840224 m sheila.barnfield1960 @gmail.com I smoothHound.co.uk/ hotels/kilmorie.html

, Winchcombe GL54 5AU s 01242 602304 / 07792 328274 m davideayrs @yahoo.co.uk I northfarmcote.co.uk

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claypot cottage

grange farm country cottages

, 21 Barnsley, Cirencester GL7 5EF s 01993 843559 m welcome@claypot cottage.com

, Godington, Bicester OX27 9AF s 01869 278778 / 07919 002132 m penelope@grangefarmcottages.co.uk I grangefarmcottages.co.uk 4# Gold Award, self catering cottages set on a beautiful, peaceful family farm. Easy access to Cotswolds, Blenheim, and Bicester Village. Fishing. Dogs welcome.

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clover cottage

pussycat cottage

, 10 Wyck Rissington, Near Bourton-onthe-Water GL54 2PN s 01451 821220 / 07973 318206 m enquiries@clovercottage.co.uk I clover-cottage.co.uk

, Mouse Trap Lane, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham GL54 2AU s 01451 822041 m pussycatcottage @outlook.com I pussycatcottage.co.uk

windrush apartments

cotswold charm holiday cottages

, Lansdowne, Bourton-on the-Water GL54 2AR s 01451 820195 m arthurandgill@aol.com I windrushapartments .co.uk

, The Old Granary, Blind Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6ED s 01386 840164 m info@cotswoldcharm .com I cotswoldcharm.com

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cotswold cottages

, Park House, Park Road, Chipping Campden GL55 6EB s 01386 841714 / 07951 225177 m info@honeypotcottages.co.uk I honeypotcottages.co.uk Sixteen Cotswold holiday cottages for romantic weekends, walking, cycling, family holidays or larger groups, we’ll find your perfect match.

self catering

, Chipping Campden GL55 6UW s 01386 840835 m jane_whitehouse @hotmail.com I cotswoldcottages .uk.com

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cherry orchard cottages , Great Rollright, Chipping Norton OX7 5SJ s 01608 684430 m jane@cherryorchard cottages.co.uk I cherryorchardcottages .co.uk

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heath farm holiday cottages

the barrel store

, Heath Farm, Swerford, Chipping Norton OX7 4BN s 01608 683270 m cottages@heathfarm.com I heathfarm.com Five award-winning luxury holiday cottages lovingly converted from old stone farm buildings. Superior craftsmanship and comfort set within 70 acres of woodland.

, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH s 01285 657181 m stay@newbreweryarts .org.uk I thebarrelstore.co.uk

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field farm cottage

orion cotswolds

, Field Farm, Somerford Keynes, Cirencester GL7 6DS s 01428 684493 / 07967 010650 m regine@fieldfarmcottage.co.uk I fieldfarmcottage.co.uk Peacefully located on a working farm, this modern cottage is the perfect retreat for couples to explore the Cotswolds from.

, The Gateway Centre, Lake 6, Spine Road, South Cerney GL7 5TL s 01285 861839 m contact@ orionholidays.com I orionholidays.com

little court cottages

little barnfield , 2 Barnfield, Kineton, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5UG s 01451 850664 m little.barnfield @hotmail.co.uk I littlebarnfield.co.uk

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notgrove farm

cotswold water park retreats

, The Manor, Notgrove, Cheltenham GL54 3BT s 07775 902921 m harry@notgrove.com I notgroveholidays.com

, Spine Road, South Cerney, Cirencester GL7 5TJ s 07500 167411 m joanne@cotswoldwater parkretreats.co.uk I cotswoldwaterpark retreats.co.uk

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, Little Court, Rance Lane, Upton St Leonards GL4 8AB s 01452 615150 m info@littlecourt cottages.co.uk I littlecourtcottages.co.uk

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character cottages , France House, Digbeth Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BN s 01451 600844 m guests@charactercottages.co.uk I character-cottages.co.uk


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cotswolds hideaways

may cottage

park farm holiday cottages

valley view

, 2 Crossway House, The Square, Stow-onthe-Wold GL54 1AB s 01451 888040 m enquiries@cotswolds hideaways.co.uk I cotswoldshideaways .co.uk

, The Counting House, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AL s 01451 830794 m enquiries@maycottage .co.uk I maycottage.co.uk

, Park Farm, Maugersbury, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1HP s 01451 870568 m tiana@parkfarm holidaycottages.co.uk I parkfarmholiday cottages.co.uk

, 4 Glebe Close, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1DJ s 01789 751504 m janetcraddock25 @hotmail.com I cotswolds.com/ valleyview

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muir cottage and the bothy

the old stables

, Postlip Stables, Winchcombe GL54 5AQ s 01242 603124 m enquiries@thecotswoldretreat.co.uk I thecotswoldretreat.co.uk Attractive, high quality Cotswold stone ‘Arts and Crafts’ inspired cottages located on an historic country estate. Both offering a unique experience.

, Hill View, Farmcote, Winchcombe GL54 5AU s 01242 603860 m janeeayrs@gmail.com I cotswolds.info/ webpage/the-oldstables.htm

the old bakehouse

camping

, Field Farm, Church Road, North Leigh, Near Witney OX29 6TX s 01993 881207 / 07970 515032 m farmerpat@fieldfarm oxford.co.uk I fieldfarmoxford.co.uk

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campden yurts

, Downs Road, Standlake, Witney OX29 7PZ s 01865 300501 m info@hardwickparks.co.uk I hardwickparks.co.uk Caravans, tents, motorhomes and seasonal pitches. Holiday homes for sale and hire. 196 acres of picturesque rural parkland and lakes. Clubhouse, water sports centre and fishing.

, Hillside Nursery, King Combe Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6PN s 07792 624036 m info@campdenyurts .co.uk I campdenyurts.co.uk

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