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A area of britain smothered in beauty and peace
The Cotswolds in general
Member Name: ruthosborne1
The Cotswolds in general
Advantages: Peace, villages, hamlets, quiet and restful, fun cities surrounding
Disadvantages: some areas a little hard to get to
The cotswolds, one of the most beautiful areas of britain if not the most beautiful, with rolling hills of countryside, exquisitely formed cottages and houses in cotswolds pale stone, long haired sheep, incredible architecture, culture and overall villages that have a classic picture postcard magic towards them. If you visit one place in england for a stay away it has to be the cotswolds.
We visited the cotswolds only a few weeks ago. My husband and my daughter aged 3 and had a fantastic time. The weather was classic british weather with rain and yet it didnt ruin our trip at all as we managed to visit many of the villages on our planned route and visited not only the picturesque hamlets but the cities located within the boundaries of the cotswolds and the rolling hills in between.
On our first stop we set into oxford. A classical city thriving with culture, harry potter esque architecture and scholar attributes everywhere. A city bustling with life, elegance and magic and one not to be missed. The christchurch college and cathedral was an area of beauty and fascination as was the grand hall and the castle.
Onto the inner cotswolds we entered immediately into moreton in the marsh, possibly not the most desirable areas of villages so not one to put on the must see list however beyond this village lies broadway, a superb village with the most ornate high street ever seen and almost toy style buildings full of character. Further down are stow on the wold and snowshill. Snowshill is a must where they hold a lavender farm, has to be seen to be beleived, a tiny hamlet of houses and a beautiful old pub. The area is up on a hill and isnt the easiest to access however so worth it once you are there.
The slaughters and bourton on the water are picturesque. The slaughters have a stream running all the way through the middle of the village and the peacefullness is something unique. Bourton on the water again strikes you with ornate quality and you are more likely to drive alongside a duck rather than a car!
Coming right up further you come to stratford upon avon, the home of shakespeare and albeit we only visited this area in the evening when it was dark it was incredibly beautiful and with the classic tudor buildings this was certainly one to see.
Overall an exquisite part of the country with easy travel access if by car and coach, however if you want to get the train then some villages are very difficult to get to. Great for outdoors enthusiasts and for walkers as well as areas to suit all the family.
Summary: The most peaceful area of britain with beautiful scenery