North Cerney, Cotswolds

North Cerney, Cotswolds

As you drive through the Cotswolds, there are many beautiful villages to explore with houses displaying golden Cotswold Stone. North Cerney lies 4 miles north of Cirencester. Cerney Gardens, which at the moment are looking spectacular with snowdrops, are found in North Cerney. Before returning home you may want to grab a bite to eat at the 18th Century Bathurst Arms.

For more information about Cerney Gardens visit http://www.cerneygardens.com/

A menu for the Bathurst Arms can be found at http://www.bathurstarms.co.uk/

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Lower Slaughter Village, Cotswolds

Lower Slaughter Village, Cotswolds

The beautiful village of Lower Slaughter (whose name comes from the Old English name for wet land 'slough) is known for its unspoilt Cotswolds Limestone Cottages and winding stream (the tiny River Eye, a tributary of the River Windrush). A treat to explore on a sunny afternoon.

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7 of the best market towns in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is full of delightful market towns to explore, with lovely main streets characterised by attractive local architecture and a great selection of local shops and eateries.

Read more in this great article in Country Life Magazine

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7 of the best market towns in the Cotswolds
Country Life reveals where to go and what to do in our guide to 7 of the best market towns in the Cotswolds.

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Exploring Lechlade-on-Thames

Exploring Lechlade-on-Thames

In the quaint Cotswold town of Lechlade, the Rivers Coln and Leach join the River Thames. Just above Lechlade, at Inglesham, the head of the River Thames navigation is found. The town and surrounding area are best explored on foot, and a short circular walk will take you past shops, cafes, pubs and on to the Thames Path National trail. Take a picnic and enjoy sitting in a meadow beside the river watching the boats go by.

A map showing two circular walks of under an hour can be downloaded from http://www.waterpark.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Walk-6_Layout-1.pdf

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Stanton Village, Cotswolds

Stanton Village, Cotswolds

The Village of Stanton near Broadway in Gloucestershire is a beautiful village of which artist Liam O'Farrell, who captured the village in this watercolour, wrote, "This is a stunning place to the point where you feel it might be a film set." With a population of approximately 200 people it is a quiet village built completely from the honey coloured Cotswolds limestone. The main street climbs slowly up Shenbarrow Hill and at the top The Mount Inn can be found. The best time to visit this traditional village pub is just before sunset when the views from the pub of the Vale of Evesham and the Malvern Hills are at their best.

To check opening times of The Mount Inn visit http://www.themountinn.co.uk/

The watercolour painting accompanying this post is by the artist Liam O'Farrell. To see more of his wonderful work and in particular more of his watercolour paintings of the Cotswolds visit http://www.liamofarrell.com/

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Burford, Cotswolds

Burford, Cotswolds

One of England's prettiest small medieval towns is Burford which is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds' It is a busy community of about 1000 people. The town merchants were granted a charter to hold their own markets over 900 years ago and today Burford is a wonderful town to wander around dipping in and out of the exclusive shops and galleries.

Home to Huffkins, a Cotswolds bakery and tea room and The Cotswold Cheese Company, a visit to Burford wouldn't be complete without sampling the local produce.

The Burford website lists some great insiders tips for how to get the most out of your trip to Burford including:
– always make sure you explore down the little alleyways and side streets – there are shops and eateries everywhere
– walk out of Burford along Witney Street to get to the River Windrush for a really pretty walk
– always make sure you walk right through to the back of the pubs in the summer as most of them have really pretty gardens and courtyards away from the hustle and bustle.

For more information about Burford visit http://www.burfordcotswolds.co.uk/

The watercolour painting accompanying this post is by the artist Liam O'Farrell. To see more of his wonderful work and in particular more of his watercolour paintings of the Cotswolds visit http://www.liamofarrell.com/

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Cricklade – a beautiful English town

Cricklade – a beautiful English town

Cricklade is the only town in Wiltshire to lie on the River Thames. Over the next few weeks it will see visitors flooding to North Meadow to enjoy a remarkable display of Snakes Head Fritillaries.

Many of the buildings in the town can be dated to between the 11th and 16th Centuries.

This 'Little Planet' image was made using pictures from Cricklade High Street. The Little Planet app produces great images. Thanks to +Heidi Anne Morris for introducing me to it. Do let me know if you try it out! Happy playing!

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Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds and a real gem of a tea shop

Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds and a real gem of a tea shop

The name Lower Slaughter derives from the Old English name for a wet land or 'slough' or 'slothre' which in Old English meant muddy place. It is a very strange name for a place which in 2011 was voted to have the most romantic street in England. Another of its claims to fame is that it is one of only 14 villages in the UK that had no deaths at all from World War I or World War II. One of the most recognisable buildings in the village is the Old Mill which dates back to the 19th Century. It was last used as a watermill in 1958. Today it is home to a gift shop, museum and a tea shop which overlooks the river. It is the favourite Cotswolds tea shop of Liam O'Farrell, who painted this beautiful watercolour of the mill. Why not treat yourself to a cream tea and sit out on the terrace watching the River Eye flow by. The Old Mill also make their own organic ice cream which the describe as 'Simply the best' Let us know if you agree!

For more information about The Old Mill at Lower Slaughter and to check opening times http://oldmill-lowerslaughter.com/

See more of the wonderful paintings by Liam O'Farrell at http://www.liamofarrell.com/

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Snowshill, Cotswolds

Snowshill, Cotswolds

Where do you find the first snow in the Cotswolds? As the name implies, Snowshill is likely to be the place to go if you are in search of snow! Its position on top of the ridge above the villages of Broadway, Buckland, and Laverton in the Cotswolds means that if anywhere in the area is going to get snow, this will be it. Snowshill is a secluded village where ancient pretty cottages and a 19th century church cluster around a small green. Worth a visit at any time of year…snow or no snow!

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Cotswold Cottages

Cotswold Cottages

There are so many beautiful cottages in the Cotswolds built from the honey coloured limestone. This cottage is in the 9th Century Saxon Town of Cricklade. Cricklade was built at the point where the Roman Road, Ermin Street, crossed the River Thames. From 979 to 1100 it was home to the Royal mint. It is a lovely town to explore.

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