5 fun things to do in the Cotswolds
Posted on 23rd February 2015
Contributer - Annabel Wishart, Travel Consultant for Loyd & Townsend Rose (LTR)
It would be impossible to choose the best things to do in the Cotswolds as it is full of so many beautiful and historic attractions, towns and quirky villages to visit. Here I have chosen 5 of my favourite things to do!
1. Sezincote House & Gardens
There is nowhere else quite like Sezincote. The house is at the heart of a 4,500 acre family run estate. Indian Mughal Palace meets the Cotswold countryside. Built in 1805 this unique mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture is set in amongst a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. The gardens were restored in 1968 by Sir Cyril and Lady Kleinwort who were advised by Graham Stuart Thomas. They created the canals and Irish yews in the South Garden, evocative of Mughal paradise gardens, a curving conservatory, home to many tender climbing plants, and a little pavilion also in Indian style, and all the exceptionally fine planting of the water garden, where many rare plants can be seen.
2. Kiftsgate Court Gardens
The creation of three generations of women gardeners, Kiftsgate is a wonderfully serene place to visit. Heather Muir started creating the Kiftsgate Gardens in the 1920s. Inspired by her friend, Lawrence Johnston of Hidcote Manor, she wanted to let it develop organically rather than having a formal plan for it. From the 1950s, Diany Binny continued to add to the garden and she was the first to open it to the public. Today, it is Anne Chambers who continues the legacy of the gardens and one of her finest achievements is the transformation of the tennis court into a new water garden which is an oasis of calm.
3. Stratford upon Avon
The home of William Shakespeare and a town filled with 800 years of history. There is so much to do and see here but a visit would not be complete without going to Henley Street to see the house where Shakespeare was born and brought up and going to the theatre to watch the Royal Shakespeare Company in action. Whilst you are in Henley Street, there is also the Bombay Manor Museum which is in the haunted house of Dr Thaddeus Bombay. A spooky experience for all ages that is full of fun and mystery.
4. Broadway Tower
A visit to the Cotswolds highest tower provides a fun excursion for all the family. A folly inspired by Capability Brown, Broadway Tower is in an inspiring location overlooking a pre-medieval trading route and situated on a beacon hill. The surrounding area provides the perfect place to walk and explore before returning to the castle to the café and shop.
The original Daylesford Farm Shop is in the Cotswolds. Having been farming organically for the past 30 years Daylesford is now a large concern with 6 different locations and they have won no less than 60 national and international awards in the last three years for their delicious food, sustainable practices and farm shop café. If you are interested in the ways of the countryside and enjoy delicious, organic food, Daylesford Farm Shop and Café is definitely worth a visit.
The Cotswolds is one of our favourite places in the UK and offers such a wonderfully quintessentially English landscape along with lots of culture and history to enjoy at the same time.