The South Cotswolds
The Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) - the largest in Britain - covers an area of 790 square miles, and fulfils most people’s idea of a ‘typical’ English landscape. It encompasses rolling hills, deciduous woodland, pastoral river valleys, wildflower meadows and honey-coloured stone villages.
This holiday explores the southern part of the area where the landscape is softer and more bucolic; where clear streams run through flower meadows in the secluded Duntisbourne, Coln and Windrush valleys, and honey-coloured cottages cluster round manor houses and medieval churches, well off the 'beaten track'.
Beautiful villages, the hallmark of the Cotswolds, will feature highly, and amongst those visited will be Swinbrook, Minster Lovell, Asthall, the Duntisbournes, Coln St Dennis, Coln Roger, Coln St Aldwyns and Bibury - described by 19th century artist William Morris as 'the most beautiful village in England' - where a clear trout stream flows alongside a village street lined with picturesque cottages, picture-perfect almshouses and flower-filled gardens.
One of the walks will finish in the bustling little town of Burford with its wide high street and medieval merchants' houses, another in the quaint hillside town of Painswick - the 'Queen of the Cotswolds' - and yet another will lead through Cirencester Park to finish in Cirencester with its wonderful cathedral-like church, Corinium Museum, Roman amphitheatre, and handsome terraces of Georgian townhouses.
We stay at the Stratton House Hotel, a handsome Georgian country house hotel with tranquil walled gardens, located on the outskirts of Cirencester - the 'Capital of the Cotswolds' - and the second most important town in England during the Roman occupation.
The hotel provides a very high standard of comfort and service, and all of the attractive bedrooms have ensuite bathroom facilities. The Garden Restaurant offers an interesting and varied menu of traditional British dishes and prides itself on using a wide variety of excellent local produce.
Holiday Options 2022
- All of the above prices are per person, and based upon two guests sharing a double or twin-bedded room.
- Single traveller? Enjoy sole occupancy of a double room at a supplement of £55 per night. (More about single supplement)
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