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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Perhaps one of the most famous locations in the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is renowned for its pretty waterside views and quaint limestone buildings. We’ve assembled a guide to help you make the most of your time in this picture-perfect village.

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Arlington Row © Jenifoto, Shutterstock

Perhaps one of the most famous locations in the Cotswolds, the quintessential cottages and pretty riverside location of Bibury are a must-visit on any trip to the region.

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Cotswold village of Bibury, England ©  JeniFoto, Shutterstock

From the honey-coloured stone cottages in Burford, to the medieval architecture of Winchcombe high street, the Cotswolds are home to some of the most beautiful scenes in the world. But how many of these pretty towns and villages have you visited?

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The historical town of Stow on the Wold in the Costwolds © Gordon Bell, Shutterstock

Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the prettiest towns in Gloucestershire. Think honey-coloured buildings, cosy pubs, tiny tearooms and narrow streets. We’ve assembled a brief guide to help you make the most of this tiny Cotswold market town.

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Quintessential English scenes for which people travel from far and wide to see © Shutterstock

From mysterious country trails, to the most popular Cotswold scenes, we’ve found 25 pictures from around the region we believe are truly beautiful

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Travel

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Cotswold village of Bibury, England ©  JeniFoto, Shutterstock

From the honey-coloured stone cottages in Burford, to the medieval architecture of Winchcombe high street, the Cotswolds are home to some of the most beautiful scenes in the world. But how many of these pretty towns and villages have you visited?

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Calcot Manor outdoor spa area

With close connections to the M5, M40 and M4, and a convenient two hour train journey to London, the Cotswolds are the perfect location for a spa weekend away. Here are eight of our favourite places to go.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Log House Holidays, Poole Keynes, Gloucestershire

Candia McKormack and family go in search of tranquillity – and a good WiFi signal – on a short break in a Cotswold log house

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Peter Raymond Llewellyn © Shutterstock

Is it any wonder the Cotswolds are one of the most popular places for a staycation?

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Friday, April 22, 2016
'I suffered innumerable near misses until exertion and madness began to make me long for the sweet release of a machete hit'

I feel like someone who has just exited the heart of darkness having been eaten alive, psychologically tortured and severely traumatised

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Walks

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
The Forest of Dean

On a crisp, autumnal day, there is nothing better than gathering the family for a stroll amongst some of the most colourful woodland the Cotswolds has to offer. We’ve accumulated a list of our favourite places to catch the majority of this season’s golden hues.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
There are many walking trails which make the most of the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds / Image: antb

The ideal way to enjoy the undulating green landscape of the Cotswolds is to slip on your walking shoes and go outdoors. There are a lot of well-trodden routes offering fantastic views of this region of England. Here’s our pick of the best...

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Looking out over Cheltenham and beyond

Having had two brilliant days walking in May, the 1st of June was grey and windy as we started our walk from Cleeve Common to Dowdeswell. I took my two geriatric spaniels as I thought it would be warm enough weather and not too strenuous. Not a good idea...

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Views over the Cotswolds

It’s May and we have walked two more sections of the Cotswold way, Stanway to Winchcombe and Winchcombe to Cleeve, in quick succession.

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Gardens

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen

Laurence & Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen will be hosting this annual fundraising event in the garden of their Siddington home on Friday 8 July

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Chris Beardshaw's garden

Cotswold gardeners are celebrating after a clutch of top awards at The Chelsea Flower Show which saw Andy Sturgeon winning Best Show Garden.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Broadacre Estate - NGS

As part of the National Gardens Scheme, Broadacre will be opening its gates to the general public on 17 April.

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Monday, April 11, 2016
Cotswold Garden Route

To celebrate The Year of the Garden in 2016 and National Gardening Week which runs from today 11 - 17 April, the new ‘Cotswolds Garden Route’ leaflet has been produced to encourage visitors to explore the gardens of the Cotswolds

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Sudeley Castle © Gordon Robertson CC BY 2.0

Whether you're an avid gardener or a lover of all things outdoors, we pick some of the most beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds we think are definitely worth a visit.

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Celebrity Interviews

Thursday, June 23, 2016
James Morrison

A tough childhood; family tragedy; and four years in the wilderness. But for Stroud-based singer-songwriter James Morrison, falling is the way you learn how to fly, he tells Katie Jarvis, ahead of his appearance at Cornbury Music Festival.

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Zara Phillips riding High Kingdom at Blenheim ©  Fiona Scott Maxwell

From top eventers to polo players, racehorse trainers to dressage stars all based in the Cotswolds, this list could go on forever, says Debbie Graham

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Equestrian
Monday, April 4, 2016
Eddie the Eagle takes pictures with fan at the Eddie the Eagle premiere held in Leicester Square, London

Cheltenham-born British skier Michael Edwards, joined stars Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton on the red carpet for the London premiere of ‘Eddie the Eagle’.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The course designer Giuseppe Della Chiesa

Former top Italian event rider Giuseppe della Chiesa once dreamt of competing at Badminton Horse Trials, but instead finds himself designing the course at this iconic event

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Equestrian
Monday, March 21, 2016
Stuart Maconie

Radio presenter and writer Stuart Maconie will be at Chipping Norton Literary Festival discussing his new book on the North, The Pie At Night. He spoke to Katie Jarvis about bingo, Bowie, and why Boris Johnson is the best test of the North/South divide

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Events

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen

Laurence & Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen will be hosting this annual fundraising event in the garden of their Siddington home on Friday 8 July

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Oxford Wine Festival is a unique event, when the world of wine descends on a magical city

Looking for the perfect wine? It may be closer than you think.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2016

Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards black tie gala dinner.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
MB-339 Frecce Tricolori-RC, in 2014

Next month’s Royal International Air Tattoo is set to be one the biggest and best family days out in the Cotswolds this summer with more than 150,000 people expected to attend over the three days.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Crowds enjoy the action at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo

This year’s Gloucestershire Festival of Polo sees a new programme for matches, with a top quality International Test Match plus charity, celebrity and young player games

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Arts

Video: Hattie Briggs

Friday, June 17, 2016
Hattie Briggs

Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter Hattie Briggs has been building an increasing musical presence within the jazz and folk scene.

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Friday, May 27, 2016
Inside the day hospice art room

The launch of Sue Ryder’s forthcoming Art Affirming Life exhibition was held at the Day Hospice, Leckhampton Court, Cheltenham.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Banff Mountain Film Festival

This year showcases a selection of the most breathtaking and remarkable films from the global mountain and sports community.

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Friday, May 20, 2016
The Sheriff (Virgile Elana) and El Gifford. Photo by Gem Hall

Candia McKormack saddles up her trusty steed and heads way out west with Giffords Circus

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Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Cotswold Savoyards in 'Anything Goes' at the Cheltenham Everyman

If you want to throw the most fantastic party ever, then here’s an idea. Ditch all your family and friends and invite the entire membership of the Cotswold Savoyards instead, says Katie Jarvis

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Interiors

The new two-storey extension, built by Jeff Savage and his team, is to the right of the Old Bakery which dates from 1771, and the new front door is painted in Little Greenes James 108

Anne Sinclair saved the old village bakery in Box in the nick of time, and now it’s transformed into a beautiful family home

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Cotswold Interiors
The early Victorian house began as a double-fronted two-bedroom cottage, and over the years has been extended to become a substantial four-bedroom house

It was a case of escape to the country as this family moved out of central Bristol and headed for the Cotswolds

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Cotswold Interiors
The Grade ll listed home of Deirdre and Henry Boyle

Sixteen years ago, a young couple drove along a remote country track to discover their Cotswold fairytale home, with its 23 acres of wild countryside, lying at the end

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Cotswold Interiors
This fairytale cottage has benefited from having a much bigger and more substantial porch built on,

Have you ever wondered what the pretty thatched cottages of the Cotswolds look like inside? Well now you can find out...

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Cotswold Interiors
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Carpetwise Curtainwise Furniturewise

We caught up with family firm Carpetwise, Curtainwise and Furniturewise for some expert home decor advice.

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Recipes

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Daylesford braised lamb recipe

Daylesford Farm have provided a delicious lamb recipe for the Easter weekend - with an Italian twist.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Leftover Bubble & Squeak cakes by Daylesford

This is a fantastic way to use up your leftover roasted vegetables, sprouts and potatoes on Boxing Day. These little cakes could easily be brunch, late lunch or even a quick supper after a busy Christmas Day.

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Monday, November 23, 2015
Confit pork belly

A signature dish from Eckington Manor, featured in our printed December issue

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Friday, November 6, 2015
Game pie served with fresh vegetables

Try this fast food version of game pie which can be made in double quick time if you buy ready prepared short crust pastry

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Friday, June 17, 2016
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Monday, June 13, 2016
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
An orangery lets light into this beautiful Cotswold home

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