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Sudeley Rose Garden – A Cotswold Gem

The Magnificent Gardens at Sudeley are a Cotswold Gem. From the Knot Garden’s serenity to the peace and quiet of the Secret Garden, to the splendour of the Queens Rose garden, there is so much to see and admire. The ten beautifully kept restored gardens compliment the backdrop of the

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Sudeley – A fascinating Tudor Castle

Katherine Parr, the last of Henry V111 wives, is buried in the small chapel in the grounds of the award-winning gardens of Sudeley Castle where she lived for many years. She is the only Queen to be buried on private land. She married Henry in July 1543 and outlived him

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OwlPen Manor

OwlPen Manor often described as the “Loveliest house in England ” is situated in the woods along Fiery Lane near Uley. The Tudor Manor house is a Grade 1 listed building owned privately by the Mander family. After a gap of 100 years, the house was restored by Norman Jewson

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Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Kiftsgate Garden, near Chipping Campden, is one of the Cotswolds finest gardens. It is a remarkable garden created and developed by three generations of women from the same family. It is well known for the Kiftsgate Rose (Rosa filipes) a heavenly scented rambling rose. The garden was first created in

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Castle Combe – The Prettiest Village in the CotswoldsDescribed as the loveliest and prettiest village in England, Castle Combe was a small weaving town at the heart of the Cotswold Wool trade. Originally a Saxon Village, with evidence of nearby Roman Settlement, the village grew beside the Castle built in 1140 after the Norman Invasion. Sadly the Castle has now gone. The 12th century St Andrews church has a 15th Century faceless clock that used to ring the hours and is one of England’s oldest working clocks. Visitors well photograph the bridge that crosses the Bybrook River used as a backdrop in many films such as Dr Dolittle, War Horse and Hercule Poirot.

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How were the Slaughters Named

Upper and Lower Slaughter are two of the loveliest unspoilt villages in the Cotswolds. There are two theories of the origin of their name:  the name Slaughter comes from the old English word “Slothre” meaning muddy, and so it became known as muddy crossings of the River Eye. There is

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Bourton on the Water, Venice of the Cotswolds

Bourton on the Water is one of the most popular destinations in the North Cotswolds. The River Windrush was diverted through the village in the early 17thC. to power the mills, with bridges built to cross the river. Today visitors come for a day out not only to feed the

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Stow on the Wold The Highest Town in the Cotswolds.

At 8oo ft above sea level, Stow on the Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds. Controlled by the Maugersbury Monks in 1086 the Viking settlement grew on the convergence of eight roads on the Roman Fosseway. But it was the Saxon farmers who laid the foundations of the

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How the Cotswolds was named

Think of the Cotswolds and immediately you think of villages, stone walls, towns and small streams, and woodland. “Wold” means rolling hills and countryside. “Cots” is an Anglo-Saxon word for sheep enclosure, thus putting the two together becomes rolling hills where sheep are kept.  However, the Domesday Book refers to

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10 of the best walks and rambles in the Cotswolds

Whether you are looking for a short amble or a hill hike here are some of the best walks in the Cotswolds. There are over 3000 miles of footpaths and rights of way in the Cotswolds which is a wonderful area to explore on foot.  The longest walk is 102 mile

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