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Hi, we've a week for the region and appreciate input

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Hi, we've a week for the region and appreciate input

For 27/9 through 4/10, my New York area wife and I will be looking for a self cater base area for The Cotswolds and outlying regional attractions (if time comfortably permits only relative to the latter). Certainly from many visits in decades now fairly long past, I have vague but warm memories of a number of principal villages to tick off for my wife's first visit.

I'm much more interested in the less beaten options as well as suggestions beyond the official Cotswolds for that week. We'll be driving, and a garden (or two at most0 would be pleasant). National Trust sites (a couple to four), special sites, good pubs, worthy meals not too pricy, and especially always the villages. Beyond that we're open to suggestion as to anything forwarded by the kindness of others.

I assure you all suggestions will be heeded and studied in shaping this much anticipated return and first visit in our partnership. All good things.

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11. Re: Hi, we've a week for the region and appreciate input

The Cotswolds is a great base for lots of fantastic stuff!

1 hour's drive to Oxford (visit the Ashmolean, the Turf Taven, and the Pitt Rivers)

Bath and the Roman Spa is about a hour in the other direction (pack swimming things and spend the afternoon at the modern spa after visiting the Roman one!)

For chocolate box villages, don't miss Chipping Campden, Bourton on the Water, the Slaughters.

If you want to go slightly further, it would a crime to miss Stonehenge, and Blenheim Palace (on the way to Oxford).

Eat at the Trout Farm in Bibury :)

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12. Re: Hi, we've a week for the region and appreciate input

Here are a few suggestions, some well known, and others a bit more off the beaten track in the Chipping Campden and Broadway areas

Head to Chipping Campden, for lovely architecture, shops, places to eat, antique shops etc, take a stroll and have a coffee or a drink in a local pub, (depending on time of day of course - generally for more tourist orientated villages like this or Broadway, first thing in the morning or late afternoon / early evening avoid the crowds, but may mean shops aren't open). Lovely church too. Chipping Campden is always a favourite when I give friends a tour!

Be sure to check out Broad Campden too, a hamlet right by Chipping Campden very pretty indeed.

Nearby to Campden are Hidcote (NT) and Kiftsgate Gardens (privately owned, beautiful) they are close to each other and very doable on the same day. Both have tea rooms for lunch, cream teas etc - I prefer Kiftsgate as it's less commercial and more of a homemade feel. MAKE SURE to check opening times, both have websites.

Depending on plans you could tie in with a meal at any of the following

Ebrington Arms, Ebrington - old Cotswold stone pub, high quality food

Churchill Arms, Paxford - same as above

Threeways Hotel Mickleton - privately run hotel, and home of the "Pudding Club" which is basically a celebration of traditional Englush puddings (check out the website!). The restaurant serves good food, and is a nice place for a treat

Each of the above are in pretty, uncommercialised villages so well worth a stroll around - lots of photo opportunities.

Moving over to Broadway, you'll find more lovely buildings, shops, pubs, lots of art galleries, a lovely craft shop (fabulous for locally made gifts or tasteful souvenirs of your trip). There is also a branch of the Ashmolean Museum. Well worth a stroll.

Take the short drive from Broadway to Snowshill, a lovely village, there's a local pub, completely devoid of tourist trappings and quite old fashioned but good for a quick bite or drink, Snowshill Manor well worth a visit with it's eclectic collection acquired during a former owner's travels around the world. A bit different, quirky, and well worth a visit. Stroll around then take the short drive to Broadway Tower and Country Park.

Up on the hill above Broadway is Broadway Tower, a folly, for a small fee you can enter the tower, see a small exhibition about the history of the tower, and climb to the top,fantastic views, on a good clear day you can see Wales, whether you climb to the top or not! There's also a nearby WWII "bunker" but that's only open certain days - contact the tower if you are interested in that.

There's also a cafe.

Other nearby villages that are beautiful and a bit off the tourist map are Stanton and Stanway. Sadly Stanway house with its amazing gravity fed fountain will be closed when you are planning to visit, but these are gorgeous examples of Cotswolds villages. Stanway Watermill, where they still produce flour is an interesting visit, should be open on Thursdays 10 - 12 but check!

Also consider the Mount Inn at Stanton up the hill behind the village, a great view over the village and beyond, outdoor seating area (if it's a mild day), food and drinks.

Near to both Chipping Campden and Broadway is Bretforton, another traditional village well worth a stroll while you are there and home to the Fleece Inn, a 17th century longhouse, that is now a pub. Beautiful antique furniture etc, good for real ales and ciders (they do food too, but it wouldn't be a top choice for me for that). They often have folk music, Morris Dancers etc.

Finally if you wanted to try afternoon tea in a Cotswold Manor House then Buckland Manor near Broadway would be a great choice, it's a luxury hotel, beautiful building, beautiful setting, a real treat.

There are websites for all of the above and there is plenty there for a 2 or 3 day programme that will let you see lots, get off the beaten track, and have fun without driving huge distances. Any questions, please ask, more than happy to help if I can.

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13. Re: Hi, we've a week for the region and appreciate input

Preglad! We just came back from our vacation, which doesn't qualify us as experts, but I can only vouch for what we have seen.

Hidcote Manor Gardens ! A big time must!

Kiftsgate Gardens- not open every day, so check out to combine them with HMG. It's very near.

Snowshill Manor. We loved the collection and the scenery, but it may well not be everybody's cup of tea.

Sudeley Castle - true must.

If you go to Bath, there's a Prior House south to it. Bath itself is so beautiful.! Well worth 2 days.

Stourhead - one of NTs flag man ships! MUST! It was beautiful in July, I believe , it's astonishing in Fall.

Bourton on the Water- was over crowded. Maybe it gets less crowded off season.

Blenheim Palace was a great place to visit too.

NT- annual membership is a great deal. Good value for money.

Have fun.


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