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Cotswolds with animal- and cheese-loving 14 yr old

La Paz
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Cotswolds with animal- and cheese-loving 14 yr old

My 14-yr-old daughter and I will be visiting the Cotswolds for 3-4 days in a few weeks. We will also travel to London, Oxford & Bath and have booked accommodations in those places but do not have reservations in the Cotswolds yet. (Yes, I know I should have done this earlier, but I ran out of time!) My daughter is a serious animal lover so I would like to find a farm to stay at that has animals such as sheep and pigs. Most of the descriptions of farm B&Bs seem to focus more on the bed quality than animals. I am in the process of researching this and have seen references to the cotswold farm stay website, but thought I would also post a question here in case anyone has a specific recommendation. I do think we will visit the Cotswolds Farm Park, perhaps the wildlife park too & the lavender farm. We are also great cheese lovers so I am researching places to buy and eat cheese if anyone has any recommendations along those lines! I would very much appreciate any suggestions.

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1. Re: Cotswolds with animal- and cheese-loving 14 yr old

Hi, maybe somewhere like this is worth considering, they do a farm tour so that would probably appeal to your daughter, and it's also handy for places like the farm park, lavender farm (although check with them because unfortunately I think your trip will be too late for the lavender fields, they were in full glory a few weeks ago)

http://www.manorfarmbnb.demon.co.uk

For a great local cheesemaker check out

http://www.gorsehillabbey.co.uk

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2. Re: Cotswolds with animal- and cheese-loving 14 yr old

The best place in the Cotswolds for buying cheese is Daylesford Organic (http://daylesford.com/kingham/) on the edge of the village of Daylesford, near Kingham.

Though it has a well deserved reputation for some extraordinarily high prices (and attracts many adverse comments from a certain kind of perpetually whining English class bigot for having a number of successful customers), its cheese range is remarkable, and its cheese prices merely high. The scattering of Waitrose supermarkets in the area come close. Some might like the Cotswold Cheese Company in Moreton in Marsh.

Most bigger microtowns - including the rarely visited Chipping Norton - have at least one decent deli with knowledgeable staff and an interesting range or properly-kept (and wrapped) cheeses they cut for you.

Sheep are ubiquitous in the Cotswolds, and unrestricted access is allowed in many of the fields they live in, though they will inevitably run away if you approach them. Cows and calves are also almost ubiquitous, and it's important your daughter doesn't approach them if they're in a field you're crossing. Mummies finding a human coming between them and their wee ones are surprisingly unbovine if they think they have to defend their offspring. Being sat on by a ton of beef is (and is intended to be) life-threatening.

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3. Re: Cotswolds with animal- and cheese-loving 14 yr old

Thanks so much for these very useful tips and recommendations! We will check out the farm and cheese sites. And do our best to avoid being sat on by a ton of beef!

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If you are staying somewhere near Burford, the Cotswolds Wild Life Park is good an excellent day out

http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/

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5. Re: Cotswolds with animal- and cheese-loving 14 yr old

Something here might appeal

www.cotswolds.info/accommodation/farms.shtml

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6. Re: Cotswolds with animal- and cheese-loving 14 yr old

There's a branch of the Cotswold Cheese Company in Chipping Campden as well (which is a beautiful little town well worth a visit).

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