Things To Do
April 2008 - Online magazine AskMen.com has compiled a list of the top ten ‘paradise’ locations around the world that seem to have remained untouched by civilisation. The Cotswolds is 2nd Place!
The region is famous for its ancient mellow ‘honey’ coloured limestone villages that blend perfectly into the countryside and its bustling market towns. Many have scarcely altered since they grew up on the prosperity of the medieval wool trade in the 15th and 16th centuries and subsequently forgotten about for more then 300 years. This sequence of events now makes the Cotswolds region one of the most treasured, toured and vacationed in England and the UK for nowhere else will you see such timeless uniqueness and heart warming preservation on such a scale.
- Provides an ideal base to explore the picturesque Cotswold countryside, (designated an area of outstanding natural beauty)
- Many traditional villages within 15 minutes reach, offering tradition combined with chic
- Ideal for antique hunters :visit the charming villages of Bourton on the Water (the Venice of the Cotswolds), Burford, Stow on the Wold, Moreton in Marsh and Chipping Camden (plus many others), the larger spa towns of Bath (a World Heritage Site) and Cheltenham (famed for it’s beautiful Regency
architecture) or Oxford (the city of dreaming spires).
- For those looking for a bargain, Bicester Village offers most sought-after brands at prices reduced by up to 60%
- A plethora of farmers markets offering fresh and often organic homegrown produce
- Explore the heart of rural England in the Cotswolds
- Golf, gliding, polo, shooting, water skiing, horse-riding, sailing, climbing, river cruises and rally driving.
- For those adrenaline seekers, try some off road driving or perhaps a balloon ride
Award wining restaurants:
- Allium /Fairford
- Colleys Supper Rooms /Lechlade
- Jesse’s Bistro /Cirencester
- Barnsley House and Restaurant/ Barnsley
- Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons /Oxford
- Le Champignon Sauvage/Cheltenham
- Swan at Southrop
- The Bell at Sapperton
- The Trout Inn /Lechlade
- The Swan Inn /Lechlade
- The Wild Duck Inn/Ewen
- Bakers Arms in Somerford Keynes
- Wheatsheaf in Oaksey
- Vale of The White Horse in Minety
- The Old Boat House Pub in South Cerney
- The Twelve Bells in Cirencester
- The Five Mile House, Duntisbourne Abbots