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The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is England as it lives in our imagination – rolling green hills and stone villages, country pubs and pursuits, hedgerows and country churches. As an area it is hard to define – it straddles five counties, and although the vast proportion of it is within Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, it nudges into south Warwickshire, and touches the edges of Worcestershire and Wiltshire too. It's fairly easy to get to, not more than a two hour drive from several major conurbations. Yet despite sitting between three major motorways and several national rail lines, its rural steadfastness is what sets it apart. There are no cities here, nor even any large towns to speak of, and instead the gentle hills of the Cotswolds make up a bucolic idyll, dotted with picturesque villages, churchyards, and undulating fields with crops and sheep- or the occasional alpaca these days. The local stone perhaps defines the Cotswolds better than anything- a mellow warm colour which glows in the sunshine and does sunrise and sunset the most uplifting justice, and even looks fetching in the rain. Whether you fancy a good walk and a pub lunch, a pampering at a country house hotel or a spot of shopping and a cream tea, there is arguably no better place in England. For sure it's the countryside tamed, but you may just find you come back again and again.

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The Cotswolds

Gorgeous villages, stunning walks, great eateries, fantastic shops and many a spot to sleep
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