In a few short weeks we’ll be shaking off winter’s shadowy veil and looking forward to spring. Thank goodness. If you’re like me, spring can’t come soon enough and you’ll already be planning your first getaway of the year.
So we thought we’d help that along with a handy list of out favourite things to and places to see from our sites. Starting with our central Cotswolds site. Well, it makes a change from blathering on about Saabs. We provide detailed driving routes of the Cotswolds that include these highlights – they’re available free of charge when you hire any of our classic cars.
1. Lower Slaughter
The Cotswolds can get rather busy, but if you know where to look it is very, very easy to get away from the coaches. Lower Slaughter, slap bang between the hotspots of Stow in The Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water is perhaps my favourite spot of all. If you saw a painting of Lower Slaughter you’d imagine the scene was faked, such is the completeness of its mix of stream, cottages, mill and countryside. It also has an excellent pub. Bingo.
2. The Rollright Stones
Odd, in the way that ancient monuments often tend to be, the Rollrights aren’t a big tourist draw but they are worth a trip for two reasons – their oddness and their location. From the elevated site you get a clear sense of what makes the Cotswolds geography so engaging – it rolls greenly in a very English way. Cue the soaring Elgar strings.
Yes, it is commercialised. Yes, there are lots of people but sometimes you have to go with the flow and accept what others see – namely a picture-perfect Cotswolds village that could be nowhere else. Some other Cotswolds towns have lost some of their character to tourism but Broadway, despite the tourist shops, still feels like a place where people live. Grab an ice cream and settle on a seat for some quality watching-the-world-go-by time.
4. Hidcote Manor Garden
There are plenty of scenic gardens to visit in the Cotswolds but this is one of the best, if not perhaps the best. Compact and self contained, Hidcote’s gardens are like a series of outside rooms, each with a different flavour and style.
5. Chastleton House
This unique, unspoilt manor house is one of the National Trust’s hidden gems: well, it was until the BBC decided to use it as a location in their new Wolf Hall series. Chastleton is rare amongst manor houses in that it remained in private hands until relatively recently, the family’s lack of funds ensuring that it remained virtually unchanged down the centuries. It’s a small property and definitely worth a visit.
To find out more about what to see in the Cotswolds call us on 01527 893733 or email email@example.com. Our Midlands base is located on the northern edge of the Cotswolds just 25 minutes from Broadway. To find out more about our cars visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk. We can help with places to see, eat and stay.
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