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Famous Film Locations in the Cotswolds

JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, was born and raised in the Cotswolds. Much of the Harry Potter series filming was done in Gloucester Cathedral and The Cloisters at Lacock Abbey and The Bodleian Library in Oxford.  Snowshill was made famous for Bridget Jones' Diary filming with "snow" being imported into the village in June.  The Cotswolds make an excellent backdrop to Jane Austen films, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma being two of the more recent films. The list of famous films and locations is enormous, but amongst the most famous is the location of Bampton in Downton Abbey.

Five Epic Outdoor Getaways from London

 Stour Valley, The Norfolk Broads, The New Forest, The Peak District are all epic getaways from London, however the most popular and the most accessible is the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds are an area of 800 square miles, of rolling hills and farmland with honey-coloured stone cottages and villages and many thatched cottages. This region was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966 and spans the counties of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire Worcestershire and Oxfordshire. The Cotswolds are a perfect place to spend a weekend exploring the 3000 miles of bridleways, woodlands and villages by going hiking, biking or horse riding. The Cotswolds is also famous for its food-producing cheeses, meats, spirits and beers available to purchase at farmers markets or farm shops, or for sampling in local pubs, restaurants or cafes. Are you tempted to stay? Then why not choose one of the many luxury hotels or pubs, charming bed and breakfast, or even pitch your tent at one of the many Cotswold Campsites.

Getting there: Trains from London Paddington and London Marylebone to the Cotswolds take around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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 no sign of any mud today! Alternatively, Upper Slaughter Manor dates back to the Saxon Period. Sometime in the 12th.C the Slaughter family became owners. It is not sure whether they took their name from the manor or vice-versa, but John Slaughter was undoubtedly the owner in 1282. The Tudor house that we admire today has been extended several times, but it is an L shaped house to give the impression of being enormous, and therefore the family were very wealthy.

The Best Hotels in the Cotswolds to visit this Autumn.

Arguably one of the prettiest places in the world to visit, the Cotswolds is an idyllic spot for a weekend away. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds has a huge area of 800 square miles of unspoilt countryside to explore. The pretty villages, such as Lower Slaughter, Bourton on the Water, rolling hills and quaint country pubs are all attractive to explore. Discover some of the bigger towns such as Burford and Cirencester. There is also plenty of history to visit too: Take a visit to Sudeley Castle, Westonbirt Arboretum, or Hidcote Manor.  Avoid the quarantines and book a staycationin the Cotswolds  this autumn in one of the best 4 hotels in the area. How many Country Pubs, Walks tea -rooms can you to fit in into one trip?.

1.  Lower Slaughter Manor

2. Thyme, Southrop

3. The Fish, Broadway

4. Noel Arms, Chipping Campden