Places of Interest - The Cotswolds

Dyrham Park

Places of Interest - The Cotswolds

Chilterns & Cotswolds

GLOUCESTERSHIRE / Dyrham Park

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Dyrham Park
Dyrham
nr Bath
Gloucestershire SN14 8ER
Tel: 0117 937 2501

A spectacular late 17th-century William and Mary mansion, nestling in an ancient deer park. Lavish 17th-century collections reflect the fashion for all things Dutch while the Victorian domestic quarters give an insight into life below stairs. Elegant formal gardens, woodland, and lakes to explore. The film location for Remains of the Day (1993). A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Rupert Truman).

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Hinton Grange Hotel, Nr Dyrham Park

.. amongst 6 acres of grounds in a sleepy village, yet only 5 minutes from junction 18 of the M4 and 8 miles from both Bath and Bristol.

..with a romantic, old world charm and ambience of an age past.

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Cross Hands Hotel

.. in the village of Old Sodbury, popular with country lovers, horse racing fans, motor racers, golfers and young couples

.... the hotel is noted for the excellence of the cuisine at its Beaufort Restaurant and the extensive wine list.

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE / Westonbirt Arboretum / Chavenage House

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Westonbirt Arboretum
Tetbury
Glos.
GL8 8QS

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. An historical collection of over 3,000 different trees and shrub species many of which are rare or endangered in their native lands. Covering six hundred acres, the arboretum is an inspiring place.

Tel: 01666 880220

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Hare & Hounds Hotel

.. set in beautiful gardens and woodland, ideally located for touring the Cotswolds

...the National Arboretum at Westonbirt is just half a mile from the hotel.

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The Snooty Fox

.. in a quintessential English inn in the heart of the market town of Tetbury

.offering a snug bar, inviting bistro and carefully refurbished bedrooms with en suite bathrooms

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Chavenage House
Tetbury
Gloucestershire
GL8 8XP

"At Chavenage you can escape into the peaceful surroundings of a Cotswold manor, virtually unchanged for 400 years." Chavenage is a wonderful Elizabethan house of mellow grey Cotswold stone. www.chavenage.com.
Tel 01666 502329.

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE / Hidcote Manor Garden / Batsford Arboretum

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Hidcote Manor Garden
Hidcote Bartrim
nr Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LR
Tel: 01386 438333

A celebrated 20th-century garden in the beautiful north Cotswolds, one of England's greatest gardens, an Arts & Crafts masterpiece. Nestled in the Cotswolds with stunning panoramas across the Vale of Evesham. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Nick Meers).

Hidcote Manor Garden

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Noel Arms Classic

.. in this 16th-century hotel on the High Street in Chipping Campden, at the centre of a traditional countryside scene.

....the Noel Arms has a cosy bar with log fire, and a restaurant menu featuring Cotswold produce.

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The Kings Arms

.... in the Market Square in what is possibly the most beautiful and unspoilt of the Cotswold Towns.

..a lovely Georgion House offering contemporary, distintive style, stunning artwork,all on a modern theme.

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Charingworth Manor

.. ..in this 14th century manor house with cosy rooms, log fires, leisure spa, tennis court and helicopter pad in a delightful countryside setting.

..featuring beautiful, individual bedrooms, some with private terraces, and lounges with fine antiques, tapestries and furnishings.

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Batsford Arboretum Moreton-in-Marsh
Gloucestershire
GL56 9QB
Tel: 01386 701441

A large private collection of 3,000 labelled plants, trees, and shrubs, the arboretum shares space in Batsford Park with the Cotswold Falconry Centre.

www.batsarb.co.uk.

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WORCESTERSHIRE / Hanbury Hall / Hartlebury Castle

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Hanbury Hall
School Road
Hanbury
Droitwich Spa
Worcestershire WR9 7EA
Tel: 01527 821214

An early 18th-century country house, garden and park, William and Mary-style house with magnificent staircase and ceiling murals
The recreated early 18th-century formal gardens have a working Mushroom House, Orangery, and Wilderness with 395 acres of spectacular park including recreated early 18th-century features: Lime Tree Walk and The Long Walk. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Stephen Robson).

Hanbury Hall

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Express by Holiday Inn Droitwich

..in a great value, welcoming hotel in Droitwich Spa,

....easily reachable from Worcester, Birmingham and junction 5 of the M5 motorway

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The Stourport Manor

....in a 68 bedroom, 4 star country-house style hotel, with extensive indoor leisure.

..set within 23 acres of grounds, making a tranquil setting for both business and leisure guests.

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Hartlebury Castle
Hartlebury
Nr Kidderminster
Worcestershire DY11 7XZ.

A 13th century fortified bishop's palace. Presently the residence of the Bishop of Worcester, with two-thirds of the building leased out to Worcestershire County Council who use it as the County Museum.

Tel: 01299 250416.

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WORCESTERSHIRE / Broadway Tower

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Broadway Tower
Broadway
Worcestershire WR12 7LB
Tel: 01386 852390


Broadway Tower is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and, at 1024 feet (312m) above sea level, it is the second highest point on the Cotswold Ridge. Built in 1799, it is a perfect example of an eighteenth century Gothic folly from which it is possible to survey an area which includes as many as thirteen counties. A unique folly tower, once residence to William Morris, with displays on its colourful past.

Broadway Tower is situated off the A44 Evesham/Moreton-in-Marsh route, 1 mile south east of Broadway.

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Broadway Classic

.. overlooking the village green next to ancient domed yew trees is the half timber, framed and honey stoned Broadway Hotel.

.where the excellent Courtyard Restaurant, complete with ebony minstrels gallery, serves the freshest local produce from the Vale of Evesham.

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Lygon Arms

....at the Barceló Lygon Arms, established as an Inn in 1532 by the Whyte family, in a quiet and beautiful village.

...with seven ancient and sumptuous lounges, two splendid restaurants and a bar, everywhere warmed by real log fires.

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WORCESTERSHIRE / The Greyfriars / Witley Court and Gardens

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The Greyfriars
Friar Street
Worcester WR1 2LZ
Tel: 01905 23571

A 15th-century merchant's house in Worcester city centre, built in 1480, and rescued from demolition in the 1930s. The panelled interior is full of interesting textiles and furnishings. An archway leads to a beautiful walled garden with fabulous snowdrops, bluebells and autumn colour. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / David Hunter).

The Greyfriars

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Fownes Hotel

.. ..in an English town house hotel, only a two minute walk from Worcester city centre.

.... offering excellent service and comfort conducive to relaxation and sheer pleasure.

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Hundred House Hotel, Great Witley

.. in a privately-owned country hotel situated on the A443 Worcester to Tenbury Wells road, located in an exceptionally beautiful part of Worcestershire.

....offering a high standard of accommodation together with banqueting and conference facilities.

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Witley Court and Gardens
Great Witley
Worcester
Worcestershire - WR6 6JT
Tel: 01299 896636

A hundred years ago, Witley Court was one of England's great country houses, hosting many extravagant parties. Today it is a spectacular ruin, the result of a disastrous fire in 1937. Restoration work to the West Wing has made several new rooms accessible to the public. English Heritage (Photo: Fountain at Witley (c) English Heritage)

Witley Court and Gardens

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OXFORDSHIRE / Kingston Bagpuize House

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Kingston Bagpuize House
Kingston Bagpuize
Near Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX13 5AX

A beautiful house originally built in the 1660s, remodelled in the early 1700s in red brick with stone facings. Kingston Bagpuize House is open to the public on selected days and for group visits, by appointment, throughout the year. Small gift shop in house. Guide dogs only.

Tel: 01865 820259

kingstonbagpuizehouse.org.uk.

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The Upper Reaches

.....in this traditional hotel enjoying a tranquil setting on an island between the Abbey Ruins and the banks of the Thames.

.....set within an old corn mill with a working waterwheel.

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Abingdon Four Pillars Hotel

.....with its unusual and interesting architecture, offering all the comforts of home away from home.

.....where facilities include the unique Octagon and Conservatory restaurants.

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OXFORDSHIRE / Blenheim Palace

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Blenheim Palace
Woodstock
Oxfordshire
OX20 1PX

Blenheim Palace, home to 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, offers a memorable day out. Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, the exquisite Baroque Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, formal gardens and the magnificent Lake.

Tel: 01993 811325

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The Feathers

.... in the centre of historic Woodstock on the doorstep of Blenheim Palace.

....originally 7separate houses, the hotel boasts character and charm with antiques and log fires.

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The Bear

....in one of England's oldest and prettiest hotels. Built as a coaching inn in the 13th century, the Bear has played host to royalty, film stars and politicians.

..with its ivy clad facade, oak beams, open fireplaces and stone walls, it exudes warmth and cosiness

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OXFORDSHIRE / Chastleton House

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Chastleton House
Chastleton
nr Moreton-in-Marsh
Oxfordshire GL56 0SU
Tel: 01494 755560

One of England's finest and most complete Jacobean houses, a unique 400-year-old time capsule with rare tapestries, portraits and personal belongings. Classic Elizabethan topiary garden and a lawn where the rules of modern croquet were laid down. Entrance by timed ticket only – advanced booking advised. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Nadia Mackenzie).

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Best Western Crown & Cushion Hotel, Chipping Norton

.. in a 15th century coaching inn

......offering a relaxing home away from home in the heart of the Cotswolds.

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Manor House Classic, Moreton In Marsh

..in a Country House-style property in The Cotswolds

....with excellent food and service located in Moreton in Marsh.

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE / Stowe Landscape Gardens

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Stowe Landscape Gardens
Buckingham
Buckinghamshire MK18 5DQ
Tel: 01494 755568 (Infoline)

Breathtakingly beautiful landscape gardens full of mystery and hidden meanings, with more than 40 monuments, temples and secret corners. Experience the breathtaking beauty of ornamental lakes, wooded valleys and spectacular views, miles of walks and trails through the gardens and surrounding parkland. A National Trust property where charges apply. House (not NT), charge inc. NT members. Stowe House is used by Stowe School and opened to the public by Stowe House Preservation Trust. Tel. 01280 818166

Stowe Landscape Gardens

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Villiers Classic Hotel

....in the quintessential luxury hotel, designed around an original cobbled courtyard that once stabled 150 horses.

..... with spacious, individually decorated room and suites offering luxurious comfort and classic sophistication.

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Best Western Buckingham Hotel

....in a modern hotel with outstanding leisure and conference facilities

...situated on the A421 Buckingham ring road

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE / Cliveden / The Stanley Spencer Gallery

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Cliveden
Taplow
Maidenhead
Buckinghamshire SL6 0JA
Tel: 01494 755562 (Infoline)

Magnificent formal gardens overlooking the River Thames, once the exclusive haunt of the rich and famous with a stunning series of formal gardens, each with its own style and character. Celebrated parterre and magnificent Italianate mansion (now let as a private hotel) with an outstanding collection of sculpture and statues from the ancient and modern world. Spectacular views and enchanting walks through woodland and along the least spoilt stretch of the River Thames. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Hugh Palmer).

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Grovefield Hotel, Burnham

....in an Edwardian Country House nestling in 7 acres of landscaped gardens.

..offering 40 bedrooms including four-posters, half testers and our award winning, 2 AA Rosette Hamiltons Restaurant.

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The Thames Riviera, Maidenhead

.. .. situated on the scenic banks of the Thames

...with many rooms offering small balconies and river views.

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The Stanley Spencer Gallery
The Kings Hall
High Street
Cookham
Berkshire SL6 9SJ

The Spencer Gallery opened in 1962, is unique as the only gallery in Britain devoted exclusively to an artist in the village where he was born and spent most of his working life. The gallery occupies the former Victorian Methodist Chapel where Spencer was taken as a child to worship.

Tel: 01628-471885.

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE / Hughenden Manor / The Roald Dahl Museum

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Hughenden Manor
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire HP14 4LA
Tel: 01494 755565 (Infoline)

The country home of Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria's favourite prime minister, with fascinating memorabilia, personal belongings, furnishings and paintings. Attractive riverside, park and woodland trails and stunning views over unspoilt Chilterns countryside
Tracker Packs bring history to life for children. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Matthew Antrobus).

Hughenden Manor

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Kings Arms Hotel

.. ..in a former 16th Century coaching inn, centrally located in Stokenchurch, High Wycombe

.... .. a privately owned and passionately run boutique hotel.

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Abbey Lodge Hotel

.. in High Wycombe town centre, a homely hotel offering all the modern luxuries with an added special home-from-home atmosphere.

Our rooms are individually decorated and offer . All our rooms have luxury en suite bathrooms with shower, as well as such convenient facilities as satellite television and tea/coffee making facilities.

.. with well stocked residential bar and beautifully appointed restaurant, with its unrivalled á la carte menu

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The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
81-83 High Street
Great Missenden
Bucks HP16 0AN

A great little family-friendly Museum. Half of the Museum tells the fascinating story of Roald Dahl’s life. The other half focuses on the process of creative writing. Try the Bogstrotter Chocolate Cake in the Cafe Twit. Located about 4 miles north of High Wycombe.

Tel: 01494 892192

www.roalddahlmuseum.org.

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