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The Cotswolds is filled with beauty and charm – a place for countryside road trips and opulent holidays, there’s no wonder that some of the finest pubs in the country are located in the Cotswolds.

After reaching the final of MasterChef, Andrew decided to move from a career in finance to one in food and cooking. He now work as a freelance chef, food writer and cookery teacher, based in the Cotswolds.

In this Ultimate Guide, we’ve included everything you need to know about the Cheltenham Festival, from enclosure information to where to place your bets!

Stow-on-the-Wold is home to some of our favourite independent shops and boutiques in the Cotswold region. And if you love antiques, this is definitely the place to come for a shopping trip. 

Oxford is one of our favourite day out destinations. It’s an ancient university city, blessed with some of the nation’s most spectacular architecture, as well as the best shops, restaurants and bars just waiting to be explored.

Afternoon tea was first invented in 1840 by the Duchess of Bedford, who was a lifelong friend of Queen Victoria. The consumption of tea, sandwiches and cakes were a way of staving off hunger during the long afternoons, between lunch and dinner.

The Cotswold region is renowned for its breath-taking natural beauty and having different types of terrain to suit every level of walker. So, for those in search of soulful scenery or picturesque hikes, there’s no other place quite like the Cotswolds here in the UK.

The Cotswolds is world-famous for its stunning scenery, cosy cottages and welcoming atmosphere. The Cotswolds is also loved for its quaint and quirky traditions - including its annual cheese rolling event.

Christmas is such magical time here in the Cotswolds. If you love being in a traditional Christmas setting, surrounded by beautiful lights and festive cheer then you won’t want to miss visiting the spectacular chocolate box villages dotted around the region.

Food in the Cotswolds can be defined by the rich variety of local produce. Ranging from local meats such as Cotswold lamb, grass-fed Hereford beef and Gloucestershire Old Spot pork to fish from Donnington and Bibury trout farms. Read on ...

Known fondly as the Capital of the Cotswolds, it’s a destination that has something for everyone, whilst still preserving its old world charm and a traditional way of life out here in the Wolds. Here are 7 of the best things you can do in Cirencester during your next visit!

Here at Character Cottages, we love enjoying weekend breaks in the UK with our loved ones. Our beautiful nation is a picturesque patchwork of lakes and valleys, woodlands and national parks, cultural cities and chocolate box villages.

July just might be our favourite month of the year here at Character Cottages. Why you ask, because we’ve just found out that it’s National Ice Cream Month – not that we needed any excuse to indulge now the sun is shining.

If there’s one thing we love about staying in the Cotswolds, it’s the awe-inspiring views. Imagine waking up to rolling hills and lush green countryside, with nothing but fresh air and the sound of farm animals in a nearby field ...

Baby fever is in the air at the moment – from Beyoncé, to Binky to Cheryl Cole, loads of our fave famous faces are expecting or have had a baby in 2017!

Chipping Campden a gem within the Cotswold District, known for its elegance and history that dates back to the 14th century. Planning on visiting? Here are the 7 best things to do...

A guide to the most romantic scenes from the most romantic movies ever! Click to see more ...

Beyond the outstanding natural beauty of our landscapes and our quaint little villages, the Cotswolds is home to the many quirks and eccentricities of the local people. Here are 13 things you’ll only know if you’re from the Cotswolds!

Celebrating New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be the same old same old every single year. There are so many different ways to see in the new calendar year – in style – right here in the UK (and it doesn’t have to be the local pub again).

Amaze yourself by observing the rapidly changing statistics of UK Travel in Real Time! This beautiful piece of work was created for Character Cottages to give our customers a real sense of how big the UK travel industry really is. Click to be amazed!

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