There is nothing like an English country garden, and there is little finer in the summer than a trip to one of the most beautiful areas in England; the Cotswolds.
My folks are still of fine fettle so, they very kindly offered to document and photograph a typical summer weekend in this picturesque part of England. These pictures appear courtesy of Kevin Holt. The reproduction rights will cost me many meals in Manchester, as payment, when I return this Christmas.
So, what are the Cotswolds? They are located in the southwest of England – just south of Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s country), and very close to the gorgeous city of Bath. Both of which I’ve featured before on Blimey! Truly, a beautiful place to visit, with a wonderful rich history. Evidence of Neolithic settlements have been found, with burial chambers on Cotswold Edge. Remains of Bronze and Iron Age forts have also been discovered.
The Cotswolds are well loved in the UK and feature that quintessential English village look with old stone homes, lush rolling fields, and lots of very wealthy UK celebrities and politicians living amongst the natives. The Prime Minister of Britain himself, David Cameron, lives in one of the Cotswold towns called “Chipping Norton.” Other villages include Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-Wold, Cirencester and Burford.
So, let’s begin with a typical holiday cottage which also features the famous golden coloured Cotswold stone, quarried from the bedrock of Jurassic limestone from around the area.