There are few more quintessentially English regions than the Cotswolds. The area boasts some of Britain’s most beautiful villages, it inspires artists and writers past and present and its wonderfully rich land provides sumptuous food for an area boasting numerous spectacular places to eat and drink. Below we list some of our highlights in the area to inspire your adventure in The Cotswolds.
Stay: Buckland Manor
The classic charm of an English Manor House. Located in a breathtaking setting in the village of Buckland. Set in 10 acres of grounds, which blend seamlessly into the village, the beautiful manor house is unmarked by the passing of time; it is an idyllic setting from which to enjoy an exceptionally warm welcome,
Visit: Blenheim Palace
A true masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace delivers an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Built in the early 18th Century to celebrate victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. It was built as a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, the military commander who led the Allied forces in the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704. The Column of Victory, seen in the background below, was built in the northern part of the Park and stands at 134 feet high. It is crowned by a lead statue of the 1st Duke of Marlborough which depicts him dressed as a Roman general.
New research has found that Blenheim Palace is home to the greatest collection of ancient oak trees anywhere in Europe. The collection is located in an area of the Estate called High Park, around 90% of the woodland is made up of oak trees and it is thought that at least 60 of these oaks are up to 900 years old!
Eat: The Five Alls
The Five Alls produces fabulous food, where the emphasis is on local sourcing of ingredients and freshness of flavor. Head chef and owner Sebastian Snow, pays great attention to meticulously sourcing high quality, seasonal ingredients from a wide variety of Cotswolds’ artisan producers when creating his monthly-changing à la carte menu of generous and earthy ‘turf to table’ dishes with Italian influences.
Eat: Lucknam Park
Heritage and luxury effortlessly combine to create a quintessential home away from home. Located in the heart of English countryside and just minutes from Bath, Lucknam Park is the perfect place to enjoy fine dining at the Michelin starred Park restaurant. Head chef Hywel Jones uses the finest organic ingredients to ensure the fullest flavours and where possible sources from local suppliers. Herbs are picked fresh from the extensive kitchen garden at the Hotel which helps enhance the subtle flavours of Chef’s cooking. Afternoon Tea at Lucknam Park has always been a firm favourite, whether it’s for a special occasion or just a treat after a long day!
Visit: Hidcot Manor
Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It’s a must-see if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds.
Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour. Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to far away places. It’s the perfect place if you’re in need of gardening inspiration.