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2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

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2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

We are a 60 year old couple looking to spend 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds in spring 2019 before visiting Ireland. Arrive and hire a car from London early morning and head to the area. Maybe visit Oxford on the way or could leave this and Windsor and Stratford on Avon for seeing on our return from Ireland. Thinking of staying in Birdlip as I've found some good accommodation (not yet booked). Interested in some short walks and seeing places of interest (though not too many castles) and anything out of the ordinary. Also enjoy evening tours if there are any in the area. Thanks for anticipated help.

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Warwickshire...
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1. Re: 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

If you are interested in walking & want to see a castle, then Winchcombe might be a good place to stay. It calls itself the 'walking capital of the Cotswolds' and the delightful Sudeley Castle is nearby:

https://sudeleycastle.co.uk/

It is even possible to stay in cottages on the Sudeley Estate.

Another place I would suggest is to stay in Lower Sluaghter near Stow-on-the-Wold - there are some decent short walks from this lovely village and a few places to stay. You will be within easy reach of Chipping Campden & Broadway too, Hidcote & Kiftsgate Court gardens, Batsford Arboretum. Outside Broadway is the Broadway Tour offring fine views on a good day and Stanway House & Fountains:

https://broadwaytower.co.uk/

http://www.stanwayfountain.co.uk/

With a car there are many pretty vilages that you can reach - Bibury, Barnsley, Naunton, Stanton, the Guitings, the Tews, etc.

There are a number of driving routes that you can find online:

https:/…broadway-to-broadway.shtml

https:/…the-romantic-road-p934183

Edited: 11 November 2018, 21:17
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2. Re: 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

Thank you for the help andmar. So do you think Birdlip is OK to stay in? Or would it be better to stay in the other places you've suggested?

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3. Re: 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

There are many better options to choose other than Birdlip. It isn't particularly picturesque compared to Andmar's list and has few facilities a tourist would enjoy. On a practical note the main access road (A417) is frequently a nightmare for traffic jams leading up to the nearby Air Balloon pub junction. I actively avoid that road these days. Chipping Camden is a good base but book accommodation early especially if you plan to be there at a weekend.

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4. Re: 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

Thank you and I'll certainly relook at accommodation around chipping Camden. Do you think 2 nights or 3?

Really appreciate the help received on TripAdvisor forums.

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5. Re: 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

Birdlip is set in the most attractive Cotswold landscape (IMO obviously), and there is plenty of walking in the area, with dramatic views and pretty villages off the beaten track. It is very hilly, being near Stroud which is a town centered on 5 river valleys, so if you are not regular walkers the hills may be a negative, although you could find hill top walks, including Birdlip itself. There are local associations with Laurie Lee, including The Woolpack Inn.

Cirencester is an interesting town to visit; Chedworth Roman Villa is nearby. The Stroudwater Canal offers level towpath walking, and the stretch West of Stroud has information boards about the role and development of canals in the IndustrIal Revolution,with an associated museum in Stroud. There are occasional boat trips, and on Saturdays a regular trip from Ebley Wharf. There is a large street market in Stroud on Saturday.

Woodchester Mansion and Painswick Rococo Gardens are in striking distance, and Winstones Icecream on Rodborough Common ...

Winchcombe (Sudeley Castle) as suggested by Andmar is an easy trip, plot your own route to the East of Cheltenham to pass through some lovely and very quiet countryside.

http://www.winstonesicecream.co.uk/ ... Winstones

https:/…chedworth-roman-villa ... Chedworth

www.woodchestermansion.org.uk/HomePage.aspx ... Woodchester

http://www.visitthecotswolds.org.uk/ ... Stroud District

http://www.rococogarden.org.uk/ ... Rococo Gardens

There are Country Parks in the area, where walking tends to be easier and paths better defined.

https:/…crickley-hill-and-barrow-wake ... Crickley Hill

Edit as you see there are great differences of opinion!

Edited: 11 November 2018, 22:34
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6. Re: 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

Thanks Penmere and I know everyone sees things differently but still love all the help. Do you think 3 nights is better?

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7. Re: 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

I can't comment on Birdlip as I don't know that area well enough - although i have more experience of the air balloon roundabout and the hold-ups there than I would wish!

If you can, three nights is better and will give you more options on visiting sights, villages & some walking.

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8. Re: 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

Thanks Andmar. I think I'll look at your suggestions for accommodation and forget Birdlip. We have enough traffic troubles in Sydney without looking for them on holidays!

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9. Re: 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

I thought Sydney was comparatively benign - but I was living in central London at the time where it was quicker to walk!!

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10. Re: 2 or 3 nights in the Cotswolds.

Fair point about traffic, Gloucester - Stroud - Easterly + NS Cheltenham route does suffer congestion, need to know your way round the back lanes!

I don't think you will find evening tours, the nearest I can think of is evening trips on the Heritage Steam Railway (fish n chips, Murder Mystery), or boat trips at Evesham or Tewkesbury if you are going to be furtther North.

https://www.gwsr.com/

severnleisurecruises.co.uk/evening-cruises/4… ... Tewkesbury

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