Bourton on the Water is famously referred to as the “Venice of the Cotswold.” The village received its nickname mainly because of the fact that the River Windrush flows into and then out of the town and the small Cotswold stone bridges that span the river Windrush. Bourton on the Water is typically voted as…

Sezincote Gardens in Gloucestershire Perhaps one of the most architecturally distinctive sites in the Cotswolds is the Sezincote House in Gloucestershire.  This estate was designed by Samuel Pepys Cockerell in 1805 in the Neo-Mughal style.  The manor was constructed out of red sandstone with a copper chattri and minarets and is somewhat more exotic than…

One of the larger manor houses in the Cotswolds is Rodmarton Manor, located near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.  The building is an important monument to the Arts and Crafts style and was constructed from 1909-1929 based off a design by Ernest Barnsley.  Barnsley himself was unable to complete the building, as he died in 1925; his…

MILL DENE If you are visiting the towns of Blockley or Morteton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire and want to discover one of the hidden gems of the Cotswolds, consider paying a visit to the charming Mille Dene Garden.  The mill on this site has a history spanning back centuries, and was purchased by the Dare family in…

Visitors to the Cotswolds who love English manor houses and gardens won’t want to miss the Bourton House while visiting the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill.  Bourton-on-the-Hill is located in Gloucestershire two miles west of Moreton-in-Marsh, some of the most scenic countryside in the Cotswolds.  The Bourton House has a history dating back to at least 1570,…

If you love trees, flowers, and the delights of nature, you will want to make some time during your Cotswolds trip to visit Batsford Arboretum. The arboretum is located on 55 acres of richly cultivated land near the town of Batsford near Moreton In Marsh in Gloucestershire. The arboretum was first cultivated by Algernon Freeman-Mitford,…

The beautiful Hidcote Manor houses and gardens of the Cotswolds are among the biggest draws of the English countryside for many visitors.  One of the most beautiful and well tended is Hidcote Manor Garden, located near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.  This stately English garden was actually created by an American expatriate named Lawrence Johnston. Hidcote Manor…

If you love nature and horticulture and are visiting the Cotswolds, you will want to make sure that Westonbirt Arboretum is on your itinerary.  This National Arboretum is situated near the market town of Tetbury in Gloucestershire.  The arboretum is probably the most famous in all of the UK, and was originally planted in the…

Snowshill Manor is one of the best known manor houses in the Cotswolds, and is certainly the most famous landmark near the village of Snowshill.  Located in Gloucestershire near Broadway, Snowshill was originally owned by the Winchcombe Abbey from 821 until 1539.  That was the year of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, after which Henry…

If you are planning a visit and tour of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire then one of the must see attractions is Painswick Rococo Garden. This garden originally constructed in the early 18th Century by Benjamin Hyett can be found in a hidden valley behind Painswick house. As with a lot of these gardens it had…