The Cotswolds Are Set to Become More Popular Than Ever in 2017
Those in the know at our Cotswolds hotel explain why…
With the Cotswolds holding its title as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for over 50 years now, it’s no surprise it’s set to become the go-to destination of 2017. With so many other destinations across the UK to explore, we explain why so many holidaymakers are predicted to visit the Cotswolds this year.
English Charm and Heritage
The glorious limestone towns and villages of days gone by fill the surrounding area with a certain nostalgia. With wool churches, funded by donations from rich merchants and farmers who had benefited from the medieval wool trade and gorgeous manor houses, the sheep-shaped past here is still evident alongside the later heritage of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is a magnet for those with an interest in architectural history.
Covering nearly 800 square miles, this region of rolling hills spans across the five counties of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. About 80 per cent of the ‘wolds’ remains farmland, divided by around 4,000 miles of dry stone walls and picturesque walking trails. The Cotswold Way, from Chipping Campden in the northern extremes, stretches 100 miles to the south and provides a gorgeous setting for a Sunday stroll. This rural region is fringed by some of the country’s most superb and cultured small cities including Cheltenham in the west; Cirencester in the south-east, Bath to the south-west and Oxford to the east. Just one of the delights of visiting the Cotswolds is exploring the different areas, each quite different, yet all with the defining golden limestone and rolling hills.
Fresh Local Produce
Due to the rich variety of eateries and fresh local produce, the Cotswolds has a well-deserved reputation as a foodie-destination. Whether you are looking for dinner in a 3 AA Rosette restaurant, a classic British meal in our brasserie or afternoon tea in our great hall, Ellenborough Park is an unforgettable place to try the local produce of Cotswolds.
Steeped in history, our Cotswolds hotel is set in 90-acres of bucolic countryside; a luxury house and grounds, where the friendly team combine charm and bespoke service, creating truly memorable experiences. The kitchen is the heart and soul of Ellenborough, so expect the very best of local Cotswold produce for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, from our fine hotel in the Cotswolds.
With more festivals than you can shake a stick at, and with the weather warming up (a little!) who wouldn’t be tempted to visit the Cotswolds throughout the year.
Our favourite’s include –
- The Festival at Cheltenham (14th, 15th, 16th & 17th March 2017)
- The Festival Brunch at our hotel in the Cotswolds (14 – 17 March 2017)
- Cheltenham Wine Festival (1st April 2017)
- Cheltenham Jazz Festival (26th April – 1st May 2017)
- Cheeserolling (29th May 2016)
- Wychwood Festival (2nd – 4th June 2017)
- Cotswold Show & Food Festival (1st – 2nd July 2017)
- Cheltenham Music Festival (5th – 16th July 2017)
- Fairford Air Tattoo (14th – 16th July 2017)
- The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (6 October 2017 – 15 October 2017).
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